Parliament approves Major Mahama bill

By Maame Aba Afful
Major Mahama bill passed

Parliament has approved the Major Mahama Trust Fund Bill.

Defence Minister Dominic Nitiwul first laid the Bill on Tuesday, 24 October in fulfillment of President Nana Akufo-Addo's promise that the state will cater for the spouse and children of the slain military officer who was lynched by a mob in Denkyira-Obuasi.

Mr. Nitiwul in a radio interview on Thursday, 9 November, after the passage, said: “It is not a special treatment”.

“It is a signal to the people of Ghana that when you die in service, the state will not leave you. It is a new beginning but already there are adequate provisions in the Ghana Armed Forces in such situations”.

Government recently appointed Barbara Mahama, wife of the late Major Mahama, to work in one of Ghana’s foreign missions as a way to help her get over the pain of losing her husband.

Major Maxwell Mahama was lynched on May 29, 2017, at Denkyira-Boase by a mob who suspected he was an armed robber after sighting a sidearm on him.

Forty-two persons have since been arrested over the criminal act and are standing trial for murder and attempt to commit murder.

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