President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as part of his six-day tour of the Western and Central regions, is to visit Denkyira-Obuasi where the residents murdered a military officer, Major Maxwell Mahama, two months ago.
A member of the 5th Infantry of the Ghana Armed Forces, the then Captain Mahama was said to be jogging at Denkyira-Obuasi at about 8:30am on May 29, 2017 when he was lynched and a part of his body set ablaze by some residents.
His body was filled with marks of assault including multiple deep cut wounds on the head and a partially burnt body, the Police have said.
Akufo-Addo’s visit to the place will be his first since the murder incident and assuming office as president of Ghana.
It is unclear whether the President’s visit to Denkyira-Obuasi is in response to the Upper Denkyira West District Assembly which in June this year begged President Akufo-Addo to visit the area in the midst of efforts to unravel the cause of the lynching of Major Mahama.
The town has since the unfortunate incident been stigmatised by some Ghanaians.
The President’s tour, which begins today, Monday, will from the Western region where he will be the guest of honour at durbar to be organized by the Chiefs and people of Bibiani.
President Akufo-Addo will then depart to Sefwi Wiawso where he is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Omanhene and people of the Traditional Area.
Whilst at Wiawso, he will launch the Cocobod Mass Cocoa Spraying exercise.
The President will then make a brief stopover at Denkyira-Obuasi, and later in the day attend a durbar to be organized by the chiefs and people of Wassa Akropong.
On Tuesday, August 8, the President would, in the morning, interact with the people of Tarkwa Nsuaem, also in the Western region, before making his way to Half-Assini.
As part of his tour of the Western region, he would also visit the Atuabo Gas Plant in Elembelle Constituency, and later attend a durbar by the Chiefs and people of Axim after which he would depart to Takoradi.
On Wednesday, August 9, President Akufo-Addo would pay a courtesy call on the Omanhene and elders of Essikado Traditional area after which he would visit the Efiankwanta Regional Hospital and interact with patients and staff.
Traders of the Takoradi Market Circle in the Western regional capital, Takoradi, would have the opportunity of interacting with the President when he visits there.
Thursday, August 10, would see President Nana Akufo-Addo call on the Regional House of Chiefs at Cape Coast in the Central region and later visit the people and Chiefs of Twifo and Atti Morkwa, where a durbar would be held for him.
President Akufo-Addo would be the guest of honour at two separate durbars that would be held by the Chiefs and People of Ekumfi and Senya.