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Damongo: “I am pained, why are our people so barbaric”-West Gonja MCE speaks on torture of alleged witch

The West Gonja Municipal Chief Executive Saeed Muhazu has revealed how he lost sleep after viewing videos an attack on an alleged witch Meri Ibrahim which were shared on some Gonja land platforms Saturday August 29, at about 09:30pm.

In the videos , Meri, believed to be in her late fifties and a resident of the Sumpini community in Busunu in the West Gonja Municipality is seen with open cuts on the left arm, forehead, skull, right finger, and soaked in blood narrates what had transpired in Gonja to nurses at the Busunu Health Centre.

Narrating her ordeal while waiting for an ambulance to transport her to the West Gonja District Hospital, Meri told the night staff of the hospital that she was attacked by residents of Sumpini over alleged witchcraft.

“A group arrived in my house and accused me of planning to kill some four people in the community. They started attacking me with machetes, cudgels, and sticks”.

Giving the full account of the incident to ZAMI Reports after visiting the victim, the MCE Saeed Muhazu revealed a supposed evil spirit possessed young female (name unknown) on August 28 accused the victim of “spiritually tiring the souls of some four persons in the community”.

“There is this girl who is always possessed with this thing that I do not know if I should call it spirit, who told a lie that there are some witches who are planning to kill some four people during the fire festival day and fingered this woman and one other lady”.

This “revelation” by the possessed lady outraged the community who planned to “get rid of these people” not by banishing them but to “kill them”. But the Chief of Sumpini got hint of the plan, cautioned the community, and reported the incident to the Chief of Busunu, Busunu-wura Jonokpawu Monasa II, Mr Muhazu said.

While waiting for a decision from the palace of the Busunu-wura, the young lady came under the supposed spiritual attack on Saturday August 29, making claims of a concluded plan to spiritually kill the four persons “whose souls had already been tired “.

Irate youth who were celebrating the annual Fire Festival stormed the homes of Meri and the second woman whose name has only been given as Sanutu with machetes, cudgels, and sticks.

Sanatu who had received news of a planned attack on her managed to escape before the mob arrived at her home but luck eluded Meri Ibrahim who was brutally assaulted.

She was left to her fate and was later rescued by one Yussif N-ningani, also a resident of Sumpini who transported her to the Busunu Health Centre.

The West Gonja Municipal Chief Executive Saeed Muhazu upon hearing the incident visited the West Gonja District Hospital where the victim was admitted.

Revealing his frustration and dismay, the MCE who struggled to find appropriate words to describe the act revealed his inability to reach the Savannah Regional Police Command which would have witnessed a swoop of the entire community.

“They believed the possessed girl and attacked this innocent woman. Her whole hut was brought down. I couldn’t sleep last night”.

“They keep doing this to poor women, why are our people so barbaric”, he quizzed.

No arrest has been made. However, Meri Ibrahim continues to undergo medical treatment at the West Gonja District Hospital.

Ghana is among 189 state who have signed the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and other international treaties including the Sustainable Development Goal.

Government ratified the CEDAW convention on February 2 1986 by which Ghana is bound to ensure it removes all forms discrimination against women.

CEDAW is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted on 3 September 1981.

About Meri Ibrahim.

Meri Ibrahim, in her late fifties is originally from Salaga in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah region. She migrated to Sumpini after an ill health where she sought traditional treatment from her host community since her youthful age.

She has since lived in Sumpini where she farms as her main source of livelihood. Meri has no relative in Sumpini and has no child.

Zubaida Afua Mabuno Ismail|www.zamireports.com|Damongo|S/R



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