Family of the late Akua Denteh has called on the general public to disregard claims by suspect Latifa Bumaye, that suggest the deceased is her grandmother.
Latifah Bumaye, 33, is seen in a video after her arrest on July 31, making claims of being the grand daughter of Akua Denteh,90, who was attacked by her and some other owmen in the Kafaba community after been branded a witch by a self-styled soothsayer Serena Mohammed; alias Filina.
Spokesperson for the bereaved family, Salami Mahama termed the claim as false and unfortunate. He made this remarks when members of Sister’s Keepers, a non-profit women charity association visited the family in Kafaba, in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah region.
“She is no where related to us, we don’t know her and so she should stop peddling the lies” he said.
Salami Mahama also commended the Ghana Police Service for the arrests made so far.
Members of the Sister’s Keepers Association of Ghana visited the bereaved family in Kafaba to commensurate with them.
The Charity Director of the Ghana chapter, Fauzia Karim condemned the act of subjecting the aged, especially old women to abuses and torture while calling on the Gonjaland Traditional Council to sanction any group or individual that will attempt serving instant justice.
“Traditional authorities have a key role to play in this fight and for us as an organization, we believe it is time for the Overlord of the area to put in place severe sanctions for those who abuse women be it their family or not”.
She also called for more education on human rights violations adding, dementia could be behind some strange behaviours in elderly women.
“At a certain age, dementia sets in and one behaves strangely which many misconstrue for witchery”.
Head of Communications of the association, Abena Pokua Ahwenee indicated, the group will commence series of programmes to defuse the norm of rites of exorcism in the community.
Seven suspects including; the self-styled soothsayer Serena Mohammed and Latifah Bumaye who were captured in videos whipping and hitting the deceased have since been arrested by the Salaga Divisional Police.
Latifa Bumaye who was arrested on Friday July 31, at her hideout in Kejewu Bator, a community under the Abrumasi division, was remanded into police custody by the Bole Magistrate Court on August 4, to reappear on August 20.
Serena Mohammed, who was arrested on August 3, also at her hideout in Yeji, in the Bono East region has also been remanded into police custody by the same court to reappear on August 20.
Again, some five persons, all male who were arrested in Damongo in the West Gonja district by the Savannah Regional Police have since been remanded into police custody by the Bole Magistrate court for conspiracy and murder.
Meanwhile, the family of the late Akua Denteh today August 6, marked the final funeral rites of the deceased in the East Gonja municipal capital Salaga.
By: Amoateng Baah Michael|www.zamireports.com|Salaga|S\R.