The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Savannah Regional Minister Salifu Braimah, supporters of the New Patriotic Party, and sympathizers today July 27 observed a minute of silence in remembering slain Akua Denteh.
The President was in the Savanah region to commission the Yapei Water Project as part of his three days working visit to the three regions of the north.
However, ahead of the commissioning, the President together with government appointees including Municipal and District Chief Executives and regional executives of the New Patriotic Party paid their rest to the deceased.
Ninety years old Akua Denteh was lynched in Kafaba, a community in Salaga in the East Gonja Municipality on Thursday July 23 by some residents over witchcraft allegations.
The dastardly act which was sanctioned by a female soothsayer by name Filini and fronted by women triggered public outcry and condemnation.
“Mr. President, it is with a heavy heart I report about the cruel and despicable killing of Madam Akua Dente a 90 years old lady at Kafaba, near Salaga by a very callous fetish Priest in the name of witchcraft on the 23rd July, 2020”.
The Savannah Regional Minister Salifu Braimah announced the establishment of a foundation in her honour.
“Mr. President, on this auspicious day, Savannah Coordinating Council has set up “a Madam Akua Dente Foundation” in honor and Memory of the Slain woman and to say to the world, never again”.
Mr Braimah also revealed the Savannah Regional Police and the Salaga Divisional Police Command are on the “heels of the perpetrators” of the “heinous crime”.
“Mr. President, tremendous progress has been made towards the apprehension and prosecution of these people”, he said in a speech.
In his response, President Akufo-Addo revealed he will make appropriate contribution to the foundation.
“I will make an appropriate contribution to the Akua Denteh Foundation to express my own revulsion at the awful, tragic act that has occurred in this Region”.
“It is vital, as the Regional Minister said, that it should not happen again, and we should all work together to ensure that never again do such acts disfigure the face of our nation”, he added.
His Excellency, President Akufo-Addo is expected to commission six projects of which are five water projects in the Northern, Northeast, and Savannah regions.
He will be commissioning the Nalerigu Water System and Tamale Water Supply projects on Tuesday July 28. Again, the President will be commissioning the Yendi and Damongo Water System projects on Wednesday July 29.
Amnesty International Ghana Visits Kafaba.
Country Director of Amnesty International, Ghana Robert Akoto Amoafo today joined well wishers to mark the third day funeral rites of the late Akua Denteh in Kafaba.
Mr Amoafo also visited the family home of the deceased in Salaga.
Mr Akoto speaking to ZAMI Reports indicated Amnesty International Ghana has “joined the calls for the arrest of the killers of the deceased”.