DENKYIRA-Obuasi has become synonymous with the gruesome and wicked killing of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama. The beastly manner in which the late Major was killed (Today is not by this trying to remind the late Major Mahama’s family of their loss, albeit painful), sent shivers down the spine of millions of Ghanaians on that fateful May 29, 2017.
AND in response to that, the Commander-in Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, charged our security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of that heinous crime are brought to justice.
THAT charge by the President to our security agencies set them to work that led to some arrests with the suspects currently standing trial. Though the wheel of justice grinds slowly, we are confident that justice will be served.
FOLLOWING that incident, residents of the town showed remorse by asking the entire nation for forgiveness though a few miscreant residents in the town caused that mess.
WELL, we believe the nation has forgiven them and we at Today hope that such a dastardly act will never be repeated in Denkyira or any part of the country for that matter.
AND as part of efforts to cleanse themselves of the negative tag associated with the town, we have heard that the chiefs and people of Denkyira-Obuasi have renamed the town New Obuasi—which, understandably, was its former name.
IT is encouraging to see efforts being put in by people of Denkyira-Obuasi now New Obuasi to carve a new image. An image that will win back the love that Ghanaians have for each other.
WE have also heard the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, say that he will not abandon the people of New Obuasi after visiting the community last Monday. For us at Today, the President’s visit alone is enough assurance to the people of New Obuasi that we are all one people—Ghanaians.
THOUGH, we were all pained by the grisly death of late Major Mahama, we cannot continue to hate the people of New Obuasi, especially when they have admitted their mistake and pleaded for forgiveness.
INDEED, we must help them as they chart a new path to restoring back their lost pride as a community. In that sense, they will feel a sense of belonging and part of this country.
TO the people of New Obuasi, Today hopes that this new identity will mark the beginning of a new era in the town’s history.