Just last week, the people of the USA, and many conscientious/concerned persons around the globe, breathed a huge sigh of relief, for accountability, equality, and justice, when Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts, for the brutal way he used his knee to choke the life out of George Floyd in May last year. We all commend the brave teenager, Darnella Frazier, who kept her presence of mind and spirit to use her smartphone to capture this awful murder “live”. Many people believe that without Darnella’s compelling, painful, and horrifying video this murderous police officer would have “walked,” just as many others have done in the past.
As I watched the media coverage and listened to the reactions – both in the US and globally – I couldn’t help but wonder what has happened to another innocent brother, whose brutal, awful, and horrifying murder was captured on videos and in photos. Major Maxwell Mahama was on Ghana military duty in Denkyira Obuasi, when he was set upon by a baying mob that accused him wrongly of being an armed robber. He was murdered most horrifyingly, even as he refused to fire the pistol he carried.
Just a month from now – on May 29th – we will mark the fourth anniversary of the slaying of this young man, who was murdered, whilst on national duty. So, to every Ghanaian of conscience and to any Ghanaian who could garner some empathy to think of the late Maj Maxwell Mahama as a brother, a son, a husband, a friend, a classmate, a church member, a cousin or nephew, I ask the following:
1. What is happening with Justice for Major Maxwell Mahama?
2. Why do we seem to have forgotten about him?
3. Why is it taking so long to hold his killers accountable and to deliver justice for him and his family?
4. Who is really seeking justice for this innocent victim?
5. If it takes this long to get justice for a serving military officer then what hope is there for the rest of us?
It took less than a year for George Floyd to receive justice. As Efo Atsu put it, “We rejoice over justice for others far away and keep quiet over the filth in our own closets!” Why is it taking more than four years for the murderers of Major Maxwell Mahama to be held accountable? (Yes:
** Ghana is not the same as the USA, but isn’t JUSTICE DELAYED BECOMING JUSTICE DENIED?
** Or, am I comparing apples and oranges? But isn’t the life of a serving military officer in Ghana worth the same as the life of a George Floyd in the USA?
** Or we should just “GIVE IT TO GOD” or “Fa ma Nyame”? But isn’t GOD a GOD OF JUSTICE??