Adams Mahama’s Adua


By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Earlier on, a member of the Youth Wing of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had cautioned Messrs. Paul Afoko and Kwabena Agyei Agyepong against attending the “Adua,” or final funeral rites, for the late Mr. Adams Mahama, the former Upper-East Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party. For those who may not be familiar with the names of Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong, the two men are, respectively, the National Chairman of the NPP and the NPP’s General-Secretary. Their allegedly reckless and divisive administration of the affairs of the country’s main opposition party is widely believed to have culminated in a violent confrontation at the NPP’s Bolgatanga headquarters that, in turn, led to the acid-dousing assassination of Mr. Adams Mahama barely two weeks later.

Adam Mahama
Adam Mahama

But on this day, Sunday, June 7, 2015, cooler heads appeared to have prevailed, as an elderly member of the Mahama Clan, Mr. Rockson Bukari, reportedly appealed for calm and a conciliatory atmosphere in respectful observance of the final sending home of the deceased. In particular, and of special significance, was the decision by Mr. Bukari to invite Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong to Mr. Adams Mahama’s Adua. Mr. Bukari also noted that he and some members of the Mahama Clan had been in communication with the Bolgatanga police, who had assured the Clan of maximum security and protection for all mourners and sympathizers.

Well, the invitation may have come a bit too late for Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong, as well as some of the local party executives who had earlier on been warned by Mr. Mahama’s aggrieved disciples and associates not to venture onto the funeral grounds. Nevertheless, it was a worthwhile invitation and one that portended favorably for the imminent regrouping and ultimate unification of a badly frazzled New Patriotic Party. At any rate, as I personally see it, it would have been rather premature for the two besieged top administrators of the NPP to have attended Mr. Mahama’s Adua. Nerves were still too raw and traumatized to be so heavily over-burdened by the presence of the two men.

What could be done shortly down the pike, as it were, would be for some elders of the party to intercede on behalf of the two men, and then arranging a private conciliation meeting with the Mahama Clan. It would be a great move and a constructive means of bringing closure to the traumatic circumstances that engendered the preventable demise of the former Upper-East NPP Chairman. And then, naturally, the healing process could begin. It is, indeed, inexcusably pathetic to learn that Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong had been prevented from paying their last respects to the deceased. But maybe it was also worthwhile that the two men were made to morally and spiritually suffer penance, of some sort, for being central to the fateful events that led to the brutal demise of Mr. Adams Mahama, who had passionately expressed the imperative need for reconciliation, cohesion and unity of purpose among all members, supporters and sympathizers of the party, if the New Patriotic Party is to enter the Flagstaff House come January 2017.

In other words, the late Adams Mahama was a forward-looking young statesman who had the well-being of both party and country at heart. The preceding notwithstanding, I still hold to the view that Messrs. Afoko and Agyepong ought to be made to take a temporary leave of absence, pending the conclusion of police investigations into the assassination of Mr. Adams Mahama. Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe in tempering justice with mercy; but I equally firmly believe that unfettered justice is the best way of achieving the kind of ideal democratic society that all Ghanaians, irrespective of ideological suasion or station in life, can happily and proudly be a part of.

By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
Garden City, New York

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