The Denkyira Development Association has described as “unfortunate” comments made by the Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel International, Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah over the people of Denkyira Obuasi in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region.
According to the man of God, no youth in the land of Denkyira will past the age of thirty-three (33) since the innocent blood of the lynched army officer, Maj. Maxwell Adam Mahama will hunt them.
“I am speaking to the people at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central region, where Maxwell Mahama was killed. I tell you the blood of that young man will hunt people in that place because it was an innocent blood” he said.
He, however, charged the people of Denkyira Obuasi to embark on a 3-day fasting and prayers to purify the land and ask for forgiveness from the widow and the bereaved family.
“Now this is what the people of Denkyira Obuasi should do. The chiefs and individuals must gather all the men of God, the whole village must go into 3-day prayers and fasting to purify the land, and in that meeting, his wife [Barbara] should be there to pronounce forgiveness then you will be forgiven” he added.
But his pronouncement did not seem to go down well with the Association leading to the issuance of a press release signed by the President of the Association, Mr Joseph Bannor Lokko, registering its displeasure over the comments.
Here is the full statement:
OPEN LETTER TO REV. SAM KORAKYE ANKRAH
Our attention has drawn to certain pronouncements made by the Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel International, Re. Sam Korakye Ankrah, declaring that the people of Denkyira Obuasi are cursed and that no youth will grow past 33 years following the unfortunate lynching of a young military officer, Maj. Maxwell Adam Mahama, some weeks ago.
It is unfortunate that such a well-respected church leader will make such pronouncements. Rather than call him names and respond in equal measure, we pray that he reflects soberly on the impact of his words as a church leader and whether these words are to heal or tear apart. The Bible in the Proverbs 18: 21 admonished that “the tongue has the power of life and death”, similarly, James 3; 6 advises that the tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body.
Like most Ghanaians, we believe the Apostle General is ill-informed about Denkyira Obuasi, one of the over 165 towns and 13 paramountcies making up the Denkyira Kingdom. The Denkyiras are peace loving people who have co-existed peacefully with other tribes and communities. What happened on the morning of May 29th, 2017 was an unfortunate incident which we at Denkyira Development Association have condemned publicly. The Denkyira Traditional Council which is currently head by the Chief of Denkyira Obuasi has performed purification rites and declared the day a “dark day”. Just last week, the family of the late Maj. Mahama visited the community. The Traditional Leaders and Executives of the Association received the family warmly.
Mob justice in Ghana is not a Denkyira Issue; it is a greater national societal problem which must be uprooted as canker it is. A day after the Maj. Mahama incident, an alleged witch, 67-year-old Madam Yenboka Kenna, a widow, was lynched at the Pwelungu market. And a 55-year-old Kofi Amoako Sensen was lynched at a drinking spot at Fetteh Kakraba in the GomoaEast district for allegedly stealing Ghc 1.50 pesewas.
Pastor Mensah Otabil, also a respected church leader summed it up better when he said what happened to Maj. Mahama is something we do every day. Years ago, several Ghanaians lynched on suspicion of getting people’s organs to vanish. Several lives lost needlessly.
As an Association, we have embarked on a national campaign against mob justice. We are committed to ensuring that The Major’s death becomes the marker for when we collectively as a people; Denkyira, Asante, Ga, Assin, Fanti, Gonja, Frafra, Akyem, Dagomba, Nzemaetc said enough is enough.
We pray that the Apostle General will join us on this journey of education. Just maybe he can use his medium and far-reaching platform to preach against mob justice – a national canker, and find ways to be part of the healing process for the family of the deceased Major and the community: both who have been traumatised by the actions of a few.
(Denkyira Development Association)
source: Metro News | Kofi Takyi |