Mother of late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Veronica Bamford, in a teary eulogy Friday described the fallen soldier as an “energetic son.”
“I’m so proud of the son I raised. An honourable man who took care of others, who protected the nation and displayed through manhood in how he cared for his family and his kids,” madam Bamford declared.
She said the gruesome murder of her son by the marauding residents of Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central region destroyed her saying “I’m falling to pieces.”
Late Major Mahama on May 29 was brutally lynched and charred to death a after he was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber.
He was with the 5 Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, Burma Camp Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central region where he was gruesomely murdered by residents there.
As at June 5, the Ghana Police Service announced the arrest of 42 persons in connection with the horrendous murder. They have been arraigned in court and currently on remand.
Exalting the memory of Major Mahama who died a captain before posthumously promoted to Major by President Akufo-Addo Friday June 9 at his burial ceremony at the forecourt of the state house, the distraught mother said “Tell the killers they have destroyed me. Tell them he was a very special son. Forever my boy! Calling me “mummy, mummy, mummy.””
She said Major Mahama could never string a sentence together without mummy in it and residents of Denkyira-Obuasi should be told that “they do not know this loving, very affectionate son of mine. They do not know about how he would walk and lift me up, put me on a sofa saying “relax mummy” and massage my feet.”
Saddened by her inability to rescue her son from the clutches of death Madam Bamford said: “Mummy could not save her son. Mummy was not there to comfort him or take away the pain.”
She said her grandsons have been “robbed” off their “love and joy” adding “whenever, he hugged and kissed me in their presence he would say Jaden, Jerry this is how you should treat your mummy.”
Late Major Mahama’s dream, she said was to make a family and make her comfortable and that he had a good heart, was compassionate, loving and affectionate and “above all he loved his country and vowed to protect its citizens.”
“I’m lost,” she said tearfully revealing that some of her friends have been avoiding her since the painful demise of her child but she understands.