House in Accra.
Moving tributes came in from Major Mahama’s widow, his children, his parents and another stakeholder he crossed paths with in his lifetime.
Major Mahama’s grief-stricken father, Rtd. Captain Dennis Mahama, notably broke down in tears, unable to continue his own tribute to his son. An uncle to the deceased had to continue on his behalf.
Major Mahama’s father, in his tribute, assured that he will carry out all plans his late son had for his wife and children.
Major Mahama’s mother, moved many to tears when she said would go to her grave with a void her heart.
“I feel hollow, just moving about like an empty shell. My baby is gone forever. They have taken him away from me. His life was cut short in a most violent and disgusting way.”
“I am falling to pieces. Tell the killers they have destroyed me. Tell them he was a very special son. forever my boy. calling me Mummy, Mummy. Mummy. He could never string a sentence together without “Mummy” in it. Tell them they do not know this loving. very affectionate son of mine. They do not know about how he would walk in, lift me up, put me on the sofa and say “relax Mummy” and massage my feet.
The widow, Barbara Mahama, recounted the brighter moments with her husband, and expressed little regret for their time together.
“I don’t regret many things, my love. You wanted us to enjoy life and be happy. We always joked about poverty being a disease since it restricts people. We had plans my king, many many plans! But when I think about you, I only smile because you are more than a piece of flesh circulating on social media. You were full of life, energy and vigour, so I choose to remember you in that sense.”
“I love you and I always told you. I always reminded you of what you mean to me. You meant the world to me, my everything. But you were always too worried that you were not giving me the best of life. Seriously, I don’t regret wanting you all to myself and that is why I can look back and smile today,” Barbara said in her tribute.
Major Mahama is being honoured with a State Funeral after his murder by some youth of Denkyria-Obuasi in the Central Region shocked the nation.
The soldier, who was an anti-galamsey operation, was mistaken for a robber and beaten mercilessly, as part of his body was also burnt.
His final funeral rites will be held at Bole from 13th to 15th June 2017 and Tumu from 16th to 18th June 2017 respectively.