Friday, 9 June 2017

'I never thought I'll be burying my son' - Mother of lynched Ghanaian soldier Maxwell Mahama laments as he is given State burial [FULL PICTORIAL COVERAGE]

Veronica Bamford, mother of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama who was lynched by a mob is inconsolable. 
As the former Captain who was posthumously promoted to Major was laid to rest with full military honors today at the Osu Military Cemetary, his distraught mum revealed how hard it has been for her to process the death of her son.
 “I am a woman of faith, so death and dying are not my fears but never in my wildest nightmares did I ever think I would be burying my son. Never!" she said.

The gruesome and horrific way my son was snatched from this earth is beyond any words” she said in her tribute to her son at the state house burial held in Accra
According to the heartbroken mother, she has not only lost a son she so much adored, but an advisor and a helper who was always ready to lend support each time the need arose.
“The birth of my sweetest baby boy gave me the greatest gift of all. It made me a mother for the first time. Major Maxwell Adam Mahama was such a special child”, she revealed.

Read her emotional tribute at bottom of page:

Ghanaian dignitaries including the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamadu Bawumia, former President John Mahama together with members of Parliament and other State officials are presently at the state burial of late Major Maxwell Mahama to pay their last respect to the slain soldier.
Ghanaian dignitaries including the Vice President of Ghana, Mahamadu Bawumia, former President John Mahama together with members of Parliament and other State officials are presently at the state burial of late Major Maxwell Mahama to pay their last respect to the slain soldier.

Hundred of mourners are also gathered at the venue to witnessed the late Major given his full military honours.

Major Mahama who was lynched by a mob at Denkyria-Obuasi in the Central Region, after they mistook him for an armed robber will be laid to rest later today at the Osu Military Cemetary.














Mother's emotional tribute
On 1st of November,1985, my sweet baby boy, for me the greatest gift of all-he made me a mother for the first time. Maxwell Adam Mahama was such a special child. He had a pure, loving, kind heart reflected in his always smiling face. Since childhood. Adam was very energetic. Throughout school, he always participated and excelled in sports.

This passion continued into adulthood. An avid sportsman. he played lawn tennis for the Army and for leisure. In addition to being a strong swimmer, he also recently explored golf and equestrianism. He was always learning. looking for ways to improve himself and to be a better human being.

As a compassionate animal lover, his respect for life also extended to his pets. His family and friends know of some of his dogs. especially Luna. who brought him so much joy. He would pay tribute to her on the anniversary of her death.
While I was in Ghana in March. he lost a dog and he spent time alone with the dead dog shedding tears, after which he buried it. Then he said ‘Mummy that was my children’s pet. 

As soon as they wake up they go and check on it before anything else.” He said he had to get another dog for his children.

Adam loved his family fiercely. He had a great sense of duty to his family and to those around him’ you knew you could always count on Adam to be there whenever you needed him. I am so proud of the son I raised, an honourable man who took care of others,who protected his nation. He displayed true manhood the way he cared for his wife and kids.
Major Mahama's children's tribute:

Dear daddy, we were told you travelled. You told us you were going to come back. We spoke by phone almost every day. We told you to come and take us swimming and to play tennis and you said okay.
We have been waiting for that ice cream you promised us. We miss playing with you. We miss the dancing moves with mummy, and the laughter that fills our home when you are around.

We miss the Akosombo trip, we miss you coming for us from school and spending time with us before mummy comes. Daddy, we miss going to the Turkish restaurant with you alone to spend “boys boys” time.

We miss you chasing mummy around when she takes your meat from your food, and we miss eating together as a family. We miss you calling us to pray together and we miss you sitting us down to talk to us about life even as young as we are.
Daddy, anytime you were going out, you called us to tell us you would be back and that we should take good care of mummy and not stress her, and since you have kept long in coming, we assure you that we will take good care of mummy and not stress her out.

We really miss you and we are waiting to see you again. We love you very much and we know you love us because you cared for us and you always signed off your calls with “I Love You”.

To the world’s best and greatest daddy, we say we love you and we thank you for blessing us. You are simply irreplaceable.

With Love, from Jaden and Jerry.


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