King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, the Ga Mantse, has noted with grave concern the
brutal torture and murder of Madam Akua Denteh, a 90-year-old mother and
In a video that has gone viral, this 90 year old woman of Madam Akua Denteh was
seen being publicly and brutally flogged by other women, on the unfounded
allegation that she is a witch.
I join the many horrified Ghanaians to condemn this act of intolerance and call for justice and appropriate sanctions against all the perpetrators of this inhuman act. I do hope that this heart-breaking act will never be repeated in any part of this peace loving country of ours.
Ghana has moved on in its democratic dispensation. Laws have been passed and
International conventions on human and women’s rights have been signed.
These must be enforced to the letter, to bring positive changes to our traditional,
customary, as well as religious practices, not only for girls and women but also for
our boys and men.
I recognize that it is the women who have always been in the
forefront in the fight, and continue to fight for the betterment of us all. They
have played pivotal roles in the organization and maintenance of our homes and
communities. They are to be worshipped and protected and not brutalized,
murdered and branded as witches.
I call on the Government to close down all witch camps. I also call on the security
agencies to expedite efforts to arrest all the perpetrators speedily and bring them
before the courts to face trial. Justice must be done and fast as a deterrent to
those who are carrying on similar brutal acts against girls and women. I know they
I further call on the Government, traditional and religious leaders, civil society
organizations and everyone born of a woman, to use this unfortunate incident as
an eye opener and work jointly towards ending all forms of inhuman and
obnoxious practices against girls and women, as well as all forms of Gender-based
violence in this Country.
As it was in the times of My Great, Great, Grandfather King Tackie Tawiah I, I will
condemn in no uncertain terms, and speak out against acts that are de-humanizing and ensure that the path to our future, is embedded in fundamental Human Rights for all
Finally, I will like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest and heartfelt
condolences to the children and family of the Late Madam Akua Denteh and to all
the women of Ghana. May her soul rest in peace.
And to Our Muslim Brothers And Sisters, Happy Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice
."May the divine blessings of Allah bring you hope, faith and joy on this occasion
of Eid al-Adha . Let's together ensure that the Safety Protocols On the Codvid 19
Are Adhered To.��
King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II