Cultural Beliefs No Justification For Akua Denteh’s Lynching – Alex Segbefia
A former Minister of Health under the NDC, Alex Segbefia is urging people to divorce the lynching of Akua Denteh, a 90-year-old woman at Kafaba, from cultural practices.
Speaking on The Big Issue, he insisted that her death, which resulted from witchcraft accusations, was plain murder.
According to him, cultural beliefs do not supersede the laws of the country and her killing “should be treated criminal offence and dealt with as criminal offence.”
“There is no justification for it and it can never be right and if we don’t take steps to prosecute people regardless of their ages people will continue to do this time and time and again,” Mr. Segbefia said.
Some of the suspects in the killing have already been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Some comments on the incident have tried to highlight the role culture plays in some the actions informed by witchcraft accusations.
“The chief of the area has been arrested because he was trying to justify this on the basis of the cultural norm. There is no cultural norm that is greater than the law of the country and this was a murder so they should be tried as murderers,” Mr. Segbefia noted