The women’s wing of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has condemned “in no uncertain terms the attack and gruesome lynching of a 90-year-old woman, accused of witchcraft, at Kafaba in the Upper West Region of Ghana”.
Akua Denteh was slapped, kicked and caned after being accused of witchcraft by a self-styled traditional priestess and soothsayer identified as Fatima.
The gruesome murder has since gone viral on social and traditional media.
The body of the deceased has been conveyed from Kafaba by the Salaga Police and deposited at Tamale Teaching Hospital’s morgue awaiting autopsy.
In a statement, the National Women Organiser of the NPP, Kate Gyamfua, stated that she “believes that wherever this Priestess Fatima has stayed, she perpetrates such acts.”
“As a mother and a leader, I condemn unequivocally and state that nobody has the right to accuse anyone of being a witch or wizard, or have should have the audacity to even lead an attack on such persons, so all those who are fond of indulging in such negative and barbaric acts must desist from them,” the statement read.
“I hereby call on all the appropriate authorities to investigate and prosecute, where necessary, all those involved in this heinous crime.
All the women fraternity in the NPP and I do commiserate with the bereaved family and pray for the comfort of the Lord in these difficult times,” Ms Gyamfua added.