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Sister’s Keepers, a Non-Profit Women charity Association, is calling on traditional leaders in the country especially those in East Gonja in the Savannah region, to sanction any group or individual that will want to take the laws into their own hands to mete out instant justice.

They also condemned the act of subjecting the aged especially old women to abuses and torture.

The group made this call when they visited the bereaved family of the 90-year-old who was lynched on suspicion of being a witch in Salaga.

The lynching of Akua Denteh has been widely condemned both home and abroad with intense calls for a halt of the maltreatment of alleged witches in the country.

The latest to add its voice to the growing condemnation is the Sister’s Keepers Association of Ghana.

Their first port of call was a visit to the bereaved family where they sympathised with them and also assured them of their support.

They later visited the Kafaba community where the incident took place to interact with the chief and people.

While there, the Charity Director of the Ghana Chapter of the Association, Hajia Fauzia Karim appealed to the traditional overlord of the area to sanction persons engage in such abuses.

“Traditional authorities have a key role to play in this fight and for us as an organization, we believe it is time for the overlord of the area to put in place severe sanctions for those who abuse women be it their family or not.”

She called for more education on human rights violations adding, old age comes with dementia.

“At a certain age, dementia sets in and one behaves strangely which many misconstrue for witchery.”

On her part, the Head of Communications of the Association, Abena Pokua Ahwenee assured members of the community, the association will be embarking on community sensitization in November.

The team then visited the Kpembewura Banbagne Ndefeso IV at his palace in Kpembe.

Meanwhile, family of 90-year-old Akua Denteh has called on the general public to disregard claims by Latifa Bumaye that the late Denteh is her grandmother.

In a short video in circulation after her arrest, the suspect said the deceased is her grandmother and that she was possessed and didn’t know she was abusing her.

According to the spokesperson of the family Salami Mahama, the claim is false and unfortunate.

“She is nowhere related to us, we don’t know her and so she should stop peddling the lies,” he said.

He added that he is happy the police has been able to effect some arrest and called on them not to relent in their efforts to apprehend the others.

Six suspects including the lady who was seen flogging the old woman Latifa Bumaye have since been arrested.

The first five, all males have since been remanded into police custody by the Bole Magistrate court on charges of conspiracy and murder.

Latifa Bumaye who was arrested on Friday, July 31 is expected to appear before the same court.

However, the spiritualist Hajia Felina is still at large.

SourceABC News

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