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First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo condemns the lynching of the 90-year old woman accused of witchcraft

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The first lady of the Republic of Ghana Rebecca Akufo-Addo has added her voice to the condemnation of the killing of an old woman, whose name is said to be Madam Akua Denteh at Kafaba near Salaga in the Savannah Region of Ghana.

The 90-year old woman was beaten to death on the accusation of being a witch by a traditional priest .

The first lady took to her social media platform to condemn the act as barbaric and violates human rights.

She added that, the necessary steps would be followed to bring justice to the family and abolished such abusive and violent practices against women.

“The lynching of ninety year old Madam Akua Denteh, is simply abhorrent. It is tragic that in this day and age, Ghanaians especially women continue to suffer such barbaric and human right violations that undermine our quest for gender equality.

I am encouraged by the various statements of condemnation by many well- meaning Ghanaians and groups. While the statements are commendable, we must take all necessary steps to bring justice to the family and completely abolish all negative, abusive and violent practices against women in particular.

I will continue to work with interest groups to empower women and girls in various ways, including education and skills acquisition, as a means of insulating them from such barbaric practices.

I sent a delegation to Salaga to extend my condolences.” the post stated.

The 90-year old Akua Denteh was accused of witchcraft and was beaten by two women .

From the video of the incident, the old woman was sitting on the ground surrounded by a group of bystanders who watched while the old woman was beaten to death.

In the video, it could be seen that, the old woman on countless occasions tried to explain something to her beaters but she was shut down and pushed to the floor.