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File image: Ghanaian soldiers deployed to fight galamsey.

My name is Lt Col (Rtd) Edward Affainie. The gruesome killing of Capt. Mahama is a clarion call to the Military High Command to do an in-house cleaning.

I joined the military at a very tender age just after my GCE Advanced Level education. During our enlistment my best friend and I were awaiting our results. I retired as a Lt Col having served in various capacities from platoon level, instructor at the Military Academy, through to the Army Headquarters level and ended my carrier in December 2010 as Deputy Director for Peacekeeping Operations at the Army HQ.

My Improbable Graduation: From A Tiny Village In Ghana To Johns Hopkins

When I was about 5 years old, my father passed away and life took a dramatic turn. My uncles from my father's side took all his properties, per the custom in my village in Ghana, so each of my father's seven wives had to find ways to provide and take care of their children. My mother struggled to get enough food — mainly beans and vegetables — to make even one daily meal for myself and my six siblings. She would make our food as spicy as possible so that we would have to drink a lot and fill our stomachs with water.

THE NEED TO END THIS PERVERSE CULTURE OF MOB JUSTICE IN THE WAKE OF THE MURDER OF CAPTAIN MAXWELL MAHAMA

Not too long ago at a shop in the city center of Accra, there was the sudden shout of "Julo julo". This familiar call indicates the presence of a thief. Immediately the shop attendant picked a heavy stone and went towards the direction of the alleged thief.

Ghana is currently grappling with the devastating effects of illegal mining activities with water bodies which support life being the hardest hit. It is on this basis that another look must be taken at the importance of water resources for rural development. Fresh water is a precious resource essential for sustaining life and undertaking any productive activity. It is estimated that 70 percent of available fresh water is used for Agriculture, the main occupation in rural areas.

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