The Ada Songhor Lagoon Association and other citizens have marked the 37th anniversary of the death of Margaret Kuwornu, a pregnant woman, who died from a stray bullet fired by police officers at the Ada Songhor Lagoon in 1985.
Kuwornu was shot to death on Friday, May 17, 1985, at Bornikope, a salt mining community near Sege in the Greater Accra Region, during a misunderstanding between the police and the indigenes in an attempt to lease the Songhor Lagoon to an investor.
Jerry Rawlings and Ada indigenes
Nene Kwesi Dameh II, the Chief of Bornikope, said the wranglings between the locals and the private investor, which led to Kuwornu’s death, got the then PNDC Government, led by late President Jerry John Rawlings, to enact the PNDC Law 287 that entrusted the Lagoon back to the indigenes.
“After the incident in 1985, Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III, the Paramount Chief of Ada Traditional Area, vowed that such incident would never happen again under his tenure,” he said.
He, therefore, called on the paramountcy to give a listening ear to the pleas of the people in the Songhor Lagoon enclave for peace to prevail.
Explaining the circumstances that led to the death of Kuwornu, Nene Dameh said she was going about her daily activities in her house when a stray bullet from a gun battle at the Lagoon hit and killed her instantly.
He said the woman’s death would forever remain in the minds of the people and that a sculpture had been erected at the spot in remembrance of her and guide the people against any such confrontation.