*JJ Rawlings speaks following murder of soldier*

Former president Jerry John Rawlings has expressed his condolences to the family of Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama.

The former president, who is himself an ex-soldier, sent his sympathies in a statement released by his office.

_“Your loss is a loss to the whole country. Your husband, son and brother lost his life serving his country”,_ he said.

The former president also called on soldiers across the country to keep calm and desist from avenging their colleague’s death.

“Taking the law into our hands in the manner the perpetrators of the act did was an act of cruelty. However, I implore the affected institution to remain calm as the security agencies investigate the matter. When the law does not seem to be giving people justice, such acts of cruelty resulting in the unfortunate loss of innocent life, is the end result.

I call on the security agencies and the law courts to inspire confidence in the populace by acting swiftly and effectively when crimes are committed in our communities. 

The recent acts of violence in Somanya and Kumasi cannot be taken in isolation. They go to expose a weakness in the general response to crime,”_ former President Rawlings said.