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Madam Afia Gyamfua, the 68 year old mother of convicted Charles Kwabena Antwi is pleading for the urgent intervention of human rights lawyers and clemency from His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama to release her son who is mentally unstable.
Madam Afia Gyamfua, a farmer at Dadiesoaba near Goaso in the Asunafo North District of the Brong-Ahafo Region, told The Chronicle via phone yesterday, that her son travelled to Libya and Italy, and returned with strange behaviour. She further narrated that after the return of her son from Italy he managed to build a two bedroom house for her, and moulded a total of 8,000 blocks in addition, with the intention of constructing additional rooms.
Charles Antwi, according to the mother, started driving a taxi cab, plying the Dadiesoaba-Goaso route, but the passengers complained to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) executives in Goaso that he (Antwi) was always over-speeding, thereby making them unsafe and uncomfortable.
When the Goaso executives of the GPRTU called Charles Antwi over the issue, he admitted that he drives at 180km/h, and that was not over-speeding to him. According to him, if the passengers were not comfortable with that speed, he could only reduce it to 120km/h.
According to Madam Afia Gyamfua, her son, who always insisted on becoming president after his return from abroad, claimed to have appointed one of his close friends, Kwaku Fosu, who is heavily built (Macho), as his personal bodyguard. She continued that since the son started acting strangely, several attempts were made to bring him back to normalcy, which led to the selling of the 8,000 blocks to foot his medical bills.
“He is my 7th child out of 8, and very industrious, but unfortunately, this thing has happened to him, I can’t even eat or sleep, and it is fast sending me to my grave,” Madam Gyamfua cried. She said Charles left Dadiesoaba on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, after he quit driving the taxi, and the next thing she heard of him was his arrest over his intent to assassinate the President.
“My son doesn’t drink nor smoke, however, the source of his unstable mental attitude is yet to be uncovered, hence the President should pardon and support him to seek medical attention,” she pleaded. His supposed bodyguard, Kwaku Fosu, admitted that Charles Antwi had always been claiming to be the President of Ghana, and that he (Fosu) is his personal bodyguard.
“Charles doesn’t drink alcohol, and threatened to sack me as his bodyguard if I don’t quit drinking, so he is a nice man who is, unfortunately, suffering from mental problems.” Kwaku Fosu added his voice to the plea of Madam Afia Gyamfua for the intervention of lawyers for the release Charles Antwi from prison, and instead, send him to psychiatric centres in the country for treatment.