Denkyira-Obuasi Chiefs rename town to “New Obuasi”

According to reports, the residents and chiefs of Denkyira-Obuasi have resorted to changing the name of the town in a bid to recover from the bad publicity the area has faced over the past months.

The township has been in media spotlight since the lynching of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama by some irate residents.

Some residents of the town in the Central Region had, on May 29, reportedly mistaken a soldier for an armed robber, lynched him and burnt his lifeless body.

The dead soldier, a member of the 5th Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, was on patrol in the area on an anti-galamsey mission.

After his death, many residents of the area reportedly fled the area for fear of retaliative action by military officers who stormed the area.

Months down the line, the chiefs of Denkyira-Obuasi have reached a consensus to rename the town New Obuasi to start afresh on better grounds.

According to a report by, the chiefs of the area hope this will help with clearing the stigmatization and disdain that currently accompanied the old name of New Obuasi.