PRESS: GBC 24

November 18, 2017.
Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Accra.
On 18th of November 2017, the team was invited to talk at a television talk show on GBC 24. Mr. Anthony Benjamin Adeaba and Ms. Abigail Jerady Mensah represented the team on the show. The show happened hours after the military had seized power in Zimbabwe. The team commented about the situation in Zimbabwe and then linked the situation in Zimbabwe to mob action in Ghana and Africa. Ms. Mensah explained the ethos, pathos and logos concept and how it has shaped the vision of the group. Mr. Adeaba answered questions concering the methods used by the group to get its message to the general population. Ms. Mensah concluded by urging everyone to be an activist.

PRESS: Radio Ghana

November 9, 2017.

Behind the News, a radio-talk show on Radio Ghana, invited CARMA Ghana to speak to the general public about mob action in Ghana. The interview was conducted on 9th November, 2017. The team was represented by Ms. Abigail Jerady Mensah and Ms. Tracy Birch-Mensah. The team responded to the host’s questions which encompassed areas like the core message of CARMA Ghana, the operations of the team, the members of the group and the desired goals and objectives of the team. Ms. Mensah and Ms. Birch-Mensah were able to relay the core message of CARMA Ghana and the various efforts being pulled by the group to achieve its desired objectives which includes the reduction and eventual elimination of mob action in Ghana.

PRESS: Radio Univers 105.7 FM

On Sunday November 5, 2017. team CARMA was invited to an interview aired live on Radio Univers 105.7 FM.

The show, “TEENS WITH VISION” team was hosted by Eleazor F. Quayson on November 5, 2017. Mr. Anthony Benjamin Adeaba and Ms. Tracy Birch-Mensah represented the team on the program. They introduced to listeners what the entire campaign was about and the desired objectives we planned on achieving.

Ms. Birch-Mensah supported her arguments about mob action by citing sections of the Ghanaian constitution that outlaws mob action. Mr. Adeaba appealed to the public to take in the message espoused by the team. They also solicited for the public’s help in spreading the core message of the group.

PRESS RELEASE: KUMASI MOB INCIDENT

CARMA GHANA CONDEMNS MOB JUSTICE IN KUMASI

“Our Lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter”

– Dr. Martin Luther King

It is with painful hearts that we write to condemn an incident of mob action that that occurred over the weekend in Kumasi.

According to Adom Fm Online, a man believed to be in his early thirties was beaten pitilessly over the weekend at Alabar in Kumasi for allegedly being gay.

The man is a cook with the company currently working on the Kejetia Redevelopment Project.

The report claimed the man invited his colleague to his house and decided to have sex with him upon his arrival. The colleague who was startled by the attempt, immediately called his friends to manhandle the alleged gay worker.

We at Carma Ghana vehemently and viciously condemn, disparage and deprecate the action.

We consider it archaic, barbaric and an act of lawlessness. We are most saddened by such act that seeks to undermine the freedoms and the rights of citizens.

A research we conducted indicated that mob culture still persist because usually the perpetrators of the act are left unpunished. We are therefore calling on the appropriate authorities to investigate this matter and bring the culprits to book.

We are also calling on pressure groups to add their voice to the campaign against mob culture in Ghana.

Signed,
Carma Ghana

Catch us on TV!

Tune in to WORLD VIEW on GBC24 this Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 8-9pm.

Teammates, Adeaba Anthony Benjamin and Abigail Jerady Mensah will be panelists, discussing Mob Justice in Africa: A sign of Democratic Reversals? with Irbard Ibrahim CEO Irbard Security Consult

The show will be Hosted by George Asekere.

Join the conversation with #EndMobCulture or #ProjectCARMA and tell us what you think we can all do to collectively choose Activism over Mob Action.

#CARMAtoTheWorld #P2PChallenge

What is Activism?

Activism embodies all the efforts and activities by individuals and organizations to promote and hasten the process of social or political change. Activism takes various forms and these may include; writing petitions, strikes, sit-ins, boycotts, hunger strikes and rallies.

Ever heard of the 28th February Christianbourg Crossroads shootings which included Coporal Attipoe, Sergeant Adjetey and Private Odartey Lamptey. These ex-servicemen marched on the Christianbourg castle on 28th February 1948 to present a petition to the Governor of the then Gold Coast to demand payment of their end of service benefits promised to them before they fought in the second world war.
These ex-servicemen can be considered as activists.

Activist groups on campus
Before the start of this semester, a group of students decided to embark on a protest against the hike in school fees. With the slogan #UGFEESMUSTFALL, the campaign was able to make waves throughout the entire student body and even went far to involve prominent statesmen.

BE AN ACTIVIST!

Who then is an activist?

An activist can be described as someone who pushes for some kind of social change. Activists are rigorously involved in protests for a social or political cause and these people act on what they believe in. // An especially active, vigorous advocate of a political or social cause (NB: this includes economic change, environmental reforms etc.).

Activists are involved in social movements including most importantly activism for civil and political rights.

Throughout history there have been a large number of popular activists.

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., El- Hajj Shabazz (Malcolm X), Nelson Mandela, Patrice Lumumba and Maya Angelou are just a few of them.

Ethos

We are using a three-dimensional argument to show how and why mob culture is wrong. The first argument is “ethos”.

Ethos is an appeal to ethics, and ethics are simply the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations.

Ghanaian culture is overly religious, with divine intervention serving as the basis for most if not all our social change. Yet, religion plays an important role in every aspect of our lives, except when it counts.

Taking another human’s life with impunity is wrong in any ethical setting. It’s not right according to any of our religious values. Take for instance, Jesus, who is revered by both Muslims and Christians said to a mob who attempted to stone an alleged prostitute: “let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.”

We all have flaws, and we have a justice system to determine which of our flaws are crimes. It also sets out which punishments are suitable for which crime. Mob culture abrogates this, and defines each crime with absolutes. There is no scale or grade of differing deaths. There is only one punishment for each and every crime: painful, brutal, senseless death.

Public Opinion since May 29

On the 29th of May, 2017 a repellently frightful incidence that put the country into an outright shock received much condemning clap back from the public.

Though the action perpetrated was nothing new in the country, this seemed to put the Country to straight dawn while the sun shone.

This was for no apparent reason that Major Mahama was a soldier and a nephew to the Ex President, John Mahama.

This was seen more or less like a national mourning exercise where scores of Ghanaians showed their sympathetic traits to express their pains and thoughts with the family.

Soon after everything seemed over, some Ghanaian scholars coughed out criticisms on the Trust Fund that was recently passed by Parliament.

A well known and astute lawyer and a citizen vigilante, Mr.Martin Amidu gave a strong advise to the president not to give an authoritative assent to the bill on the basis that the said bill was defective in so many ways.

He added that the bill suffered from several constitutional, legal and policy faults and that it needed severe scrutiny.

Again, Professor Kwaku Asare, a US based -Ghanaian legal luminary and academic also expressed his displeasure on the bill and called it problematic.

According to him, the bill flouted the rules of universalism and non discrimination.
This buttresses the fact that, other service men and women who had lost their lives were not going to be beneficiaries of the Trust Fund.
He therefore called on the government to exercise fairness and equity as broadly enshrined in the preamble of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.

All of this, amongst others justifies the unhappiness of the general public despite the valiant support they gave the family some time past.

What has the Entertainment Industry done?

…About Mob Action since May 29…

The entertainment industry broke part of the spine through it’s heartwarming approach it made after one of Ghana’s finest snipers was killed terribly .

Scores of actors and other industry players used their social media handles to express their condolences to the family of the late soldier.

Few amongst the many who made their hearty remarks were Lydia Forson, Afia Schwarzenegger,James Gardiner, Sarkodie and others where a common inscription of #JusticeForMajorMahama was used.

Others also used their dexterities to produce some mellifluous dirges to express their sorrows.
Notable amongst these musicians were Shatta wale ,Kofi Kinaata et al.

Furtherance, a plethora of celebrities turned up at the funeral grounds of the late Major to pay their last respect at the forecourt of the State House.
In all they played a tremendous role in their busy campaign against mob culture.

#EndMobCulture #EGoFitBeYou

PROGRESS REPORT

Our campaign is one of positivity and solutions. We don’t want to just focus on the problem of mob culture and add our voice to the many that merely criticize and denounce the act. We want action. We want actionable strategies. But we’re still new in the businesdones of change, and we can only act once we’ve learnt from the strengths and weaknesses of those before us.

This week, we will be sharing posts about how mob culture has been dealt with. Using several stakeholders in the issue, we will outline the good and bad traits of the fight against mob culture in Ghana. We hope this information will lay the foundation for Activism to take the fore of dealing with the problem.

1. What has the Executive done?

The government which is constitutionally mandated in Chapter Five(5) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana has played a tremendous role before and after the burial of one Major Mahama who was inhumanely lynched on the 29th of May, 2017.

2. What has the Judiciary done?

The judiciary whose fundamental role is to interpret the constitution and to exercise the full rigours of the law on offenders ad infinitum, prudently took this case on it’s shoulders and fought through.

On the 19th of July, 2017, a district court in Accra ordered 19 suspects being held for the murderous attack on Major Mahama to be moved from the police cells to the prison custody even though 50 of such people from Denkyira Obuasi had been acquitted as investigators could find no substantive evidence connecting them to the murder.
Notwithstanding,the case was adjourned to August 3,2017 for which prosecutors begun full committal proceedings.

3. What has the Legislature done?

The President,H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo upon an official visit to the family made some undisclosed but colossal donations in a form of cash to the wife and family of Major Mahama.

Additionally,a trust fund was promised by the government vis-a-vis Ghana Armed Forces for which a bill was put before Parliament of the 24th of October, 2017 which was seeking for legal and formal backing upon the establishment of such fund.

After further deliberations and perusals by the the Finance and Interior and Defence Committees, the bill was finally passed on 9th of November, 2017.

The trust fund however is to cater for his wife and the education of his two kids with a seed money of ¢500,000.00
In a nutshell, the Government of Ghana anticipates that this decision remains useful in it’s quest to serve the people of Ghana with integrity.

#EndMobCulture #CARMA #ChooseActivism #P2PChallenge

PROGRESS REPORT

Our campaign is one of positivity and solutions. We don’t want to just focus on the problem of mob culture and add our voice to the many that merely criticize and denounce the act. We want action. We want actionable strategies. But we’re still new in the businesdones of change, and we can only act once we’ve learnt from the strengths and weaknesses of those before us.

This week, we will be sharing posts about how mob culture has been dealt with. Using several stakeholders in the issue, we will outline the good and bad traits of the fight against mob culture in Ghana. We hope this information will lay the foundation for Activism to take the fore of dealing with the problem.

1. What has the Executive done?

The government which is constitutionally mandated in Chapter Five(5) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana has played a tremendous role before and after the burial of one Major Mahama who was inhumanely lynched on the 29th of May, 2017.

2. What has the Judiciary done?

The judiciary whose fundamental role is to interpret the constitution and to exercise the full rigours of the law on offenders ad infinitum, prudently took this case on it’s shoulders and fought through.

On the 19th of July, 2017, a district court in Accra ordered 19 suspects being held for the murderous attack on Major Mahama to be moved from the police cells to the prison custody even though 50 of such people from Denkyira Obuasi had been acquitted as investigators could find no substantive evidence connecting them to the murder.
Notwithstanding,the case was adjourned to August 3,2017 for which prosecutors begun full committal proceedings.

3. What has the Legislature done?

The President,H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo upon an official visit to the family made some undisclosed but colossal donations in a form of cash to the wife and family of Major Mahama.

Additionally,a trust fund was promised by the government vis-a-vis Ghana Armed Forces for which a bill was put before Parliament of the 24th of October, 2017 which was seeking for legal and formal backing upon the establishment of such fund.

After further deliberations and perusals by the the Finance and Interior and Defence Committees, the bill was finally passed on 9th of November, 2017.

The trust fund however is to cater for his wife and the education of his two kids with a seed money of ¢500,000.00
In a nutshell, the Government of Ghana anticipates that this decision remains useful in it’s quest to serve the people of Ghana with integrity.

*Referencing*
OpokuMensah,Duke (2017,November 10) Parliament passes Major Mahama Trust Fund, citifmonline.com/Ghana.

General News On Wednesday(19th July, 2017)Captain Mahama Suspects Sent To Prison Custody, 3news.com/ghana