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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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EndMobCultureLIVE

Join us for a Facebook live session with Award-winning gospel musician KINGZKID to share “Mob Action from a victim‘s perspective”.

Stream live from our Facebook wall http://www.fb.me/carmaghana

Date: Friday, 17th November, 2017
Time: 2:00pm

Send in your thoughts, questions, comments and opinions via #EMCLive.

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Wake Up! Wise Up!

“Thief o, thief! thief o thief! Beat him!” She screamed; and even louder that the shrill of her voice made it seem like her larynx would soon fall out into her pharynx, she reiterated “BEAT HIM!” This lady was furious; and so was the rest of the crowd.

This is a classic scenario where the alleged criminal meets his demure end without recourse to the court.

In my second year, on the same campus, I was a bystander in a mob action situation. Although I did not support the lynching of the alleged, I did not perform my civic responsibility by calling the police. I was against it yet I was silent- did nothing. This makes me equally responsible for the continuity of mob action than the person who screams “beat him” or a lynching crowd and I’ll tell you why.

Albert Einstein once said “the world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them and do nothing.” Many of us fall under the category of “doing nothing” for fear of being opposed by others, being subject to the unhealthy cynicism as being naïve exuded by society and the “it’s none of my business mentality”. However, as long as we remain on this earth it will always be our business. To some of us, it may seem insignificant now; but if we continue to just look on, if we continue to sit back and fold our arms or if we continue to abdicate from these crucial issues, it may turn into an uncontrollable fire ready to consume us all. Any of us could be victimised by such barbarism. Let’s be activist, let’s act.

CALL FOR ACTIVISM
Activism is the act or policy of campaigning vigorously to bring about a social or political change. This is not meant only for some experts of paragons of virtue. It is meant for every individual whether you have been guilty of an act or not. The primary focus is you are willing and ready to change the status quo. If we do not take charge of what we want society to look like; it will manifest as being “okay” with the current system of things.

We tend to be passive recipients of culture whereby we allow ourselves to be semi-permeable membranes as “osmosis” occurs within us. It would be a great deal of use if we absorbed the positive aspect and rejected the negative. Let us rise up together: no one can change everything but everyone can change something.

Together, we are powerful agents of change where nothing is beyond our reach.

By Tracy Birch-Mensah

Throwback Thursday 2

In May this year, Ghana woke up to one of the most unfortunate and unforgettable mob action in the history of the nation.A military officer was lynched to death in broad day light in Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region.

While the nation was still grieving and trying to come to terms with the unfortunate incident, two personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) were hospitalised after
enduring a severe beating at the hands of some residents of Assin-Akropong in the Central Region.

The two, Egah Gyemfi and Benjamin Nkansah,were part of six officers who were called into the community to retaliate the beating of a civilian friend.

In a case of mistaken identity,the officers stormed the community and beat up a wrong target, Robert Adei and this caught the attention of the residents which eventually became a street fight.

The assault happened 48 hours after the fatal beating and killing of an Army Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama in the same region.

[Courtesy: http://www.myjoyonline.com]

Don’t wait till it happens to us!
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Throwback Thursday 1

In January this year, a taxi driver was lynched to death in Sawaba, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.The taxi driver, popularly known as Bebrebe, had accidentally knocked down a motor rider near a gas station.

An angry mob chased him and dragged him out of the premises of the gas station where he was seeking refuge and beat him to pulp

In a circulated video, the deceased is shown being manhandled by several men stepping on his head,slapping and punching him. At a point, he is strapped down whilst in some parts he is beaten with sticks. He was then bundled into a bucket of a tricycle.

Two people were arrested but were released after police say investigations failed to link them to the incident.

[Credit: myjoyonline.com]

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