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

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

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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.

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!

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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‘I could have lost my life to Mob Action’ -Kingzkid

On the 19th of August 2017, Award-winning Ghanaian Urban Gospel artist Kingzkid, could have lost his life to an outraged mob and would have gone down in history’s books as one of the souls lost to this violent extremism.

According to the recording artist, he was invited as a special guest at a Young Adults beach camp at Ada in the Greater Accra Region. On his way back in the evening of the same day, he had to meet a friend at the Accra Mall, who was supposed to pick him up. With fortune averting him, his phone went off and so he could not communicate with the person. Left with no option but to walk around in the bid to find this person, He found him eventually and stood there to talk to the Mall Cops because their Car was problematic.

Much to his surprise, a lady came from nowhere and started yelling ‘that is the guy’. Another person screamed ‘mo mbu nu’ ( which translates as let’s beat him up). In the heat of the moment, angered men and women pounced on him with stones and all the destructive tools they could lay hands on, to inflict harm on the alleged ‘thief’. According to the Lady who called the shots that translated into action, her phone had been stolen a few minutes prior to Kingzkid’s arrival and she could have sworn that Kingzkid was the thief. She went on to claim that Kingzkid had changed his clothes right after stealing the phone so he could make away with the crime.

According to him, the rage in the mob’s eyes and their violent action could have ended his life that evening. In a post on his Instagram account, he stated that but for the saving grace of Jesus Christ, he would have been dead.

Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are outraged as those who are- Benjamin Franklin.

An extremely violent act such as Mob Action could happen to anyone. It could be me, It could be you, It could be us. It is not too late to come together as a society to do something about this virulent act. We don’t have to wait until we lose another innocent soul or even a guilty soul to an angry mob when there is a Judiciary to serve justice. This is a call to action.

Source: Kingzkid.

The Activist vs The Mobster

Since pre-history, political and social change has been achieved by citizens, regular people, coming together to agitate and act in unison to correct an existing injustice, to address a particular challenge and propose a positive and more equitable alternative to existing realities.

What is the relationship between mob action and activism?

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The Culture of Mob Action

Mob action, popularly known as ‘mob justice’ seems to have become a part of Ghanaians as for many years people have been taking the laws into their own hands to deal with suspected thieves when they catch them.

Several lives (both innocent and guilty) have been lost as a result of this act but nothing is done about it.

The latest victim, the late Major Maxwell Mahama’s case is however different.

The soldier’s death, which Ghanaians from all walks of life condemned on several platforms have caused the police service to take action to arrest and prosecute all those involved in the ‘murder’.

Some videos of past mob actions have resurfaced and are currently trending on social media.

The first is of a woman who has been stripped naked for allegedly attempting to steal a bag. Another woman was beaten up for stealing soap in a shop. In both videos, the women can be seen pleading for forgiveness but their tormenters will not listen to their plea.

Management of Unibank released a statement earlier this week to inform the public that some of its staff members who were seen in a video heckling a swindler they caught at one of their branches some years ago were severely punished for the act whilst the man was handed over to the police.

The farthest these videos and many others got to when the incidents occurred was social media walls where some people condemned the act whilst others supported it.

Chief Justice-designate, Justice Sophia Akuffo during her vetting at the Parliaments Appointments Committee Friday stated that ‘mob justice’ was a “a misnomer and it’s definitely not justice, and it’s got nothing to do with” justice as delivered by the judiciary.

She explained that society sometimes does not understand why a suspect is freed by the system with people questioning the point in reporting a crime to the police, the need to go through the court process which sometimes delay and therefore employ “self help” as a way of exerting justice by themselves.

Madam Sophia Akuffo assured Ghanaians that the “delivering of quality justice” she is going to preside over would ensure that nobody has a cause to accuse the judiciary of providing the grounds for ‘mob justice’.

Touching on the adage that ‘justice delay is justice denied’, Justice Sophia Akuffo averted the minds of Ghanaians to the other side of the coin that holds that ‘justice hurried is justice buried’ where many have been convicted wrongfully.

She however averred, “So long as there is ‘mob justice’, it means something is not going right, but at least we of the judiciary will do our optimal to ensure that we are not the cause of the mob justice”.

[Source: Ghanaweb]