A great tree has once again fallen in our motherland Ghana. Major Maxwell Mahama, a military officer with the 5th Infantry Battalion at Burma camp in Accra who died on the 29th May,2017 in the hands of some cruel and merciless residents of Denkyira Boase in the Central Region. This is not the first-time mob justice has taken place in Ghana, so many people have died in that same process. Some as innocent as Major Mahama was, have been murdered and severely assaulted in these attacks after being wrongly accused.
The phrase ‘mob justice’ is even inappropriate because injustice is what is being committed. Even though this is not the first time something like this has happened, I think this is the wake-up call Ghanaians need. Then again, What will make people go to such extreme lengths? Let’s find out.
PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM TO ASSIST THEM.
The Police-The police force has been one of several institutions tagged with bribery and corruption. These allegations discredit the Police. There have been several instances where the police have done relatively nothing about cases reported to them. Recently, a relative moved her things to her new site and all the things were stolen including her building materials. she reported the case to the Police and even hinted them on the suspect. The police let him go and told her she should come back when she has evidence. So, in this case, wont the citizens take the law into their own hands even though it is not the right thing to do, when the Police refuses to play its role in the country?
The Court – The court was also recently hit with a bribery scandal when videos of some judges taking bribe was released for public viewing. Criminals have been set free by the court on several occasions and sometimes the people do not get the justice they want.
The Government– The government mostly does not give “mob injustice” the needed attention. Mob Injustice did not start today, it has been there for years.
The Society– The society condones this act of injustice that is why it is still in the system. If only, some of the residents of Denkyira Boase had fought against the killing of Major Mahama and had ensued that the right thing be done, He would not have lost his Life in such a cruel way.
Religious Bodies– The various religious bodies must condemn this act. I know for a fact that no religion condones injustice. Therefore, religious leaders must preach against it.
STEPS TO TAKE TO END MOB (IN)JUSTICE
Strengthening institutions- The Government should ensure that the criminal justice system is not only in existence but also working efficiently. The police and the entire judicial system must be put on its toes to ensure that the right thing is done.
Making citizens trust the justice system– The criminal justice system must make efforts for the people to trust in them again. All those who take bribe should be brought to book to redeem their good name.
Do not politicize it- Mob justice or mob injustice like I call it, did not start under the current government, it dates back to as long as I can remember. It has been in the system for years like I said earlier. Not all matters should be used to score political points. That is appalling and insensitive. If we tend to politicize everything in this country, our growth becomes stagnant. This is not the time to apportion blame, we should rather be looking at the way forward.
Now, When the victimized are victimizing the victim, what happens? What happened in Denkyira Boase is unfortunate and should serve as a deterrent to us all. We must put a stop to Mob Injustice and let the criminal justice system especially the Police do their job.
To the family, especially the wife and kids, esineymar.com says May the memories of Major Mahama and God give you strength in this hard times. Indeed a great tree has fallen, but its roots are firmly planted in the ground.
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