-As Murderous “Culture of Silence” Gains Momentum
The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of Ejura-Skyeredumasi in the Ashanti Region, Salisu Mohammed Bamba and Police Commander in the area Supt. Kingsley Owusu Bempah as persons of interest in the gruesome murder of Kaaka Anyass Ibrahim, an outspoken member of the #FixTheCountry youth movement.
Ibrahim, aka Macho Kaaka was set upon by an irate mob believed to be associated with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and lynched him to death for reportedly highlighting rots in the society that made the NPP government “unpopular”.
He was brutally attacked on June 25, 2021, and gave up the ghost today, June 28, 2021, around 12.30 at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) where he had been rushed to in a vegetative state.
In what appears to be a well-coordinated execution, Supt. Owusu Bempah on June 15, 2021, written a suspicious letter to Macho Kaaka warning him to stop his social media advocacy highlighting corruption and misgovernance in Ghana and his hometown of Ejura.
A statement released by the FixTheCountry Group confirms the possible orchestration of Macho Kaaka’s murder, citing a voice recording of bodyguards to Ejura MCE threatening to eliminate the social commentator.
“…Kaaka received voice messages of threats being made on his life. In fact, there are voice recordings on which some persons known to be bodyguards to the Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura Sekyeredumase, could be heard saying that the activities of Kaaka on Facebook were making the governing New Patriotic Party unpopular in the area and that every means possible must be used to stop him,”
On July 15, 2021, Supt. Owusu Bempah warned Macho Kaaka that some people had reported him [Macho Kaaka] for a purported “breach of peace” on June 14, 2021. “…If you are reported again, it may be necessary to take proceedings against you…,” the Police Commanded warned, quoting Section 207 of Act 29.
Macho Kaaka is an outspoken social media commentator who live streams poor infrastructure and government-abandoned projects across the country and had associated himself with the FixTheCountry youth movement has is campaigning for social equity.
On the day referenced by the Ejura Police letter, Macho Kaaka had done a Livestream seeking to clarify the misconceptions people had about his highlighting of anomalies in the society.
In the supposed inciting Livestream, Macho Kaaka stated: “I am only sharing my opinion about how the society can become better. I don’t need praises for what I am doing. I only need people to support this course, but many people are too busy to take up this task. Yet, when I highlight the contentious issues in society, some people think I am disturbing the peace. All I want is development.”
He continued: “Many people don’t understand me and I have heard a lot of complaints, but I don’t care because I know people don’t understand my motivations [in seeking for development of Ghana], but I plead with you all to understand me.”
Kaaka is the latest casualty in what mining tycoon Sir Sam Jonah and several other people have described as a creeping “culture of silence”.
The culture of silence has dented the reputation of the Akufo Addo administration for its brutal clampdown on dissenting voices of people exposing rots in the government.
Journalists, activists, and social commentators have been targeted, attacked, tortured by security agencies and even killed. Ahmed Hussein Suale was killed a couple of years ago after his undercover investigation sought to expose alleged bribery at the Jubilee House.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Police Service (GPS) has been at the forefront of the hounding of these dissenters and now, the FixTheCountry group.
The youth group whose main objective is to trigger a systemic change from the corrupt political system that had governed the country for decades and had resulted in mass looting and impoverishment of the citizenry.
The GPS in its stance has vowed to prevent the group to legally protest against the socio-political system. The Police have first stopped their planned protests scheduled for May 9, 2021, and had proceeded to court to seek a perpetual injunction and gains the protest as well as criminalise it in an unprecedented show of totalitarianism.
Meanwhile, prior to the attack, Ibrahim was said to have received several messages threatening his life.
It is believed by many
that the attack on his life was due to his involvement in the #FixTheCountry