FRESH reports on the supposed West African Witches Conference to be held at Bantama in Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, on Friday October 28, 2011 at 12 midnight, indicate that five well-known pastors would be pronounced dead not long after the meeting. Continue reading
Clair MacDougall, Christian Science Monitor, September 15, 2011
Ghanaian leaders and civil society groups met in the nation’s capital, Accra earlier this week to develop a plan to abolish the witches’ camps in the northern region, where over a thousand women and children who have been accused of sorcery are currently living in exile. Continue reading
GhanaWeb, 24 July 2011 Daniel Appiah-Adjei
The spate at which people accuse others as witches and wizards is becoming so alarming that only last Sunday, a friend of mine said her grandmother sensing danger of being beaten and humiliated to death ran away from the house and hid in the bush. Continue reading
Human rights activists in Ghana warned on Friday of a hate campaign against homosexuals after a minister called for their arrest and local churches led anti-gay street protests.
The General Secretary of the Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches of Ghana, Rev Gideon Titi-Ofei, said that gays were “victims to some form of demonic influence.”
Alhaji Mohammed Easah, National President of the Coalition of Muslim Community of Ghana, said homosexuality is an abominable “demonic” act.
Paul Evans Aidoo, the minister for the Western Region of Ghana, said: “All efforts are being made to get rid of these people in society.” He called for the Bureau of National Investigations to round up gays and called on landlords and tenants to inform on people they suspect of being homosexual.
“There is a lot of fear and panic in the gay community at the moment,” said MacDarling Cobinnah, executive director of the Accra-based Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights Ghana.
Accra, Ghana (CNN) — Seven sorcerers who were accused of grabbing penises were beaten to death by angry mobs in the Ghana capital of Accra, police said. The capital is so chaotic the army may have to be called in to restore order.
According to police, two men were lynched Thursday and by Friday the death toll had risen to seven. Victims allege that the sorcerers touched them to make their genitals shrink or, in some cases, disappear to extort cash for the promise of a cure. Inspector General of Police Peter Nanfuri told state television he was prepared to call in the army.
So-called penis snatching reports are not uncommon in West Africa, where purported victims often blame penis shrinkage on handshakes with sorcerers. Residents recall a similar scare in Accra in the early 1980s.
Police and government officials dismiss the stories as the work of thieves, who police say spread rumors to create a crowd and then pick people’s pockets.
Medical experts have appeared on state television explaining in detail why penises increase and decrease in size. One doctor linked the phenomenon to fear.
Sunyani (B/A), July 20 2011, Ghana News Agency
Pastor Oduro-Mensah observed that people engaged in homosexuality and lesbianism were, “under the influence of demons that have nothing good to offer humanity”.
Pastor Frimpong stressed that “even though God is so merciful, if his children do not obey Him and go contrary to His word, He will also not hesitate to punish them”.
He reiterated that though Ghana was governed by democratic principles, “we should not sit down aloof and watch the few individuals to capitalize on the fundamental human rights enshrined in our constitution to adopt these demonic cultures to bring God’s judgment on us all”. Continue reading
Daily Guide, Wisdom Peter Awuku, 19 Nov. 2007
THE HULLABALOO surrounding the world witches’ conference purportedly slated for Ghana has come and gone without any concrete steps being taken to spiritually clear the ‘debris’ left behind by the witches.