The recent Lebanese Marwako Supervisor assault of a Ghanaian worker has indeed landed the fast food in the soup as very strong hands have decided to dig into the company’s history to expose every dark side!
It has been in the news for some days now, that a Lebanese supervisor at the Abelenkpe branch of Marwako Fast Food Limited, one Jihad Chaaban dipped the face of one of the workers, one Miss Evelyn Boakye into ground fresh pepper for not working at a desired speed.
According to one of the workers at the restaurant, Mr. Chaaban held Evelyn’s face down in the pepper for some minutes while squeezing her neck and raining abusive words on her. It was also reported that Chaaban, who happens to be the brother-in-law of the fast food manager locked up Evelyn, with the pepper splashed face for several hours to stop her from receiving assistance from her colleagues. Click here to read full story of the assault.
Meanwhile, the incident has sparked off loud criticisms from the public, with numerous calls for justice to be served the assaulted victim. The outcry is also fueled by innumerable stories of all sorts of abuse of Ghanaian workers by expatriate bosses – a menace that is no longer new in Ghana.
Although the Lebanese supervisor has reportedly apologised for his actions, the Ghanaian victim has refused to accept the apology, insisting that her molester be made to face the law.
Gender, Employment Ministers Intervene, Storm Marwako
Gender Minister Otiko Afisa Djaba following the ugly incident visited Marwako to find out facts herself. She stormed the premises of the Abelenkpe branch of Marwako on Tuesday in the company of the Labour Minister, Ignatius Baffour Awuah.
According to Madam Djaba, the Gender Ministry is taking the matter very seriously, and will ensure that justice prevails.
The Employment Minister on his own part, has ordered managers of the Fast Food to produce within one week, a report of the alleged assault. Speaking to the media on Tuesday, he said the report of the company would assist the ministry’s own investigation into the incident.
Mr. Ignatius has also ordered a comprehensive audit of the labour history of Marwako Ltd. According to him, the assault may not just be an isolated incident, but may be part of a chain of activities which have been going on in the enterprise.
Amnesty International Call for Investigations
Human Rights Group, Amnesty international has joined thousands of voices who are demanding justice for the Marwako assault.
Speaking with 3FM News’ Collins Essuman, Acting Director of Amnesty International, Ghana, Frank Doyi, appealed to law enforcement agencies, especially the police to urgently and thoroughly investigate the matter as well as similar inhumane treatments which may have occurred in the past in order to bring the culprit(s) to book.
Online Petition Progresses
Close to 2,500 people have signed an online petition launched last week to seek justice for the assaulted Ghanaian worker. The petition which was addressed to President Nana Akufo-Addo, wants the government to bring to an end, the untold series of abuses suffered by Ghanaians in the hands of their employers.
It is specifically calling for an end to “inhumane treatment of Ghanaians by foreigners” and a shutdown of the fast food chain. The online petition has led to the hashtag – #boycottmarwako, now trending on social media.
Lebanese Marwako Supervisor To Be Arraigned
Jihad Chaaban, the 26-year-old supervisor who was initially arrested by the police was granted bail while investigations into the matter continued. He was subsequently charged for assault.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra police command, ASP Afia Tenge, the suspect was processed for court on Tuesday but only got to know that the courts were not working when they went there and for this reason, he will appear before the court on Wednesday.