"FixTheCountry" Protest Can't Be Sanctioned

The Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge has noted that it cannot sanction the ongoing initiative #FixTheCountry protest as it goes against the ban on public gatherings.

"FixTheCountry" Protest Can't Be Sanctioned

The Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Effia Tenge has noted that it cannot sanction the ongoing initiative #FixTheCountry protest as it goes against the ban on public gatherings.

Some concerned group of Ghanaians including our celebrants are unhappy with what they call the economic challenges in the country have declared their intention to protest on May 9, 2021.

The group has been expressing its displeasure over the failure of successive governments to improve the living standards of Ghanaians on Twitter using the hashtag #FixTheCountry.

They cited ‘dumsor’, unemployment and poor healthcare systems as proof of successive governments’ mismanagement of the country adding it does not intend to deliver a petition to the presidency but will converge on Independence Square at 8:30 am for the march to commence at 9:30 am.

The group in a statement said, “The march will proceed peacefully and at a socially distanced pace from the Blackstar Independence Square Station".

Monitoring an interview on one of the local TV stations DSP Effia Tenge stated that “the Police cannot sanction such illegality.”

“The Command received a letter of notification on Tuesday afternoon of an intended demonstration slated for the 9th of this month. The Regional Command met the convener, who was accompanied by one other person. We told them that we understand their standpoint but then, there [are restrictions] on public gatherings, as such, the Command may not be able to provide the necessary security for the proposed demonstration.”

“However, they may come back when the restrictions are lifted,” she added.

She warned that if the group goes contrary to their recommendation, they will face the rigours of the law.

#FixTheCountry has been in the social media trends for about 48 hours.

It was initially started by some young persons on Twitter, but some celebrities later joined the campaign to hold the government accountable.

An online petition which was launched to support the cause has gathered over 2,000 signatures so.