The #FixTheCountry campaigners have described as an “insult” to their movement, the Attorney General’s comment that their demonstration is neither “urgent” nor “pressing”.
In an interview with Francisca Kakra Forson on Accra-based Metro TV’s Good Afternoon Ghana programme on Thursday, 24 June 2021, Mr Dame wondered: “…What is the purpose for this demonstration?”
“They [#FixTheCountry conveners] say they are demonstrating on account of broken promises by successive governments, so, that shows really it’s a demonstration on their own showing”, explaining: “It’s not about the NPP”. “It’s on account of factors that have resulted since independence, so, it’s not urgent, it’s not pressing”, he asserted.
Stressing his arguments against the intended demonstration, Mr Dame asked: “If you’re demonstrating about broken promises by successive governments since independence, what is the urgency about it?”
“And, in any case”, he observed: Are they not also mobilising through other means – social media and what have you?”
However, Mr Anthony Morkeh, a spokesperson for the group, told Class News on Friday, 25 June 2021 that: “We want the AG to come and apologise” for saying that “a demonstration, which [captures] the grievances of the youth in this country, he is classifying it as irrelevant; it’s an insult to our movement”.
“What the AG is doing is a clear evidence that the government is behind the halt of our demonstration because we have an issue with the police, where from the AG? Why is the AG not representing the #FixTheCountry movement?” he asked.
Meanwhile, the high court has ruled that the AG can represent the police in the ongoing case between the state and the #FixTheCountry campaigners, thus, dismissing a preliminary objection against Mr Dame’s involvement in the matter as raised by the lawyers of the prospective protestors on Monday, 21 June 2021.
The lawyers of the #FixTheCountry campaigners stood on the Public Order Act to advance their arguments but Justice Ruby Aryeetey of the Criminal Division of the High Court ruled today, Friday, 25 June 2021 that the Police Service is not competent to handle a suit on behalf of the state without the authorisation of the Attorney General.
The ruling paves the way for the court to now head the substantive matter between the #FixTheCountry conveners and the state.