Conveners of the #FixTheCountryNow social media protest have written to the Police to notify them of their intention to stage a protest over hardships in the country and the neglect of leadership.
They intend to hold the protest on May 9, 2021, promising strict observation of all Covid-19 safety protocols.
Social media personalities including Efia Odo, Comedian Warris, Speak Up Ghana, Gyai Gyimii amongst others have used the hashtag to call on government to attend to problems facing the country including the hike in fuel prices, poor education, health, infrastructure and ultimately the country’s economy, etc.
The online protest has been trending for the past 72 hours on micro-blogging platform Twitter.
The group in a notice to the Ghana Police Service over the planned protest said “the event, which is a single purpose event, is being organized on the back of a string of consistently broken promises by successive governments; and in the exercise of our democratic rights as citizens to express our frustration over perennial Governmental incompetence, refusal, and/or inability to fix the country.
It indicated the motivation for the organizers as “The Organizers believe, as does the President, that democracy is not a spectator sport. We are committed to improving the
substance of governance in this country by ensuring that the ordinary voices
of Ghanaians provide a mechanism to hold elected officials accountable. There
comes a point where enough is enough. Just fix the Country!!! That’s our only
message. We have had it with purposeful deceit and the absence of truth and
genuine accountability in how this country is being governed.”
The group explained that May 9 was chosen for two reasons “First, it captures the restless spirit of over 126 Ghanaians who lost their lives in the May 9th Accra Sports Stadium Disaster due to institutionalized incompetence and disregard for Ghanaian lives. Secondly, the Protest commemorates the 26th Anniversary of the Kume Preko Demonstration of 11 May 1995.”
“Thus, the event draws inspiration from the undying culture of protest and dissent that has forged our democracy, and which Kume Preko has become a synonym for in our collective memory.”
The proposed protest will see protestors walk from the Black Star Square Accra to Maxmart, 37.
Police has said the march cannot be allowed because it is an illegality, which flies in the face of recent public gathering laws due to Covid-19.
But the conveners insist that they have put all the measures in place to ensure strict adherence to safety protocols, adding that they have sought the professional advice of public health experts on how to ensure strict observation of the protocols.
They argued that since government allowed political party rallies, gatherings and the 2020 elections to take place amid Covid-19, it should be possible to hold the protest march within the remit of the safety protocols.
The conveners also noted that since Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah challenged the logic that political party gatherings led to a spike in Covid-19, the #FixTheCountry march could not be seen as an event that could cause a spike in Covid-19.
Below is the letter from the #FixTheCountry Conveners