IMF delegation to Ghana should be met with a demonstration – FixTheCountry convenor



Convenor of pressure group FixTheCountry Mawuse Oliver Barker-Vormawor has said that the delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that is headed to Ghana on July 5, 2022, should be welcomed with a demonstration from the people but such a demonstration will be scuttled by the police who will demand that notice should have been given to them five days earlier by the Public Order Act.

“Tomorrow[ July 5, 2022] the IMF guys fly into Accra.

Meeting them with a flash protest would have been amazing. But conservative Ghanaian society will be siding with the Police to talk about why didn’t you give the police 5 days’ notice,” he lamented.

He added that the Public Order Act, which prohibits people from staging protests without prior notice to the police at least five days before the protest, is meant to curtail the spontaneous mobilization of people for protests and effectively weaken dissent in the country.

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“They will forget that our Public Order Act disables groups from mobilizing quickly to protest an urgent thing. They forget that the law isn’t just, just because it’s the law!

They will forget the absurdity of asking for 5 days’ notice when the fact of their being in town was just announced today. The essence of the right to protest is dissent! Democracy dies without dissent!” He asserted.

Following a directive from the President to the Finance Minister to seek an IMF bailout, the Ministry announced that a delegation from the institution will arrive in Accra on July 5, 2022, to enable them to begin in-person meetings with managers of the economy on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

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