Demo Against BoG Boss ‘Yamutu’
…As Minority Reschedules Protest To Sept. 12th
The much-publicized demonstration by the Minority in Parliament against the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr. Ernest Addison, and his two deputies, which was initially planned to take place today, Tuesday, September 5, has been called off.
The protest march has beenre-scheduled for next week, following a preliminary objection raised by the lawyers for the minority MPs, after the Greater Accra Regional police command filed an injunction to stop the protest, citing security concerns, with regard to the choice of route.
In a press release issued yesterday and signed by the Minority Leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson said the demonstration will now take place on Tuesday, September 12, but the route remains the same.
“The protest march planned by the leadership of the Minority in Parliament and other Civil Society Organizations to the Head Office of the Bank of Ghana originally scheduled for Tuesday, 5th of September, 2023 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 12th September, 2023. The route remains the same,” the press release said.
According to the minority, the march will commence from the frontage of Parliament House – Osu Cemetery Traffic Light – Ministry of Finance – High Court Complex – Kinbu – Makola – Rawlings Park – Opera Square – Bank of Ghana.
They explained that the court was unable to give an instant ruling during yesterday’s September 4, hearing due to the weight of the preliminary legal objections raised by their lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn the case Friday, September 8, in order to give its ruling on the matter.
The Minority, together with some civil society organizations, has accused the governor and his deputies of gross mismanagement of the central bank, leading to what they described as “unprecedented loss of GH₵60.8billion and a negative equity of GH₵55.1billion; illegal printing of over GH₵80billion,” among others.
The group assured their supporters, as well as the general public, that the protest will come off at all cost, once the legal hurdle has been cleared.
Below Is Published, The Full Statement by The Minority:
For Immediate Release
4th September, 2023.
MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT RESCHEDULES PROTEST MARCH TO BANK OF GHANA HEAD OFFICE TO TUESDAY, 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2023 ALONG THE SAME ROUTE.
The protest march planned by the leadership of the Minority in Parliament and other Civil Society Organizations to the Head Office of the Bank of Ghana originally scheduled for Tuesday, 5th of September, 2023 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 12th September, 2023. The route remains the same.
The march will commence from the frontage of Parliament House – Osu Cemetery Traffic Light – Ministry of Finance – High Court Complex – Kinbu – Makola – Rawlings Park – Opera Square – Bank of Ghana.
The change in date is the result of the outcome of proceedings in court today, 4th September, 2023. The court was unable to give an instant ruling due to the weight of the preliminary legal objections raised by the lawyers for the Minority in Parliament, and requested the indulgence of the Minority to give its ruling on Friday, 8th September, 2023.
The legal objections raised today were as a result of the incompetent processes filed in court by the Ghana Police Service seeking to restrain the protest along the routes proposed by the Minority and its broad coalition of Civil Society Groups.
As law-abiding citizens respectful of the judiciary, we have decided to reschedule our protest taking into consideration these developments.
The protest march is to call for the resignation of Governor Ernest Addison and his two deputies as a result of their gross mismanagement of the Central Bank which has occasioned an unprecedented loss of GHS60.8 billion and a negative equity of GHS55.1 billion; illegal printing of over GHS80 billion and in the midst of this crisis, this reckless team is building a head office at the cost of over $250 million when the Public Procurement Authority initially recommended $81 million.
We wish to call on Ghanaians to remain resolute in the fight to protect our constitutional right to demonstrate and hereby assure them that the march to the Bank of Ghana Head Office will certainly take place on Tuesday, 12th September, 2023.
HON. DR. CASSIEL ATO FORSON (MP)