According to Peter Lanchene Toobu, a member of parliament representing Wa West, the police are powerless to stop the Minority in Parliament’s planned protest against Dr. Ernest Addison, governor of the Bank of Ghana.
The legislator, who was previously a police officer, maintains that the constitution does not provide his former employers such authority.
On Wednesday, the Greater Accra Regional Police Command requested an injunction to stop the Minority’s planned routes for its #OccupyBoG demonstration.
On Tuesday, September 5, the NDC MPs plan to march from Makola to the front of the Bank of Ghana via Rawlings Park and Opera Square.
the Bank of Ghana Governor and his two deputies should resign from their positions as a result of the over GH¢60.8 billion losses the central bank recorded in 2022.
The police counter that the route is frequently overloaded with both pedestrian and vehicular traffic and that using it might jeopardize public safety, public order, and the provision of important services.
The minority had rejected their alternative path, which would have started at the Parliament Building and ended at Independence Square by passing via the Osu Cemetery Traffic Light.
The injunction, whose hearing is scheduled on September 4th, is intended to stop the Minority from taking their preferred route.
However, Mr. Toobu claims that any effort by the police to annoy the NDC MPs will be rejected.
Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, the deputy minority leader, has already criticized the police for the action.
Thus, he called it a “breach of trust” and conveyed their total dismay at the conduct of the police.
“We received a letter on Wednesday from the Ghana Police Service accompanied by a bailiff from the Accra High Court who served a notice or motion for an order to prohibit our Bank of Ghana protest, and we must say that we are very disappointed with this development which is an attempt to scatter the protest which is intended to hold the governor and his deputies accountable for their mismanagement of the bank which resulted in an unprecedented and colossal loss of GH¢60.8 billion, an amount which has had serious consequences on the economy and pushed close to one million Ghanaians into poverty.”
“And let us assure the people of Ghana that, as representatives, we will keep our sacred duty and we will uphold the public interest in line with our constitutionally guaranteed right to publicly protest, and we want to assure the people of Ghana that we have resolved to embark on this protest and nothing will stop us.”