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General News of Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Release documents on GVG deal in a week - Court orders government

An Accra High Court has ordered the Communications Ministry to make available all documents relating to the controversial revenue monitoring deal between the government and Kelni GVG to two citizens, and a pressure group, Citizens Ghana movement.

The court gave the Ministry, a deadline of July 9th to comply with the order.

The judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah, inquired from the Deputy Minister of Communications, George Andah, who was present in court, how soon they could make them available.

In response, Mr. Andah indicated that they needed between four days to a week to provide the documents.

The order follows an application by two citizens, John Ato Bonful, Nana Ama Adom-Boakye Kanyi and the Citizens Ghana Movement one side, praying the court to give them access to the documents since it’s a matter of national interest.

Meanwhile, the court has set July 5th to give its ruling on an injunction application filed by two other citizens, Ms Sara Asafu-Adjaye and Mr. Maximus Amertogoh, praying it to stop the implementation of the real-time traffic monitoring of mobile phone communication.

Members of the Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition along with other civil society groups, had served notice they would go to court over the deal.

This was after the Coalition’s petition to the government and the Communication Ministry asking to be furnished with documents relating to the contract.

The Communications Officer of the Coalition, Abdul-Kudus Hussein, in an earlier interview with Citi News described the contract as fishy, saying their request for answers from government yielded no results.

“One of the specific requests we made was to get all material information and supporting documentation relating to the procurement process leading to the award of the contract to KelniGVG,” he stated.

The Coalition made a six-point demand to the ministry “only for the ministry to reply saying they are in the process of locating the document,” Abdul-Kudus Hussein recalled.

This eventually led to the suit by the Citizen Ghana Movement together with IMANI Africa.

So far, there are four suits against this particular deal valued at 89 million dollars.