The High Court, presided by Justice Ruby Aryeetey, on May 6, 2021 issued a Restraining Order against conveners of #FixTheCountry protest march from embarking on their planned demonstration slated for Sunday, 9th May 2021.
In a statement signed by Effia Tenge, Deputy Superintendent of Police, the restraining order follows an affidavit filed by the police against conveners of the #FixTheCountry protest march pursuant to Section 1(6) of the Public Order Act, 1994 (491).
But, reacting to the High Court Restraining Order, organizers of the protest have said they are unable to agree to the order purporting to ban the planned protest.
The conveners of the march said the grounds for the ban placed on their planned protest by the police are unconstitutional and have no legal effect.
“…we are convinced that the Imposition of Restrictions Act,2020 (Act 1012) is patently, and so clearly on the face of it, unconstitutional. In particular, it subverts the clear emergency regime set forth under the Constitution itself; and grants such extensive legislative powers to the President, beyond any bounds allowed by the Constitution.
“For this reason, we are unable to accede to your letter purporting to ban the planned protest.” Protestors claimed
The group in an earlier statement said the #FixTheCountry trend on social media will on May 9, 2021 demonstrate over the severe economic hardships in the country.
In a press statement released, the group is calling on government to fix the problems facing the country including poor education, hike in fuel prices health, others.