Mr. Oliver Barker-Vormanor, animator of the #FixtheCountry campaign
The Information Ministry has refuted allegations that the National Security Ministry cloned the phone of one of the organizers of the viral protest movement #FixtheCountry.
A statement signed by Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the phone cloning allegation was “false and unfounded”.
The statement released today is in response to a claim by Mr. Oliver Barker-Vormanor, head of the #FixtheCountry campaign who, during an appearance on Joy FM’s Newsfile on May 8, 2021, alleged that National security agents had illegally cloned one of the Android phones. of one of the facilitators and of the conversations consulted.
Following allegations of “illegal surveillance” and “phone cloning” of Oliver Barker-Vormawor, lawyer and carrier of #FixTheCountry#FixMotherGhana @gyaigyimii #We are angry # fix it nowpic.twitter.com/dNClAUkIMm
– Maiestas Ⓜ️ (Danny Bediako) (@Ebenezer_Peegah) May 9, 2021
“In accordance with standard practices, the phones of all visitors are kept at the reception of the ministry. The ministry has no basis for and has not tampered with the phones of the organizers,” the statement said.
The statement also denies the allegation that the organizers were coerced into a meeting with the Cabinet.
“The organizers were invited to a meeting which they voluntarily attended. The claim that they were coerced into a meeting is therefore false.
In addition, in cases where ministry agencies need to investigate a person’s electronic devices, legal methods such as an appropriate judicial warrant are used. The phone cloning allegation is therefore also false. and unfounded.
“The public is therefore advised to disregard said allegation.”
What is #fixthecountry?
The #fixthecountry hashtag was started by popular Ghanaian Twitter influencer KalyJay (real name Joshua Boye-Doe) in response to advance citizens’ concerns and hold the government to account.
Some celebrities and political activists then joined the campaign and the hashtag and its variations, including #fixthecountrynow, #nameandshame, #fixitnow, #fixmotherghana, have been at the top of Twitter trends for over a week.
The tweets expressed their displeasure at the failure of the successive government to improve the standard of living of Ghanaians. Concerns include dumsor, unemployment, galamsey, and poor health systems which they cite as evidence of the country’s mismanagement by successive governments.
Organizers intended to rally supporters for a protest in Black Star Square in Accra on May 9, 2021, but had to change their plans after the Ghana Police Service obtained an injunction against him.
The organizers are before the Supreme Court to challenge the injunction with the hearing scheduled for June 8, 2021.