Fix the Country protestors run to Supreme Court over injunction against their demo


Organizers of the Fix the Country protest, Democracy Hub Ghana, have announced an application at the Supreme Court to quash an injunction application secured by the Ghana Police Service, seeking to bar them from their planned month-long protest in December.

Earlier this month, the Ghana Police Service filed an application at the High Court seeking an order to stop three groups from demonstrating during the Yuletide.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra on Thursday, a convener of the group, Naa Densuah, while reiterating their reasons for the protest, further announced an adjustment of their earlier schedule between December 30 to 31, 2023.

“We understand the frustration and the desire for a brighter future; the spirit of Christmas is a time of hope and renewal. In response to the unjust injunction, we have filed an application at the Supreme Court, seeking to quash these impediments to our constitutional rights to protest. We believe in the strength of our case and are committed to defending the democratic principles we hold dear.”

“As a result of the injunction, we are forced to make significant adjustments to the schedule we announced previously. We are planning to hold the demonstration from December 30-31. We will be providing more information about this in due course,” a convener for the Fix the Country Movement said.

Naa Densuah appealed to Ghanaians to support their legal team by contributing to their legal fund.

“In the interim, we call on all Ghanaians to support our legal team by contributing to the legal fund. Your donations will enable us to navigate this illegal challenge. We call on all citizens to organize a peaceful and impactful protest,” she advised.


Meanwhile, the High Court in Accra has dismissed an application for a judgment in default filed by National Security Minister, Kan Dapaah, against Fix the Country convener Oliver Barker-Vormawor.

This is in relation to a defamation suit filed by the national security minister over comments made by the activist, alleging that the minister attempted to bribe him to stop his activism.

Lawyers of the minister had wanted the court to deliver a judgment in their favour as the defendant in the case Oliver Barker-Vormawor has not filed any defence to the suit.

In their application, they noted that the failure to file the defence is evidence that Oliver Barker Vomawor has no defence to the defamation suit.

The NPP politician is seeking damages to the tune of 10 million Ghana Cedis and an apology from Olive Barker Vormawor for the alleged defamatory statements.

But in court on Thursday lawyers of Barker-Vormawor opposed the application for judgment in default of appearance, arguing that the application is not appropriate.

The court after questioning the defendant on whether he has a defence to the defamation case or not, asked Kan Dapaah’s lawyers to withdraw the application.

The judge then gave Barker-Vormawor two weeks to file his statement of defence. The case has been adjourned to December 14.