Oliver Barker-Vormawor, a lawyer and convener of #RepairTheNation marketing campaign has detailed how the federal government clandestinely lured its management into a meeting that turned out to be a cabinet meeting.
According to him, the preliminary plan to go meet the Inspector-General of Police to debate points with respect to their marketing campaign and their meant demonstration was reduce quick alongside the best way and a new route taken.
This new route, he indicated, led them away from their initially deliberate meeting venue, to what they found, was a meeting of authorities ministers, with the exception of the Health minister.
This is how he narrated what occurred:
“The constant actions by state actors to date for me doesn’t present that it takes its residents as matured stakeholders in our democratic dialog. I’m bit perplexed and a little disenchanted to listen to that what is going on to us is a bit respectful; I discover it tough to simply accept. First of all, let’s stroll by the procedures the federal government has taken to handle our considerations our rights to precise our disaffection. Seeing cautious on the character on how we were whisked into what was in essence, a cabinet meeting, for me, that considerably displeases me. People have the best to their bodily autonomy and to determine the place they need to go.
“We were instructed after we submitted our letter to the police and the respondent that the Inspector-General of Police wished to satisfy us and, on the best way, within the police convoy to that meeting, the placement was modified and we were taken some other place, to a fully-conveyed workforce of authorities ministers, by the way one of the important thing individuals who was lacking from that meeting was the minister for well being. And I believe that’s vital as a result of COVID-19 has been used as a pink herring.
“There is one thing about it that’s fascinating to me as a result of first, let me inform you about how we were served with that injunction and other people can decide whether or not this was respectful. So, after the meeting the federal government had indicated to us that they were going to dialogue, that we must always take into account dropping the demand to go on the demonstration, and that they wished to kind an inter-ministerial committee, our consultant within the meeting instructed them that we were weren’t anticipating to have this meeting and that we were virtually ambushed into the meeting and so give us time to interact with all the viewers about how they really feel about this concept.
“When we left that meeting, regional commander who had pushed us into that meeting – thoughts you, the IGP himself was not in that meeting, stated now we have one other meeting at 3 O’clock to debate the protest and so once we were nonetheless getting ready a response to the letter they had given us, after which when it was getting nearer to the 48 hour margin, we requested if we might ship it to them through electronic mail, they stated No and that it needed to be in particular person. Unknown to us, the explanation they wished to obtain it in particular person was as a result of they wished to serve us with an injunction they had procured on our blind aspect regardless that they knew who they were coping with,” he detailed.
Oliver Barker-Vormawor was talking on the Saturday, May 8, 2021, version of NewsFile on the JoyNews channel and monitored by GhanaWeb.