Court orders gov't to release Kelni GVG contract documents

By Maame Aba Afful
Court orders gov't to release Kelni GVG contract documents
Court orders gov't to release Kelni GVG contract documents

The Human Rights Court has ordered the Ministry of Communications to release all documents covering the controversial Kelni GVG contract to applicants.

 Two Ghanaian citizens, Maximus Amertogoh and Sara Asafu-Adjaye, sued the government in June 2018 over the signing of the controversial Kelni GVG deal on the basis that some provisions in the contract if executed will amount to a breach of their Fundamental Human Rights to Privacy.

The application by the plaintiffs seeking an interlocutory injunction to restrain the government from implementing and operationalizing a Common Platform to monitor revenues of telecommunication companies was adjourned to today the 3rd of July 2018 for hearing because the judge needed some time to study the documents as filed by the parties.

The high court judge, Justice Anthony Yeboah, after studying the documents said he is satisfied with the demand by the applicants, for the release of all documents pertaining to the contract for their perusal.

He then ordered that the State should compile the documents and submit to the Registrar of the Court for the Lawyers of the applicants to pick it up on or before the 9th of July 2018.

The Court directed the State to submit the documents to the registry because the letter submitted as part of the application by the plaintiffs demanding the release of the contractual documents did not identify and or specify the person who will be responsible for receiving the documents.

The court has therefore concluded that the State should file them at the registry for the lawyers of the applicants to go for it.

Background

The Kelni GVG deal which was signed in December 2017 to deal with suspected revenue losses and simbox fraud in the telcos will see the government dole out a monthly payment of $1.5 million to the Haitian firm over a five-year period, beginning 30-days after execution of the contract.

The terms of the deal have raised numerous eyebrows with some groups including IMANI Africa calling it a needless and careless duplication of jobs which will cause a strain on Ghana's scarce resources.

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