According to a story by Myafroghana, organizers of the #FixTheCountry movement have again clashed with some officers of the Ghana Police Service over what they describe as the police service trying to gag their mouth to prevent them from carrying their plan of mobilizing the homeless to occupy the government’s affordable housing units at Saglemi.
According to a statement by the group, it indicates that Ghana Police Service unlawfully interrupted the mobilization of about 250 homeless individuals, adding that these homeless people have been mobilized to resettle to scintillate the abandoned and deteriorating Saglemi housing project.
“The citizens were interrupted while they were in the middle of a massive clean-up exercise to make the premises habitable. The interruption which took place over a four-hour period after some political party activists from one of the homeless communities tipped off the Ghana Police Service about the presence of the group at Saglemi”, the statement suggests.
The group considers the actions and interruption of the police as unlawful, which is frowned upon by Article 41 (f) of the 1992 Constitution. It adds that it is the right of citizens to protect and preserve public property from misuse and waste.
“While the unlawful action by the Ghana Police Service was peaceful and did not lead to any casualties, #FixTheCountry considers their actions as contravening Article 41 of the 1992 Constitution, which places a burden on the citizens of this country to protect and preserve public property and expose and combat misuse and waste of public funds and property”, it reads.
The group explained that their action to the Saglemi housing facility is inspired by the powers of the constitution which enjoins them to evaluate the structure and all elements constituting the environment, including abandoned equipment.
The conveners stated that they have taken pictures and video footage over four months in preparation for the settlement of the homeless in abandoned public facilities.
“Our activists have taken over a 1000-pictures and have recorded several hours of video footage over the four-month period in preparation for our resettlement of homeless Ghanaians in various abandoned public properties.
The pictures and videos show the deplorable state in which a project which cost the government over 200 million dollars was left abandoned and is now in a serious state of deterioration.”
They revealed that the abandoned Saglemi facility also includes buses, power plants, poly tanks, etc., which all left unattended legally. The group also observed that the Saglemi was not under any surveillance or protection as it has been claimed publicly.
“During the four-month period, our activists have mapped out all facilities which were left abandoned at Saglemi, including buses, power plant, poly tanks, streetlights, and all kinds of furniture and fittings. We have also taken note of the ongoing theft on a massive scale of all these furniture and fittings at Saglemi.
We also observed that contrary to claims made publicly, Saglemi was not at any time during the four-month period under any surveillance or protection that suggests that the Government has every intention to abandon the properties.”