Court orders Communications Ministry to make Kelni GVG contract available
The Human Rights Division of the Accra High Court has ordered the minister of communications to release the telecommunications sector revenue monitoring contract, awarded to
Kelni GVG Limited, to three plaintiffs who have filed a suit seeking to annul the contract .
The three individuals went to court to annul the $89 million contract on the basis that it violated the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), and was, therefore, illegal.
As part of their case, their lawyers filed an application seeking access to the contract and its associated relevant documents on the basis that it was their right to be given such documents to facilitate their case.
The court ordered the release of the contract after the respondent ( The Minister of Communications, through the Attorney-General’s Department) indicated its willingness to hand over the contract to the plaintiffs.
Present in court was the Deputy Minister of Communications, Mr George Andah, who informed the court that the ministry could make the contract available within four to seven days.
It was based on the information provided by the deputy minister that the court gave the July 9, 2018 deadline for the release of the contract.
According to the presiding judge, the plaintiffs should have specified the exact relevant documents that they needed.
Meanwhile, the court will on July 5, 2018, rule on an interlocutory application filed by two other individuals which
The two individuals – Ms Sarah Owen Asafu-Adjaye and Mr Maximus Ametorgoh-- want the court to halt the implementation of the contract until the final determination of their substantive suit.
In their substantive case, they argued that the implementation of the contract would allow KVG access to their private data, which was an affront to their fundamental human right to privacy.
The $89m contract will allow
The programme is expected to improve revenue mobilisation for the government and also check
But the contract has become a subject of controversy between policy think tank, IMANI Africa, and the Ministry of Communications.
The President of IMANI Africa, Mr Franklin Cudjoe, has in several media engagements, stressed that the $89 million contract was a careless duplication of jobs and a needless drain on the country’s scarce resources.
He insisted that Subah and Afriwave were awarded similar contracts under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration to perform similar jobs, even though both contracts were needless.
The Minority in Parliament has also criticised the contract, describing it as a waste of money.
The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has
According to her, the contract also had greater value for money as compared to previous contracts.