A planned demonstration by customers of some Brong-Ahafo-based microfinance companies, who lost their investments/savings after the companies collapsed, has been put in limbo after the Brong-Ahafo Regional Police Command moved to stop them.
The demonstration which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016, same day the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will launch its 2016 manifesto in the regional capital Sunyani, will likely not take place because the police have secured Notice of Motion from the Sunyani High Court which makes it impossible for the group to proceed with the demonstration before September 20, when the motion for an injunction on the demonstration would be heard.
Spokesperson of the group, Maxwell Mahama, they had consulted and discussed with the police on the routes they were going to use and thus were shocked by this development.
According to him, after receiving the motion around 3pm today, he found out that the police say they were stopping them because they could not provide the demonstrators with adequate security because they will be occupied by the NDC manifesto launch.
President of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Bar Association and lawyer for some of the affected persons, however, has described police’s action as a smart move and warned the demonstrators not to go ahead with their plan.
“Until lawyers presented a counter motion to bring the date for the hearing on injunction motion forward, there is nothing anybody can do so they would have to wait till Tuesday”, he told Joy News’ Evans Mensah on Thursday.
The group which consists customers of DKM Diamond Microfinance Ltd., God is Love Fun Club, had wanted their demonstration to meet President Mahama who they accused of failing to fulfil his promise of getting them their money.