Communications ministry to meet submission of Kelni GVG contract deadline this week

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s communications ministry is expected to meet an Accra High Court deadline this week.

This will see the ministry’s lawyers making available hard copies of all documents covering the $89 million contract agreement entered into by the government Ghana through the Ministry of Communications with Kelni GVG to Civil Society Organization, Citizens Ghana Movement and two private citizens, John Ato Bonful, Nana Ama Adom-Boakye Kanyi.

It could be recalled that following last week hearing between government lawyers and plaintiffs, Nana Ama Adom-Boakye Kanyi and John Ato Bonful. The legal team representing the Communications Ministry was given a six day ultimatum to surrender all documents covering the controversial Kelni GVG contract to plaintiffs.

The plaintiffs have beseeched the Human Rights Court challenging the GVG Kelni contract on the basis that some provisions in the contract if executed will amount to a breach of their Fundamental Human Rights to Privacy.

Meanwhile the president of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has applauded the court decision to compel the communications ministry to make available all relevant documents governing the agreement with Kelni GVG on the implementation of the Common Monitoring Platform (CMP).

GVGKelni was contracted last year December, 2017 by the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communication with a mandate to monitor not only all mobile money transactions on the various platforms both on each network and between networks in an attempt to curb the incidence of SIM box fraud within telcos in the country, but also help in monitoring the Mobile Money Interoperability system.

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