Court halts NCA/GVG Kelni deal

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Following revelations that network operators in Ghana have adhered to directives from the Ministry of Communications and industry regulator, NCA, to allow Kelni/GVG to connect into their nodes to monitor call traffic, an Accra Court of Appeal has upheld an injunction order preventing the National Communications Authority (NCA) from carrying out its $89m revenue monitoring contract with Kelni/GVG.

Subah Infosolution, whose injunction has been upheld by the court against the NCA, is pleading for the cancellation of the Kelni/GVG contract after the termination of its services to the government of Ghana last year.

The NCA had gone to the court with its legal team led by lawyer Kwaku Gyau-Baffour to quash an injunction on the implementation of the Kelni GVG deal.

As pressure mounts on the telecoms regulator to terminate dealings with Kelni GVG, the Ministry of Communication has also been given 6 days ultimatum which will end on the Monday 9th of July, 2018 by a Human Rights Court to release all documents covering the controversial Kelni GVG contract to plaintiffs, Nana Ama Adom-Boakye Kanyi and John Ato Bonful.

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.

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, which was recently launched by the Vice President Mahumumd Bawumia and operated by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS).

Per the deal KelniGVG will be paid a monthly fee of  US$ 1.5 million over a five-year period, beginning 30 days after execution of the contract.

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