Top officers of the Ministry of National Security have intervened to stop the leadership and members of the “Fixing the Country Movement” from going ahead with their planned picketing exercise at the office of former President John Mahama, in Labone, over their demand for more action by the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) on the Airbus scandal.
The National Security Ministry, according to reliable sources, saw the planned picketing as setting a dangerous precedent for protests being organized at private offices of individuals even if they are seeking public office..
The National Security Ministry, to this end, met with the leader of “Fixing the Country Movement,” Mr Ernest Owusu Bempah, and other members of the movement and impressed upon them not to carry out the exercise..
“Following extensive engagements between the Ministry of National Security and the leadership of the “Fixing the Country Movement,” ahead of their planned demonstration on 23 November 2023, it has been agreed that the said demonstration be called off over threats it poses to the security of the State”, a source at the Ministry of National Security said..
According to the convener, the planned protest was intended to reflect the group’s antipathy towards the laid-back attitude of authorities investigating the Airbus corruption saga.
The office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in July 2023, indicated ongoing investigations into the alleged bribery by Airbus SE, a European multinational aerospace corporation, regarding the sale and purchase of military aircraft for the Republic of Ghana, during the administration of former President John Dramani Mahama.
In a half-year report published on July 4, 2023, the OSP disclosed that Airbus is alleged to have paid bribes in Ghana during the sale of three military aircraft