From the #OccupyFlagStaffHouse demonstration of 1st of July 2014, the concept of OccupyGhana was born. OccupyGhana® Movement was born out of the frustrations of ordinary Ghanaian citizens who suffer from misgovernance.
When OccupyGhana® was formed on 17th September 2014, we stated clearly that it would be a non-partisan political pressure group seeking the interest of Ghana and speaking against the ills of our society; all in pursuit of the Ghana we desire where the rule of law, order and fairness to all prevails.
Since its formation, we have used lawful means to highlight and trigger as well as direct various conversations with the intention of ensuring good governance at the highest levels on the political stage. We continue to engage the society into elevating the discourse of good governance whilst calling for accountability and probity in all facets of governance.
We have raised our voice against what now seems to be institutionalised corruption. We have raised our voice against poor governance and reckless administration of the public purse, and we have raised our voice against the ever-worsening economy, especially a Cedi that seems to be dancing to the tune of a song no one knows.
We have raised our voice against what seems to be the inept accountability and decrepit quality of service to the Ghanaian. We have raised our voice against the poor state of education in Ghana. We have raised our voice about the need to reform our electoral system to ensure truly peaceful, free and truly fair elections where it is the will of the people that is manifested and not the purse strings of errant politicians in choosing our leaders.
Unfortunately many of the issues we have raised and highlighted still remain unresolved or have gotten worse. Many of the corruption cases have been mired and caught in bureaucratic mazes and therefore remain unpunished. Nothing best illustrates this than the fact that in
spite of many promises, we still live from day-to-day with power cuts, to the extent that having electricity is almost like candy handouts to crying children.
As we approach the first anniversary of our formal existence, we once again echo the clarion call to all well-meaning Ghanaians to support the building of a truly strong well-functioning Ghana. The voice of the citizen is one true mode of measuring the performance of a government, because, after all we elected them to serve us and not to lord it over us.
In the light of the above, we are relaunching our #REDFRIDAY campaign, first in commemoration of one year of our formal activism, and second, to speak again against what we still consider as the deficits of good governance.
We want to particularly highlight our call for electoral reforms including the compilation of a new voters register, putting in place measures that will eradicate the obvious flaws that exist in the current register. Ghana’s leaders should be elected by Ghanaians. Simple. We cannot and should NOT compromise on that. Identifying even one foreigner on our voters’ register cannot and should NOT be accepted. We are certain that it is the duty of the Electoral Commission to ensure that we have a register of Ghanaians of full age and capacity to vote.
Our call for a new and clean and credible voters’ register of Ghanaians, is linked with our demand for what we call a “ONE GHANA DATABASE.” The current situation where we have different databases for voting, health insurance, national identification, census, etc., is backward, unnecessarily expensive, and a recipe for perpetrating fraud on Ghanaians in various ways. We demand the “ONE GHANA DATABASE,” a record of all Ghanaians, which will serve as the basis for all the other existing compilation purposes, including the voters register.
We also echo our voice and that of others in calling for a rapid end to the energy crisis. This has gone on for way too long, and we demand a clear timetable from government on when this will end.
We are calling on all Ghanaians, regardless of whichever political persuasion, to raise the RED on Friday……….September as a reminder to our leaders that Ghana deserves better and can be better, and to usher in another year occupying our democratic space, playing our various roles in ensuring that Ghana works and works well.
Yours in the service of occupying minds for God and Country
For further information please contact Ing. Nana Sarpong Agyeman-Badu, OccupyGhana® Media Relations by replying to this email, or on +233 264771508 or firstname.lastname@example.org.