Politics Tue, 20 Aug 2013

Police stop SADA demo

The Coalition of Northern Youth Groups has suspended its intended demonstration in the Bolgatanga Municipality against government’s unwillingness to launch investigation into allegations levelled against Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) boss and the Board.

The Coalition announced plans to hold the demonstration on Thursday, August 15.

The suspension of the demonstration follows a court injunction secured by the Upper East Regional Police Command.

The Upper East Regional Police Command earlier advised the leadership of the Coalition to hold the demonstration after the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential election petition.

It stressed that the police would not be able to protect the demonstrators.

The leadership of the Coalition ignored the advice and threatened to go ahead with the demonstration.

Members of the group stressed on various radio stations that nothing would stop the demonstration.

In its quest to stop the demonstration, the Upper East Police Command secured a court injunction against the demonstration compelling the coalition to cancel the demonstration.

The coalition, in a statement signed by the President of NORPRA, Bismarck Adongo, and issued to DAILY GUIDE on Thursday, August 15, 2013, said the coalition decided to suspend the demonstration to promote peace in the municipality.

The coalition, however, commended members and others who expressed interest in taking part in the demonstration.

It expressed optimism that members of the group and the general public would take part in the demonstration after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Earlier, the leadership of the Coalition of Northern Youth Groups, at a press conference and some radio interviews, accused management of SADA of contracting an Engineering company to drill 100 boreholes in the SADA zone at a cost of GHc3,000,000, with each borehole costing GHc30,000 at a time when a mechanized borehole cost a maximum of GHc15,000 on the open market.

The Coalition wondered why SADA spent an amount of GHc170,000 on internet connectivity from January 2013 to March 2013 at a time when staff of SADA did not have computers to operate effectively.

Source: Daily Guide