Conveners of the #FixTheCountry movement on Saturday, December 31, 2021, marched some 250 homeless citizens to be resettled at government’s abandoned Saglemi Housing project site.
The exercise however was stopped in its track by officers of the Ghana Police Service.
“Earlier today, the Ghana Police Service unlawfully interrupted the resettlement of over 250 homeless citizens including women and children who have been mobilized by #FixTheCountry to repossess the abandoned and now rapidly deteriorating Saglemi Housing Project.
“The citizens were interrupted while they were in the middle of a massive clean-up exercise to make the premises habitable. The interruption which took place over a four-hour period after some political party activists from one of the homeless communities tipped off the Ghana Police Service about the presence of the group at Saglemi,” the group wrote in a statement.
Despite the police action being described as peaceful by the group, it said the police engaged in an unlawful act by stopping them from resettling the homeless there.
“While the unlawful action by the Ghana Police Service was peaceful and did not lead to any casualties, #FixTheCountry considers their actions as contravening Article 41 of the 1992 Constitution, which places a burden on the citizens of this Country to protect and preserve public property and expose and combat misuse and waste of public funds and property,” the group said.
The group noted that it has in the past four months as part of its activism towards tackling homelessness and the practice of abandoned government projects, undertaken reconnaissance activities at Saglemi.
The purpose according to the group was to assess the state of the over 150 flats built as part of the Saglemi Housing Project.
“Our activists have taken over a 1000-pictures and have recorded several hours of video footage over the four-month period in preparation for our resettlement of homeless Ghanaians in various abandoned public properties. The pictures and videos show the deplorable state in which a project which cost the government over 200 million dollars was left abandoned and now in a serious state of deterioration.