A Human Rights Court in Accra has dismissed an interlocutory application seeking to stop government from going ahead with the implementation of the common platform to monitor revenue patterns of telcos.
The controversial Kelni GVG contract is in court as the applicants – Sara Asafu-Adjaye and Maximus Amertogoh – contend it infringes on their right of privacy.
Giving his ruling, Justice Anthony Yeboah said the application by the two applicants was merely based on public sentiments and debates as they failed to provide any real evidence to back their claims that their privacy would be breached should the contract be executed in its current form.
On the other hand, the National Communication Authority, the Ministry of Communication and the Ghana Revenue Authority in their affidavit to the court demonstrated that the monitoring system was not capable of being used to monitor calls and text messages of Ghanaians and that the interest of the system was solely to monitor the telecommunication companies for purposes of revenue collection.
The court subsequently stated that on the balance of convenience, the State was likely to suffer irreparable damage if an injunction is granted as compared to the applicants. To that end, the court dismissed the application in its entirety.
The Applicants were before the Court because they insist that having followed the public debate and upon further enquiry, they gathered that the 1st (Ministry of Communication), 2nd (National Communication Authority) and 3rd (Ghana Revenue Authority) respondents, who are primarily responsible for the implementation of the common platform, intend to carry out the exercise in a manner which will be in breach of the Applicants’ fundamental human right to privacy.
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