Bus branding saga AG ordered to release Smarttys contract

In the ruling, the court gave the Attorney General fourteen days to answer the questions of the applicants stating that individuals do not need the right to Information Act to enjoy the right to information especially when that was of public interest.

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Attorney General, Marrietta Brew Oppong

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A court has ordered the Attorney General to provide all documents on the branding of some 116 buses to the seven individuals who sued the Minister of Transport and the Attorney-General seeking an order to direct them to fully disclose the content of the contract.

In the ruling, the court gave the Attorney General  fourteen days to answer the questions of the applicants stating that individuals do not need the right to Information Act to enjoy the right to information especially when that was of public interest.

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Today's ruling comes on the back of a preliminary objection raised by the AG on the grounds of lack of personal interest.

The applicants in the case - Lolan Ekow Sagoe-Moses, Kathleen Addy, Francis Kennedy Ocloo, Evans Amegashie, Yaw Baffour Ankomah, Kwame Barkers Ansah and Michael Annor - prayed the court to order the Minister of Transport to provide answers to certain pertinent questions concerning the award of the contract for the branding of the 116 BRT buses.

The issues the applicants want to ascertain are whether or not the award of the contract was done in adherence to the Public Procurement Act; whether or not the contract procurement was competitive or sole sourced and whether or not there were other alternatives to this contract.

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Government awarded a contract of over the GHS3.6 million from the country's oil revenue to Smarttys, a company owned by actress Selasie Ibrahim to rebrand 116 buses meant for the Metro Mass. The issue caused a public uproar leading to the court action.

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