The Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Prof H. Kwasi Prempeh has said the Imposition of Restriction Bill (IRB) is a shoddy piece of work which will only be passed by a parliament that lacks balls, MyNewsGh.com reports.
to him, in reaction to his colleague academic Prof Stephen Kwaku Asare’s
campaign against the passage of the IRB, “only a Parliament without balls or
bite would allow this shoddy bill to become law.”
Asare has been condemning the IRB as 2020’s version of Kwame Nkrumah’s
Prevention Detention Act (PDA.)
IRB has nothing to do with the pandemic. The IRB does not impose a state of
emergency. The IRB simply gives the President the power to impose restrictions
on your freedom of expression, to practice religion, of assembly, association,
information, movement, to participate in political activities, etc.”
IRB empowers the President to impose these rights-obliterating restrictions by
merely issuing an Executive Instrument. The IRB empowers the President to
impose these restrictions whenever he is satisfied that they are reasonably
required in the interest of defence, public safety, public health or the
running of essential services. The IRB allows the President to impose these
restrictions without the Parliamentary oversight that is required under a state
IRB is broader in scope and more dangerous than the PDA. All Ghanaians support
a proclamation of emergency. All Ghanaians, other than the NIA, support the
extended measures announced by the President to control the spread of the virus.
And all Ghanaians must reject the IRB!!!”
Minority in Parliament has declined to support the Imposition of Restrictions
Bill, 2020 aimed at helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease in
Ghana under a certificate of urgency.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ms Gloria Afua Akuffo, on Wednesday,
March 18, 2020, laid the Imposition of Restrictions Bill, 2020 before
The bill, which is to back President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s directives on measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Ghana, is intended to provide a legislative framework, in consonance with the Constitution, for the imposition of restrictions as a quick and effective means of intervention to address emergencies.