Political Science lecturer, University of Ghana, Prof Ransford Gyampo

A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Prof. Ransford Gyampo, has described as unfortunate, the split in the FixTheCountry Movement.

Speaking on Top Story, on Monday, Prof Gyampo stated that the Movement looked promising, especially because their activities shook the country. Hence, the break up is unfortunate.

“It is unfortunate that there is this breakaway,” he bemoaned.

The Political Science lecturer however believes that the Economic Fighters League’s (EFL) decision to breakaway is not surprising due to allegations that the group has been infiltrated by people with political and parochial interests.

He therefore urged members of the EFL to boldly stand by the decision if they truly believe the FixTheCountry Movement has been compromised politically.

Prof Gyampo stated that he had occasion to “counsel some of their (FixTheCountry) leaders to remain neutral.”

The Economic Fighters League (EFL) on Monday announced its decision to quit the FixTheCountry Movement.

According to the group, the FixTheCountry Movement, which began as a “brilliant, viral social media hashtag, which simply captured exactly the demands of the Ghanaian youth disenchanted with the political governance system” has been encroached upon by persons with parochial interests.

“Sadly, the FixTheCountry conveners’ platform no longer offers a conducive environment for honest and credible mobilization. The selfish interest of some appears to be driving the movement to what we feared the most, namely, that the hard work of the numerous activists will be cultivated to the benefit of certain partisan political forces or interests.

“Our independent thought is gradually being replaced with remotely controlled thinking and accountability levels are falling worryingly. The people’s movement is being lost, and we have a duty to safeguard it,” the group said at a press briefing.

Meanwhile, Prof Gyampo believes that the other side – the FixTheCountry conveners – have a right to tell their side of the story.

“We cannot swallow hook, line and sinker, the reasons given by the EFL until we get the opportunity to get the other side of the group. We are not sure which political party has infiltrated the group.”

“It could be the NDC given how they infiltrated previous groups, it can also be the NPP. We should be able to listen to the other side of the group as to what their responses could be,” Prof Gyampo added.