As Ghana marks the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Day, residents of the Western Region are participating in the #FixTheCountry demonstration in the capital, Takoradi, to express their grievances about governance in the country.
The leadership of #FixTheCountry and participants (in their hundreds) are calling on government to fix the governance system, corruption, unemployment and kidnappings in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. The demonstration is started from Takoradi en route to Sekondi.
A member of the movement, Oketekyere Afrifa Mensah, said, “we are tired of substandard governance. We are tired of governance that has no plan. We are tired of direction-less leadership.”
Ernesto Yeboah, the Commander-In-Chief, of the Economic Fighters League, also indicated that they were protesting against a “false” and “rotten” system “that allows the blatant stealing of our resources.”
“What you are seeing here today is a manifestation of the boiling anger of the youth and good people of Ghana,” he said.
The #FixTheCountry movement began to take shape in May 2021 after gaining prominence on social media.
Young Ghanaians used the various social media platforms to demand social and economic reform as well as better governance.
On August 4, 2021, also on a holiday, the online movement evolved and climaxed into its first physical protest.