‘Bring back our phones’ – SOFTtribe boss demands from ‘misled’ National Security

Founder of SOFTtribe is demanding the immediate return of mobile phones seized by National Security operatives when they stormed the office of the company on Monday afternoon.

Calling out the armed National Security personnel for their heavy-handedness at the Airport Residential office of the software company, Herman Chinery-Hesse said Wednesday that he suspects that the operation was not approved by the appropriate authorities.

The security swoop at the SOFTtribe office at around 4:00 pm on Tuesday comes at a time when the renowned software company is challenging the Ghana Water Company (GWCL) for unfairly terminating a water billing software contract that started in 2016.

Highly placed sources at National Security have told on Tuesday that the rapid surprise visit was done on behalf of GWCL with the sole purpose of safeguarding the database access “which had been deliberately blocked by the company.”

But speaking on the Super Morning Show, Mr Chinery-Hesse said the claim that  SOFTtribe was preventing the water company from accessing the database critical for billing customers was a blatant lie.

He revealed that since the inception of the contract, through to when it was unfairly terminated, some persons – whose identities he failed to reveal – have been scheming to extort money from SOFTtribe.

He said it is not the intention of SOFTtribe to destroy the relationship it has cultivated over the years with GWCL.

According to him, the water billing software that SOFTtribe introduced to GWCL increased its revenue mobilisation by 14% and was projected to increase over the years.

He wants the benefits that the innovative billing software brings to the state to be sustained.


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