Tuesday, May 12, 2015


By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

OccupyGhana (OG), a fast-growing pressure group has urged Ghanaians to come out in their numbers to support the Dumsor vigil being organized by some celebrities to protest the current worsening power crisis.

There have been clandestine attempt by elements in the government together with some ruling NDC leading members to stop the vigil which organizers have promised it is going to be peaceful.

While the Ga Traditional Council is trying to use the police to stop the well-publicised vigil on Saturday, May 16, Total Petroleum Ghana Limited who owns On-The-Run fuel station at Legon where popular actress Yvonne Nelson and her colleagues intend to converge for the demonstration has said they would not allow them to use their space for the peaceful exercise.

The University of Ghana whose premises the celebrities have decided to use as converging grounds for the vigil has also said it would not allow them.

However, OccupyGhana issued a release yesterday declaring their unflinching support for the celebrity-inspired vigil and calling on Ghanaians to throw their weight behind them.

“In line with OccupyGhana's support for citizens to voice out their concerns as part of their civil rights, we are calling on all Ghanaians to throw their weight behind these concerned Ghanaians in the creative industry who have decided to add their voices to speak out against the current Dumsor crisis and stage a vigil called #dumsormuststop.”

“We urge all committed Ghanaians to join the vigil and express their voices in what has become a never-ending embarrassment to our country.  We applaud these celebrities for coming out boldly to demand that ‘dumsor’ must be stopped immediately.

“We also condemn those of our body politic who have decided to attack the personalities of these celebrities and tried to spin a political twist to what they are demanding to be fixed, in the interest of the country.”

“We are observing the barrier being placed in the way of the organisers and we urge them never to give up. We urge all Ghanaians to stand up and fight against bad leadership which is the bane of all we are going through as a nation,” the group said.

The vigil which is part of the #DumsorMustStop campaign is being organised by award-winning movie actress Yvonne Nelson and colleagues such as Sarkodie, Lydia Forson, Ama K. Abebrese, DKB, Van Vicker, EL, Kwaw Kese, Efya, D-Black, Confident Haugen, Nicky Sammona and many others.

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