Multiple award winning Ghanaian artiste, Stonebwoy says it is very unpleasant for celebrities to be tagged with political colours when they join protests and speak up against issues affecting Ghanaians due to economic hardships.
Speaking at #Occupyjulorbihouse protests over the weekend, the Run Go hitmaker said he was not charged by anyone to compose songs such as “Run Go” and “Greedy Man” in 2014 but did that as a Ghanaian who was experiencing what other Ghanaians were also going through.
As such, it would be unfortunate for anyone to assume he was doing the political bidding of anyone since he joined the protest by himself without any calls from the organisers to do so.
“No organiser called Stonebwoy, I joined this protest on my own so I want to emphasise that I’m here because of the welfare of Ghanaians. I’m not here for NDC or NPP or any political party. I’m a Ghanaian so whatever protests or name given to the protests, it is not important because we are all Ghanaians feeling the pains of what’s happening.
“I know what is happening and I’m convinced that if good things were happening, they were for our welfare, similarly, if things are bad, we all suffer the consequences so I’m not here because anyone charged me to do so but I want to entreat all of us to stop stigmatising musicians who join such protests and cloth them political colours,” he stated.
A number of Ghanaian celebrities including singer Efya Nocturnal, Efia Odo, Stonebwoy, Pappy Kojo, Kwaw Kese, D Black among a host of others joined protestors on the streets to demand better living conditions from the government.
On the first day, some of the protestors were arrested, causing a number of netizens to call out the police for intimidating and obstructing citizens from exercising their democratic rights.
“I’m not here in the name of NDC nor NPP, I’m here for Ghanaians.”
Here’s his full speech. pic.twitter.com/wFmtE9LJUC
— Kenneth Awotwe Darko (@TheKennethDarko) September 24, 2023
However, the Ghana Police Service has affirmed its stance on demonstrations, asserting that it supports peaceful protests in all forms.
In a statement signed by ACP Grace Ansah-Akrofi, the Director of Public Affairs of the Police Service, yesterday, it clarified that the Service had a longstanding history of providing security for demonstrators in previous instances.
Following the conclusion of the three-day demonstration organised by the Democracy Hub, the Police expressed gratitude to the public, particularly those in Accra, for their support and cooperation while the Police executed their duty of maintaining law and order during the protest.
The Service also expressed appreciation to the organisers for their cooperation during the demonstrations. They also expressed an interest in convening a debriefing session with the organisers, with the intention of cultivating productive engagements for future demonstrations.
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