Some government communicators have unleashed abusive languages on celebrities who intend joining the protest
The United Cadres’ Front (UCF) of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rebuked government officials and communicators speaking against the planned May 16 #Dumsormuststop vigil.
According to a statement signed by the general secretary of UCF, Efanam Komla Nyaku Felix, a decision by anyone to join the protest should be respected.
The #DumsorMustStop vigil, championed by three Ghanaian celebrities – Yvonne Nelson, Sarkodie and Lydia Forson – is to put pressure on the John Mahama-led administration to solve the erratic supply of electricity which has lingered on for close to three years.
Since the announcement of their intentions, some government communicators have unleashed abusive languages on them. Stephen Atubiga who was hauled before the Supreme Court for making contemptuous comments during the hearing of the 2012 election petition and getting jailed for it took to social media site, Facebook to accuse the trio and their fellow colleagues of doing a hatchet job for Mr Akuffo-Addo and the NPP while a former aide to the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Haruna Halidu likened celebrities who are thirty years and unmarried to “prostitutes”.
The UCF has condemned the act and has advised government communicators to be mindful of their utterances.
“We have observed with deep concern the negative reactions purported to be coming from some supporters of the Party against the intended vigil by some celebrities in the country,” the statement said.
It added: “The comments so far leave much to be desired and we think they must cease forthwith. This is because we think such reactions are rather making the celebrities more visible than their chosen carriers have made them.”
“We also think that they are Ghanaians who have also been availed the legitimacy of the RIGHT to do what they intend doing by the 1992 Constitution.
“Agreeably, what the initiator (Ms. Nelson) of the vigil put in her face book wall was unpallatable, we think the vulgar and unprintable words attributed to some supporters is not the best. We take exception to Alhaji Alidu Haruna’s attack on the celebrity but who with boldness quickly came out and without reservations poured out his heart – apologizing to her and other celebrities.
“It is our position that it was foul language from our rival New Patriotic Party that swayed floating voters to the NDC in the last two elections and it is prudent on the part of NDC activist to be circumspect in what we say from now on.
“We therefore use this medium to condemn such bad utterances and particularly the very last one coming from Stephen Atubiga who has threatened burning CDs of the vigil-organizing celebrities. It is our desire that if they cannot hold their mouths in decorous deliveries, they should leave the NDC out and individually own up to what they say,” the statement concluded.