The Ga traditional council has petitioned the police over an intended dumsor vigil organized by some celebrities.
The May 16 ‘Dumsor vigil’ by some Ghanaian celebrities to protest against government’s handling of the power crisis in the country may not see the light of the day as the Ga Traditional Council has petitioned the Greater Accra Regional Police Command to stop the street protest.
According to the Ga Traditional Council, the timing of the vigil falls within the duration of the annual ban on drumming and dancing which precedes the celebration of their festival, Homowo.
Spokesman, Nii Tackie Commey in an interview with Joy News said the ban which starts from Monday, May 11 to Thursday, June 11, 2015 is to enable the Ga people to confer with their Maker as custom demands.
According to him, although organizers have said the vigil will be a peaceful, noise-free protest, there is no guarantee to that effect.“Tradition demands that we stop noise making for our people to confer with their maker for the area to go on peacefully.
Therefore, they say that the vigil will not be in conformity with the customs and traditions. There should be total silence in the traditional areas.
Sometimes people get permission from the police and they tend to pass where they are not supposed to. So who can guarantee that there will be no noise?” he wondered.
The vigil, organised by award-winning movie actress Yvonne Nelson and colleagues such as Ama K. Abebrese, DKB, Van Vicker, Sarkodie, Kwaw Kese, Efya, D-Black, Confident Haugen, Nikki Sammona had earlier faced challenges after University of Ghana and Total Ghana prevented them from using their premises as place of convergence.