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Change DumsorMustStop vigil venue away from Jubilee House - Police to Yvonne Nelson

The Accra Regional Police Command has issued a request for organisers of the upcoming #DumsorMustStop protest to relocate their event and adjust its timing.

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The planned demonstration by actress Yvonne Nelson with her conveners, aimed at protesting against the government's handling of the erratic power supply, is set for Saturday, May 25, 2024.

During a meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the Regional Police Headquarters, the police discussed the proposed protest's impact on public order and safety.

The Command raised concerns about the initially chosen venue, Revolution Square, noting its close proximity to Jubilee House, the seat of government, which is a designated security zone.

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Citing potential risks to public safety, the police recommended moving the protest to Independence Square. They also expressed concerns about the proposed end time of the protest at midnight, advising that this could compromise security and increase the risk of violence. Adjusting the timing was suggested to mitigate potential security issues.

This development follows a statement released on May 9 by actress Yvonne Nelson, who is spearheading the protest. Nelson announced plans to hold the vigil from 8:30 am to 12 midnight at Revolution Square. She has called for public support to echo the turnout of the 2015 dumsor protest, which she also organised.

The Accra Regional Police Command emphasised its commitment to maintaining law and order while supporting peaceful protests. The response from the protest organisers regarding the police's recommendations on venue and timing changes is still pending.

Nelson's call to action reflects the growing frustration among Ghanaians over the persistent energy issues plaguing the nation.

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The recurring power outages, known locally as "dumsor," have been disrupting businesses and daily life since late 2023, with the situation worsening in 2024.

Despite government officials' claims that these outages are not indicative of "dumsor," many citizens believe otherwise, citing the similarities to the crisis experienced in 2015.

Meanwhile, speaking on the development during a discussion on United Showbiz, Habiba said she won't join any intended 'dumsor' protest, adding that it would simply be a waste of time.

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