‘It’s only a matter of time’ – Sarkodie cautions Akufo-Addo over protests

Sarkodie has ‘written’ to the president to inform him of the underlying motivation for the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests that rocked Accra for three days.

According to the artiste, who is currently in the US, suffocating hardships was at the heart of the mass action.

He observed that the tone deaf nature of the government was evident that appointees were clearly not in tune with the realities of the ordinary Ghanaian.

His letter as posted on Twitter (now X) read: “Main reason for this demonstration @NAkufoAddo is to let you know the people ( citizens ) are suffocating in hardship!

“It’s easy to overlook since most of government officials are no where close to the situation on the ground!” he stated before restating his support for protests.

“It’s a Bully when you starve someone and still ask them to follow “Rules” it’s only a matter of time,” he concluded.

On the last day of the three-day #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests, protesters attempted to force their way through a police barricade deep into the night and march to the presidency.

This is despite the illegal arrests and police highhandedness that marred Day 1 when police arrested 49 protesters, who were detained for hours on allegations of unlawful assembly.

All of them were later released on bail.

Day 2 and 3 passed without any major incident as police barricaded the main road leading to the presidency, Jubilee House, even before the protesters began their march towards the place.

Whiles Day 2 saw the blocking of one part of the 37-Accra road, the final day saw the blocking of both sides which meant vehicular traffic was greatly constrained for the better part of the day.

Source: Ghana Web

‘People are suffocating in hardship’ – Sarkodie writes to Akufo-Addo

Sarkodie has ‘written’ to the president to inform him of the underlying motivation for the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests that rocked Accra for three days.

According to the artiste, who is currently in the US, suffocating hardships was at the heart of the mass action.

He observed that the tone deaf nature of the government was evident that appointees were clearly not in tune with the realities of the ordinary Ghanaian.

His letter as posted on Twitter (now X) read: “Main reason for this demonstration @NAkufoAddo is to let you know the people ( citizens ) are suffocating in hardship!

“It’s easy to overlook since most of government officials are no where close to the situation on the ground!” he stated before restating his support for protests.

“It’s a Bully when you starve someone and still ask them to follow “Rules” it’s only a matter of time,” he concluded.

On the last day of the three-day #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests, protesters attempted to force their way through a police barricade deep into the night and march to the presidency.

This is despite the illegal arrests and police highhandedness that marred Day 1 when police arrested 49 protesters, who were detained for hours on allegations of unlawful assembly.

All of them were later released on bail.

Day 2 and 3 passed without any major incident as police barricaded the main road leading to the presidency, Jubilee House, even before the protesters began their march towards the place.

Whiles Day 2 saw the blocking of one part of the 37-Accra road, the final day saw the blocking of both sides which meant vehicular traffic was greatly constrained for the better part of the day.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorbiHouse: Respect, protect rights of protesters – Gabby tells police

Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reiterated the importance of street protests in a democracy.

He holds that protests have become one of the commonest forms of protests worldwide in recent years and police must by all means allow them to be held.

“The world has in the last 3 years alone witnessed more street protests in democratic states than any corresponding period in the history of the 21st century,” he said in a post on Twitter (Now X) on September 23, 2023.

“It is ultimately the duty of the police to respect and protect the rights of protestors and, at the same time, protect lives and property in a democratic atmosphere of liberty and law & order. Both can be achieved peacefully and without violence,” he added.

The post was made on the last day of the three-day #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests that was marred on day 1 by illegal arrests by the police of some 49 protesters, who were detained for hours on allegations of unlawful assembly.

All of them were later released on bail.

Day 2 and 3 passed without any major incident as police barricaded the main road leading to the presidency, Jubilee House, even before the protesters began their march towards the place.

Whiles Day 2 saw the blocking of one part of the 37-Accra road, the final day saw the blocking of both sides which meant vehicular traffic was greatly constrained for the better part of the day.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorbiHouse: ‘Clout chasers making unnecessary trend; real protesters facing hardship’ – Sarkodie

Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie has noted that the massive gathering at the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest consisted of two distinct groups.

The first group, according to him, consists of individuals with authentic concerns who are fervently advocating for a change in how the nation is governed. In stark contrast, the second group comprises those who simply attended the event to garner attention.

In a post on Day 3 of the protest, Sarkodie said he based his assertion on some videos from the protest he had seen.

His tweet read: “I watch videos and I see clearly the ‘real’ protesters complaining about the hardship they are facing (which should be amplified) and not caring who is there and who is not because it goes beyond that…”

“and as always, we have the “Clout chasers” changing the agenda on the grounds making the unnecessary trend. Big shouts to all citizens, all public figures with the purest intent to fight for change. May we not miss the target.”

Sarkodie extended his commentary to President Akufo-Addo in a subsequent tweet, reminding him of the underlying motivations driving the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests that shook the capital, Accra, from September 21 to 23.

According to the artiste, who is currently in the US, suffocating hardships were at the heart of the mass action. He observed that the tone-deaf nature of the government was evident that appointees were clearly not in tune with the realities of the ordinary Ghanaian.

“Main reason for this demonstration is to let you know the people (citizens) are suffocating in hardship! It’s easy to overlook since most of government officials are nowhere close to the situation on the ground! It’s a Bully when you starve someone and still ask them to follow ‘Rules’ it’s only a matter of time,” his tweet sighted by GhanaWeb read.

I watch videos and I see clearly the “real” protesters complaining about the hardship they are facing ( which should be amplified ) and not caring who is there and who is not.. because it goes beyond that … and as always we have the “Clout chasers” changing the agenda on the…

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorBiHouse: ‘Police did nothing wrong’ – Charles Owusu

Charles Owusu has applauded the Ghana Police Service under the leadership of Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Akuffo Dampare, for preventing the #OccupyJulorBiHouse protesters from picketing the Jubilee House.

The organizers, Democracy Hub, planned to demonstrate within the vicinity of the Jubilee House from Thursday, 21st to Saturday, 23rd September 2023 but the Police, in a statement, disclosed it had filed an injunction application at the court and waiting for it to determine the matter before taking any further action.

The Police yesterday arrested 49 protesters for violating the Public Order Act and also for unlawful assembly.

“The arrest was a result of the flagrant disregard of the court process served on the organisers of the Democracy Hub group, which seeks to prohibit them from embarking on a planned demonstration within the vicinity of the Jubilee House from Thursday, 21st to Saturday, 23rd September 2023.

“We would like to state that the Police do not take delight in preventing any group from demonstrating as the Service has a track record of providing security for demonstrations in the past. The exception, in this case, is the Police disagreement with the organisers on the venue, the Jubilee House, being a security zone,” parts of the statement read.

The Police cautioned the general public to “in the interest of public order and public safety to disregard any invitation by the organisers to take part in any unlawful demonstration until the determination of the matter by the court on the 26th September 2023”.

Charles Owusu, speaking on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo” show, stated emphatically that there is nothing wrong with the action by the Police, thus commended the IGP and the entire Service for protecting State property.

“I feel that what they did is right…What the Police has done is a good thing. Every property we used State money to do, it behaves the person with authority to protect it to keep it safe,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

Abena Dokua Foundation builds 10-unit toilet, urinal facility for Kyebi basic school

The Abena Dokua Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to quality education and improved sanitation by unveiling a brand-new 10-unit toilet and urinal facility at the Kyebi M/A Experimental Basic School.

In a heartening development for the school and the community, this modern facility comprises five units for males and five for females, significantly elevating the hygiene standards for students and staff.

The project was spearheaded by the Abena Dokua Foundation (ADEF), a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting educational institutions in Ghana.

Kwaku Boateng, the President of ADEF, addressed a vibrant gathering at the unveiling ceremony, emphasizing the foundation’s unwavering mission to enhance the educational experience.

He stressed the importance of quality education and revealed that the construction of this facility cost the foundation a total of twenty-eight thousand dollars ($28k).

Further, Mr. Boateng announced that ADEF’s commitment to education extends far beyond Kyebi, as they are currently funding projects totaling seventy thousand USD in four different regions across Ghana this year.

Three of these projects have already reached completion, with one ongoing, set to conclude by the end of the year.

The unveiling event saw the attendance of esteemed stakeholders and community leaders, who conveyed their heartfelt appreciation for ADEF’s benevolence. Ms. Josephine, the headmistress of the school, made a solemn commitment to maintaining the facility’s cleanliness and ensuring responsible usage.

She also urged other individuals and organizations to emulate ADEF’s generosity in uplifting the school and enhancing the learning environment.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorbiHouse Demo: Lekzy DeComic blames the church for rise in corruption

Ghanaian comedian Lekzy DeComic says the church should also be blamed for the recent economic crisis Ghana has plunged into.

Speaking on a panel discussion on UTV’s United Showbiz on September 23, 2023, he shared his views on the protest, saying that most churches in the country are to blame for the rise in corruption-related cases in the country.

To buttress his point, Lekzy asked how a young police officer whose salary is less than GH¢3,000 cedis would be able to give a certain amount of money during offerings in church, yet the church never speaks to it and gets to the bottom of where the money is from.

“I feel like the church has failed us. I want to open this conversation. Everything (sic). I saw a plaque with ‘corruption’ or something written on it during the protest. How can a young boy, a police officer, probably with a salary not even up to GH¢3,000, yet when an offering is taken 5 times in a month, he’s able to give GH¢5,000, but the man of God has never asked him where he got that money from. The church has a way of fueling corruption because where does that excess money come from?” he quizzed.

He continued that the church has become a platform where people who are due for promotion are not recognized, but those with money are rather known.

“It is as a result of all these that corruption is on the rise because, in most churches, people who have money are recognized and promoted while people who have the anointing of God are instead left out. In my church, for instance, there are anointed people who can be promoted but are still deacons,” he claimed.

He went on to charge Ghanaians to ask politicians where they get their money from “because any church that invites them for a program, that politician gives out money. So, imagine he has 30 churches in his constituency, and he gives money to all of them, where do you think he gets the money to give to these churches? All in the name of building a church,” he said.

Lekzy added that most of the youth are suffering and “expect the church to speak to these issues, but they are not doing so and have politicized everything in Ghana, including prophecies.”

On the last day of the three-day #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests, protesters attempted to force their way through a police barricade deep into the night and march to the presidency.

This is despite the illegal arrests and police high-handedness that marred Day 1 when police arrested 49 protesters, who were detained for hours on allegations of unlawful assembly.

All of them were later released on bail.

Day 2 and 3 passed without any major incidents as police barricaded the main road leading to the presidency, Jubilee House, even before the protesters began their march towards the place.

While Day 2 saw the blocking of one part of the 37-Accra road, the final day saw the blocking of both sides, which meant vehicular traffic was greatly constrained for the better part of the day.

Source: Ghana Web

#OccupyJulorbiHouse hits 1 million tweets on Day 3 of protests

Hashtags are an integral part of social media campaigns as it helps coalesce the thoughts and feelings of people pushing for a particular cause online.

#OccupyJulorbiHouse, for good reasons, has been trending for three straight days topping trends as protesters under the guidance of Democracy Hub marched against economic malaise and corruption.

By close of the three-day protest, the hashtag had hit over a million posts at one point even as activists drew attention to corrupted variants allegedly planted by pro-government accounts.

Aside #OccupyJulorbiHouse, #FixTheCountry was also in the trends as was #Sarkodie as well as some of the corrupted variants like #OccupyJubilorHouse and #OccupJulorbiHouse.

One tech guru, on September 23 noted that the trends were looking pro-government and warned that there was a possibility that ‘mercenary’ activists had been unleashed.

He provided evidence to the effect that following his tweet, he was being exited from social media pages purposefully created to counter the original hashtag on Twitter (Now X) and Instagram.

On the last day of the three-day #OccupyJulorbiHouse protests, protesters attempted to force their way through a police barricade deep into the night and march to the presidency.

This is despite the illegal arrests and police highhandedness that marred Day 1 when police arrested 49 protesters, who were detained for hours on allegations of unlawful assembly.

All of them were later released on bail.

Day 2 and 3 passed without any major incident as police barricaded the main road leading to the presidency, Jubilee House, even before the protesters began their march towards the place.

Whiles Day 2 saw the blocking of one part of the 37-Accra road, the final day saw the blocking of both sides which meant vehicular traffic was greatly constrained for the better part of the day.

Kudos to everyone who shared posts, retweeted, and liked #OccupyJulorbiHouse.

We’ll soldier on until we achieve the change we desire. ???????????????????????? #ChangeForGhana @talkyoshit_gh @Ghfixthecountry #FixTheCountry pic.twitter.com/LacX3XsyTz

Source: Ghana Web