Organisers of the #dumsormuststop vigil should have asked for permission from the Ga Chiefs before embarking on such a campaign, Spokesperson for the Ga Traditional Council Nii Tackie Commey has told Fiifi Bason, host of Kasapa FM’s Anopa Kasapa morning show.
Mr Commey said since the chiefs are the custodians of the Ga community and are now observing the annual ban on drumming and noise making ahead of the Homowo festival, it would have been prudent for the celebrities organising the vigil to have shown respect to the chiefs by approaching them and informing them about the vigil, since it coincides with the ban.
He said similar bans are imposed by various Traditional Councils across the country, during festivals and, therefore found it befuddling that the celebrities are insisting on holding the vigil.
Actress Yvonne Nelson, with the support of fellow celebrities Lydia Forson, Rapper Sarkodie and a host of others, are embarking on the vigil as a sign of protest against the Mahama administration’s failure to solve the three-year-old power crisis plaguing the country.
But the Ga Traditional Council has petitioned the Police to stop the vigil, with reason that it could mar the observation of the ban on drumming and noise making.
Apart from the Council’s qualms, the organisers have encountered hurdles in securing a venue for the vigil. Both the University of Ghana, Legon and Total, owners of On The Run, refused to allow the vigil to take place on their premises.