Police to meet celebrities Thursday over ‘Dumsor’ vigil

Personnel of the Ghana Police service have scheduled a meeting for Thursday to discuss a letter notifying them of an impending vigil by some celebrities in the country.

Some Ghanaian celebrities announced their intention to hold a vigil on May 16 to put pressure on the government to find a solution to the current power crisis, President John Mahama has been invited to join the event.

Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson, together with rapper Sarkodie and some other celebrities are expected to hit the streets on May 16 to register their frustrations with the power crises popularly known as ‘Dumsor’.

Lawyers for Yvonne Nelson and Sarkodie wrote to the Greater Accra regional police command to inform them of a vigil the entertainment personalities are planning to hold on the date.

Ghana’s Public Order Act, 1994, stipulates that any group seeking to organise a public event, be it a vigil, demonstration or concert, must notify the police of their intentions.

The vigil, which will be a peaceful possession by the celebrities and their fans with lit candles, torches, and lanterns, is an offshoot of a social media campaign #‎dumsormuststop that the actress started last week.

The police, Myjoyonline.com has learnt, will meet the celebrities and their lawyers on Thursday to discuss the roadmap for the vigil.

Should the police have any reservations about the event, it may go to court to either get the event postponed or cancelled.

This looks less likely.

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