Entertainment of Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Popular Ghanaian actor, Clement Bonney, has promised to rally some of his fellow screen actors to openly campaign for the re-election of President John Dramani Mahama during the November 11 general elections just as he did four years ago, even though he admitted he was scared for his life for alleged threats made against celebrities who plan to hit the President’s campaign trail.
Known in showbiz circles as ‘Mr Beautiful’, Bonney revealed to the Graphic Showbiz that he was working closely with screen stars John Dumelo, Kalsoume Sinare, Selassie Ibrahim, Effo, Pattington Papa Nii Papafio, DJ Willi, among other celebrities, to help Prez Mahama retain his seat and would soon roll out their plans for the campaign trail.
In spite of his open declaration of support for the President since the 2012 election campaign, Mr Beautiful said recent alleged threats by the Ashanti Regional NPP chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, alias Chairman Wontumi, warning artistes against openly campaigning for President Mahama in Kumasi, has made him very scared.
Already smarting from being left in the lurch by Kumasi-based movie producers who have refused to cast the witty actor for compaigning for the ruling NDC, Mr Beautiful says his life is in danger and would hold ‘Chairman Wuntumi’ liable for anything harmful that happens to him in the course of soliciting for votes for the President.
He has, therefore, called on the national security to call the politician to order for seeking to incite hate against him and his fellow entertainers for exercising their freedom of choice and association.
“Yes, I am worried for my life and that of my colleagues. Chairman Wuntumi should be monitored, before, during and after elections,” said the actor.
“Chairman Wuntumi should have talked about policies rather than trying to create division and victimizing people. That is just a childish way of doing politics and it will not help in national development.”
Explaining his professed love for President Mahama, Mr Beautiful said he was drawn to the NDC because of the vision and policies for the arts and entertainment industry, and does not regret campaigning for the ruling party since he is a direct beneficiary of the policies being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts.
“President Mahama loves the creative arts and he has policies in store to develop our industry and there is the need for us the stake holders to come out and support him.
“Through the vision and policies of President Mahama, my colleagues and I have had the opportunity to travel abroad to attend film festivals.
“ We have learned about cinematography and other elements that make up a good movie which we never had the opportunity to learn before,” he explained.