The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) deputy director of communications, Ernest Owus-Bempah, has condemned Ghanaian artist Stonebwoy for taking part in the recent #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest, alleging that he was paid to do so.
They gave Al Jazeera money; is this a narrative that primarily involves youth? How many youth were involved? For us at Let My Vote Count, we can get over 500,000 people out on the streets for our demonstrations.
How many young people were there? And simply take a look at the much-needed exposure that the media has received, to the point where they have paid specific journalists to take part in this, he continued.
Bempah continued by bringing up the subject of celebrity tax avoidance and making the implication that Stonebowoy was one of those not paying their fair amount of taxes which was followed by 1Familyradio.
He continued, ”Today, some celebrities don’t even pay taxes; they own businesses, attend events, and do other things. Stonebwoy will flee, and these youngsters are the ones who are out on the streets, if you let the taxman present him with tax documents at his home.
Owusu Bempah continued, accusing Stonebwoy of promoting someone else’s agenda in order to receive payment: “If he were living in America and claimed to be a celebrity, the kind of taxes that he would pay, but he is in this country and has gotten the effrontery because someone is pushing him behind the scenes to go out there.”
He just woke up and said that he is heading to the Jubilee House to do a demonstration because he has been paid and will go there to advance someone else’s goal.
The Democracy Hub and a few concerned citizens organized the protest with the goal of holding the administration accountable for a number of issues.