Treat opportunists twisting my campaign message against Dumelo with contempt— Ayorkor Botchwey
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has urged the public to treat any desperate attempts by political opportunists who are twisting her campaign message against John Dumelo as a swipe to the entire creative industry as contempt.
According to her, the comments she made against the actor cum politician was targeted only at the Ayawaso West Wuogon’s Member of Parliament (MP) Parliamentary opponent not the entire creative art industry.
On one of her campaign platforms, Ms Botchway suggested that Parliament is too serious a place for John Dumelo who is seeking to become the Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“Parliament is a very serious business for serious minded people, it is a serious place. The place is not for those who think they can heal the sick. No! No! No! No! No! Do not let that happen. It is a serious place,” she said.
Ms Botchwey stated that if the constituents fail to give the incumbent MP, Lydia Seyram Alhassan the nod and rather vote for John Dumelo, they would always be watching movies.
“If you mistakenly vote for John Dumelo instead of Lydia Alhassan, you will always be watching movies at the movie theatre,” she added.
To most of the showbiz people, her statement was an insult to the intelligence of those in the creative art sector.
The bone of contention by most of the creatives including Van Vicker is that, Ms Botchwey could simply have stated John Dumelo’s weaknesses without bringing in what he does for a living, especially when she alluded that Parliament is for serious minded people and that Mr Dumelo would only show movies to his constituents if he wins the MP bid.
However, in a statement which was released in Accra today by the Anyaa Sowutuom MP, Ms Botchwey explained that she only intimated that popularity alone does not make one the obvious choice for Parliament.
“My comment on the platform were made in particular reference to Honourable Lydia Alhassan’s opponent where I intimated that popularity alone does not make one the obvious choice for Parliament.”
“I went on to appeal to her constituents to vote for her to continue to do more for them. It was never meant to be an attack on a particular person or the entire film making and creative arts industry,” she added.
Ms Botchwey said she has a lot of respect for the creative industry has championed a lot of creative arts projects in her career as a politician, thus did not look down on the industry.
Read her full statement below