The change in venue became necessitated after authorities of the
University of Ghana, initial venue for the vigil, rejected the use of
the school's campus for the protest against the power crisis.
Yvonne Nelson, Sarkodie, DKB and other celebrities, announced their
intention to hold a vigil to put pressure on the government to find a
solution to the severe power crisis referred to locally as 'Dumsor'.
The vigil, which is expected to be apeaceful procession by the
celebrities and their fans with lit candles, torchlights, and
lanterns, is an offshoot of a social media campaign #?dumsormuststop
that Yvonne started last week.
Lawyers for Yvonne Nelson and Sarkodie wrote to the Greater Accra
regional police command to inform them of the vigil.
The police on Thursday gave the celebrities the green light to hold
the vigil on May 16.
The letter stated the Univeristy of Ghana campus as the convergence
point for the protesters but the University in a statement demanded
"an immediate cessation of all mention of its name or campuses in
relation or in connection with any such activity.
"This forced the organisers to look for alternative, settling on a
venuevery close to the university.
A statement by the organisers on Friday said the new assembling point
for the vigil will be "ON-THE-RUN" (also known as Bonjour).
"All participants shall converge at "ON-THE-RUN" (also known as
Bonjour) on the Legon Presec Road, towards the old main gate ofthe
University of Ghana," the statement said.
With organisers coming under constant attacks that they are doing the
bidding of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), the statement
insisted the event has nothing to do politics.
"The Dumsor Must Stop Vigil is a non-partisan event which seeks to
give an amplified voice to the many Ghanaians who are afflicted by the
phenomenon of DUMSOR," Organisers said.
Meanwhile, award winning rapper Sarkodie has released a song,
'Dumsor', to vent his frustrations at the power crisis which has been
lingering on for almost three years.