The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Anyaa-Sowutuom Constituency, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway has finally responded to backlash following her statement about John Dumelo.
On one of her campaign platforms, Shirley suggested that suggesting parliament is too serious a place for actor John Dumelo who is contesting for Member of Parliament at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress.
“Parliament is a very serious business, it’s 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.
She added that if the constituents fail to give the incumbent Member of Parliament Lydia Alhassan the nod and rather vote for actor John Dumelo, they’ll always be watching movies.
“If you mistakenly vote for John Dumelo instead of Lydia Alhassan, you’ll always be watching movies at the movie theatre,” Shirley Ayorkor Botchway added.
This did not go down well with a lot of creatives including Van Vicker.
To most of these showbiz people, her statement is an insult to the intelligence of people in the creative sector. The bone of contention by most of the creatives like Van Vicker is that she could simply have stated John Dumelo’s weaknesses without bringing in what he does for a living, especially when he alluded that parliament is for serious business and that John will only show movies to his constituents if he wins the MP bid.
However, in a press statement, Shirley noted that has a lot of respect for the creative industry and that her statement was particularly targeted at the political incompetency of John Dumelo and not the entire creative industry.
She states that she has championed a lot of creative arts projects in her career as a politician.
Read her full statement below: