I wasn’t paid for What I said – John Dumelo

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Award Winning Ghanaian actor and Entrepreneur John Dumelo says his comments that Ghanaians should give President Mahama time to fix the country’s ailing economy have been “misread” and “misconstrued”. 

In a rebuttal on his Instagram page, the popular actor stressed that neither does he speak for the ruling NDC nor the opposition NPP. 

Consequently, he advised his critics to carefully listen to the interview he granted to the media in Accra before commenting. 

John Dumelo’s call for Ghanaians to give President Mahama enough time to address the country’s economic challenges on Starrfm in Accra attracted widespread criticisms from a section of the public. 

His critics also labelled him as a sympathizer of the ruling party. 

Dumelo stressed:

“to whom it may concern, my sentiments expressed on an Accra based FM station have totally been misread and misconstrued. Before I start off, I’m not a spokesperson for any political party neither am I a representative in the social circles. The tapes are there for you to listen. 

The audio is available for anyone willing to hear exactly what I said on star fm”. 

“I said and I quote” let’s give the president time to solve the problems; after all, if by 2016 these problems haven’t been solved, we know what we will do”,

the handsome actor added. 

John Dumelo, however, admitted that he featured in a TV commercial for the NDC in the run-up to the 2012 elections.

“I must state here that it was purely voluntary. I wasn’t paid for that and I wasn’t expected to be paid for that. I did it for the love of the country. I also said on Starr FM that if in 2016, any party preaches what will benefit the country I won’t mind joining that bandwagon. Be it NPP, CPP or PPP. I have heard all kinds of insults and threats on my life because my statement was completely taken out of context. I feel what is going on in the country”

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he said. 

Recounting his personal challenges, John explained that

“I have had to lay off 20 of my workers and close down 2 of my companies because of the economic crises. I feel the workers pain. You think I’m happy laying off my workers? You think I’m happy running a company at a lose? I’m not. As at now I still don’t have a generator in my house. I sweat at night and I’m sure we all do”. 

He further advised Ghanaians to give the current government till 2016 to fix the problems, adding “that’s all I said”. 

John Dumelo said

“I feel what everyone else is going through. The problems have to be solved for Ghana to move forward. As for the insults and death threats, it’s made me a better person. Long live Ghana! #dumsormuststop”.

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