Ghanaian actor John Dumelo says his comments that President John Mahama should be given time to fix the nation’s problems have been misrepresented and misunderstood.
According to him, the comments, made during an interview on Accra-based Starr FM have been “misread” and totally “misconstrued”.
The actor is alleged to have urged critics of President John Mahama to get off his back and give him time to solve the challenges facing the country.
He was also reported to have revealed that he lost endorsement deals after campaigning for the NDC.
John Dumelo, who is also a businessman, received a lot of flak from Ghanaians who felt his comments were insensitive considering the economic and power crises to country is battling with.
The actor, reacting to the public outrage following his comments, said in a statement on Facebook Friday that he feels the pain of Ghanaians and that if the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) fails, it should be voted out of office.
Read John Dumelo’s statement below:
“To whom is 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 starr 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”.
“Yes I did a TV commercial for the NDC in 2012 because I loved the message they preached. 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. 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 loss? 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. Let’s give the current gov till 2016 to fix the problems, that’s all
I 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”