Ayorkor Botchwey shoots down claims that she’s disrespected creative artists

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Anyaa-Sowutuom, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has responded to critics who took her on over some comments she made against actor and politician John Dumelo.

On one of her campaign platforms, Ayorkor Botchwey 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.

“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 MP, 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:


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