Okyeame Kwame has given his reasons for not participating in the #OccupyJulorbiHouse protest and why he stands alone in his family’s Christmas celebrations.
In an interview with Berla Mundi on TV3, Okyeame Kwame explained that he did not support the protest because he found the term “Julorbi House,” which means the house of thieves, to be derogatory and insulting towards the President.
During the interview, he expressed his disappointment with the protest organizers for not consulting him before organizing the protest.
He also voiced his concerns about the lack of concrete evidence regarding corruption allegations at the Flagstaff House and emphasized his preference for respectfully addressing such grievances.
He also acknowledged that he would not be able to provide substantial proof of corruption at the Flagstaff House if required to do so in court, which ultimately influenced his decision to distance himself from the protest. His decision to distance himself from the protest shows his desire to engage in meaningful dialogue rather than resorting to inflammatory actions.
He said, “So if my father had lived, it would have been the same age as the president. And I can never call my father ‘ Julorbi.’ If I joined and they called me to court and asked me to prove that there was a Julorbi (thievery), where was I going to find proof? So what I do is turn on the light of love in me. Leadership has failed me. And I think it has failed a lot of people.”
“So when the economy becomes the way it has become and we keep borrowing, I am the last person to eat. So I know how it feels. I am not interested in joining things that insult others because I am not innocent. So you can express displeasure but do it respectfully.”
Occupy Julorbi house protest
Occupy Julorbi House protest initially gained momentum as an online movement on the social media platform X. With the powerful hashtag #OccupyJulorbiHouse, the protest aimed to shed light on a range of pressing issues.
Originally planned as a 3-day demonstration at the Jubilee House in Accra, the heart of the government, this protest was meticulously organized by the civil society organization Democracy Hub.
It all began peacefully on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at the bustling 37-lorry station. The timing of this protest was no coincidence.
It was strategically aligned with Founder’s Day, a significant national holiday that honours Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president and a fervent advocate for African independence and unity.
The intention was to stage a peaceful picket at the Jubilee House, but unfortunately, the demonstration took an unexpected turn when the police forcefully dispersed the protestors, leaving behind a trail of distress and heightened tension.