Incarcerated dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel, has taken to his social media platforms to rally his followers in support of his lawyer, Isat Buchanan.
In a post on Saturday, Kartel shared a screenshot of a petition titled “Jamaica Supports Isat Buchanan,” created by Andre Stephens on August 02, 2023.
The petition aims to garner support for Buchanan, who has been facing backlash for quoting Vybz Kartel lyrics while referring to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Paula Llewellyn.
The petition has garnered significant attention, with 5,892 signatures gathered thus far, representing 78.56% of the 7,500 signatures required.
See a photo of the petition below:
In the caption of the Instagram post, Kartel urged his followers to sign the petition, emphasising the strength in numbers. The link to the petition was also provided in his bio, making it easily accessible to his fan base.
See a photo of the caption below:
The Dj’s call to action resonated deeply with his loyal fans, who wasted no time expressing their unwavering support. Many fans commented that they had already signed the petition, while others eagerly requested the link to add their voices to the cause.
See some of the comments below:
Isat Buchanan had apologised for using Vybz Kartel’s lyrics in his reference to the DPP. Despite the apology, there have been calls for his dismissal from his political roles and potential repercussions from the Jamaica Bar Association, which monitors the conduct of lawyers within the island.
According to Andre Stephens, the creator of the petition and host of the show where Buchanan quoted Kartel’s lyrics about Paula, there is a “witch hunt” out for Isat Buchanan led by the Jamaica Labour Party and its supporters.
Stephens defended Buchanan’s dedication to advocating for the less fortunate and fighting for justice in Jamaica. He also highlighted Isat’s humility in taking responsibility for any offence caused.
Additionally, Stephens emphasised the need for a fair and equitable society where everyone is held to the same standards and given the same chances to redeem themselves.
He expressed that the people of Jamaica should unite in supporting Isat Buchanan and upholding justice and ethics. The collective voice of the citizens can create a powerful force for positive change in pursuing a more equitable society.
The outcome of the petition and the response from the Jamaica Bar Association will undoubtedly be closely watched by many, as it holds implications not only for Isat Buchanan but also for the standards of accountability and justice in Jamaica.