The Deputy Minister for Defence Maj. (Rtd) Derrick Oduro has debunked claims from the minority in parliament over the misconduct of some military men who are said to be intimidating Ghanaians at registration centres in border towns.
In an interview on Friday 11th July, 2020, he explained that the deployment of these heavy military men was to protect the borders and not to intimidate Ghanaians.
“It is untrue to say that the soldiers have taken sides. The soldiers have never taken sides in any political endeavour. If yesterday they didn’t take sides, why will they take sides tomorrow? Ever since soldiers were deployed at the border last year, nobody complained. The soldiers are not going into people’s homes, bedrooms and kitchens. Soldiers don’t do that” he said
According to the deputy Minister, people are just going that far to tarnish the image of the Ghana Armed forces, which is very bad for a political party to destroy
the Ghana Armed Forces.
He further stressed that they want to weaken them and that is not good and Fair.
“Let us stop assisting those who are telling lies, unfounded and baseless stories to discredit the Ghana Armed Forces.”
President Nana Akuffo- Addo earlier on has also justified the military deployments along the county’s borders amidst the compilation of the new voter’s register and the rising cases of COVID-19 infections.
By: Mary Quartey