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Civilian with coup mentality: Is Ghana Now A Military State?

There is a sense of feeling that the country is being run with a sieged coup mentality. Evidence of such, is the manner ministers of state and officials of some state institutions are being protected by the military.

Equally worrying is the way and manner the military is being put on high alert on so-called special operations, which otherwise could have been executed easily by the police.

Meanwhile, by the security code structure, it’s the President of the Republic and his Vice that are to be protected by the military. Yet, we have the Attorney General of the Republic, Godfred Dame, being protected glaringly in the public by the military.

Most serving MPs who are also Cabinet Ministers, have their homes protected by the military 24/7; to the extent that the Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Jean Adukwei Mensah is also being protected both in public and private by the military.

She was on a full military protection during the duration of her appearance at the Supreme Court in the election petition case. Her personal body guard changed from a police personal to an army, the moment the Electoral Commission decided to compile a new voters’ register.

Jean Mesah’s security protection has been manned by the military since then. Her residence is also being secured by the military. A combination of factors, including a phobia that many think has no basis is driving this military agenda to a filthy dizzy height.

First, was the un-quenching desire on the part of the administration, to retain power at all cost in the run-up to the 2020 election. They may deny just like any administration would have done. But one did not need a prying instinct to read through the agenda to subdue voting pattern in opposition strongholds during the stated period.

It begun with the decision by the Electoral Commission to change the old voters’ register. Despite the obvious inherent dangers from the COVID 19 pandemic and the popular apprehension, the EC, backed by the administration, went ahead to compile a new voters’ register.

The military, together with other paramilitary groups, were used to suppress dissenting opposition to the exercise. In the end, people who otherwise would have gone on the streets to register their opposition, backed-off in fear of possible military suppression.

 The Volta Region was thus reduced to a military zone over-night during the registration exercise. The very lame excuse offered by government was that the soldiers were in the Region to curtail possible influx of foreigners from crossing over to take part in the exercise.

Meanwhile, the country was on partial lock-down, with all of its land borders closed.

However, other Regions where there are recognized border posts like Sampa, Hamle, Bawku, Half Assini, Ellubo and Paga went on with the registration without any breathing from such State coercive power; although there had been the suspicion that foreigners cross over into Ghanaian border towns to take part in our electoral process in the past.

So why the Volta Region alone? The agenda to get the voting population reduced at all cost in the Region was set in motion by the cousin of the President, Gabby Otchere Asare Darko, who argued that based on the economic and commercial activities, there was no way the Volta Region could commandeer that kind of votes.

The often cited case is the huge voter population at the Ketu South constituency. And often the accusation is that Aflao, the major border town in the Volta Region, is where the opposition use as route to import in foreigners from the Republic of Togo to vote for them.

The argument is so skewed, as if Aflao, is the only town in the Ketu South constituency.The constituency is one of the biggest in the country with hundreds of towns and villages. Similar tactic was deployed during the voting exercise as well.

A combined team of the regular military and the partisan para-military commando unit were all deployed during the voting exercise. Every reported mayhem and terror at various voting centres were perpetuated by one of the stated military/paramilitary groups.

What’s even chilling, is the fact that it’s one of such military operations that led to the gruesome murder of Major George Mahama at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central Region. Major Mahama, who was the head of the military unit, fighting galamseyers at that enclave had to pay for his dear life.

Same military is being deployed in the 2nd phase of operation Vanguard to snuff out galamsey in the system. Obviously, the government is overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and the only option is to burn excavators, when in fact, these could have been confiscated for proper, useful and legitimate mining.

Ghanaians got a glimpse of what was in stock in the Ayawaso West Wougon bye-election when a deployed military engaged in wanton display of pure mayhem on political opponents and others with impunity.

A government white paper rendered a Commission of Enquiry indictment verdict on architects of the act. Today, same operatives who were captured on camera as the master minds, behind the terror, are the very people, who are brutalizing journalists.

One of them, DSP Samuel Azugu, was part of the gang of five that assaulted Citi FM reporter, Caleb Kudah and his colleague, Zoe Abu-Baidoo. Their punishment? They’ve been released to go back to their parent units to continue with their service. Indeed, a fact-finding committee set up by the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah found them culpable.


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