Former Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Ambassador Victor Smith has bemoaned the use of military personnel to “intimidate” civilians in the country as the country heads to the 2020 elections.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart indicated that it was wrong for armed military men to be seen on the streets doing the work of the Police.
Mr Smith was speaking on Power FM when he emphasized that it was not the job of the military to ensure that social distancing protocols was adhered to at registration centres.
This comes after reports that armed soldiers had taken over the work of the police when the Electoral Commission (EC) was registering Ghanaians for their voter ID card, which took place between June 30 and August 8, 2020.
In the Banda Constituency in the Bono region, military personnel had been planted in registration centres, with reports that some had challenged the nationality of some Ghanaian settlers along the banks of the Black Volta.
Hundreds from the settler communities were prevented from taking part in the exercise by the military that had been deployed by the Akufo-Addo government, resulting in chaos at Banda Ahenkro, Gbawo, and Kabronu in the Banda Constituency.
Earlier, a teacher trainee had been shot dead in the area following a related misunderstanding.
But Victor Smith, who had been appalled by the intimidation across the country, denounced the act and blamed the government for the lawless acts.
In an interview on Dwaboase on Power FM, the Diplomat said the military high command should not have allowed itself to be “used” by the Akufo-Addo adminstration to ‘bully” Ghanaians.
“Protect the Military profession and don’t allow politicians to pitch you against civilians,” he admonished the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), asking him to advise President Akufo-Addo “appropriately.”
“Soldiers were trained to protect the country against external aggression and not to be doing this,” he told host Kwame Minkah.
He observed that most
Soldiers were not happy being used to “molest civilians” in a registration exercise, stressing that the security experts around the president was not helping matters.
“I have gathered that the military personnel are not happy they are being used to intimidate civilians,” Smith added.
He added that the Akufo-Addo Government, after failing to deliver on its numerous promises, saw defeat beckoning and rather had to employ violent tactics to hold on to power at all cost.
He then warned that the NDC would not countenance such violence before and during the December 7 polls, adding “we are prepared for them [NPP].”
By Henryson Okrah|myxyzonline.com