An anonymous soldier in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has revealed that Ghana’s standing army is divided over what is widely seen as a rigged election for President Akufo-Addo.
Speaking to US-based investigative journalist, Kevin Taylor, the soldier who spoke on condition of anonymity revealed that the divide has widened between the senior ranks of the Military appointed by President Akufo-Addo and the majoritarian junior ranks who feel that Ghana’s democracy is under threat.
Earlier, Whatsup News had gathered from army insiders that a sizeable number of soldiers are peeved with the increasing politicization of the army by the Akufo Addo administration that has fast-tracked recruitment of its party militia into their ranks.
During the elections, bearded soldiers were spotted at the Techiman South Constituency where Soldiers fired into a crowd of protesters, killing two people instantly and injuring almost a dozen more.
Consequently, the anonymous soldier who spoke on Kevin Taylor’s “With All Due Respect TV” programme online, reveals that the snowballing anger of the majority of soldiers is not only for the government of the day but the politically promoted top brass of the military which is refusing to side with justice.
“I want to send this signal to our top officers. I’m a member of the Ghana Armed Forces and I’m calling from Accra, Ghana…let me tell you frankly, what is going on we are not happy about it; if nobody is saying it, I’m saying it today. Because it should be a clear signal to them that we the armed forces we are very, very furious,” the said soldier warned.
“….the army is divided into two. So the Generals, the Brigadiers, whatever, they should be very, very careful because we at this time are not going to lose guard…,” the furious officer said.
His revelation to the effect that junior rank officers are angry at what is going on potentiates a throwback to the June 4th 1979 revolution led by Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings.
Senior-rank military officers’ comfort with the rot that was going on in the country provoked an uprising that toppled the corrupt military junta of General Fredrick Akuffo. The outcomes of that revolution was bloody, especially for senior-ranked military officers, a number of whom were executed by firing squad.
The angry junior rank soldier warned on Kevin Taylor’s programme that if what is largely seen as a fraudulent election result is not remedied, junior-rank soldiers may be forced to act.
Jean Adukwei Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission has taken Ghana to the precipice with her controversial declaration of the 2020 presidential race, as well as certifying error-ridden parliamentary results.
After the controversial declaration of results, the numbers she gave have failed to tally both numerically and in terms of percentages. Her performance has bolstered suspicion that President Akufo-Addo hounded out her predecessor, Charlotte Osei, and brought her in for the sole purpose of rigging the 2020 election for the President.
In some parts of the country, violent demonstrations are being held by mostly NDC members and supporters as they protest what they call a stolen verdict or rigged elections.