Saturday, December 4, 2021

Military being misused – Kumbuor


A former Defence Minister Dr Benjamin Kunbuor has noted that the Military is being misused by the political class.

He explained that the role of the Military is clearly defined therefore, it cannot be right for them to be used for purposes other than what has been spelt out in the books.

His comments come after a group of military men were captured on camera in Wa in the Upper West Regional brutalizing civilians on the streets.

According to one eyewitness, one of the soldiers was believed to have boarded what is referred to as “Yellow Yellow” or “Mahama Cambo” and lost his phone.

The incident was said to have started at 1:00 pm and lasted for close to an hour at the Wa main traffic Thursday afternoon.

Public Relations Officer of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council, Cletus Awuni, who is said to have gone to find out from the military about their operations was also severely brutalized with his mobile phone also destroyed.

He was taken to the Wa Municipal Hospital but was later referred to the Upper West Regional Hospital.

“They are misusing the military because we know the role of the military, we know the exceptions to those roles and we know the analysis we will need to justify why we must use the military.

“So, if somebody’s neighbour shouts across to insult a person’s wife and the person happens to be a politician, give me a platoon of soldiers to go and teach this person where power lies. When you use your military in that way you have a problem,” he said in an interview.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Thomas Oppong Peprah has apologized to the chiefs and people of Wa for the brutalities meted to out civilians by some soldiers.

He described the development as a “horrible” conduct by “some misguided soldiers taking the laws into their own hands and going round and brutalizing people.”

Addressing the traditional leaders in Wa on Friday, July 2, he said “The Military High Command put in a lot of resources to ensure that we create a regiment battalion over here in Wa. So that they will be able to bring peace to the peace-loving people of this region.