Presidency Dismisses Claims of Politically Motivated Military Changes

The Presidency has issued a response to allegations of a purported deliberate effort to instigate politically motivated alterations within the hierarchy of the Ghana Armed Forces, with suggestions of a plan to utilize the military for citizen brutalization during the December 7 elections.

The allegations included claims of a meeting at the Presidency on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, to discuss these purported politically motivated changes in the military.

In response, a statement from the Presidency’s Communications Director clarified that while the President did hold a meeting with Heads of Security agencies at Jubilee House on January 2, 2024, the meeting is an annual occurrence on the President’s calendar at the beginning of the New Year. It involves the Heads of Security agencies extending their best wishes for the upcoming year, with the President expressing gratitude for their continued commitment to safeguarding the nation’s peace and stability.

Contrary to the social media allegations, the Presidency emphasized that no discussions regarding changes to the Armed Forces’ hierarchy took place during this meeting. It clarified that any future leadership changes within the Armed Forces are undertaken by the President in accordance with the Constitution and established conventions, free from political considerations.

The statement affirmed the commitment of the Akufo-Addo-led administration to maintaining the reputation of ensuring the Ghana Armed Forces operate impartially. The President reassured that the 2024 general elections will be conducted in a free, fair, and transparent manner.

To safeguard peace and stability, the public is urged to disregard baseless speculations and publications aimed at stirring agitation within the Armed Forces, concluded the statement from the Presidency.

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