The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has responded to some messages currently circulating on social media with the claim that it is affecting its professional integrity.
One of the messages is an audio recording and the other a written statement. The GAF is of the view that the claims by both messages are unfounded for which they must be corrected.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Relations of the GAF, Colonel E. Aggrey-Quashie, the audio recording by an unidentified male voice, alleges the re-location of “gadgets” from Accra to Ho with the aim of intimidating the people of the Volta and Oti Regions in collaboration with a neighboring country.
“The fact of the matter is that the GAF has deployed to all the Regions of Ghana in connection with the 2020 General Elections. The deployment is in support of the Ghana Police Service and this is standard practice. There is no other motive,” it stated.
The second is a statement by a purported “Concerned Officers of the Ghana Armed Forces and the Ghana Police Service”.
According to the statement “This piece is a catalogue of falsehood and fabrications with no scintilla of truth in them. Among the allegations are that vigilantes are embedded in the GAF and that there is a planned “coordinated ground offensive” from the eastern border on the night of 6th December. This might either be an orchestration or a planted story to cause alarm among the local population.”
The statement asked “All Ranks of the GAF to go about their duties with their usual focus and determination, to ensure the success of the elections.
“The general public must also feel free to cast their ballots when the polls open on 7 December 2020,” it stated.