The former President of the Republic of Ghana and the founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) H.E Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings has condemned the heavy deployment of military personnel and other security agencies to the Volta Region and Oti Region of Ghana.
According to the former president, the presence of security personnel in the regions at the time of Coronavirus pandemic which has affected many activities of the people across boarder towns is worrying and disturbing since it’s posing more negative impact on the daily activities of the people.
In a press statement issued by the former president, he noted that, the situation is generating animosity, suspicion etc. among the people and need to be addressed immediately the government.
Jerry John Rawlings also added that, government needs to demonstrate a sense of fairness and justice to all Ghanaians and groups of people whilst maintaining the integrity and the sanctity of the new voter’s registration process in the time of peace ahead of the December 7, 2020 presidential and parliamentary elections.
Last week, there were heavy deployment of military personnel and other security agencies to the Ghana-Togo boarder at Aflao and its surrounding communities in Ketu South Municipality among other regions in Ghana. The situation has created mix feelings, fear and panic among the people in the area since they don’t know the specific reason for the presence of the security personnel.
The residents in the affected areas in the Volta Region have raised alarming suspicions when the Lawyer and Member of Parliament for the Adansi-Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Hon. Kobina Tahir Hammond disclosed that, the presence of the security personnel was to prevent Togolese from registering in the new voter’s registration exercise ahead of the general elections. According to him, most of the people in Volta Region are Togolese and the security personnel are to prevent them from participating in upcoming new voter’s registration exercise and voting.
His statement has been considered by many Ghanaians to have contradicted the earlier press release of the Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Elliot Edem Agbenorwu who said, the presence of the security personnel in the Region was to enforce the Coronavirus protocols at Ghana-Togo boarder.
Read below his full statement.
The presence of the military and other security agencies in some parts of the Volta and Oti Regions is generating animosity especially amongst innocent citizens whose basic way of life is being disrupted.
The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence.
The Covid-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.
Ahead of the voter registration exercise and the December elections, it is important that we demonstrate a sense of fairness and justice to all individuals and groups of people whilst maintaining the integrity and the sanctity of the process.