SOLDIERS NOW USED TO POUND FUFU FOR AKUFO-ADDO’S APPO …
Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Yaw Gyampo has alleged that some military officers have been reduced to ‘fufu pounders’ in the homes of some civilian appointees in which they have been assigned to provide security services.
Prof Gyampo, who earlier expressed his disappointments at the manner in which military officers are used for obligations meant for Police personnel and approached the initiative of the military to act argued that, utilizing officers for such undignified acts is a method of ‘decimating’ the image of the Ghana Army.
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His disclosure comes after widespread criticism of Army Commanders for allowing their men to be utilized for obligations that fall outside their mandate and which are viewed as disparaging for officials of the Ghana Armed Forces.
In a series of Facebook posts on Monday, Prof Gyampo wrote: “On this crusade, I’ve just been told that some soldiers actually pound fufu in the homes of some civilian appointees. What a way to decimate the image of our most disciplined institution! Do we have an army commander in Ghana?”
He continued: “The attempt to turn soldiers into errand boys of civilian appointees, private citizens and “small boy magicians” parading as pastors should be a monumental shame to any professional Army Commander.”
He had earlier questioned why a soldier should have an additional duty of carrying the bag of a private legal practitioner to court, referencing a viral photo of a soldier in uniform carrying the bag of Frank Davies, a member of the legal team of President Akufo-Addo to court.
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“Defending the territorial integrity of any country does not include body-guarding civilian appointees,” Gyampo stated.
“We have no business civilianizing our soldiers. It would come back to haunt us,” he added.