The Minority in parliament is demanding that the practice where military personnel are assigned to guard civilians should stop. According to the caucus, that practice demoralizes the men and women of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Addressing the press in Parliament yesterday, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said the constitutional mandate of the Armed Forces is to protect the territorial integrity of the country and not to be carrying bags of public officials.
“We are demanding that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, take immediate and necessary steps to demilatarise Ghana.
“The Ghana Police Service must be allowed to play its proper and constitutional role of maintaining law and order and, where necessary, collaborate with the Ghana Armed Forces. “We find it very despicable that men and women in uniform, particularly in the Ghana Armed Forces, will now be reduced to holding bags of public officials. That is not the Ghana Armed Forces we know.
“We want him to restore the dignity, the honour and the respect of the Ghana Armed Forces so that they only intervene in matters of maintaining law and order,” the Minority Leader said. His concerns come on the back of pictures circulating on social media showing one of the lawyers of the President’s legalteam in the ongoing election petiton, Frank Davies, being guarded by a soldier. The pictures also show the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission being guarded by four gun-wielding military personnel.
The Tamale South MP said though they were committed to the safety of every Ghanaian, the military must not be undermined and abused.