Minister for Defence, Dominic Nitiwul has lambasted members of the opposition NDC for what he describes as the peddling of falsehood over the deployment of military personnel to secure the nation’s border towns in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes on the back of claims from a section of the populace that the said personnel have been deployed to harass and intimidate the ordinary Ghanaian ahead of Tuesday’s registration of voters.
The Minority in a press conference on Monday, June 29, 2020, alleged that the exercise is a calculated attempt to intimidate people in the Volta Region saying it is a testament of the NPP’s hatred for Voltarians and this issued an ultimatum for the said personnel to be recalled from the region.
“Whoever has deployed the military personnel should call them back immediately to their barracks. We’re giving them up to tomorrow, Tuesday. There’s no war between Ghanaians and Togolese. We’re peace-loving people,” Chairman of the Minority’s Volta Caucus, Emmanuel Bedzrah said.
But the government has called the bluff of the Minority. According to the Defence Minister, the arguments of the Minority can be described as baseless and unfounded and urged them to bow their heads in shame for peddling falsehood over the deployment exercise.
Addressing the media at the Information Ministry’s routine press briefing on Monday, June 29, 2020, Mr Nitiwul dispelled assertions that the exercise is targetted at Voltarians and a breakdown of the deployment as follows: Volta Region – three officers, 95 soldiers; Oti Region – two officers, 70 soldiers; Northern Region – five officers, 105 soldiers; North-East Region – three officers, 99 soldiers; Upper East – eight officers, 199 soldiers; Upper West – three operational areas – Wa (One officer, 15 soldiers), Tumu (One officer, 35 soldiers), Hamile (four officers, 15 soldiers); Savanna (Damongo and Bole) – no officers, 21 soldiers; Bono Region – 64 soldiers.
“I am giving you these statistics for you to know that there’s no agenda against a particular tribe,” the Bimbilla MP said.
“In fact, if you add the numbers, the Konkonbas, which is my tribe, have the most soldiers stationed [with them] than any other tribe in Ghana. I have an agenda against my own tribe?” he quizzed insisting “there’s no agenda of the government of Ghana against any particular tribe.”
“So, I want the chiefs and the people of the Volta Region to know that the information the NDC Minority and former President John Mahama are feeding them is pure propaganda. It should be ignored, it’s pure mischief, it’s pure propaganda.”
“NDC must bow their heads in shame. They did not get their facts right. They lied to the public,” he added.