NDC Condemns Military’s Inaction on NPP Candidate’s Incitement of Violence Against Soldiers

by Louisa Afful
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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has criticized the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) for failing to specifically call out Ernest Frimpong, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for Amenfi East, for instigating illegal miners, known as ‘galamseyers,’ against the military. During a press briefing on Monday, June 10, 2024, the NDC described the GAF’s response as cowardice and inadequate.

The controversy began when a viral video showed Ernest Frimpong urging galamseyers to attack military or security officers who attempt to stop their activities. Frimpong assured the miners that he, along with the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and Western Regional Minister Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, would protect them.

In response, the GAF issued a general caution to the public against inciting violence against the military, emphasizing that self-defence by soldiers could have severe consequences. This statement, signed by Brigadier General Eric Aggrey-Quashie, Director General of Public Relations for the GAF, was criticized by the NDC for not addressing Frimpong directly.

The situation escalated when a military officer was attacked by miners at Wassa Akyempim in the Western Region, shortly after Frimpong’s video surfaced. The NDC, through a statement signed by Deputy National Organiser Elikem Kotoko, expressed disappointment in the GAF for not directly addressing Frimpong’s incitement.

Kotoko’s statement emphasized that the GAF, once a highly disciplined institution, appeared compromised along political lines. The NDC urged the GAF to lodge a formal complaint with the police and follow due process to uphold the rule of law and prevent future civilian-military confrontations, especially with the upcoming December 7, 2024, elections.

The NDC also highlighted past incidents where military personnel were killed by civilians, referencing Major Mahama in Upper Denkyira, Private Imoro Sherrif in Ashaiman, and Lance Corporal Michael Danso in Kasoa. The party indicated its intention to report Ernest Frimpong to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) if the military leadership fails to act, seeking justice for the attacked military officer.

The NDC called for the GAF to remain bold, disciplined, and fair, regardless of the political party in power, to ensure the peace, security, and safety of all citizens.

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