Civil Society Organizations In Ghana Calls On CDS

A five-member delegation from the Centre of Democratic Development (CDD), Star Ghana and other Civil Society Organizations on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 paid a courtesy call on the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama in his office at Burma Camp, Accra.

The call was to congratulate the CDS on his promotion and also discuss issues about the state of security in the country especially with recent incidents involving the military.

The delegation led by the Senior Researcher of CDD, Dr Kojo Asante stated that the trust of the military by the public has been high over the years and therefore the series of recent and unfortunate incidents might raise tensions among citizens questioning the role of the military in internal security.

He applauded the Military High Command on the speed and measures taken in respect to the topical military brutalities in Wa the capital of the Upper West Region. He suggested that the findings of the military inquest into the assault of the residents and defaulter sanctions should be made public to serve as a deterrent.

Dr Kojo Asante indicated CDD’s readiness to aid the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in sustaining the peace and stability in the country. He urged adequate education of the rules of engagement of the military in managing protests.

A representative of Star Ghana, Major General Carl Nii Coleman, also appealed to the CDS that a strategic review of the rules of engagement be looked at especially during Internal Security operations. He commended the professionalism of the military and recommended a thorough vetting of potential Recruits and Commissioned Officers before training.

He advised High Command to build a consistent civilian-military relationship for citizens to see themselves as allies to assist in the fight against the subject on terrorism.

In acknowledging the concerns by the civil society organizations, the CDS underscored that a review of the rules of engagement of the military would be undertaken in order to clarify any doubt in the minds of civilians on matters of internal security.

Vice Admiral Amoama added that, Military High Command has triggered procedures to rule out miscreants in the military to serve as deterrents.

To this end, the CDS stated that the doors of GAF were always open for such interactions.

Present at the meeting were, Director Legal Service, Brigadier General Ben Amoako, Deputy Chief Defence Intelligence, Brigadier General James Hagan, Director Public Relations, Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quashie, Gender Policy Advisor to the CDS, Captain (GN) Veronica Adzo Arhin, and some representatives from the civil society organizations, Ghana.