Akufo-Addo not orchestrating politically motivated changes in Ghana Armed Forces, says Presidency

A statement issued by the Office of the President said there has not been any discussion about changes to the hierarchy of the Ghana Armed Forces

The Office of the President says reports suggesting that President Akufo-Addo is orchestrating politically motivated changes within the hierarchy of the Ghana Armed Forces are false.

The Presidency has been reacting to publications on social media purporting a deliberate attempt by the president to orchestrate politically motivated changes within the hierarchy of the Armed Forces ahead of the 7 December elections.

A statement signed by Eugene Arhin, the director of communications at the Presidency on Thursday (4 January), said there was no iota of truth in such conjectures.

“Indeed, the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, held a meeting with Heads of Security agencies at Jubilee House on 2 January 2024 – a meeting which has become an annual feature on the President’s calendar at the beginning of the New Year.”

“At these meetings, the Heads of Security agencies call on the President to offer him their best wishes for the coming year, with the President also using the opportunity to express his appreciation to them for their continued commitment to safeguarding the peace and stability of the nation,” the statement said.

“Contrary to the allegations made in the publication on social media, no such discussions about changes to the hierarchy of the Armed Forces were held during the meeting,” the statement added.

It stressed that a change in the leadership of the Ghana Armed Forces “is embarked upon by the president in accordance with the Constitution and well-established conventions, devoid of any political considerations”.

Firm commitment

According to the statement, President Akufo-Add has affirmed an unwavering commitment of his administration to uphold the reputation of the Ghana Armed Forces.

“The Armed Forces is an important institution of State that has over the years built an enviable reputation for its professionalism in the conduct of its duties, both at national and international levels.”

“The Akufo-Addo-led administration shall continue to guard earnestly this reputation by ensuring that partisanship is eschewed from the operations of the GAF,” the statement added.

Transparent elections

The president has also assured Ghanaians that the 2024 General Election would be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner, devoid of electoral violence.

“Entities or persons who will attempt to disrupt the elections will be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the country.”

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