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Chief of Defence Staff may be changed soon – Security analyst

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According to a security expert, Col Festus Aboagye (Rtd), President Akufo-Addo may select a new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) shortly.

According to him, the incumbent, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, would leave office in the coming weeks after serving out his term and attaining the formal retirement age.

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“Anyone who knows how the system works, knows that one of these days, there will be a change in the office of the CDS. Why? Because the CDS has done the proverbial 3 years and may be, age wise, even more than 63 years or so. And those who are closer to him know that he has made certain statements at certain places, suggesting that his time may be up. So, it is just that one of these days, we can’t be sure whether it is this January, there will be a change,” Col Aboagye said on Accra-based Joy FM on January 4.

His remark was in response to a statement released earlier by the administration.

In a press release signed by the Director of Communication, Eugene Arhin, the President’s Office refuted social media claims that the Presidency was attempting to orchestrate politically motivated changes within the hierarchy of the Armed Forces with the sole purpose of using the Military to brutalize citizens during the conduct of the December 7 elections.

According to the seat of government, the social media outlet went on to claim that a meeting was conducted at the Presidency on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024, to examine the purported politically influenced changes in the Ghana Armed Forces.

While recognizing that President Akufo-Addo met with the chiefs of security services, the Presidency refuted the publication’s purpose.

“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.

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 press release clarified.

However, the security expert stated that those responsible for the publishing were aware of Vice Admiral Seth Amoama’s rumored impending retirement and the prospect of Chief of Army Staff Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah taking over, therefore the supposition.

“The social media publication made an allegation that when the CDS leaves, the Chief of Army staff, because he is closer to the Vice President, in all likelyhood, will become the CDS. It inferred that the purpose will be for the 2024 election,” he explained.

Col Festus Aboagye viewed the presidency’s reaction to the social media publishing as unusual.

“I find it a bit unusual for a government of a country to react to things that are circulating on social media. What I am aware of is that if there are social media conversations, the government of the day can use its commentators to use the same platform or to now come to mainstream media to respond to those social media conspiracy theories. To the extent that government has to react officially, to something that has been circulating on social media, not yesterday when this letter dated 2nd January came out. But sometime last year, the rumour mills were running very wild that the changes are going to take place,” he stated.

 

 

 

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