The National Democratic Congress has condemned the recent mass deployment of military personnel along the border towns of the Volta region. The mass deployment has seen the unusual presence of uniformed personnel including military officers, Immigration officers and polices officers along the Eastern border lines of Northern, North East, Upper East, Upper West and Oti regions.
Addressing a press conference in Aflao in the Ketu South Municipality Monday June 29, 2020 during the 5th edition of the NDC’s weekly press briefing series, the Member of Parliament for the area, Hon. Fiifi Fiavi Kwertey, lashed out at the Akufo Addo government for what he describes as acts of despotism and tribal bigotry. According to him, these deployments are merely shrouded in the cloak of fighting COVID whereas it has been deliberately timed to coincide with the commencement of the Voter registration exercise so as to intimidate citizens and dissuade them from coming out to vote.
“We are in no doubt that this massive deployment of Military and other security personnel in the Ketu South Municipality and other border towns of the region has been timed to coincide with the commencement of the Voter Registration exercise across the country. These deployments are creating panic and anxiety among residents of Ketu south and other affected towns and districts. Interviews done by some of your colleagues in the media reveal that residents along the Ghana-Togo border are living in a state of fear due to the presence of the military,” he said.
“We need no rocket scientist to understand that the grand agenda is to intimidate our teeming supporters and make it difficult for them to come out in their numbers to register when the registration exercise begins tomorrow, Tuesday, 30th of June,” he added.
The presser comes on the back of an increased presence of military personnel in the Volta Region ahead of the new voters’ registration exercise yet to begin across the country.
According to some residents, security personnel in the area have deviated from ensuring the security of the border and are rather terrorizing them. The case is reported of a teenage girl who, together with her brother, were allegedly brutalized by some officers of the immigration service as the former were on their way to write exams in their school in neighboring Kodzoviakorpe, a few kilometers from Aflao. This disclosure was made by the Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area, Torgbe Fiti Amenya V, when he met the press Monday June 29, 2020.
The NDC contends that such tactics have been carefully planned to cower the people of the Volta region and thereby suppress their votes, a position which they say is reinforced by the recent revelations made by Adansi Asokwa legislator, KT Hammond.
“To understand the real reason behind this massing up of military and other security personnel in the Ketu South and other towns of the Volta region, it is important that we try to help the nation to see the big picture. This big picture is NPP’s perennial discrimination against the people of the Volta region. The bottom line is that as far as the NPP is concerned, the people of the Volta region are foreigners; The Ewes are not Ghanaians,” said Fiif Kwertey, adding “NPP MP, KT Hammond, in a recent interview, at least showed some honesty when he unwittingly disclosed what is obviously the real reason behind the deployment. He revealed that the deployment of troops to Ketu South and other eastern border towns is to prevent Togolese from coming across the border to come register.”