Military deployment could worsen plight of border dwellers – Rawlings tells Gov’t

Military deployment could worsen plight of border dwellers – Rawlings tells Gov’t

Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings - Former President

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has advised the government, not to worsen the plight of Ghanaians living along the country’s borders with the deployment of heavy security personnel to such areas.

According to the former president, persons who live in those areas already have their livelihoods severely affected due to the COVID-19 restrictions hence, deployment of security officers will only make their situation worse.

 

“The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence,” a statement from the former President’s office said.

 

Already, there have been concerns over the deployment of military personnel to the Volta Region. The situation has raised several resident concerns over intimidation from these officers. The government is yet to speak on the development and also explain the development.

Already, some state officials have said the deployment is to prevent Togolese nationals from coming into the country to participate in the planned voter registration exercise with others of the view that the deployment is in line with enforcing strict COVID-19 border closure to prevent foreigners from coming into the country through the Ghana-Togo border.

Amid the mixed reactions, the former President called on the state to demonstrate “fairness and justice” to all groups of people in the efforts to compile a new voters register.

 

“The COVID-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.”

 

Below is the full statement from by the president.

 

STATEMENT BY FORMER PRESIDENT RAWLINGS ON DEPLOYMENT OF SECURITY AGENCIES IN VOLTA, OTI REGIONS

The presence of the military and other security agencies in some parts of the Volta and Oti Regions is generating animosity especially amongst innocent citizens whose basic way of life is being disrupted.

The deployment along the borders at peacetime especially at this particular point in time has created so much suspicion and will call for a lot of intelligent flexibility and diligence.

The COVID-19 restrictions have created enough difficulties for most of our citizens. Let us not make it worse with overbearing and intimidating behaviour towards our border dwellers whose livelihood solely depend on activities along the border.

Ahead of the voter registration exercise and the December elections, it is important that we demonstrate a sense of fairness and justice to all individuals and groups of people whilst maintaining the integrity and the sanctity of the process.

Issued By:

Kobina Andoh Amoakwa

(Communications Directorate)