Uses Asantehene’s Name
By Gifty Arthur
Credible information picked up by The Herald indicates that, there is tension brewing at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) branch in the Ashanti Region, following information that a top army officer, has hijacked a prime land belonging to the military for his private use.
The officer, who is based in Accra, and whose name is being kept for now, according to The Herald’s information, claims he acquired part of the 4 Garrison land, near the Officers’ Mess in Kumasi, from Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
But many of the officers are suspecting foul play, because according to the law, unlike other lands in Kumasi which may belong to the Otumfuo, military lands, belong to none other than the GAF.
The acquisition of the said land by this senior army officer, has sparked discontent and unrest among the Forces.
The officers are as a matter of urgency, calling on the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) Air Vice Marshal (AVM), Sampson Michael-Oje, to immediately open investigation into the ownership of all military lands in and around Kumasi immediately, to ensure that the said land is retrieved for the Forces.
The officers, some of whom spoke to The Herald, but pleaded anonymity said that, it would be most appropriate for the CDS to take action immediately because, their information is that the said officer, who regularly shuttles from Accra to Kumasi, especially during the weekends, is readying himself to build his retirement home on the state land.
Others have said, he is preparing to sell it to a private individual for hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, and use the proceeds to build his retirement home.
This comes at a time, when some retired officers are protesting about the way the service’s lands are being allocated to private individuals for different purposes.
More to Come.