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501 sacked army recruits fight on, petition Parliament over “misconstrued information”

THE 501 military recruits who were sacked in December 2015 for alleged mutiny have petitioned Parliament over what they described as “misconstrued information” about their conduct during training at the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills.

The recruits, who still have their appointment letters, were asked to go home without any termination letter after two months of training.

In their petition, the aggrieved recruits complained bitterly about the maltreatment they suffered under the Command of the Ghana Armed Forces.

“The real issues and happenings were not brought to the fore,” they stated.

Narrating their ordeals in the petition, they said, “a Brigadier General who is the ATRAC Commander visited us because of the incident and enquired from all of us whether we wanted to go home and we said ‘no’.

“To our surprise, a command allegedly came from the top stopping us from some of the training categories one after the other: weapon, physical training, drills and finally classes with the excuse from some of the instructors that we were going for the Christmas holidays, hence the curtailing of the training programme.

“We were paid our allowances on the 23rd of December, 2015 and were assured that we were coming back after the Christmas holidays,” they stated in the petition.

They added that, “we started hearing of our sacking barely a week after breaking for the Christmas holidays on almost all the media platforms to our utmost surprise.”

They said because of their training and love to serve the country, they decided not to tell the truth to the media but rather go through the right channels.

“Everything we have done after the incident – the quietness, our refusal to reveal what the case actually is and all is in furtherance of the training and traits that were given to us,” they said.

They, thus, pleaded to the Defence and Interior Committee of Parliament, the Interior, and Defence Ministries, Speaker of Parliament, Majority and Minority Leadership in Parliament, the Presidency, and the Council of State to intervene and ensure that justice is served.

Background

The recruits, who underwent training at the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra Region, were sent home for “misconduct”.

Their dismissal followed recommendations by a board of inquiry set to investigate the conduct of the trainees.

It was claimed that a recruit was repeated after failing a specific course of training but the Commanding Officer  at the time allegedly covered up for him and allowed him to progress.

The Commander was found out and sacked much to the displeasure of the failed recruit, who led his colleagues to revolt against the decision.

All the recruits were cited for misconduct and subsequently sent home without the board of enquiry issuing any report pointing out the culprits.
Source: www.abusuafmonline.com/Ghana

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