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General News of Tuesday, 29 December 2015


‘Dismissed army recruits should be prosecuted’

A Member of Parliament’s Defense and Interior Committee, Major Derek Oduro (Rtd) says the 500 military recruits who were sacked for alleged mutiny should be prosecuted.

According to him, the recruits have wasted the nation’s resources in the course of their training but were unable to meet the standards of the military and therefore should be prosecuted because they pose a security threat.

He stated that every soldier in the Ghana Armed Forces went through the same strenuous training which made them formidable forces to reckon with and therefore could not fathom why these recruits should kick against standard training.

“These recruits should be punished or better still prosecuted because they have wasted resources. You will never hear such stories outside the country and so I'm surprised,” he stated.

500 recruits undergoing training at the Army Recruit Training School at Shai Hills in the Greater Accra Region have all been sent home for misconduct.

Their dismissal, sources hinted, followed recommendation by a board of inquiry set up to investigate the misconduct of the trainees.

All the recruits who were involved were cited for misconduct and subsequently sent home despite being under training for two months. They were however left off the hook because of their relatively short stay at the training camp.

But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosi Sen Tuesday, Major Derek Oduro who is also the MP for Nkoranza North commended the military hierarchy for detecting the anomaly early but charged them to recruit qualified people to fill the gap created by the dismissal.

“Those who qualify should be recruited as soon as possible to fill the gap because it doesn’t speak well of a country like Ghana,” he indicated.