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General News of Thursday, 27 May 2021


GAF must speak on Sam George suggesting Army is a conduit for coup – Koku Anyidoho

Former Deputy General Secretary of the  NDC Koku Anyidoho Former Deputy General Secretary of the NDC Koku Anyidoho

A former Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Koku Anyidoho has criticized Member of Parliament for Ningo Pramparm Samuel Nartey George for saying that he wanted to enter the Army to stage a coup against the Kufuor administration.

Mr Anyidoho described such comments as loose talks coming from a lawmaker.

Sam George told Giovanni Caleb on the 3FM Drive on Wednesday May 26 that he felt Mr Kufuor was maltreating former President Jerry John Rawlings at the time hence, wanted to overthrow the administration.

Sharing his life story on the show he said, among other things, that “While in KNUST, I joined the university cadet and I became the master for the cadet.

“My plan was to go into the Army. There were four of us who bought our forms together, the other three are all senior Majors now, one or two of them should become Lieutenant Colonel by the end of this year if everything goes right.

“You may have been calling me Major Sam and not Honourable Sam.”

He added “My mother cried and said no, I won’t go into the military because at that time I was quite young. When I was leaving the university I was 20 years and my dream was to go into the Army and stage a coup because I didn’t like President Kufuor that much at the time."

“I thought he was maltreating Rawlings.”

Asked whether that desire to topple a government has changed, he answered “The other day I said this to President Kufuor about two years ago when I met with him."

“I said to him that Dad, look at me and you sitting in your house and coming to you for advice. President Kufuor has been a very good person to me."

“He asked why? And I said when I was leaving the university in 2005, I wanted to enter the army and stage a coup and take you out because of the way you were treating Rawlings. That was when he has withdrawn Rawlings’ privileges. He drew me closer to him and gave me a knock.”

Reacting to this in series of tweets, Mr Anyidoho said “I was born in Burma-Camp and grew up there: I am of the firm conviction that all the fine officers and men/women I saw/see in uniform; joined the GAF for reasons of good conscience. I detest any loose talk that suggests that the GAF is a conduit for coup.

“People join the Ghana Armed Forces because it is a conduit for staging a coup? I believe the PR Department of the GAF must come out and condemn the Member of Parliament who lost his tongue and said he wanted to join the GAF to stage a coup to oust the Government of Prez Kufuor.”

Read the tweets below: