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General News of Wednesday, 10 July 2019


#DropThatChamber: Arrested soldier 'mad' - Major Derrick Oduro

Deputy Minister of Interior, Major (retired) Derrick Oduro has described the military officer seen in uniform stating his disagreement over plans to build a 450-seater chamber for the Parliament of Ghana at the cost of $200 million dollars as mad person.

“What is in his head, let us take him to psychiatric hospital for examination” the government official fumed during an interview on Kumasi-based Otec FM monitored by and hosted by Agya Wusu Ansah

According to the retired military officer, what the said soldier did is unthinkable and a complete affront to the military hierarchy despite freedom of speech being practised in the country.

“Even what he did, the Chief of Defense Staff and other senior officers in the Service cannot do. How can a common Lance Corporal go to that tangent”, the Deputy Interior Minister stated as he calls for a stiffer punishment for the junior officer.

To this end, he is calling for a thorough medical examination for him to ascertain if he is normal or otherwise.

The Military High Command on Friday July 5, 2019 arrested an officer who is captured in a video demonstrating his displeasure against government’s intention to construct a new 450-seater chamber for parliament.

He described calls for the construction of a new chamber with a 450-seater capacity as selfish on the part of Parliamentarians, appealing to President Akufo-Addo not to support the plan.