The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) have diffused growing tension and fear among the general public, especially that of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) that the creation of Special Forces attached to its three units, was for an ulterior motive in this election year.
During the 55th Independence Day parade in Accra on Tuesday, the GAF displayed what they called the Elite Forces separate from the regular officers of the traditional Army, Navy and Air Force “causing fear and panic” among opposition members.
However, the Public Affairs Directorate of the GAF, has assured the general public that there is no cause for alarm because the forces are troubleshooters and must not be seen as trouble makers.
Speaking to an Accra-based radio station Joy FM, the Director of the Public Affairs outfit of GAF, Col. Atintande Mbawine, said it is a routine to revise its strategies from time to time and the discovery of oil among others necessitated the creation of such forces to protect the territorial borders of the country.
He said: “The Special Troops are just a microcosm of what the Armed Forces is about. Special Forces are not new creations. When oil find came we thought so many things need to be done and we did that.”
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