Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Crack The Whip

We doff our hats for the High Command of the Ghana Armed Forces for its swift response to cases of misdemeanor or even acts that could throw the good image of the institution into disrepute.

We are constrained to return to the conduct of Brigadier Sampson Adeti, Chief of Staff, General Headquarters who made negative headlines recently over a Bank of Ghana pickup gift. 

We are saddened by the fact that the scandal aforementioned is not the only act of indiscipline on the part of the Brigadier.

We wish we were not returning to this subject but when the image of the Ghana Armed Forces is under this obvious threat we would be doing a disservice to our motherland if we turn out attention away and pretend nothing untoward has taken place.

Our defence system, which bears our coat of arms and flag, is one which should be spared the challenges of morality. Indeed it represents the face of the country facts which we do not seek to belabor.

When naval vessels of a country embark on a goodwill visit to another which is one of a navy’s functions, they are undertaking a diplomatic mission as they fly the flag of their country.

It would be unimaginable therefore when a senior officer of the rank of Brigadier would be spared the rod when there are sufficient issues against him. 

We are pleased to learn however that the High Command has commenced investigation into the issue of the Bank of Ghana donated pickup gift to the Southern Command but which found its way into the personal fleet of the Brigadier.

We do not bear malice but just performing our constitutional role of watchdog of society the Ghana Armed Forces of course included.

In this edition is captured another alleged scandalous matter attributed again to the Brigadier.  He is alleged to have misappropriated part of WASA money as contained in a story in this edition. The budget whose arithmetic does not add up compels us to ask for further audit to establish the source of the financial misdemeanor and to crack the whip when it is necessary to do so. We are all contributing towards making our institutions work again especially majority of officers and men are performing their roles as best as they can in the colours.

For us to close our eyes to scandals because those involved have certain advantages of closeness to political authority is to shirk our responsibilities. 

Recent postings on social media from men suggest disapproval of the conduct of the Brigadier and such grumbling does not augur well for the morale of troops. The repercussions of such situations are too glaring to be ignored.

We have heard about subtle manouvres to overlook the gravity of the allegations against the Brigadier by his political mentors. To these politicians, let them know that governments would come and go but the Ghana Armed Forces and other institutions of state shall endure.

A word to a wise is enough.

Military Chief In GH¢30,000 Scandal

Brigadier-General Sampson Adeti, Chief of Staff, General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces caught previously by DAYBREAK in a dirty car switch scandal, is in the news again, this time for digging his hands too deep into cash released to the Ghana Armed Forces to support their Christmas and end-of-year soiree for 2015.

A document in the possession of DAYBREAK establishes that an amount of GH¢74,350 was released by the Defence Financial Controller (DFC) to Lt Col A Kuyipua, Camp Commandant, to organize GHQ 2015 WASA or soiree for February 19, 2016. 

Instead of the Chief of Staff allowing the Camp Commandant to initiate procurement and organization processes, he personally got himself embroiled in cash matters, issuing unnecessary instructions to aides to come for monies out of the funds for the WASA. 

DAYBREAK learnt that he came for an initial GH¢30,000 through Group Captain (GN) W. Tay (GH/2664) on January 29, 2016. Tay is a Staff Officer at COS HQ, headed by the Chief of Staff without a memo. 

Subsequently, in making further purchases for the items for the WASA, DAYBREAK learnt that the Camp Commandant ran short of cash and was obliged to return to the Group Captain and General Adeti’s aide for more cash. After consultations on the part of the aide with General Adeti, only GH¢5,000 was released, leaving a total of GH¢25,000 with the General.

DAYBREAK has a copy of the accounts rendered by the Camp Commandant to the DFC, totaling GH¢49,910 out of the GH¢74,350, leaving GH¢24,440 unaccounted for when DAYBREAK last checked with the appropriate authorities.

DFC pay and audit staff, aggrieved over the matter, are quietly exploring what avenues to use to draw the attention of the political authorities to such cases of recklessness and violations of financial regulations procedures in the military.