Ga Land Dispute Ga-Dangme youth not being fair to us - Ghana Armed Forces

A group calling itself the Coalition of La Youth Association (COLA) has accused the Mahama-led administration of conniving with the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the Lands Commission to allegedly steal lands belonging to Ga-Dangmes.

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The Ghana Armed Forces has described as unfortunate claims by the Ga-Dangme youth that the Mahama-led administration is conniving with the military and the Lands Commission to allegedly steal lands belonging to Ga-Dangmes.

A group calling itself the Coalition of La Youth Association (COLA) on Monday accused the government of ignoring the gains made by previous governments on Ga-Dangme land issues.

READ ALSO: Mahama conniving with military to steal Ga-Dangme lands - Group

At a press conference organised to make their concerns known, Chairman of the group, Augustine Nii Amoanai, said the people have lost hope in the president, as they feel he is rather supporting the military to illegally acquire lands belonging to the Ga-Dangmes.

“Sadly enough, our brothers and sisters around and within the corridors of power have lost their voices relative to issues affecting the Ga-Dangme people, which silence we find as condoning the raw deal government is serving our people”, he added.

But speaking to Pulse.com.gh, the Public Affairs Director of the GAF, Col Aggrey Quarshie said the youth are not being fair to the military.

“Why are they behaving as if the military is someone’s property, or it belongs to some group of individuals? Don’t they have their citizens in the military? So if the military moves from here, on which land are we supposed to go. The issue they are raising, they are just not being fair to the Armed Forces.

He said the military will hold on to the government to give a specific response to the aggrieved Ga youth.

“They are saying that it is government that is colluding with us. We all work for government and so if there is any response to be given them then maybe government has to give that response. For us I don’t think we have any response.

“Because what are we going to say? That we will park our things from here and go away?” he asked.

“I don’t know what they want to achieve. They always look for some timing and then they start raising these things.

"The lands they have sold all the way to Madina, La Nkwantanan, those ones they didn’t see anything wrong with selling them to individuals. What the Armed Forces is occupying is what they are worried about?” he asked.

Meanwhile, the group has given the government a one-week ultimatum to act on its concerns or face drastic actions from the Ga-Dangmes.

“We conclude by saying that the so-called rule of law and democracy is rather an empty rhetoric and not operational under the current circumstances since there is freedom but no justice on Ga-Dangme matters,” Chairman of the group has said.

The government is yet to respond to the matter.

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