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25.03.2009 Regional News

Col. Damoah`s disappearance sparks protests… Jaman youth demand to know his whereabouts

By Micael Boateng, Sunyani - Ghanaian Chronicle

A group calling itself Friends of Damoah (FOD), has expressed concern over the way and manner (P) NDC governments have treated prominent citizens of Jaman Traditional area in the Brong-Ahafo region.

The group, made up of mainly youth of Jaman who have come to demand the effective protection and fair treatment for their compatriot, Colonel Kwadwo Damoah, Director of Manpower Development of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), observed that some citizens of Jaman have suffered a lot and that they would no more sit unconcerned for another industrious son of the area to be maltreated.

Mr. Korang Takyie Frank, PRO for the group, told The Chronicle in Sunyani that Colonel Kwadwo Damoah, Director of Manpower and Personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces and citizen of Jaman, could not be traced after challenging irregularities in the Army.

According to him, after Colonel Kwadwo Damoah chastised former President J.J. Rawlings for making ethnic statements that incited some of the officers and polarized the military, his whereabouts is currently unknown, which is a worry to them.

He stated that Col. Damoah, as a Ghanaian has every right to comment on issues concerning the peace and security of the country, therefore, he did not commit any crime when he complained about the comments made by ex-President Rawlings during the December elections, which to him sowed seeds of hatred against him (Damoah).

“Was it right for no less a person than theformer President and a founder of the ruling NDC to state at a political gathering at Peki in the Volta region that people from that region were being denied entry into the military”, he asked.

The PRO for FOD recounted that Major Boakye Djan, another prominent citizen of the area and a leading member of the AFRC, was forced into exile while his brother, Kyeremeh Djan was killed in 1979 over coup allegations. Again, he recalled that in 1982, the Gyiwa led coup was foiled through the vigilance of Jaman youth and wondered why the PNDC should be treating citizens of the area badly.

He called on the ruling government to create a favorable environment for colonel Damoah to return home, since the youth and the people of Jaman were not ready to witness another disappearance of a prominent citizen, who has contributed to the security of the country.