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02.03.2005 General News

Ghanaian Soldiers On Peacekeeping Cry Out

By Lens

Accra, Lens -- Morale is running low among Ghanaian soldiers serving on Ghanbat61 on Peacekeeping mission in the Middle East over what most of them consider to be "unorthodox methods being adopted to fleece" them their earnings.

The Lens has received several reports from soldiers serving on Ghanbat61 in the Lebanon of how for the first time in the Peacekeeping history of the Ghana Armed Forces, soldiers on Peacekeeping mission are being made to pay for some of their accoutrements.

The soldiers complain that the Commanding Officer of Ghanbat61, Lt. Col. Musah Wajah, "has compulsorily sold to every soldier a flash shoulder flag at two dollars per one."

The soldiers complain that T shirts that were hitherto supplied to them free of charge were now being sold to them at five dollars ($5) each, a situation that they consider to be a move to rip them off of their earnings.

The soldiers say they have been compelled to put these matters in the public domain in view of the fact that nobody in authority in the Military appear ready to do anything to correct "this anomaly, which in our view, if not stopped now would become a dangerous precedent. What else would we be made to pay for in the near future?" the soldiers asked.

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