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In a recent development, concerns about favoritism and connections influencing military promotions have resurfaced, raising questions about the selection criteria for key positions within the Ghanaian military. Insiders reveal that promotions may not necessarily be based on competence or rank.
Controversial Promotion at the 4th Battalion of Infantry
A significant controversy surrounds the promotion of Major Sarfo Dappah, the younger brother of Deputy Attorney General Diana Asonaba Dappah. Despite holding a lower rank, Major Dappah assumed the role of commanding officer at the 4th Battalion of Infantry since May 2023, surpassing his seniors.
Impact on Chief of Army Staff’s Tenure
The appointment has intensified debates surrounding the leadership of Maj. General Oppong-Peprah, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). Critics argue that the decision to overlook higher-ranked officers in favor of Major Dappah raises concerns about transparency and fairness in military promotions.
Potential Political Influence
Sources indicate that the Ghana Army has numerous Lieutenant Colonels qualified for commanding officer positions, yet Major Dappah, with alleged political connections due to his family background, secured the role. His father’s affiliation with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) adds a layer of complexity to the situation.