A staff sergeant in the Ghana Armed Forces, Eric Ganyo-Dekpey, has written an emotional open letter to the president of the republic and commissioner of customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) after the death of the soldier's wife.
The letter explains how Sgt Ganyo-Dekpey came to know of his wife's death and the consequent hide-and-seek he endured in recovering further information.
The soldier is asking the recipients of his letter to come to his aid by using their influence to help him uncover what has become a mystery to him on how his wife died.
In the letter, the sergeant narrates that March 2, 2019, he had spoken with his wife on the phone because the couple live apart as a result of work.
The deceased, Ruffina Selalinam Ganyo-Dekpey Damalie, an officer in the Ghana's customs service, was apparently rushed to the hospital later that morning of March 2. Her husband got this information via Ruffina's phone but from another person.
Sgt Ganyo-Dekpey wrote that in haste, he asked permission from superiors and rushed to the Aflao Government Hospital where he was told his wife had been taken. But upon arrival, he was told his wife had died.
In fact, the doctors told the soldier that his wife had died before she was brought to the hospital.
This information not sitting well with Sgt Ganyo-Dekpey forced him to ask questions from those his wife worked with. He found out that no one had been willing to take his wife to the hospital after she was allegedly found collapsed in the ladies' restroom.
Ruffina had been handed over to two "goro boys", the name given to men who dabble in getting people to skip bureaucracies at government agencies.
Sgt Ganyo-Dekpey was told that he could not speak to the person who found his wife. He was not allowed to speak to any of the people his wife worked with and he was not given any further information.
The soldier continued in his letter that: "What is troubling my mind are the contradictions in the information gathered from my wife’s immediate bosses that she did not collapse at the washroom but rather collapsed when she leaned against a wall and the refusal of the Customs command at Aflao to let me see where my wife allegedly collapsed."
Sgt Ganyo-Dekpey indicated that he needed all the help he could get from the presidency and the GRA customs division boss in unravelling the mystery behind his wife's death.
The soldier's story is one of many that happens across the country in people's dealings with authorities.
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Recently, 3 journalists were manhandled by police officers but Ghanaians are yet to hear of any measures taken against the officers.
Everyday powerless people have to contend with the fact that they could be brutalised, manhandled, misinformed and misled by authorities and nothing will be done about it.
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