Soldier who joined #DropThatChamber campaign stripped of rank and detained for 90 days

Soldier who joined #DropThatChamber campaign stripped of rank and detained for 90 days

- The soldier who took part in the social media campaign against a new parliamentary chamber has been sanctioned by the military high command

- Lance Corporal Lincoln Isaac Wassah will spend the next three months in guardroom with hard labour and he has also been stripped of his rank

- The #DropThatChamber campaign was initiated on social media with the aim of mounting pressure on Parliament to discontinue a proposal to build a new chamber that could accommodate about 450 Members of Parliament (MPs) at a cost of US$200 million

The soldier who was captured on video campaigning against the construction of the 450-seat chamber for parliament estimated at $200 million has been stripped of his rank and sentenced to 90 days imprisonment with hard labour at the guardroom.

L/Cpl Lincoln Isaac Wassah of the 2 Recce squadron unit in Sunyani had called on authorities to drop the idea of building a chamber and channel those resources into eradicating schools under-tree, among others.

The soldier was sentenced after the board that was set up to probe the matter found him guilty of misconduct contrary to the code of ethics of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF)

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The board, chaired by the commanding officer of the unit, Lt Col WAK Ackah (GH/2927), delivered the ruling after questions and answers on actions of the soldier.

His behaviour violates the military’s rules of engagement. 

Volume 1 Article 19 section 14  subsection 2 which deals with Improper Conduct by officer says:

(ii) No officer or man shall do or say anything which –
(a) if seen or heard by any member of the public might reflect discredit on the Armed Forces or on any of its members or

Earlier, the Economic Fighters League (Fighters) had called on the leadership of GAF to free the soldier after he was initially arrested and detained in a guard room for weeks.

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