The Defence Minister is fuming over what he says is the indiscriminate sale of military lands by public officers in collusion with officers of the Lands Commission.
According to Dominic Nitiwul over 300 acres of land have been sold in the last two years by officials who were supposed to be custodians of the lands.
He named ex-president John Mahama whom he accused of being a beneficiary of the military lands sold indiscriminately in the last couple of years.
At the meet the press series, Thursday, the Minister minced no words in chiding the public officers.
“Now we have squeezed our Armed Forces in Burma Camp and I think that if I have my will I would have gone after those people. Within two years we have sold every piece of land, over 300 acres of land to individuals. So that what happens? Top politicians who are supposed to have protected and covered the lands have bought the lands, he alleged.
He asked the ex-president John Mahama to vacate the land he bought and occupied.
Ex-President John Mahama
The controversy over the appropriation of state or military lands, especially by politicians and prominent public officers is not new.
With every change in government comes the report of indiscriminate sale of state lands.
During the tenure of the late John Mills’ administration, accusations were rife that former government appointees in the Kufuor administration had bought state lands and houses at prime areas in Accra and at giveaway prices.
At least two of his appointees at the time Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, and Dr Omane Boamah proceeded to court challenging the sale of a house to the late Jake Obetsebi Lamptey.
Even though they lost in court, it did not stop the late president from issuing a directive that sought to prevent all his appointees from buying state lands and other state properties.
It appears however, that his directive was never heeded to. His vice, who later took over as president and who was the Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces is now being accused of buying a military land.
Dominic Nitiwul said he will look into the sale of all the military lands and take appropriate measures to protect the interest of the soldiers.