Col Damoah Released
Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that Col. Kwadwo Damoah has been released from the Ghana Armed Forces following an order to that effect by the President. He is said to have been summoned before the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Adinkra, to be served the information as handed from Castle.
The release of officers of the rank of Colonel and above from the colours must be ordered by the President who is also the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. The officer was involved in a running brawl with the military authorities when a recruitment exercise of over 400 potential recruits was cancelled by the newly-installed Mills Administration.
The subject became one of the early fractious subjects to beset President Mills, especially when National Democratic Congress (NDC) officials defended the move by stating that the recruitment was tilted in favour of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Col Damoah was the Director of Personnel Administration, the department handling the subject under review. An unsatisfied Col. Damoah defended his position on the issue when he was a member of a Board of Inquiry (BOI) ordered by the military high command in the early days of the Mills Administration.
After a while, Col Damoah was dropped from the board. He was said to have been moved to another office where information had it that he was vegetating with nothing definite to do. His kinsmen in the Brong Ahafo Region protested what they saw as a maltreatment of their man, especially against the backdrop of similar treatment of others from their part of the country.
It is not known whether Col Damoah was discharged honourably or otherwise, as such status is of essence in the military. An intelligent officer, Col Damoah holds many qualifications and was excellent in the performance of his duties. Many consider his release as political.