Two new members of the Ghanian Supreme Military Council were sworn in on Thursday (27 July, bringing to three the number of changes made to the leadership this week.
SV INTERIOR Major General Joshua Hamidu reading the oath before members of Supreme Military Council, including new Head of State General Akuffo (3 shots)
SV General Akuffo salutes Major General Hamidu
SV Brigadier Osei Boateng enters room and salutes Head of State, then reads the oath (5 shots)
SV Brigadier Boateng salutes and leaves room
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Background: Two new members of the Ghanian Supreme Military Council were sworn in on Thursday (27 July, bringing to three the number of changes made to the leadership this week. Ghana's former High Commissioner in Zambia, Major General Joshua Hamidu, was sworn in as the new Chief of Defence Staff,and the former Commissioner of Land and Mineral Resources, Brigadier Osei Boateng, took up the post of Border Guard Commander. The tow appointments are the latest in a series of leadership changes following the resignation earlier this month of the former Head of State, General Ignatius Acheampong.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony took place in the Osu castle at Accra, with Major General Hamidu and Brigadier Boateng taking the oath before other members of the Council, including the new Head of State, General Akuffo. Major General hamidu replaces General Robert Kotei, who took up the position only three weeks ago,when General Akuffo was made Head of State. According to government sources, General Kotei is on leave prior to retirement.
Brigadier Osei Boateng was appointed to the Council to replace Major-General Emmanuel Utuka, who was also reported this week as being on leave before retirement. Supreme Military Council changes were seen as inevitable after General Akuffo's nationwide speech last week, in which he accused General Acheampong of surrounding himself with advisors of doubtful ability and intentions. He said General Acheampong had turned Ghana into a one-man sideshow.