GAF Frees ‘Kalyppo Soldier’; Cautions Other Military Personnel

The freed Kalyppo soldier has resumed his normal duties as investigations on his case have been concluded

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has brought closure to the case of the officer who was under investigation, after his Kalyppo selfie went viral on social media. Investigations into the matter have been concluded and the soldier involved has “resumed his normal duties”. This was revealed by the Public Affairs Director of the GAF, Colonel Eric Aggrey-Quashie.

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However, the military has cautioned her personnel against posting pictures of themselves in military uniform on social media platforms, to avoid a repeat of the incident. They explained that such actions are against the military’s code of conduct.

According to them, such actions have the potential to attract unnecessary and unsolicited attention to the military. This warning comes after investigations of a soldier who partook in the social media craze, the Kalypo Challenge, in support of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo.

Col Aggrey Quarshie had earlier said that the alleged soldier is being investigated because he posed in a military uniform without authorisation. The investigation was to ascertain if he was a soldier or someone who was impersonating. He had also said that the soldier if found culpable would be sanctioned.

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However, Col. Quarshie has revealed that investigations into the soldier’s conduct has been concluded. He also indicated that the freed Kalyppo soldier has resumed his normal duties, since there is no case dealing with him on the issue.

A picture of Nana Addo sipping the Kalyppo fruit drink had gone viral on social media, with the intention of mocking the NPP Flagbearer [See Full Story]. But NPP supporters succeeded in pushing the argument that Akufo Addo is promoting local products by consuming the drink.

The NPP loyalists, in solidarity with their Flagbearer, now take pictures of themselves taking the drink, posting them on the social media. This subsequently led to the invention of the hashtag #KalyppoChallenge on various platforms.