Former Chief of Defence Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah (Rtd) has joined a new political party, Ghana Union Movement (GUM).

Speaking on Joy FM‘s Midday News, the former member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) explained that his decision to defect was because he did not “like what I’m seeing in Ghana today.”

“I just want to see the vision that I dreamt of, realised in Ghana before I depart. That vision, I don’t see any of the two parties achieving that vision,” he said.

He explained that problems facing the country have been circumvented by the two leading parties – NPP and NDC who “are in power to manage their own business while Ghana is almost burning.”

The Ghana Union Movement is currently under the leadership of its founder, Rev Kwabena Andrews also known as Sofo Kyiri Abosom.

Brig. Gen. Nunoo Mensah revealed that he visited the GUM leader some seven months ago for more information about his party’s vision and was convinced it was the right platform to get the country into the path of transformation.

The new comes at at time when political parties across the country are gearing up for the general elections which come off in December 2020.

When quizzed on the rationale behind criticising the contribution of the leading parties among which he played a role, the former military officer clarified that “I joined the NDC to serve President Mills.”

“He was a good man He left us and President Mahama took over and began to change everything that President Mills had done. It’s like taking over a new football team and removing the whole team and building a new team. You don’t do that,” he told Emefa Apawu.

Meanwhile, the mini-manifesto of GUM indicates that the party is poised to build a country devoid of corruption, discrimination, ensure development and support industrialisation.

He added that the question of who is a Ghanaian had already been provided for in the 1992 Constitution, but a true “Ghanaian is one who is greater in his soul than in his class, creed, political party or the section in which he lives.”