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‘President Akufo-Addo Doesn’t Have The Political Will To Fight Galamsey’ – Mahama

The fight against Galamsey has dominated the forefront of discussion on national television, and former president John Dramani Mahama has added his voice.

The reappearance of Aisha Huang after her supposed deportation in 2018 has generated a massive national discussion. Government officials and communicators’ inability to provide a consistent course of explanation has fuelled speculations that there might be more to issues than what pertains to public discussions. According to former president John Mahama, the inconsistencies and opacity of explanations aimed at explaining events have rather exposed a lack of commitment on the part of the Government to deal with the issue of Galamsey.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with TV3, the former president accused government officials of being complicit in the menace and therefore lacked a genuine commitment or willingness to fight it. According to Mr Mahama, loyalists and party sympathisers of the ruling Government and president Akufo-Addo had been found to be engaging in the activity because the party’s executives had concessions to illegally mine gold in forest reserves.

galamsey activities

“If you go to the districts, they talk about community mining but the NPP executives and the District Chief Executives (DCEs) are the ones doing the community mining. How can you expect him to fight ‘galamsey’ when his own people are involved in it? It is close to home and that’s why he can’t deal with it,” the former president noted.

drone view of aftermath of galamsey activities
drone view of aftermath of galamsey activities

“They all know who is doing it. The Changfang machines are there, it’s not something that you can put in a handbag so how come you can’t find the machines that are washing all that mud into our river bodies. Anybody who is engaged in illegality must be sanctioned. Ghanaians who are engaged in illegal mining are languishing in prisons, they have been sentenced and jailed. If you’re a Ghanaian and you are engaged in an illegality in China, you’ll face the full rigours of the law and I do not doubt that there are some of our citizens in jail in China,” president Mahama added.

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