A Former Research officer of the Kennedy Agyapong Campaign Team in the just-ended New Patriotic Party (NPP) Presidential Primaries, Silas Asiedu, has accused former president John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress(NDC) of sabotaging the efforts of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in fighting galamsey.
Speaking on the Ultimate Cup of Tea, the NPP man said Akufo-Addo deserves praise some praise for the effort in fighting galamsey even to the peril of his presidency.
“I don’t get it when people say Akufo-Addo does not deserve credit for the galamsey, fight. He at least put measures together to fight it; it is lots of his appointees and Ghanaians that have disappointed him”
“Amidst the challenges of the galamsey fight, the former president Mahama can be blamed for sabotaging the fight of galamsey. In 2020, during the campaign period, while in the mining community, Mahama told the galamseyers he would set them free if they were arrested. The NDC used the galamsey fight as propaganda too, moving to the communities and encouraging those who were destroying our lands and river bodies they will allow them to mine. Mahama clearly sabotaged Nana Addo’s galamsey fight”, he claimed
He was, however, disappointed with the sentence given to galamsey kingpin Aisha Huang after her long battle with the laws of Ghana after she was convicted for engaging in the act of galamsey.
“I travelled to Manso, and I saw the devastation of lands and water bodies there. The green vegetation of the area has all turned brown. The place now looks like a desert. How can Aisha Huang who is described as a kinging in galamsey be given just four years and made to pay just a little over forty-five thousand Ghana Cedis? Can anybody go to China and destroy their lands over there? You will not live to see a sentence, mpo. We have just treated this woman with a soft sentence’ he lamented.