- Joe Osei-Owusu says the illegal mining menace can only be solved if offenders are shot
-Mr Osei-Owusu believes that dealing with recalcitrants in the regular way is not going to solve the problem
-His comments follow complains by the anti-illegal mining task force that court sentences being given to offenders were too lenient and not deterrent enough
The first Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has suggested a more ruthless solution to the problem of illegal mining in the country.
According to him, the best way to stop people from being recalcitrant is to shoot those who flout the ban.
There have been reports of small scale mining activities across the country despite a nationwide ban about eight months ago.
Operation Vanguard, the task force enforcing the ban on 'galamsey' has blamed the situation on the relatively lenient sentences offenders have been receiving in court.
The Commander of the task force, Colonel Michael Amoah Ayisi, was recently reported to have lamented over the situation saying illegal miners and their financiers will be motivated to act with impunity.
Sharing his thoughts on the task force's cocnerns, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament said though people may not agree with him, it is obvious that dealing with recalcitrants the regular way will not yield the desired results.
“The other time I said we should shoot people and people were not happy with that. [But] I still think that the way to deal with recalcitrant people is not to use the regular law system,” YEN.com.gh heard him say in an interview on Starr FM.
He blamed the communities for encouraging the activities of illegal miners, saying “many of them are complicit. They hide the perpetrators in the afternoon and they go in the night to go and destroy the water bodies".
Mr Osei-Owusu is the Member of Parliament for Bekwai Constituency in the Ashanti Region which is has its fair share galamsey activities.
He is currently serving his third term in parliament.
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