Aisha Huang, the Chinese lady who gained notoriety in the illegal small scale mining business popularly called ‘galamsey’, is still illegally mining gold in parts of Ashanti region.
YEN.com.gh sighted a report on Myjoyonline.com confirming that a ‘galamsey’ task force together with Erasmus Asare Donkor, a Luv FM reporter, chanced upon a team of Chinese and Ghanaian illegal miners in the forests of Amansie Central.
Upon arrest and interrogation, one worker confirmed that the illegal activity was masterminded by Aisha Huang, one Mr. Bonsu and another whose name was given as Arko.
The Ghanaian populace are familiar with Aisha Huang in the wake of the ‘Stop Galamsey Now’ campaign, she was said to be heavily involved in the illegal mining of gold thus was subsequently arrested by the police.
She was later released on bail but standing trial together with 3 others.
Contrary to perceptions that the Chinese galamsey 'queen' was no longer practicing the illegal activity, those arrested at the site confirmed that the machines and the entire operation belonged to Aisha Huang who was said to have developed a new strategy of hiding behind her Ghanaian collaborators.
The task force consisting of officials from the Ghana Army and Police Service revealed that just last week, some excavators were seized at that same site in Bepotenten in the Amansie Central area.
On Monday, December 3, when the team went back for operation, they met illegal miners on sight. One Ghanaian who was arrested confirmed that they were indeed working for Aisha Huang.
W/O Nyarko, a member of the task force explained saying: “Aisha owns this site. We came here last three weeks and we found three excavators and sent them to Obuasi. We came today again and we’ve found another four excavators; that means they are still mining and we are looking for that Aisha”.
W/O added: “A ground that they’ve operated just three weeks ago and then the woman (Aisha) will just organize, come back and continue the same job and look at the mess she is causing for the whole nation. Look at the mess! And I believe it’s not only this place.”
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