Investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas has enumerated the cost he incurred in producing the latest exposé on galamsey, including the amounts paid to Presidential Staffer Charles Cromwell Bissue.
In an article sighted by YEN.com.gh on Anas' facebook page, the ace investigator alleged that a total of GH¢5,000 was paid to Bissue, who has since stepped aside as Secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
According to Anas, Bissue was found abusing his office, breaching his fiduciary duties, engaging in bribery and corruption.
He added that those details were uncovered by way of hard facts, captured on audio/visual recording, and electronic correspondence.”
“Mr. Andy Owusu, a link man for Mr. Bissue charged us fifty thousand cedis (GH¢ 50,000.00) to get us through to him. We negotiated for forty thousand Cedis (GH¢40,000.00) and he accepted it. Out of this amount he accepted part payment of fifteen thousand cedis (15,000.00).
Mr Andy Owusu was also the one who told us how much Mr. Bissue was ready to accept to fast track the process for us. Mr Andy Owusu also linked us to “schoolboy” a national security operative for our safety at the illegal mining site,” Anas explained.
According to him, his outfit, ORR Resource Enterprise, presented itself as a small scale mining company, whose license to mine had expired.
He said in spite of the expiration, they were prepared to go by the government’s directive to be vetted and verified by the IMCIM.
He added that “under the road map for lifting of ban on artisanal and small scale mining and the way forward prepared by the IMCIM and published in August 2018, it was agreed that miners can go back to mine when the ban was lifted only after meeting the following requirements.”
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