- Senior Minister, Osafo Maafo has justified the decision to truncate the prosecution of a 'Chinese Galamsey Queen'
- Yaw Osafo Marfo said jailing Aisha Huang wouldn’t have solved Ghana’s economic challenges
Prosecuting Chinese national Aisha Huang, nicknamed ‘Galamsey Queen’, wouldn’t have solved Ghana’s economic challenges, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo, has said.
According to him, deporting the Chinese national – who was caught involved in illegal mining activities – was the best decision.
He made the statement whiles addressing a town hall meeting abroad, adding that jailing Aisha Huang would not have had any impact on the mood of any Ghanaian citizen.
Mr. Maafo said Ghana intends to keep the diplomatic relationship it has with China in order to improve infrastructure in the country.
He further pointed to the $2 billion Sinohydro deal as a major infrastructural project which the Asian country is involved in.
“Today, the main company that is helping develop the infrastructure system in Ghana is Sinohydro, it is a Chinese Company. It is the one that is going to help process our bauxite and provide about $2 billion to us,” the Senior Minister said.
"So, when there are these kinds of arrangements, there are other things behind the scenes. Putting that lady [Aisha] in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your economic problems.
“It is not going to make you happy or me happy, that's not important, the most important thing is that she has been deported from Ghana.”
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In May 2017, Miss Aisha was arrested and arraigned before court over her involvement in illegal mining activities in the Ashanti region.
However, she was deported last December after the Attorney General’s office withdrew the case against her.
Mr. Maafo, though, defended the decision to repatriate the Chinese national, saying: “We have a very good relationship with China.
"...I am saying that there are many other things beyond what we see in these matters and everybody is wide awake, the most important thing is that we have banned this...we have established regulations and we are protecting our environment.
“That is far more important than one Chinese woman who has been deported out of the country," he added.
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