The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo has claimed that jailing Aisha Huang would not have solved Ghana's problems.
Osafo Marfo has defended government's decision to discontinue the case against Aisha Huang and consequently deport her.
According to the senior minister, relationship between Ghana and China was one of the main reason why government discontinued the case.
In a town hall meeting held in the USA for Ghanaian citizens there, Osafo Marfo defended government and explained why Aisha Huang was not jailed.
"We have a very good relationship with China. Today, the main company that is helping develop the infrastructure system in Ghana is Sinohydro, it is a Chinese Company," he said.
"It is the one that is going to help process our bauxite and provide about two billion dollars to us. So when there are these kinds of arrangements, there are other things behind the scenes," the minister stressed.
The minister added that jailing Aisha Huang who is noted for gaining notoriety in illegal small scale mining will not benefit any Ghanaian.
"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," he stated.
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Osafo Marfo noted that the most important and only choice for Ghana was to deport Aisha Huang and not jail her.
Aisha and four of her Chinese employees were arraigned before the court on May 9, 2017, for engaging in illegal small-scale mining at Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region.
The state’s decision to discontinue the case much later saw the court discharge the five accused persons.
Aisha Huang and the four others were subsequently deported to China in what some Ghanaians said was a betrayal especially as the government vowed to deal with illegal miners whose actions had destroyed the country’s land and water bodies.
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