- Aisha Huang, the Chinese national named in illegal mining activities in Ghana, is a liaison officer for both Ghana and China
- This follows a call by the minority side in Parliament for Osafo Maafo's exit from office as senior minister
Information available to YEN.com.gh suggests that Aisha Huang, the Chinese national who was named in illegal mining activities in Ghana, is a liaison officer for both countries.
This comes on the heels of comments attributed to the senior minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, to the effect that Huang’s trial was of no economic benefit to Ghana.
Addressing a Town Hall meeting in the United States of America, the senior minster said government made the right call.
This did not go down well with some members of the minority side of Parliament, who have plans of triggering his exit from office as a minister.
Per a report by Adomonline.com, information available suggests that Huang was an interpreter for the government of Ghana when the Chinese expressed interest in small-scale mining.
The Attorney General’s office in December 2018 withdrew the case against Huang and four other Chinese nationals believed to be engaged in illegal mining.
In support, a former Anti-galamsey taskforce member, Major Mohammed Bogobiri, on Thursday, April 25, 2019, said Huang was untouchable.
“Aisha Huang became powerful as the liaison officer between Ghana and the Chinese community. The Immigration Service relied heavily on her since she could speak very good English. It was therefore impossible to touch her,” he stated.
Major Bogobiri, however, noted that Huang used her liaison officer role as a smokescreen to undertake illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey.’
“When I heard the charges leveled against her in court, I was shocked because they were wrong charges,” he added.
He questioned how foreigners would be able to determine gold deposits without the support of the indigenous people.
“The Chinese are not to blame, they don’t know anything, it is Ghanaians who lure them into the business,” he said.
Major Bogobiri said the only way to end the ‘galamsey’ menace is to deal with “our people”.
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