Former Lands and Resources Minister accuses Chinese Amb'r of meddling in anti-glamasey fight

Former Lands and Resources Minister accuses Chinese Amb'r of meddling in anti-glamasey fight

Hon. Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tamale central constituency amd former Minister for Lands and Resources, has stated that the Chinese diplomatic mission worked agaisnt him in the fight against illegal small scale mining.

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Former Lands and Resources Minister accuses Chinese Amb'r of meddling in anti-glamasey fight

Former Lands and Resources Minister Alhadji Fuseini

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According to the Tamale Central legislator, the former head of the Chinese diplomatic mission, the Ambassador, continuously tried to get him to ease up in the fight against illegal small scale mining.

He stated that according to the Ambassador, Chinese citizens who are involved in galamsey mining had been lured into the illegal act by deceitful Ghanaians.

“He came to try and convince me that the Chinese who were in Ghana doing small-scale mining were doing lawful business… he came to me to exact sympathy from me saying the Chinese have invested a lot in the small scale mining sector, they ought to be allowed to continue. But I said no,” Alhaji Fuseini said.

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He was speaking on the Big Issue regarding the current Lands and Resources Minister, Hon. John-Peter Amewu's recent meeting with the Chinese Ambassador regarding Chinese citizen's involvement in the illegal endeavors. According to reports, Hon. Amewu "begged" the Chinese Ambassador and one other Chinese official to help end the scourge of small scale illegal mining, commonly known as galamsey.

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Former Lands and Resources Minister Fuseini said the Ambassador went as far as to

Following his camping, the former minister noted some changes in the China relations with Ghana.

“When I started the operation to clean the small scale mining sector of illegalities, they revised the visa regime for Ghanaians… before you go to China, your application had to be sent to China before you got approval. It was also now difficult for government officials to immediately obtain visas to go to China.”

“People believe that was because of the fight and after the pressure, people started drawing my attention to those things.”

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