President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stressed the ongoing moves to oust Chinese citizens engaged in illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as galamsey, is not borne out of hatred for the Chinese.
Speaking at the coronation ceremony of the chief of Kwahu Obomeng Nana Effah Opinamang III at a durbar to mark the Kwahu Easter festivity, the president said fighting Chinese involved in galamsey was about doing the right thing.
Akufo-Addo vowed that his administration would enforce the laws against galamsey in the interest of the nation.
“We all know the laws of Ghana have no sympathy for nationality whatsoever. The law affects everybody including the Chinese. It does not give permits to visitors or anybody to engage in illegal mining. Whosoever is caught will be made to full rigor of the law.”
“This doesn’t mean we have any qualms with the Chinese government or we hate the Chinese nationals. All I am saying is they should respect the laws of our land just as they do theirs,” he said.
His comments come after the China Mission in Ghana wrote a letter to the ministry of lands and natural resources, complaining about what it called unfair media reportage about China's role in galamsey.
The Chinese warmed in the letter that continued hostile reporting about China and its leaders could affect its relationship with Ghana.
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