- Government deployed the first batch of the Anti-galamsey task last week to various areas across the country
- Some mining equipment were seized and burnt as part of the war on galamsey
- NPP’s Abronye DC has condemned the act of burning mining equipment when seized by the task force
The Brong-Ahafo Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party has warned government to not use money from the Consolidated Fund to pay for the burnt mining equipment.
According to him, should government face legal action for burning the excavators of alleged illegal miners, they should use the salaries of the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources and the Minister for Environment Science and Technology.
He stated that government is responsible for the actions of the members of Operation Vanguard, including the acts of setting fire to mining equipment.
“We rose up against the burning down of Wontumi’s mining equipment and we must not also allow this to fester on. We need to wholly criticize it because it is not right. I am told some of the equipment were parked but they stormed the town and set fire on them. I think the salaries of John Peter Amewu and Professor Frimpong Boateng must be used to pay for it,” Abronye stated, according to a MyNewsGh report.
The NPP member’s condemnation of the Anti-Galamsey task force follows the emergence of a video on social media, where the excavators of a suspected illegal miner were burnt to ashes.
In the video, the alleged illegal miner is seen raining curses on the NPP and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The visibly angry miner stated in the video that he had laid down his life for the NPP during the 2016 General Elections campaign period.
He asked the president how he would survive as his main tools of getting income had been destroyed by the government.
The Anti-galamsey task force were deployed last week to various parts of the country where illegal mining hotspots were located.
The moves marks part of phase two of the government’s crackdown on the mining activity has caused damage to country’s natural resources.
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