Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

The Ranking Member of the Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament, John Jinapor has launched a scathing attack on the Lands and Naural Resources Ministry over the fight against illegal mining.

This follows a viral video in which a group of young men suspected to be engaged in galamsey, were made to lie in dirty, muddy water after they were caught in the act by some military personnel.

The incident is believed to have taken place on Friday, July 15, 2022, at one of the sites belonging to Anglogold Ashanti in Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.

The inhumane treatment meted out to the miners numbering over 30 has led to concerns over their flagrant human rights abuse.

Addressing members of the Parliamentary Press Corps on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, Mr Jinapor took on his brother’s ministry and condemned the approach adopted in the fight against the menace.

“Though the minority vehemently condemns all forms of illegal mining activities and encroaching, we are equally opposed to the use of brute, excessive and disproportionate force in the fight against illegal mining. The flagrant disregard for our laws under the Akufo-Addo-led Government is most unfortunate and must be condemned in the strongest terms possible. We find this incident despicable, unfortunate and highly reprehensible.”

“Whilst the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia led Government  remains mute on this dastardly  and heinous act continuously being meted to the ordinary Ghanaian by some members of the military, foreigners on the hand are always treated with kids gloves and in some instances, the law compromised to favour them in the name of building international monetary relations.”

“You will recall the infamous incident involving a Chinese Galamsey Queen known as Aisha Huang, following her arrest for her involvement in illegal mining, the state unilaterally discontinued the case in court on a flimsy excuse that they stood to secure economic gains for her release. Whiles her prosecution should have been used as a deterrent to others, it was treated with kids’ gloves as usual.”

The Yapei Kusawgu MP also called for a probe into the conduct of the military personnel.

“The Minority, therefore, wish to call for an impartial and credible investigation into this act and the culprits made to face the full sanctions of the law. This is the only way to show that the impunity and favouritism that has characterized this Government is at least being dealt with. We shall remain vigilant and committed towards ensuring that the rights of every Ghanaian is protected under the constitution,” he said.

Source : Thenewsroomonline

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