John Dramani Mahama, a former president, is urging government figures involved in the return of “galamsey queen” Aisha Huang to face penalties.
National Security agents recently detained Aisha Huang for her unauthorized entry into the nation after her deportation in September 2018.Many have questioned the government’s dedication to the fight against illegal mining in the nation in the wake of her detention.
Former president Mahama stated the government should not defend anyone engaged in the Chinese national’s repatriation while speaking on TV3 in Accra.
President Akufo-Addo was criticized by the former president for “failing the fight against the menace.”
In 2017, President Akufo-Addo jeopardized his presidency by vowing to combat the galamsey threat.
“I have said in Cabinet, and perhaps this is the first time I am making this public, that I am prepared to put my presidency on the line on this matter,” the President said.
Mr. Mahama said President Akufo-Addo should have resigned by now, per his own words.
“If you go to the districts, they talk about community mining. Community mining is the NPP party executives and the DCEs who are doing the community mining. So, they are the ones doing what they are doing, so how can you expect him to fight galamsey when his own people are the ones who are doing it.”
“If we were in some other jurisdiction, he would have resigned by now. By his word, he put his presidency on the line,” he added.