The choice by the recently-retired New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman Frederick Worsemao Armah Blay to defend four of Aisha Huang’s conspirators in court, according to well-known Kumasi-based journalist Andrews Korankye Akuoko, affectionately known as Captain Koda, is quite odd.
Captain Koda, the host of OTEC FM’s breakfast program known as “Nyansapo,” claims that Mr. Freddie Blay, who greatly benefited from the NPP Administration, only acts out of pure avarice and undermines the government’s promise to combat “galamsey.”
‘’Already some government officials including Ashanti Region Chairman of the Party, Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi have already been accused of engaging in illegal mining with Aisha Huang and her four accomplices. Hence, for a staunch member of the party in government to defend the accused persons, it sends a wrong signal about government’s commitment to end the menace’’, Captain Koda stated.
On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the journalist expressed his dissatisfaction on OTEC FM, stating that “If Aisha Huang and her four accomplices are acquitted and discharged, then people would be drawing their conclusions and may call the trial as cover up.”
The four suspects will be represented by Freddie Blay, the former chairman of the New Patriotic Party, it was revealed in court on Tuesday during hearings involving Aisha Huang’s case.
The government has detained Gao Jin Cheng, Lu Qi Jun, Haibin Go, and Zhang Zhipeng as well as “galamsey” queen Aisha Huang due to their involvement in illegitimate mining activities in the nation.
“What I am saying is Freddie Blay is very astute lawyer, very competent lawyer but he must think about morality first but not money because he has enjoyed so much in this NPP government, moreso, President Akuffu Addo is his best friend so he should allow his conscience to guide him and for him to desist from greedy acts providing those services because it goes against their party’s wish,” he noted.
Nkrabea Effah Dartey, a stalwart of the NPP and a former member of parliament who currently serves as the deputy minister of the interior, is standing in for Aisha Huang.