Galamsay: Akufo-Addo is managing a bad situation he inherited from Mahama – NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has said the illegal small scale mining activities (Galamsey) increased under the Mahama administration.

The governing party said the NDC had the opportunity to pull the plug on Galamsay but they rather enabled it and watch it festered badly.

This comes after the Communications Director for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi said that the next NDC government will investigate and prosecute Bernard Antwi Bosiako, a.k.a Chairman Wontumi, Ekow Awusi, Charles Bissue and all key members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for their involvement in illegal mining.

Sammy Gyamfi underscored that there are enough evidence available to prosecute and jail these people for illegally destroying forest reserves, farmlands and water bodies.

Sammy Gyamfi, who was addressing the media in Accra on Thursday, October 6, insisted that it will be the saddest day in his life if NDC in power fails to prosecute chairman Wontumi and co to deter others.

“The saddest day in my life will be the day NDC fails to prosecute Chairman Wontumi, Ekow Awusi and Charlse Bissue for engaging in mining without permit.

“We have enough visual evidence to prosecute these people and all the key members of the NPP who are actively engaged in the illegal menace,” he reiterated.

Sammy Gyamfi also described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s renewed commitment to fight galamsey as a mirage, scam and a lost battle.

He underscored that the government’s score on the fight against illegal mining is an unmitigated disaster.

He explained that NDC is not against mining in the country but it is against mining in water bodies and anticipate the government to drastically deal with the people involved in such illegal activities.

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But in a statement issued by a Deputy Communications Director offor the NPP, Ernest Owusu-Bempah, the party said “Of course, the galamsey situation got so bad under Mahama in 2015, such that he had to hang his shame on the people of Kyebi, tagging the place as the headquarters of Galamsay in the country.

“So you see, any dastardly attempt by the NDC to rationalize the political economy of galamsay must be roundedly condemned. It is beyond dispute that under John Mahama-led government, the national record of the deleterious impact of galamsay left a lot to be desired. It was simply unprecedented.

“In essence, attempting to fault bureaucracy or bureaucratic red tape for the pernicious impact of galamsay is at best, a farce and, at the very worst, grossly irresponsible and downright politically repressive.

“All that the Akufo-Addo administration has been doing is simply managing a very bad situation as well as it can by the deft and relatively constructive application of the statutory laws of the land. The NDC is fast becoming a model of lazy populism with no real ideas apart from their usual triangulated survival antics.

“An old adage have it that, when you’re trying to breath under water, you will have to think of the consequences and reach for sane fresh air. It might be wiser for them to proceed gently in galamsey conversation.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana