Former Ghanaian President John Mahama has come under scrutiny following accusations that he endorsed illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey.’ However, his deputy spokesperson, Beatrice Annan, has spoken out against these allegations, stating that Mr. Mahama does not condone any form of illegal mining.
During his three-day Eastern regional tour, Mr. Mahama accused the current Akufo-Addo government of unfairly punishing young people who engage in illegal mining based on political party affiliations. He also claimed that the government had seized excavators belonging to members of his National Democratic Congress (NDC) party and handed them over to members of the opposing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In response to these claims, Ms. Annan clarified that Mr. Mahama’s comments were not an endorsement of illegal mining. Rather, he was referring to the unfair treatment of small-scale miners who may belong to any political party, including the NPP and the NDC.
Ms. Annan explained that Mr. Mahama’s position is that illegal mining is against the law and should be punished regardless of party affiliation. She further stated that Mr. Mahama believes that small-scale mining, which is legal under Ghanaian law, should be open to all citizens who qualify, regardless of party affiliation.
Ms. Annan also clarified that Mr. Mahama was not endorsing the activities of illegal miners who are members of the NDC. Rather, he was criticizing the current government for seizing equipment belonging to illegal miners and giving them to members of the NPP to engage in the same illegal mining activities.
Ms. Annan emphasized that galamsey issues should not be politicized, and all citizens should be held accountable for engaging in illegal mining activities. She urged the government to take action against all illegal miners, regardless of their political affiliations.
In conclusion, it is essential to note that illegal mining is a significant problem in Ghana that has led to environmental degradation and economic loss. It is crucial for all stakeholders, including political parties and their leaders, to condemn illegal mining and support efforts to eradicate it. Mr. Mahama’s stance against galamsey is commendable, and it is necessary for all citizens to take responsibility for their actions and abide by Ghanaian laws.