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Ghanaian MP accuses members of his own ruling party of protecting Chinese illegal miners

OUTSPOKEN Ghanaian member of parliament Kennedy Agyapong issued a stunning warning last weekend when he appeared on national television to accuse members of his own ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) of supporting illegal mining operators known as galamsey, including some who are Chinese.

He threatened to expose them publicly unless they immediately stop protecting the galamsey.

Agyapong was particularly outraged by the role that Chinese nationals have long played in the country’s illegal mining sector: ‘The mindset of Ghanaians is so horrible. Can Ghanaians go to China and mine gold like they are doing here?’

It appears that Agyapong is speaking out in defence of President Akufo-Addo who has staked his reputation on cracking down on the galamsey but so far has not made much progress. ‘The trust Ghanaians have in the president is being tarnished by those around him,’ he said in the interview on Net2TV. 

On Monday, May 17, local news portal YEN.com.gh reported that Kate Gyamfua, the National Women’s Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) had lost eight excavators. According to the report, the eight excavators were lost as part of the operations of the military task force against galamsey (illegal mining.)
A Facebook post by local radio Starr FM’s morning show host, Francis Abban, had  indicated that the military task force burnt the eight excavators in the Eastern Region. A report on another portal Adomonline.com also suggested that the excavators are part of about 20 such machines which were burnt in the operation. The operation, the report added, took place across Larbikrom, Dompem, and Pamen, which are all located in the Atiwa District.

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