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.