Galamsey Fight: 14 Excavators, Other Equipment Destroyed By Soldiers In Atewa East And West
Military personnel deployed to flush out all the persons illegally mining in in forest reserves and along the water bodies in the Eastern Region have burnt 14 excavators, pumping machines, and other mining equipment in the both Atewa East and also the West Districts. The team further proceeded to Akyem Muoso close to Anyinam
and burnt some excavators allegedly parked along the streets and unconfirmed reports say the excavators are all owned by a top national executive of the incumbent party. This action by the anti-galamsey taskforce comes barely a week after the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners held a press conference at Nsutam,
calling on the President and the government to come out with a policy document on the modus operandi of the anti-galamsey military task force and an aggrieved small-scale miner who spoke to the media about the development pleaded with the government to “take a look at the destruction of equipment. The machines that were destroyed have been here for two weeks now.
Why did they bypass so many machines in this town and destroy ours?” another asked. As part of activities to stop the illegal mining, the government has deployed some 200 hundreds soldiers in a second phase of the fight to remove illegal miners from different parts of the country. Reports indicate that the security officers burn excavators and other equipment used in illegal mining process.
Burning excavators a reckless approach
A leading member of opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sylvester Mensah, recently criticized this approach and in a Facebook post, the former NHIS head said the burning of the excavators and the other equipment smacks of insufficient thinking process. He said the excavators can be put to better use, to develop
communities and create value for the economy rather than destroy them. A future NDC government would not burn all seized galamsey excavators. Clearly, it is a lazy and reckless mindset. Earthmoving equipment can be put to many other important uses, in many communities in this country, he said.