Small Scale Miners Association of Ghana has served notice it will be heading tocourt to seek redress over the burning of excavators belonging to some of its members.
The government, as part of its campaign to flush out illegal miners from the country’s forest reserves and river bodies, has burnt several dozen of excavators and changfans (washing machines) found in areas not ment for small scale mining.
The ‘Operation Halt II’, a taskforce set up by the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor, is bent on destroying the earth-moving machines to serve as a deterrent for other people who are mining along and in rivers.
The activities of the taskforce in its renewed fight against small scale mining (galamsey) has been given an endorsement by President Akufo Addo, leading to the burning of more excavators across mining sites.
The latest incident at Prestea in the Western Region has fuelled more anger among the Small Scale Miners who have been badly affected by the destruction of excavators.
President of the Association, Michael Peprah who spoke to TV XYZ indicated the mode of operation by the taskforce suggests a deliberate agenda to kick Ghanaians out of the mining industry.
He said they had met with the ministry responsible for Lands and other stakeholders where their documents were vetted hence he did not fathom why their machines were being burnt by the military officers.
He also hinted they would seek redress in court over the development despite the hsrdship that is setting in.