Defense Minister Dominic Nitiwul says the NPP National Women’s organizer, Kate Gyamfua is not the owner of Xtra Gold Mining.
The taskforce as part of efforts to clamp down on illegal miners burnt over 20 excavators while working in Atiwa in the Eastern Region on Sunday, May 16.
According to reports, 9 excavators among other equipment of Xtra Gold mining company Ltd allegedly belonging to Kate Gyamfua were burnt by the military team during the raid on the site.
Speaking at a press conference organised by the Ministry of information Tuesday May 19, 2021, Mr Nitiwul indicated he had been told the National Women’s Organizer was not the owner of Xtra Gold mining Limited.
‘’ Kate Gyamfua I understand is the managing director but there’s a CEO of that company and I hear he’s in Canada or something like that. I know there’s a ceo of the company. A chief executive officer, I believe he is the founder and Shes the managing director, maybe a worker. The minister said.
This was after the minister, in reaction to a question about the alleged involvement of government and ruling party officials in galamsey activities.
He said people with information owe it duty to make their evidence available for possible investigation and action by the president who is committed to handling the situation without fear or favor.
‘’ Any Ghanaian or anybody within Ghana or outside who has evidence that this government official is doing illegal mining, don’t leave it. I’m not just talking about Kennedy Agyapong or any other person. You will do harm to Ghana if you have such information and you are keeping it. Take it to the appropriate authorities, let us know’’.
‘’ I had said and used myself as an example twice. I have mentioned that if me, who the soldiers operate under, I am engaged in such a thing the President will fire me in a minute and prosecute me as well. So we are saying that if you are a Ghanaian and you know of somebody who’s engaged in illegal mining let us know so that we take it from there,’’ he stated.