Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has lambasted his own party officials over the rise in illegal mining activities in the country.
The maverick politician said the destruction of water bodies in the country caused by galamsey is disheartening such that the people living in rural areas will soon not get water to drink.
To him if the president is fighting the canker and he does not go after his own party executives, the fight will fail because there are top party officials who have concessions and are engaging in illegal mining and sabotaging the fight against the illegal plowing of land for gold.
“I pity President Akufo-Addo because with this fight, if the president does not clean his hous we will not win the fight against galamsey. If I tell you the number of top NPP officials who are doing galamsey whom I fought and failed, you’ll be shocked,” Agyapong disclosed in a Ghanaweb.com report.
He argued that it was a good move for the government task force to burn excavators seized from illegal miners in forest reserves and around rivers.
“They have to burn the excavators or some of our people will go and sell them in Cote D’Ivoire or return them back to their owners,” the MP noted with worry that his party officials are not honest enough to confiscate the heavy machines and keep them without being compromised.
Kennedy Agyapong also disclosed that there are Government officials who are also into illegal mining because most of the top NPP officials are also into the illegal business.
Apart from some NDC members he knew are into illegal mining, Agyapong said “I know a lot of MCEs who are doing galamsey. President Akufo-Addo you have to clean your house else we will not win this fight.”
His comments come after the new Minister for Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor has declared war against galamsey.
So far, over 25 excavators belonging to alleged illegal miners have been destroyed in the Eastern Region.
Already most Ghanaians doubt the government’s competence to fight illegal mining because of past events when top government appointees were seen in videos discussing how confiscated excavators would be used to mine and get money for the party.
Professor Frimpong Boateng, Ekow Ewusie, NPP General Secretary John Buadu, NPP National Women Organizer Kate Gyamfua are alleged to be engaging in illegal mining, making it difficult for the government to clamp down on the perpetrators of the crime.