The Minority leader, Haruna Iddirisu has described as unfortunate the burning of excavators of ilegal miners and President Akufo-Addo’s call for affected persons to go to court.
XYZ Parliamentary correspondent, Princess Arita Anim reports the Tamale South MP insisted it is a right for every Ghanaian to own an excavator with respect to the constitution.
He added the powers of the president is subject to the laws of Ghana hence endorsing the burning of excavators was unlawful.
“Therefore the president is accordingly reminded that his powers and the constitutions are subject to the laws of Ghana… It’s a right, Right to ownership- to own an excavator, it’s a law and I am not aware of any law in Ghana which permits burning for excavators” he said.
Speaking at an interactive session with Parliamentary Press Corps, the Minority leader urged the government to improve the constitution if they really want to fight galamsey since person must own excavators for other purposes.
“…To improve it, we should now add that any person clearing an excavator must sign an undertaken that it would not be use for purposes of illegal mining and when he’s in breach of it then you can come to parliament for approval to burn excavators” he urged.
On his part, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu justified government’s approach to burn excavators seized from illegal miners.
Source: Myxyzonline com|Ghana