First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Owusu is proposing a “shoot at target” approach as a means of dealing with the menace caused by the activities of illegal persons on the country’s water bodies.

Commenting on the issue of the burning of some tipper trucks and excavators in the Kumbungu constituency of the Northern region by the Operation Vanguard team purportedly belonging to sand winners who were allegedly polluting the Nawuni River, Mr. Osei Owusu is of the view that “an extreme behaviour must be met with an extreme force.”

The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak who first raised the issue on the floor of Parliament called for an immediate probe to ascertain whether or not the truckers were actually polluting the river and if not compensations given to them.

But Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul who mounted a strong defence for the action executed by the Operation Vanguard team tells the house several warnings sent to the people to stop the activity fell on dead ends, hence their action. According to him, these were persons engaged in illegal mining and not sand winning.

It is upon his comments that the First Deputy Speaker is calling for a rather radical approach to dealing with the issue. “I have made some very extreme suggestions. I know people are not happy with that but regrettably, I don’t have the authority, if I had, I would have made the law that if you find people on the water bodies, shoot them” he said.

But his suggestion was met with a contrary response by Second Deputy Speaker, Alban Bagbin who contends there should rather be an appropriate way to dealing with the issue than “shooting.”


Story by: Charles Akrofi/

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