MPs split heads over ‘galamsey’ issues

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Attempt by some Members of the Majority in Parliament to accuse former President John Mahama of endorsing illegal mining in Ghana popularly called ‘galamsey’ flared passions on the Floor of the House on Tuesday during a debate on the 2019 Budget and Economic Policy of the government. Some members of the Minority side vehemently opposed the move as they went in strong defense of the former President who is currently seeking the nod of his party members to lead them again into election 2020.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Manso Adubia constituency, Frimpong Yaw Addo, in his contributions to the debate on the Floor, alleged that Former President Mahama publicly endorsed ‘galamsey’ when he openly criticized the ban on illegal mining activities in the country by the Akufo-Addo government.

He accused the former president of playing to the gallery and seeking to play politics with a very sensitive national issue.

It was at this point that the Minority group led by the MP for Adaklu constutuency, Governs Kwame Agbodza, jumped to the defense of the former President by subjecting the statement of the Manso Adubia MP to strict proof. He asked him to provide hardcore evidence to back the allegations or apologize to the former President.

Agbodza’s comment attracted support from other MPs from his side including Ibrahim Ahmed, Alhassan Suhini, Inusah Fuseini, James Klutse Avedzi among others who insisted that either Yaw Addo provide evidence or withdraw the allegation and render apology.

At this point Yaw Addo, quickly picked his phone, googled up something and then read out the headline of a story he attributed to peacefmonline to the effect that “ Stop chasing illegal miners with soldiers – Mahama to government”

The publication alluded to the fact that John Mahama on one of the Unity Walks of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in June this year chastised the current government for using the military force to hunt for perpetrators of ‘galamsey’.

He said the story is suggestive that the Former President is in support of ‘galamsey’ activities of the galamsey and that it is a shame on him.

The persistence of the MPs from the minority side did not yield much results because Yaw Addo proceeded with his other arguments without withdrawing the allegation nor apologizing to the former president.

Unregulated mining activities are causing havoc for the environment and polluting water bodies in the catchment areas of illegal mining.

Source: Clement Akoloh and Jeorge Wilson Kingson || Africanewsradio.com

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