Over 5000 Chinese illegal miners deported without prosecution – Baako
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has revealed that over 5000 Chinese have been left off the hook without prosecution after they have been busted engaging in illegal mining (galamsey) in Ghana.
According to him, some of the Chinese are released by Immigration Officers soon after their arrested and they go back to the mining site to continue their illicit work.
His revelation comes on the back of the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo justification of the Akufo Addo government’s decision to deport Chinese galamsey kingpin Aisha Huang and without prosecuting her in Ghana.
Mr Yaw Osafo Marfo has come under huge backlash after he told a Town Hall meeting abroad that, it does not serve any Ghanaian interest to have Aisha Huang jailed in Ghana for illegal mining, due to the $2Bn Sinohydro barter with Chinese.
“We have a very good relationship with China. Today, the main company that is helping develop the infrastructure system in Ghana is Sinohydro, it is a Chinese Company. It is the one that is going to help process our bauxite and provide about two billion dollars to us.”
But Abdul Malik Kweku Baako commenting on the matter condemned the Senior Minister’s comment insisting that Aisha Huang should have been prosecuted to serve as a detterent.
“I can show you a list of Chinese elements who from 2015 when they are busted are either released at the Immigration Office and are allowed to go, some go back to the mining site to continue. Some are removed and sent away, we have sent over 5000 Chinese out of the country without prosecuting them. Aisha Huang was a special case so I wanted the prosecution for good reasons. She was not the ordinary type that went to the mining site with her machines to dig, she is a queen, well connected up there. So in her case prosecution to the end would have been useful and serve as a deterrent.”