When H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufu-Addo put his presidency on the line as a demonstration of his readiness and willingness to genuinely fight the illegal mining menace popularly referred to as ‘galamsey’, he received tremendous applause from some quarters. Somehow, some unsuspecting Ghanaians believed him and went to sleep with the hope of waking up to see the ‘galamsey fight’ won and consequently our water bodies in particular and environment in general cleaner.
However, a different school of thought was not even cautiously optimistic. They maintained from the outset that the president did not have what it took to deal with the menace. Among other reasons, it was believed that Nana Addo had benefitted from the illegal activity while in opposition since some key NPP financiers were notorious ‘galamseyers’.
Recent events have vindicated those who predicted that the attempt by the president to deal with galamsey was a sham. Apart from preventing legitimate Small Scale Miners to work, equipment and other logistics were seized from Ghanaians and shared among NPP members to engage in illegal mining with its attended wanton pollution of our environment.
One of the positive moves made by the government was the arrest of the ‘galamsey queen’, Aisha Huang. Her felonious activities in almost all the mining areas in the country had reached unbearable crescendo to the extent that many were those who gave the government thumps up for arresting her in May 2017. After successfully fooling all Ghanaians that the untouchable Aisha Huang was being made to face the laws of the land, the state discontinued her trial under bizarre circumstances and instead departed her to the disbelief of many discerning Ghanaians.
The deportation was so shocking that the now dormant pressure group, OccupyGhana had to issue a statement condemning it. As far as Ghanaians were concerned her deportation and discontinuation of her trial preserved the belief that the Chinese woman was untouchable.
While Ghanaians licked their wounds the Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo was heard vehemently defending the act at a town hall meeting in the United States of America.
According to the controversial Senior Minister, Aisha Huang did not face the full rigours of the law like other Ghanaians caught in the same boat for diplomatic reasons. Not too long after his defense however President Akufo-Addo in a shocking turn of events conceded during an interaction with students at the Princeton University in USA that the move to deport the queen of galamsey was a mistake. He went on to contradict the Senior Minister’s assertion and attributed the deportation to the “cumbersome processes and the problems involved in prosecuting”.
While the President and his gang are falling over themselves to concoct reasons for deporting Aisha, the real reason for hurriedly shipping her out of the jurisdiction has been revealed. Indeed, but for the timely deportation of the galamsey queen, she was on the verge of naming top NPP Galamsey kingpins. She had on a number of occasions threatened that she was not ready to go down alone hence the abrupt dropping of charges and subsequent deportation. It is however believed that she leaked the list to a Member of Parliament before her deportation