The former President John Dramani Mahama has promised to grant amnesty to small-scale miners who were jailed following their arrest during the ban on small-scale mining in the country if he wins power again in the 2020 December polls.
According to him, the decision to grant the convicted galamseyers amnesty was that, he believed the people are now remorseful thus the need to flee them from jail to enable them go back to their families.
The former president made the remarks when he was addressing the chiefs and people of Adum Banso in the Mpohor district of the Western Region as part of his five-day campaign tour.
Mr. Mahama also promised to roll out a policy which will ensure that the miners mine responsibly without polluting the water bodies in the country.
He said, he has a lot of policies which will enhance their activities in a way that will protect them from dying in the pits which occasionally caves in.
Mr. Mahama stressed that he does not understand why Ghanaian miners were arrested and jailed whiles their Chinese counterparts who were also arrested during the ban were not prosecuted but sent back to their country.
He cited Asiha Hunag, the “Galamsey Queen” case to buttress his allegation against the NPP led Akufo-Addo government.
Mr. Mahama added that Nana Akufo-Addo has been protecting Chinese nationals against Ghanaians in the fight against galamsey operations in Ghana.
The former president also promised the galamseyers to released their seized excavators and machines back to them to enable them resume operations.
President Nana Akufo-Addo placed a ban on the activities of small-scale mining due to the pollution of the country’s water bodies and the depletion of the forest reserves.
Source: Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie.