Military personnel deployed to flush out persons illegally mining in forest reserves and along water bodies in the Eastern Region have burnt 14 excavators, pumping machines and other mining equipments in the Atewa East and West districts.
The team further proceeded to Akyem Muoso close to Anyinam and burnt some excavators allegedly parked along the streets
Unconfirmed reports say the excavators are owned by top national executives of the incumbent party.
This action by the anti-galamsey task force comes comes barely a week after the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners held a press conference at Nsutam, calling on the government to come out with a policy document on the modus operandi of the anti-galamsey military task force.
An aggrieved small-scale miner who spoke to the media about the development pleaded with the government to ”take a look at the destruction of equipments.”
”The machines that were destroyed have been here for two weeks now. Why did they bypass so many machines in this town and destroy ours ?” another asked.
As part of activities to stop illegal mining, the government has deployed some 200 soldiers in second phase of the fight to remove illegal miners from different parts of the country.
Report says that, the security officers burn excavators and other equipments in the illegal mining process.
‘Burning excavators a reckless approach’
A leading member of the opposition party, NDC, Sylvester Mensah, recently criticised this approach. In a facebook post, the former head of NHIS said, burning of excavators and other equipments smacks of ‘insufficient thinking process’.
He said the excavators can be put to better use to develop communities and create value for the country rather than destroying them.
”A future NDC government would not burn seized galamsey excavators . Clearly, it is a lazy and reckless mindset. Earthmoving equipment can be put to many other important uses, in many communities in this country,” he said.
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