In October, 2020, then flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama had promised the individuals of Odum-Banso in the Western Region that when voted into energy, he will grant amnesty to all arrested galamsey operators.

Addressing the Chiefs and folks of the community, he had acknowledged that his administration will give these offenders a second probability to higher their lives as the NPP administration had dealt poorly with them.

“When we come into power, I will grant amnesty to everyone who was arrested for operating in Galamsey. I believe that these operators are remorseful towards any unlawful activities, so we will give them another chance.”

Reacting to a rehash of the statement on JoyNews’ PM Express throughout a dialogue about the lack of political will to quash galamsey as soon as and for all, former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources says the former President’s statements ought to not be taken out of context.

According to him, John Mahama’s statements had come on the again of the repatriation of En Huang, popularly referred to as Aisha Huang after she was found participating in illegal mining.

He explained that the failure of the NPP government to be sure that Aisha Huang confronted the full power of the legislation was akin to discriminating against Ghanaians who had been arrested for participating in comparable crime, thus the want to proper the incorrect by granting amnesty to the arrested Ghanaians.

He said, “And even now the re-emergence and re-arrest of Aisha Huang has brought into sharp focus our treatment of Ghanaians at the galamsey sites. What he said in 2020 was that it was totally unacceptable to grant amnesty to foreigners who are engaged in illegalities and imprison Ghanaians.

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