President Akufo-Addo in an interview on a Ho-based radio station on Monday, as a part of his tour of the Volta Region said he’s not positive about how Aisha Huang left the country.
“I’m not still sure whether she was in fact deported. Or whether she fled the country the first time and has now come back. There still seems to be some uncertainty about it.
“But whichever way it is, she’s become the sort of nickname for all that galamsey represents”, the President said.
President Akufo-Addo has since been severely criticised for his comment which has been described, amongst others, as a “mockery” of the safety structure.
But the Information Minister in an interview on Newsnight on Joy FM, Tuesday, said the President’s comment was a direct response to the actual query he was requested.
“The President was not speaking in a vacuum. There was a question about deportation and the President proceeded to respond that he is not too sure whether it is about deportation or whether she fled but then the substantive thing is this and then he proceeded to provide the substantive answer.
“I have heard several commentators suggest that there should have been more clarity in the President’s words etc. I mean in a democracy I am sure that we can always raise questions about the choice of words,” he explained on Tuesday.