The Founder and Leader of the United Progressive Party(UPP) Akwasi Addai Odike has emphasized that military personnel deployed to mining sites to fight galamsey are rather protecting the galamseyers.
Over 200 soldiers were deployed to fight galamseyers destroying water bodies and land in a second major attempt to stop the menace by the Akufo-Addo led administration.
In 2017 when President Akufo-Addo banned galamsey activities, a taskforce consists of military and police officers were deployed to mining sites to help the fight against galamsey.
Akwasi Addai Odike speaking in an interview with Rainbow TV monitored by MyNewsGh.com said the fight against galamsey has forced some military officers into corrupt acts.
According to Akwasi Addai Odike, some military officers prefer to be part of the so-called galamsey fight to peacekeeping missions.
“Soldiers who are part of the fight against galamsey are making more money than those who go to peacekeeping” Odike said.
He added that “the government has succeeded making some military officers corrupt. When the soldiers were deployed to fight galamsey, they were eager to help the fight but the galamseyers were having support from the government who declared the fight”.
“The soldiers who were deployed to fight the galamseyers were rather ordered to protect mining sites and galamseyers so they have no option than to make money instead of fighting them” he disclosed.