The background of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as one of the respected Human Rights lawyers in the country with good standing has come under question after the latter endorsed the burning excavators as part of measures to stop galamsey.
“We doubt if the President is the same Human Rights lawyer we knew. Lawyers are supposed to know better and they don’t speak to issues anyhow.”, President of the Concerned Small Scale Miners Association, Mr. Michael Kwadwo Peprah jabbed asking the First gentleman on the land to retract and apologise for endorsing the burning of excavators seized by the anti-galamsey task force
According to President Akufo-Addo, all persons involved in the illegal business of “galamsey” forfeit every right they have as a result of their illegal activities.
“I know there are some who believe that the ongoing exercise of ridding our water bodies and forest zones of harmful equipment and machinery is unlawful and, in some cases, harsh. I strongly disagree and I will advise those who take a contrary view to go to court to vindicate their position if they so wish. That is what the rule of law is all about,” President Akufo-Addo stated.
Reacting to the President’s warning on Kumasi-based Oyerapa FM morning show monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Mr. Michael Kwadwo Peprah took a swipe at the government’s approach to dealing with the galamsey menace which is destroying the environment
“We don’t fight illegalities with illegalities. We don’t expect lawyer of Nana Akufo-Addo caliber to take such position in fighting galamsey. Ghana is a democratic country and rule of law. The President must know that!” he pointed out to host, Nana Yaw Mensah Joel.
According to the president of Concerned Small Scale Miners Association, should the government go ahead and prosecute one person engaged in galamsey and not burning excavators, those involved will stop.
“He should retract and apologize. It’s like saying when you catch people stealing or killing, kill them as well. Is that the rule of law?”, Mr. Michael Kwadwo Peprah quizzed.