Galamsey Ghanaians Accused Of Shielding Chinese Illegal Miners

Indigenous small scale miners are reportedly shielding some Chinese individuals involved in illegal mining activities in mining communities.

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  play Some of the illegal Chinese miners who were repatriated in July 2013
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Reports indicate that the locals have offered the Chinese individuals shelters as hideouts to outwit law enforcement agencies.

Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joe Osei Wusu described the new strategy as worrying and called on the locals to desist from such acts.

In July 2013, the Ghana Immigration Service repatriated almost 4,000 Chinese to their country as part of efforts to end illegal mining known as galamsey.

Other illegal miners including Russians, Indians, Nigerians, Togolese and Nigerians were also deported for their involvement in small-scale mining which is preserved for Ghanaians.

The Chinese Embassy in Ghana has indicated its preparedness to partner with the government to deal with the illegal mining menace in the country.

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Sun Baohong, told journalists in Accra after a closed-door meeting with officials of the Minerals Commission that the Embassy would lead the campaign by educating Chinese citizens about Ghana’s mining laws and regulations.

Ghana has over the years struggled to deal with authorised practices since small-scale mining was legalised in 1986. Water bodies have been destroyed and deep trenches left behind on farmlands due to the illegal mining.

The government has also taken firm steps to stop foreigners from engaging in small-scale mining activities in the country.

President John Mahama on many platforms has announced that “small scale mining is the exclusive preserve of the people, and as such the government will not allow the industry to be flooded by foreigners”.

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