The Military taskforce clamping down on illegal mining on Sunday, May 16, 2021 set fire into eight (8) excavators, a dozer, and dozens of water pumping machines at the mining site of the National Women’s Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kate Gyamfua at Akyem Akropong in Atewa West District.
A dozer and three of the burnt excavators were brand new. The excavators were purchased at a cost of $120,000 each, according to some workers at the site.
A worker at the mining site narrating how the task force torched the excavators said "We were here when we saw the military storm the site.
The company ,Xtra Gold limited issued a press statement to address matter which also came with some documents to back their legality.
An excerpt of the statement read;
We have been operating since 2006 and every one including the military know we are a legal mining company.
The government’s directive was to burn the equipment of illegal miners not legal mining companies.
These unlawful actions “are a clear violation of the rule of law”
Our company pays “big money” royalties. taxes. stool land fees, social responsibility and employ hundreds of local workers. At the same time that we are paying all these “huge” taxes, the military is burning millions of dollars of our mining equipment.
Do you think it is good they're burning the excavators?
Look at the statement
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