On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, President Akufo-Addo urged anyone who are dissatisfied with the government's approach in dealing with the 'galamsey' menace, including the burning of excavators and other equipment, to "go to court to vindicate their position."
This may appear to imply that if you discover someone committing a criminal act, you are free to deal with them as you see fit, and that if they don't agree, they should rather go to court.
Kweku Baako Jnr is a Ghanaian journalist and the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper has stated categorically that he disagrees with what the president has said as regards to asking persons who are dissatisfied with the government’s approach in dealing with the ‘galamsey’ menace to go to court.
The transcribed version of Abdul Malik Kweku Baako's statements on JoyNewsfile this morning, is below
"I disagree with the president. See those who can go to court, I suspect will go to court but those who think they were doing the right thing, and yet law enforcement agencies have come to disrupt it. Those who have valid license and are mining in the way that the license determines that you should mine. Because you have a valid license like the president himself said, but doing the wrong thing. We have too many of the laws and regulations with various amendments coming through to enhance the punishment on galamsey".
He further stated that "to be honest as I was saying those who will end up going to court are those who think look we have been unfairly and unjustly treated, that is clear. I'm not sure the president was talking to only them, if you check the communication draft the president appears to have been saying something in my candid opinion that sounded indiscriminate to me".
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