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Operation Halt II: Military Taskforce Burns Mining Equipment of a Faithful of the Ruling Party

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The NPP administration upon being given the mandate in 2017, waged a war against illegal mining in the country but efforts proved futile as water bodies and forests were being destroyed. The fight against illegal mining was renewed during it's second term of adminstration. In the quest to protect the nation's forest reserves and water bodies, about 200 military personnel were deployed for the agenda.

The task force has since then showed their readiness to clamp down all illegal mining activities in the country. Some equipment found at various mining sites have been torched by personnel of the task force. Many have showed their displeasure towards the burning of such equipment and has called on the government to rather prosecute the illegal miners.

The burning of mining equipment continued as military personnel sent the action to Akyem Akropong in Atewa West District in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The military torched some mining equipment purported to belong to a woman who is said to have supported the ruling party (NPP) during it's election campaign.

A worker at the mining site gave out the woman's name as Mrs. Kate Gyamfua who happens to be the National Women's Organizer of the ruling party, NPP.

According to reports, some of the equipment at the site were being used for reclamation of the land. Some of the items torched by the military personnel includes excavators, water pumping devices among others.

(Credit: Starrfm.com.gh)

In an interview with Starr FM, a worker at the site said the site was a small scale mining site and hence did not know why the military taskforce was there to burn their equipment. In his statement, he said he explained to the military personnel how activities were being carried out at the site upon their arrival at the site. He added that they used their own dam to wash the gold without harming the water bodies. The water used for the operation was again recycled and reused for further washing of the gold, according to the worker. The worker in his statement said, he wonders why this kind of action could be taken against someone who supported to bring the party into power.

The Spokesperson for Small Scale Miners in the region also spoke about the incident which had occurred. He condemned the actions of the military personnel. He added that the site was not a "galamsey" site but rather a legal small scale mining site which had been licensed to operate.

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