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Asantehene attacks sub-chiefs for failing to put an end to galamsey

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, is doubting his chiefs' objectivity over unlawful mining.

He questioned why the chiefs who fall under his authority have not spoken out against the environmental harm caused by illegal miners, especially to the water bodies in their regions, and have remained silent.

Have you ever told me that your water resources are being destroyed and that your population lacks access to clean water? When he spoke to the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs in Kumasi on Friday, he questioned.

The Asantehene's remarks came after the Administrator of Paramount Lands pleaded with chiefs to assist in stopping unlawful mining operations that had destroyed cocoa fields and caused havoc on farmlands.

Maame Ama Edumadze Acquah said that since some cocoa estates have been damaged by unlawful mining operations, the chiefs run the risk of seeing their part of the earnings from stool lands decrease.

The Asantehene was angry by the observation and questioned why chiefs who had vowed to defend his lands were silent about the activities of illegal miners.

Do you not realize that the government is fighting a losing battle against people using excavators to mine and harm the environment? You have taken an oath of fealty to be my representative and Essumenja, Asokore's caretaker. Don't you notice the devastation as you go by galamsey sites with your automobiles and flags flying? Otumfuo remarked.

The battle against illegal mining has proven to be difficult for the authorities.

Military-led initiatives like Operation Vanguard, Operation Halt, and Galamstop have not yet been able to stop the flood.

The recent Joynews Hotline documentary "Destruction for Gold" documented how illegal mining activities have destroyed farms, forest reserves, and water bodies.

Due to the destruction, millions of Ghanaians are not able to provide for themselves.

The Asantehene asserts that even if the chiefs lack the means to fight the illegality, they may have used established traditional institutions like the Asanteman Council or the Regional House of Chiefs to drive home the issues surrounding galamsey.

You do not have arms, it is true, but what did you do? Here, we have established structures. You can express your displeasure here or during our meeting with the Asanteman Traditional Council.

Because the miners were at home and gave you money, you remained silent. Apparently, your residence has received your portion of the gold. So what about that? He probed.

In 2022, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, presided over the first General Meeting of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs

He argued that the traditional leaders' silence can now only indicate one thing: that they are profiting from the results of deceitful tactics.

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Asantehene Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs Kumasi Maame Ama Edumadze Acquah Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

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