Dr Tuffour says the Ashanti region has become a hotspot for illegal mining in recent times because the Chiefs are deeply involved.
The Asantehene has earlier said that District and Municipal Chief Executives in the various communities should be blamed for illegal mining activities because they head Security Operations and coordinate activities at that level.
However, Dr Tuffour is of the view that if the Asantehene is well positioned to end the menace in his kingdom.
Speaking to Accra-based Okay FM, Dr Tuffour says the Asantehene can start by destooling chiefs of those illegal mining areas in the Ashanti region.
“We all know the power Otumfuo wields. He alone can stop galamsey. Some Chiefs are to be blamed for the galamsey.
“If the Minister wants to fight galamsey, he should expose the chiefs involved. Mention names, name and shame. We will not solve the problem if we go in circles.
“Otumfuo is aware of people who are engaged in it because he made that known during one consultative meeting.
“Our forefathers left us lands and asked that chiefs take care of them so if these Chiefs will sell the lands, then we should destool them,” he said.
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