Most Miners in the country have been crying over the rampant burning of excavators irrespective of their location.
The main arguments have been that the seized excavators can be kept and used in the future to reclaim the land but it seems authorities have other plans.
There have been several reports of excavators being burnt in the homes of their owners. Even though these excavators were not found at the mining sites, they were still set ablaze by the illegal mining task force.
Currently, the operation is in full force in the Western Region of Ghana. A few days ago, some eight excavators that were parked in the Prestea Huni Valley area of the region were burnt by the task force.
The following day, the task force headed towards the Amenfi Central District where some excavators were being burnt.
At Wassa Bekwai for instance, the task force set the excavator that was parked in the home of the owner ablaze. The incident happened on the evening of Saturday, May 29, 2021.
Several onlookers could be seen standing helplessly. Some of them tried to pour water on the excavator but that could not help the situation.
Occupants of the house close to where the excavator was parked could be seen picking out their belongings.
They were obviously scared that the fire could transfer from the excavator to the house since it was very close.
Most of the residents in the community were seen wondering how a machine that is not in a galamsey site could be burnt.
They were however unhappy and indicated that the new strategy is very unfair to the small-scale miners.
However, The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has indicated that those who have issues with the burning of the excavators can seek legal redress.
This means the burning of the excavators is not ending anytime soon. Miners will have to embrace the new normal.
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