October 19, 2018
Member of Parliament for Wa West, Joseph Yieleh Chireh has urged Ghanaians not to create impression as if there is a war between Ghanaians and Chinese in the crusade against galamsey.

According to the chairman of the Ghana-China Parliamentary Association, because of the colour of the Chinese, they are easily noticeable but may not be people who are indulging in the illegal mining activities.

In an interview, he gave the example of the brouhaha between, Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and the Nigerian traders, “we have Ghanaians fronting for the Chinese who have the technical knowhow and equipment”.

“They arrive in Ghana, go to the villages see the chiefs and they allow them to do the galamsey, that one you cannot entirely blame the Chinese; what are the laws saying, how do we enforce them”, he questioned.

The Wa West lawmaker added that when the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador called on the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, “he gave assurance that they do not endorse wrong doing”.

He said, if we catch anybody breaking the Ghanaian laws we should punish the person, “China cannot say no you can’t, if we have the necessary commitment to enforce our laws this is what we should be responding to”, he lamented.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com