The reported arrest and brutality of some illegal miners in Obuasi by military has been criticized by the minority in Parliament. The miners allegedly suffered torture while being forced to swim in dirt. The accused were arrested while reportedly mining on AngloGold Ashanti’s concession.
John Jinapor, the minority spokesperson on mines and energy, accused the government of discriminating against locals in the campaign against illegal mining when speaking to the media in Parliament on Tuesday.The former deputy power minister questioned the reasons for the ministers of defense and lands and natural resources’ silence on the problem and demanded swift inquiries into it.
“The Minority, therefore, wishes to call on the government, particularly the Minister for Defence, Minister for Interior, and Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to as a matter of urgency constitute an impartial, credible investigation into this dastardly act and whoever is found culpable must face the full rigours of the law.
Ghana is governed by the constitution, we are governed by the rule of law and the Minority will not sit unconcerned for some few people to mishandle and demean the very basic right of the ordinary Ghanaian. This is the only way that we believe can show that the impunity and favouritism that has characterized the Akufo-Addo at least is being dealt with.”