Former Member of Parliament for Ayensuano in the Eastern has suggested brutal solution to stop galamsey, suggesting security men should adopt shoot to kill approach in operations.
Samuel Aye-Paye likened galamseyers to armed robbers who use guns in operation and as such security forces to treat them as such when they are confronted.
Speaking on Kokrokoo show on Peace FM, the former member of parliament bemoaned the destruction and devastation the menace is causing to the environment.
He therefore called on government to use the maximum force in dealing with them as he believes that is the only way to bring an end to galamsey.
Samuel Ayeh-Paye likened the illegal miners to armed robbers and stressed he sees nothing wrong with shooting armed robbers.
“When you go to the galamsey site, they are more or less armed robbers because you will meet them holding guns . . . and guiding the person who is doing the illegal activity. Our laws say that if you use a gun or ammunition to protect someone or swindle someone of the person’s property, you are an armed robber.
“So, you are an armed robber if you are protecting a thief to steal government’s property. If you are going to arrest an armed robber and he builds a resistance to endanger your life, you shoot to kill the armed robber,” he explained.
Galamsey has become topical issue in Ghana making rounds in the media, a menace the president pledged with his presidency to eradicate.
This led to the deportation of now returnee, Aisha Huang alias En Huang to China who is noted to be notorious in galamsey operations in the Ashanti Region.
The Attorney General has promised to take serious interest in prosecuting Aisha Huang, which has received the backing of the President.