Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has criticised the over emphasis being placed on the trial of Aisha Huang.
According to the veteran journalist, jailing the notorious Chinese galamsey queen is not the magical solution to galamsey that some people are pretending it will be.
Speaking on Kokrokoo on Peace Fm, Pratt called on government, the media and Ghanaians to focus on the real fight against illegal mining and not Aisha Huang.
“Will imprisoning Aisha Huang end galamsey? The problem is not Aisha Huang . . . I can’t understand it. Now, wherever you go, it’s Aisha Huang. When you buy newspaper, it’s Aisha Huang. On radio and television is Aisha Huang. It’s like Aisha Huang is the problem. She has now become shortcode for galamsey . . . Before Aisha Huang was born, we knew the problem in the gold industry,” Kwesi Pratt Jnr fumed.
Pratt added that the government should concentrate on the larger fight against illegal mining and let Aisha Huang be!
Fresh Charges Filed Against Aisha Huang
The Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame filed fresh charges against embattled Galamsey queen, Aisha Huang.
The new charges are in respect of offences committed between 2015 and 2017.
According to the fresh charges filed on Friday, September 16, 2022, Aisha Huang is expected to face four offences.
They include Count One: Undertaking a mining operation without a license contrary to section 99(2)(a) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, Act 703 as amended by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2019, Act 995.
Count Two: Facilitating the participation of persons engaged in a mining operation contrary to section 99 (2)(a) & (3) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, Act 703 as amended by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2019, Act 995.
Count Three: Illegal employment of foreign nationals contrary to section 24 of the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).
Count Four: Entering Ghana while prohibited from re-entry contrary to section 20(4) of the Immigration Act, 2000, Act 573.
Hearing has been adjourned to October 11.
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