“There is nothing in the law that supports the burning of excavators on mining sites”– Keneath Ashigbey
Convener for the Media Coalition Against Galamsey, Kenneth Ashigbey has called on government to amend the Minerals and Mining law to aid their fight against illegal mining.
Speaking to the general public, he stated that there is nothing in the country’s laws that supports government’s decision to burn excavators found on mining sites.
According to him, the government cannot be seen using what he describes as illegal means to fight illegality despite the critical nature of the situation.
“I thought that the government could go to court or Parliament to amend the law that prevents them from destroying excavators on-site. I think this is one of the things that government needs to go to Parliament to get a law passed, amend the Minerals and Mining Act, so that when these equipment are found to be on water bodies and places where illegalities are concerned we have the law to be able to destroy them on site.”n
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Mr Ashigbey said that over the years, government has been finding it tough to confiscate these equipment thus finding a proper way to immobilise them would deter peopl
e from repeating such actions in the forests without proper authorisation.