IMCIM has failed in galamsey fight; reshuffle it – Kweku Baako tells Akufo-Addo

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The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has advised President Akufo-Addo to dissolve and reconstitute the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) since it has failed in ensuring the country wins the fight against illegal mining (galamsey).

According to Mr Baako, some elements in the Committee should be removed in order for President Akufo-Addo’s dream of dealing with the menace to its core to be fulfilled.

This is not the first time a call for the IMCIM to be dissolved is being made as many stakeholders, including the Media Coalition against Illegal Mining, have described the committee as complicit after it was revealed last month that some excavators seized from illegal miners could not be accounted for.

Speaking on Joy News’ Newsfile, Kweku Baako argued that though he is a firm believer that the fight has not been a complete disaster, it would take a proper turn once the President reconstitute the Committee.

“I’m being honest with you, this fight is not going to be an easy fight, the proof is here. Some progress has been made, I’m not one of those who say it’s been a complete disaster. But generally, in this third year, the challenge has been huge and I trace the source of the challenge from within.

“The Inter-Ministerial Committee, if I were the President I will reconstitute it. I know he doesn’t like reshuffling but we’ve got to reshuffle it. I’m not in any way saying that I know any of the persons in there who have taken anything but I think they’ve failed in a way and if I were the President, I will reshuffle them, bring new elements in there, keep the institutional representation intact,” he said.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo should forget winning the galamsey fight if he does not rid the system from the influence of what he describes as party elements.

He alleged that some members of the ruling party, from the constituency level to the National level are highly involved in the illegal small scale mining menace and he has evidence to show.

“There was a time here that I made an appeal to the President that he should take out the Party elements from this anti-galamsey fight because it’s an entrenched sub-culture with a political dimension and it didn’t begin today. We [the new crusading guide and Tiger Eye PI] have enough evidence to show the complicity of political parties, political executives, from the constituency, district, regional at the national level, it’s conk.

“These investigations began in August 2016 and what hurts me most is that the evidence at our disposal are known to the Ghana Police, they have them on record…so it’s a very difficult thing because it appears that if you want to fight the galamsey then you are labelled the ‘galamseyer’.

“To be honest, if there is a continued party political involvement, in any campaign to fight galamsey, take it from me, it’s not going to work. I am not saying it’s only the party elements that are involved, after all, we have the minerals commission there, forestry commission there, and yet galamsey was going on so the institutional element to is important but when you have a President who dedicates and commits himself to a fight and yet he is hugely challenged in terms of implementation, I’m saying the party element, get them out quickly,” Kweku Baako added.


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