Mahama’s Aide Calls for Amnesty and $500 Million Investment to Combat Illegal Mining

by Louisa Afful
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Former President John Mahama’s aide, Joyce Bawa-Mogtari, stated on JoyNews’ PM Express that if elected, their next government would consider granting amnesty to Ghanaian illegal miners awaiting trial or already convicted. She criticized the current administration for allegedly letting off foreign nationals and government officials implicated in illegal mining, while Ghanaian miners face prosecution and imprisonment without timely trials.

Bawa-Mogtari emphasized the need to investigate the situation described in the Frimpong Boateng Report and address corruption allegations against the current government. She highlighted concerns about Ghanaian miners languishing in prison and stressed the importance of fair legal processes.

Regarding illegal mining, she stressed the NDC’s intention to involve community stakeholders in tackling the issue, noting that previous efforts relied too heavily on military and police actions without sufficient community engagement.

Additionally, she disclosed plans for a $500 million investment to combat illegal mining if the NDC wins the upcoming election. This investment would focus on research using modern technology to gather data and improve enforcement efforts.

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