Several ounces of gold seized from illegal miners by the government’s Galamsey Taskforce have gone missing, UPSANEWSROOM.com has learnt.
The revelation was made by the President of the Concerned Small Scale Miners, Michael Kwadwo Peprah, who has called for a probe into the scandal.
“You have seized people’s excavators and those excavators cannot be found. They have seized people’s gold because they thought they were engaging in galamsey and that gold cannot be found and at the end of the day, we are back to the same problem,” he said.
“If we are able to seize over 500 excavators, then imagine the number of gold that will be seized alongside the excavators because all those excavators were used in mining. And at the end of the day when you go and catch the person in the act, they were not catching stones, they were mining,” he continued.
Already, several excavators seized by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining between 2018 and 2019 could not be located.
There are suggestions that they have been sent to some neighbouring countries for sale.
Mr Kwadwo Peprah believes the time has come to disband the Committee since it has proven inefficient for the task given to it by the president.
“We said it over again that using the military to fight the problem is not the solution and the government did not adhere to what we were trying to say. Now that at least we have had evidence from all that we were saying, it is a lesson to them. And it is a lesson to the subsequent government. The problem is a very complex one and if you do not understand the problem, that is when you make mistakes like what we have done,” he said.