Don’t be quick to condemn galamsey taskforce over burning of excavators -Joyce Aryee


Former Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee is calling on the Minerals Commission to come clear on legality of the burning of excavators by the anti-galamsey taskforce.

The joint police and military taskforce dubbed Operation Vanguard earlier this week set ablaze eleven seized excavators.

The excavators were seized from persons and entities found to have engaged in illegal mining. Even though the actions of the taskforce have attracted public condemnation, Dr. Aryee says critics must first find out if the burning of the excavators violates the law.

She was speaking to Gold News on the sidelines of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Living Bread Mission in Ashaiman on the theme: 2017, my year of the harvest.

“What we need to focus on is whether the country needs to live by laws. What we do is that we focus on incidentals and we forget the core fundamental issues.”

According to Dr. Joyce Aryee, “we need to find out from the Minerals Commission what their laws say about illegal mining,” before criticizing the burning of excavators.

“As a people, anytime law enforcement is being done, we side with the wrongdoers rather than allowing the law to work. Every law comes with force and we must learn to live with it,” she said.

The former CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, also justified the burning of the excavators by the galamsey taskforce explaining that some people pay bribes to retrieve seized machines belonging to illegal miners.

By: Joseph Atarika/

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