Samuel Ayeh-Paye, a former member of parliament for Ayensuano, has made a request of Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the former environment minister, to provide evidence that will help prosecute government officials convicted of galamsey.
In order to gather information for a prosecution, Mr. Ayeh-Paye has also requested that Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney General, conduct his own inquiries.
This request was made by the former legislator for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during Thursday’s Ekosii Sen show on Asempa FM.
He advised them to set aside their disagreements and concentrate on preventing Galamsey from destroying Ghana’s main water sources.
Senior government officials and ministers were implicated in the threat, according to a paper written by the former minister who was in charge of the government’s campaign against illicit mining at the time.
However, the Attorney General declared following an inquiry that the former Minister’s charges were unfounded.
According to him, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng declined to provide a formal statement endorsing his accusations when asked by the police.
Subsequently, the Attorney General sent a letter to the police CID indicating that they are unable to suggest the prosecution of the individuals indicated since no appropriate evidence was presented against them.
A member of the Anti-Corruption Coalition, Edem Senanu, has said that the report cannot be completed without the professor’s final approval, despite the opposition National Democratic Congress’s (NDC) assertions that the A-G’s view is a cover-up.
However, Ayeh-Paye has maintained that Mr. Dame and Prof. Frimpong-Boateng need to assist in resolving the issue.
“We can’t go to court without evidence because we don’t want to give room for the NDC to accuse the Attorney General of protecting his party members. So we must be focused and fight against galamsey because we still have a long way to go,” he added.