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The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has commenced investigation into suspected corruption and corruption-related offences in respect of illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ involving some high-ranking government officials and top executives of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP). Mr Charles Bissue, the then secretary to the Inter- Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) who was filmed in the investigative documentary published by Tiger Eye P.I titled Galamsey Fraud Part I in a compromised position, officials of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Akonta Mining Limited which is allegedly owned by the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the NPP, Antwi Boasiako aka Wontumi, and Some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) were among the names and institutions mentioned by the Press Release signed by Mr. Kissi Adjabeng, the Special Prosecutor on Monday, 10th October, 2022.
In the Statement, the Special Prosecutor says his office is launching investigation which “targets the activities and expenditure of the dissolved Inter- Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), especially in respect of the seizure and management of excavators, machinery, road vehicles, and gold nuggets”. According to the Special Prosecutor, all allegations of corruption and corruption-related offences involving political party officials are being investigated.
There have been widespread allegations concerning the involvements of top NPP party officials in the illegal small scale mining activities of which some have been recorded and circulated on several traditional and social media platforms. The DCE of Ellembele Constituency was recently accused of aiding and engaging in the illegal activity but the president is yet to take action regarding that situation.
Below is the Press Release on Illegal Mining from the Special Prosecutor