BUT WHO AT ALL BAILED THOSE CHINESE GALAMSEYERS?
By Cameron Duodu
Ghanaian Times 20 June 2017)
“WE fought against powers and
SO said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as he
narrated to the nation, how he won the 2016 election.
He is still
fighting them, I think!
For look at the battle he's engaged in against
the galamsey operators, who are laying our water-bodies and farmlands to waste,
in such a ruthless and unconscionable fashion.
One would have thought
that every sensible person, with an ounce of patriotism in him/her, would
realise that if we don't stop the devastation, there will be no water – or food
– for us to hand over to the generations that follow us.
this country counts more so-called “Christians” amongst its populace than most
other nations, and although the Bible tells us in sundry places about how the
Israelites took great care of the land they inherited from Abraham, Isaac and
other Patriarchs – we, despite our unsurpassed knowledge of the Bible – have
been sitting down unconcerned whilst our heritage is despoiled by evil people.
The Israelites went to war on countless occasions to safeguard their
heritage of lands and water.
We, on the other hand, just watch ours being
wantonly destroyed. Yet we would claim to be disciples of Israeli Prophets!
Ah, don't we flock to churches?
Don't we “give everything to God?!”
But did not God endow the young David with power to go and confront ad
defeat Goliath, when Goliath and his people invaded the land of Israel?
Remember the “walls of Jericho”?
Defend the land! – God seemed to be
telling the Israelites all the time.
But we, fools that we are, have
opened ourselves up voluntarily to foreigners and their local fifth columnists,
who keep demonstrating their own cleverness to us, as they outwit us, not only
in the bush theatres of galamsey, but even in the modern edifices of our own law
Didn't the outgoing Chief Justice designate some courts to deal
specially with galamsey offences? But did her edict go with instructions to
judicial officials to be extra strict in applying the letter of the law to
I don't know.
All I know is that the
“queen-pin” of galamsey, “Aisha”, was granted bail by a court, as were some of
In the process of obtaining bail, they unwittingly exposed
to us, how clever they really are.
For two of the Chinese nationals
charged with Aisha were allowed to go free on bail, although they claimed they
had “lost” their passports and could thus not fulfil one of the bail conditions
set by the court!
They “lost their passports?”
not one of the lamest excuses that a person who does not want to surrender his
passport to the authorities can give?
Be that as it may, WHO was it who
allowed them to be freed in the first place, even though they had not fulfilled
one of the bail conditions?
Answer: stony silence from the judicial
authorities. And the police, who had opposed bail in the first instance.
Should whoever allowed them to go free without fulfilling the bail conditions
not be queried, at the very least?
Yet another instance of stony silence
from the judicial authorities.
Was the magistrate who set the bail
conditions not curious about why the court's order had not been fulfilled to the
letter and yet bail had been granted to the accused?
We don't know! All
we know is that the bail of the accused persons was revoked because the
conditions had not been fulfilled.
Are we jokers or what?The court had
been defied. But..... No questions. No action!
Is this how the officials
of a nation that had “declared war” on a particular social evil, carry out the
functions they have sworn to execute without fear or favour?
these officials when the elected President of our country promised to defeat
galamsey, even if it cost him the next election? What do they understand by the
state's policy on galamsey, as publicly enunciated by the nation's President and
What view is taken of these lapses by the Director of
the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police? Is he interested at
al in finding out how exactly galamsey operates, in order that he may be able to
provide the Government with authentic intelligence on how to fight it
If the Director of the CID was interested in the campaign
against galamsey, the first thing he would have done, when he was told that
Aisha and members of her gang had been “bailed”, would have been to say, “Ahah!
But who at all had the courage – or effrontery – to bail these people who are so
much in the glare of public attention?
“Why didn't those people fear that
their reputations would be tarnished by publicly identifying themselves as
people who had an “interest” in the freeing of the accused persons?
they the main culprits in the galamsey menace, although they have not themselves
been caught in the police net?”
A great lead in investigating the
financing – and organisation – of galamsey operations, wouldn't you say? But the
CID seems asleep or at any rate is not seeking answers to the right questions..
Okay, so the CID wasn't curious enough. What about EOCO? Or is galamsey not
an “ economic crime”? Are the rivers and streams of our country – and the
farmlands – not the pivot around which our entire economy revolves?
so EOCO has its hands full trying to retrieve moneys stolen by our former
political rulers. What about the BNI?
Isn't the BNI primarily concerned
with gathering information about political developments in the country?
Is the BNI not aware that some galamseyers have been making open threats against
the elected President of our country? If people make threats against the
President, shouldn't the BNI try to find out all about them, in case their
verbal threats are a small part of a nefarious conspiracy that could imperil the
security of the state? Especially in the wake of the brutal murder of Major Max
Other bodies that claim to be interested in the anti-galamsey
campaign should also have had their curiosity aroused by the fact that the
sureties laid down by the court were fulfilled in a matter of hours.
instance – the Media Coalition Against Galamsey. Is it not unusual that not a
single reporter from a single media establishment; not a single member of the
top brass of the media establishment; has been intrigued enough to get his
organisation to “pry” into who it was that fulfilled the bail conditions of
Aisha and her gang?
Are they not interested in who pays the gang's
Are these not legitimate areas of enquiry, in the public
It may be hyperbolical to put the battle against galamsey in
the same category as the battle against “powers and principalities” spoken of in
the Bible. But the hyperbole is only skin-deep.
For is it not – also – a
marvel that so many state institutions that are supposed to be taking care of
our natural resources are themselves deeply involved in destroying these
resources, and at the same time?
Think of the role played by the Water
Resources Commission, in allowing some rivers and streams to be diverted and/or
dredged, as emerged in an ongoing court case about how a group of persons
carried out dredging in the Ankobra Basin without permits.
Why should anyone be given a permit to interfere with
the natural flow of a river or stream from which thousands of people draw their
Is the existence of such permits to dredge and divert
rivers not an invitation for criminals to carry out similar operations – but
without permits – and bribe their way out of trouble, when they are caught?
Who initiated such a diabolical policy of issuing permits for the diversion
and dredging of water-bodies, without taking account of the corruption that is
endemic in the country and which would turn the requirement for permits into an
irrelevant academic exercise?
Next, think of the Forestry Commission,
whose negligence – or complicity – can result in long-preserved forest reserves
being destroyed, alongside the water-bodies that spring from the forests and are
protected by them.
Days have gone by since a journalist, Mr Kweku Baako,
openly alleged on TV that “top” people in the Forestry Commission were selling
patches of land from the forest reserves to galamsey operators.
of Mr Baako's close association with Anas Aremeyaw Anas – a journalist whose
credibility has been proved to be of diamond quality – shouldn't the Ministry
that oversees the Forestry Commission have instituted an official enquiry into
his allegation and the challenge emanating from it? Did he not offer to be a
witness at such an enquiry?
Next, think of the Minerals Commission.....
Think of the Environmental Protection Agency..... (Bigger sigh!
The list goes on.
At every stage in the galamsey devastation, state
institutions have consistently failed to do their duty by the populace whose
sweat puts food on the tables of the institutions' employees.
But we just
sit and watch. Or try to reform them with words.
It's as if galamsey has
procured “powers and principalities” of its own who have hypnotised us to sit
down and watch as the wanton destruction of our country continues.
the glaring and unimaginable failures of state institutions across the board –
it seems as if the powers and principalities have been transmogrified into new
“forces” that wish to ensure that Nana Akufo-Addo should be politically felled –
as he tries to fight galamsey.
They are probably laughing at him behind
Courage, then, Nana!
waits to see the outcome of this inimitable battle of wits!
June 21, 2017