Eight excavators, a dozer, and dozens of water pumping machines were set on fire at the mining site of the National Women’s Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Kate Gyamfua at Akyem Akropong in Atewa West District. The excavators were purchased at $120,000 each, according to some workers at the site. A dozer was being used for reclamation but was not spared by the military task force.
The military task force also seized pump actions guns being used to provide security at the scene. A worker said: “This is not galamsey site. We use our dam to wash the gold. We have nothing to tell the NPP Party with huge amounts so why treat her like this” A total of twenty (20) excavators and dozens.
of water Pumping machines were reportedly torched during the operation today in the mining enclave in the. mining enclave. in the Eastern Region. A Spokesperson for the Small Scale Miners in Eastern Region Huseini Suronim condemned the action of the military. “One excavator cost about $120,000 so you can imagine the implications it is going to have on the affected persons. Burning of the excavators is not right and must be condemned”.