Galamseyer’s run amok

obuasi2Some irate youth said to be galamsey operators in Obuasi, yesterday went on a rampage destroying offices, posters, banners and billboards of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Chanting “no galamsey, no votes”, the demonstrators, numbering about 200, destroyed windows, TV decoders, billboards, plastic chairs and other property they could lay hands on at the premises of the NDC’s Obuasi office.

They also destroyed billboards and posters of the NPP.

The Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive, Richard Ofori Boadi, confirmed to incident to newsmen, here.

Eye-witnesses said the ‘galamsey’ operators staged the protest march following a quit order given them by the Minerals Commission in connection with their activities in the AngloGold Ashanti concession in the area.

The miners were ordered to vacate the concession Monday, October 10.

The Commission, in collaboration with the Movement Committee, fashioned out modalities to relocate the illegal small-scale miners from AGA’s concession.

Meanwhile, the timely intervention of a joint military and police contingent from Kumasi as well as the Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon, prevented what could have been a bloody scene as the illegal miners had wanted to discipline officials at the Municipal Assembly, where they destroyed some items.

There is said to be a heavy military presence in Obuasi to restore calm.

 

From Kingsley E. Hope, Obuasi

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