Tarkwa c’nities stage demo against AngloGold

Some residents of Tarkwa,  Akyempim, Teberebie and the neighbouring communities have demonstrated against the manage-ment of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem (AAI) Mine, for non-payment of their compensation.

Numbering over 1,000 the aggrieved people, who wore red bands and chanted war songs, burnt tyres on the Akyempim road linking the mining company’s site and prevented over 30 buses from transporting mine workers to their respective offices.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr. Emmanuel Gyamfi, spokesman for the communities, said on January 28, 2013 AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine showed interest in about 700 to 800 acres of land from the traditional rulers at Teberebie.

He said, as the law required, the company agreed to compensate the 850 individuals who had farms, buildings and other properties on the land, and they started the negotiation process.

Mr. Gyamfi said the company hired the services of a consultant to value every project on the land, and the report was ready on February 26.

He said the company, however, had refused to pay what was due them.

The Safohene of Teberebie, Mr. Kojo Ansah, who sold the land to individual developers, told the GNA that until the company settled each affected individual, they would continue to prevent them from operating.

The Senior Manager of Sus-tainability, AAI Mine, Mr. Emma-nuel Baidoo, in an interview with GNA, explained that a committee had been set up, to which some of the affected people were members,  to ensure that the issue of compensation was solved.

Mr. Baidoo expressed worry over the actions of the affected victims, and appealed to them to exercise restraint to help settle the matter amicably.


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