Asempa News has sighted a viral video of suspected amerciable galamsey operators lying prostrate in dirty and muddy water surrounded by some officers in military uniform with guns.
It has emerged that some personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces working to prevent illegal mining activities in the Ashanti region have been torturing and treating the galamsey operators inhumanely.
In a viral video, some of the galamseyers were shirtless and others whose covering had been stained with mud as the uniformed soldiers supervised them through the punishment.
The galamseyers were believed to be operating in a mining concession which belongs to Anglogold Ashanti.
It was reported that the galamseyers sneaked into the underground pits of the company despite warnings and were said to be mining when the armed security officers arrested them on Friday, July 15, 2022.
The minority in Parliament on Tuesday, July 19, raised the concerns in Parliament and condemned the inhumane treatment of the galamseyers.
John Jinapor, the Ranking Member of Parliamentâ€™s Mines and Energy Committee described the treatment as â€œinhumane, despicable, unfortunate and highly reprehensible.â€
â€œWe are well informed that on the 15th of July, arrested some suspected illegal miners on the AngloGold field and subjected them to torture, inhuman treatment, abuse of their human rights amongst others.
â€œThe minority find this development most unfortunate and disturbing and we strongly condemn the use of brutal, excessive and disproportionate force in the so-called fight against illegal mining. This flagrant disregard of our laws and constitution under the Akufo-Addo-led government is most unfortunate and must be roundly condemned in the strongest terms possible,â€ he said.
Jinapor noted â€œeven much disturbing is the information that the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia-led Government remains mute pursuing this incident. This is simply a heinous transgression meted out to the mean Ghanaiansâ€¦while turning an unsighted oculus into foreigners.
â€œForeigners connected the different hand, are ever treated with kidsâ€™ gloves and successful immoderate instances the instrumentality compromised to favour them successfully the sanction of gathering planetary relations.â€
â€œYou volition callback the infamous incidental involving a Chinese Galamsey Queen known arsenic Aisha Huang, pursuing her apprehension for her engagement successful amerciable mining, the authorities unilaterally discontinued the lawsuit successful tribunal connected a flimsy excuse that they stood to unafraid economical gains for her release,â€ John Jinapor stressed.
Watch below how the military treated the galamsey operators