The cartel within the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration that benefitted from moves to fight illegal mining (Galamsey) was out to destroy certain individuals and organisations.
Those involved in the dirty machinations are persons who were heavily involved in the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), which was chaired by the then Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
After President Akufo-Addo dissolved IMCIM on January 10, 2021, there have been attempts from the people who run the government’s agenda of fighting illegal mining to rescue their battered images.
An audio with voice suspected to be that of embattled Mr. Horace Ekow Ewusi alleging the involvement of certain persons in the illegal mining is currently in circulation, and it is believed that it was part of damage control game plan, by Mr. Ewusi to save the faces of certain people within the IMCIM.
An issue making the whole agenda preposterous is the naming of the late Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission (FC), Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie as part of the people involved in illegal mining.
Mr. Ewusi per the audio is suspected to have mentioned Mr. Afriyie’s name just to spite some persons who were closer to him when he was alive.
The Inquisitor without any fear of contradiction has it that late Mr. Afriyie popularly called ‘Sir John’ was severally reported to President Akufo-Addo by the leadership of IMCIM, but nothing untoward was found against him after several secret investigations.
Mr. Afriyie’s crime in the estimation of Mr. Ewusi and the IMCIM, was that he would not support the committee to harass some legal mining firms that were operating in certain parts of the country.
On the tape, Mr. Charles Owusu was also mentioned as engaging in illegal mining activities; but the truth of the matter is that Mr. Owusu, in past, led security agents to arrest certain people the IMCIM had instructed to mine secretly in forest reserves belonging to the Forestry Commission.
It is also instructive to know that Mr. Owusu worked closely with the late Mr. Afriyie to secure the country’s forest reserves.
There have been several media attacks against Mr. Owusu in recent times, and members of the dissolved IMCIM are the persons behind the well-orchestrated plot to run the young man down.
The late Mr. Afriyie’s crime against the IMCIM was that he truthfully told the committee that Heritage Imperial Company Limited, a company that some IMCIM members had targeted for extortion was, indeed, operating legally because the Forestry Commission genuinely granted it entry permit into forest areas.
Mr. Afriyie never had his peace of mind to the extent that he was accused of being part of the ownership of the company that existed long before he became the Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission.
On that audio the voice purported to be that of Mr. Ewusi mentioned other personalities as engaging in illegal mining.
Mr. Ewusi became a household name because of his alleged involvement in the missing confiscated excavators that have become an albatross on the neck of the Akufo-Addo administration.
Mr. Ewusi fell out with the then Chairman of the IMCIM, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng after he (Mr. Ewusi) allegedly recorded a conversation he had with the minister bordering on illegal mining.
In February 2020, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng caused the arrest of Mr. Ewusi on suspicion that he had sold some of the excavators seized by Operation Vanguard and handed to him (Mr. Ewusi) for safe keeping.
The then minister, in a letter to the police said Mr. Ewusi who was contracted to ensure the safe-keeping of the confiscated equipment had sent some of the equipment to unauthorized locations, including one at Tema.
He further said in the letter that ‘’Information reaching me indicates that he (Mr. Ewusi) has sold unknown number of the pieces of equipment including excavators,’’