The Small-scale Miners Association, which is alarming about foreigners’ unlawful mining activities—a cancer that succeeding administrations have been trying to nip in the bud—has made this claim.
Michael Kwadwo Peprah, the association’s president, is quoted as saying that Aisha is only a tiny fish compared to other, more powerful Chinese kingpins who are behind the illicit operations destroying Ghana’s farmlands and water resources.
“These Chinese, if you could recall, removed many Chinese nationals from the country when the inter-ministerial committee against illegal mining, which was led by Charles Bissiw, was in operation. You’ll be shocked to learn that not just Aisha, but all these Chinese, have returned. That gave her more confidence,” Peprah added, as reported by 3news.com.
Not just her, either. Major kingpins and an increasing number of Chinese citizens are involved in these criminal enterprises. Some of our members said that she was operating covertly in the Enchi Dadieso enclave, which is located between Ghana and the Ivorian border. She escaped our security officers’ pursuit every time they went after her in Ivory Coast.
Peprah further asserted in an interview with Alfred Ocansey on the 3FM Sunrise Morning Show that Aisha Huang bought the consciences of influential individuals in authority with the money she acquired from illicit mining activities, enabling her to behave with impunity.
He claims that Aisha first came to Ghana as a trader and ran a grocery for Chinese residents before getting involved in the illegal mining industry.
Peprah recalled, “There was an operation regarding deporting some Chinese in 2012, and that was how she obtained the chance to work in mining in 2013 somewhere.
Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, has asked for the dockets of Aisha Huang’s arrest, implying that he will charge her with both her recent offense and previous ones for which she was repatriated rather than facing charges.
Four Chinese nationals have been remanded in detention by the Accra Circuit Court for allegedly participating in illegal small-scale mining operations. The suspects denied the accusation of making unlicensed sales and acquisitions of minerals when they were in front of the court on Monday, September 5.
Jong Li Huang, Huang Jei, and Huiad Hua are the suspects.