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IGNORE ‘GALAMSEY’ VOTE THREATS - Anglican Church urges President

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been advised to ignore people threatening to vote against him in 2020 for his government’s fight against illegal small scale mining, popularly known as galamsey.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been advised to ignore people threatening to vote against him in 2020 for his government’s fight against illegal small scale mining, popularly known as galamsey.

The Archbishop of the Kumasi Diocese of the Anglican Church and Primate of the Church of the Province of West Africa, Very Rev Prof Yinka Safo, in a statement, assured the President of the votes of his church members if he continued to fight the menace, which has destroyed large tracks of land and polluted water bodies across the country.

He was speaking in Kumasi when leadership of all churches in the Ashanti region met to declare their stance against the galamsey menace.

“Normally, what we hear is that when any government is taking a decision and people are not doing the right things, they will say if you want to insist, we will not vote for you. But as for the galamsey, we hear and our church members will like to support the government. And we will like to say that if the President keeps on fighting this menace, we will rather vote for him the more,” the clergyman announced to a rousing applause.

He also cautioned all Christians involved in galamsey to desist from the practice, while urging the relevant authorities to play their roles effectively and dispassionately to end the menace.

It can be recalled that President Nana Akufo-Addo last week, during the commissioning of an ICT centre at Suabe in the Eastern Region, stated that the threats of electoral defeat in 2020 could not restrain his government from continuing the fight against small-scale illegal mining, known in local parlance as galamsey.

He added that his determination to permanently bring the life-threatening menace to a permanent end was unquestionable, thus he would carry through his government’s plan to save the country’s environment and water bodies from destruction by the galamseyers.

“Mining along the water bodies cannot continue if we want to preserve nature and our water. It cannot continue,” he warned.

He reminded Ghanaians: “If we cannot develop the lands left for us by our ancestors, we should not destroy them.”

Meanwhile, OccupyGhana has commended the President for his outright refusal not to compromise on the issue of galamsey irrespective of the potential political cost to him or his party.

This was issued in a statement by the think tank which said that the action of the President spoke volumes about his desire to be on the right side of history, adding that the steps he had taken so far was a good example to all Ghanaians.

“OccupyGhana is encouraged by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo calling the bluff of galamsey operations in his speech at the durbar of the chiefs and people of Akyem Wenchi last week,” the statement said.