A former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Inusah Fuseini, finds the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Dame’s justification of the government’s approach in fighting the illegal mining menace, particularly the burning of excavators untenable.
Mr. Dame mounted a strong defence of the government’s strategy, saying its foremost principle in the fight is that “a person engaged in an illegality has no right [to do so].”
“The principle we are operating with is that no right accrues to a person who is engaged in an illegality, and that is a principle recognised by the laws of Ghana,” Mr. Dame told the host of Citi TV’s Point of View, Bernard Avle.
Responding to the Attorney General’s comments, Mr. Fuseini on Eyewitness News said there is no justification for such harsh measures.
“I find the explanation of Godfred Dama quite disingenuous. I think that either Nana Akufo-Addo’s Ministers are clearly incompetent, complacent, or not simply up to the task because if you think that the law that is presently in existence is incapable of dealing with the menace, you do not act with impunity.”
“Nations develop at the back of the rule of law and so if you think the law is not adequate, what you do is to sponsor an amendment, but you do not take the law into your own hands and use common law maxim to justify your actions,” Mr. Fuseini said.