Founding President of Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe has stated that the Attorney-General peddled falsehood in his opinion on the illegal small scale mining (Galamsey) report that was written by Former Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
In his view, the Attorney-General’s opinion can incite hatred for this government.
“My dear National Security Minister, are you aware that in spite of the glaring destruction galamsey has dealt our environment, the Attorney-General is misinforming the world that there is no evidence of the carnage? These false narratives can incite anger and fuel precocious hatred for the government, which may lead to its overthrow, democratically. Now you do not want that outcome, so please reign in the Attorney-General. Thanks,” he wrote on Facebook.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng who is also the Former Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM), authored a 36-page document titled “Report on the work of IMCIM so far and the way forward” which made several allegations of government officials neck deep in galamsey.
The report alleged that some government officials and private citizens were involved in galamsey.
The Attorney-General Godfred Dame looked at the report and subsequently issued its advice to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
The advice noted that all of the individuals named in Prof Frimpong- Boateng’s report denied the various allegations made against them in the report.
According to Mr Dame, several attempts by the Police to obtain further information from Professor Frimpong Boateng to substantiate the allegations in the Report and to assist them in conducting further investigations proved futile.
“The Professor refused to provide any further information to the police,” the A-G said.
According to the A-G, Prof Frimpong-Boateng also declined to give a written statement, claiming his Report is ‘an embodiment of his statement’ and all the information he has on the allegations” – the Chief State Attorney, Mrs. Keelson stated.
The Godfred Dame further stated further that, investigations by the Police have not revealed any evidence in support of the allegations.
“The allegations are therefore bare and do not provide a basis for any criminal charge against the persons cited in the Report” – the Advice stated.
But Prof Frimpong-Boateng denied the Attorney-General’s claim.
He told TV3’s Kemini Amanor that “it is not true, I cooperated with the CID fully, I am not an investigative agent.”