A total of 14 excavators, pumping machines, and other mining equipment in the Atewa East and West Districts have been destroyed by military personnel deployed to flush out persons engaged in illegally mining in forest reserves and along water bodies in the Eastern Region.
The team also proceeded to Akyem Muoso near Anyinam and burnt some excavators allegedly parked along the streets.
Unconfirmed reports claim the excavators are owned by a top national executive of the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This action by the taskforce comes almost a week after the Ghana National Association of Small Scale Miners held a press conference at Nsutam, asking the government to provide a policy document on the mode of operation of the anti-galamsey military task force.
An aggrieved small-scale miner who spoke to Citi News and monitored by Africa Articles, pleaded with the government to “take a look at the destruction of equipment” by the military personnel.
“The machines that were destroyed have been here for two weeks now. Why did they bypass so many machines in this town and destroy ours?” another aggrieved person asked.
The government has deployed some 200 hundred soldiers in its second attempt to fight and stop illegal mining in many parts of the country.