Calls for a major clampdown against the activities of illegal miners have been shot down by a security expert, Dr Emmanuel Kwesi Aning.
According to the Head of the Department of Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, those calling for the forceful attack on the activities of illegal mining (galamsey) have failed to appreciate the magnitude of the current situation.
“What we are saying is galamsey is not; because galamsey is artisanal illegal mining. Quite a bit of what we are seeing now has moved beyond artisanal mining to actually involve some heavy equipment; even the locally manufactured equipment being used have moved beyond artisanal mining.
“The hard school that says go in and wipe them out does not seem to understand the sheer number of guns owned by these people, and we are not talking about locally-made guns alone. We are talking about fairly sophisticated weapons,” he said.
He was speaking on the current affairs programme, PM Express, on the Joy News channel on Multi TV.