National Communications Officer (NCO) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi, has alleged that Sunday’s torching of some mining equipment belonging to a company headed by Kate Gyamfua, the National Women’s Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) was a sort of revenge to show her “ where power lies”.
In a Facebook post, Mr. Gyamfi reveals that the merciless destruction carried out at the mining site of Kate Gyamfua’s Xtra-Gold mining company by personnel of the Operation Halt anti-galamsey taskforce was to punish her for daring to criticize the preferential development of President Akufo-Addo’s hometown to the neglect of other parts of the country.
According to Mr. Gyamfi there are many NPP functionaries still deeply involved in galamsey but they have not been targeted because they, unlike Kate Gyamfua, have not criticized the ‘Great Kyebi Project.’
“Don’t think that the burning of excavators belonging to NPP’s National Women Organizer, Kate Gyamfuah stems from any genuine political will of President Akufo-Addo to fight NPP & government officials who are engaging in illegal mining. If that were the case, Ekow Ewusi and Charles Bissue would be facing criminal prosecutions by now,” Sammy Gyamfi wrote.
“There are a lot of NPP functionaries and government officials who are involved in “galamsey” in the Eastern region, particularly Akufo-Addo’s own hometown, Kyebi. These persons are known. Yet, none of them have had their equipment burnt as it has happened to Kate Gyamfuah.”
According to the post, “The only reason why Kate Gyamfuah’s excavators and mining equipment have been burnt… is because she recently attacked President Akufo-Addo’s cousin and Minister of roads, Kwasi Amoako Atta for exclusively prioritizing roads in the Kwabeng and Kyebi areas whiles neglecting roads in other parts of the Eastern Region and the country at large. It is this outburst of Kate Gyamfuah that appears to have angered Akufo-Addo’s kyebi mafia cabal, for which reason Kate’s wings are being clipped.”
Eight of madam Gymafua’s excavators, four of which were brand new and reportedly cost US$120,000 each were set ablaze by the Operation Halt military task force even though her mining company, Xtra-Gold has claimed that it has the requisite mining license.
According to Nana Asante Boadi Yeboah, a worker at the site, after Sunday’s torching incident, members of the task force returned on Monday and burn other equipment including a large water pumping machine that had escaped their notice during the first incursion.
Under Mr. Akufo-Addo, the roads in Kyebi have seen massive facelift to first-class status, according to reports.
Allegedly, Kyebi has also been given free wi-fi internet access to all residents while there is said to be a plan to build the Okyenhene’s palace into an edifice grander than Manhyia Palace of the Ashanti King, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.