King Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is investigating two Asante Kingdom chiefs for allegedly engaging in illegal mining activities known as galamsey in their respective communities.
“I have already had reports on some things happening at Amanse, the Fomena area, and I will be investigating to see what is going on,” Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II revealed at a Regional Consultative Dialogue on Small Scale Mining held in Kumasi on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
According to the revered King, thirty percent of the region’s chiefs and other opinion leaders are directly or indirectly involved in illegal mining galamsey activities that have harmed the environment.
“I have already warned my Chiefs and elders against participating in such illegalities, and I will not hesitate to strongly sanction any such infraction,” the Asantehene promised.
“Even while we were here, someone said that the chiefs are the ones who give them the lands [for galamsey].” With that, he said, any chief who has given out lands for galamsey needs to know that you’ve done wrong… If you return to your area and truly see that you’ve given out lands for galamsey, what kind of chief are you? It is incorrect. So let us be cautious,” the King cautioned.
As a result, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, challenged stakeholders to be truthful in the fight against illegal mining in the country and to name those involved in the act if they are known.