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Prof Frimpong-Boateng runs for cover…says he doesn’t want to quarrel with Kyebi chiefs on galamsey at Akufo-Addo’s house claim

Prof Frimpong-Boateng runs for cover…says he doesn’t want to quarrel with Kyebi chiefs on galamsey at Akufo-Addo’s house claim

Former Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng has adopted a strategy that seems to many Ghanaians as a ploy to seek over his claim that galamsey is ongoing a few meters from President Akufo-Addo’s residence in Kyebi.

According to Prof Frimpong-Boateng, he does not want to quarrel with the chiefs and elders of Kyebi, the hometown of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the claim that illegal small-scale mining (Galamsey) is ongoing in the backyard of the President in Kyebi.

The Kyebi Traditional Council strongly demanded that Professor Frimpong-Boateng should prove that galamsey occurred in the President’s House.

Chief of Kyebi, Osabarima Marfo Kwabrane said: “he should come and show us where he saw galamsey happening. He should come here and prove to us and the whole world. My nephew [President] is not part of that thing (galamsey).

“We need Prof. Frimpong-Boateng himself to come and show us where President Akufo-Addo was doing galamsey and correct our statement that all that we have said is wrong.”

In a 37-page report written by Prof Frimpong-Boateng to the chief of staff on the fight against illegal mining, he alleged that a party youth organizer had a concession closer to the president’s house.

The Presidency responded to the report and stated that it could only be rightly referred to as a catalogue of personal grievances and claims by Prof Frimpong-Boateng.

When asked about this issue raised by the chiefs while speaking on the Ghana Tonight Show a current affairs programme on TV3 Monday, May 8, 2023, Prof Frimpong-Boateng said “I think that question should be posed to Eric Antwi, that is what I will say for now on that question, nothing more, I am done.

“I don’t want to go and quarrel with Nananom, elders in Kyebi. This thing is three to four years old and I am not going to quarrel with anybody, if they say it didn’t happen, fine, that is their opinion but I am saying that it happened, so I will leave it for Ghanaians to decide. The person to answer that question is Eric Antwi and Eric Antwi is alive.”

Eric Antwi is described in Prof Frimpong-Boateng’s report as a staff of the office of the president.

Story: Kwadwo Buabeng

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