Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Bernard Antwi Bosiako also popularly known as Chairman wontumi says he has never in his life been engaged in illegal mining popularly known as galamsey.
He stated that, as a good citizen of the land, he will never engage in an act that will destroy the natural resources of the country.But admitted that he was involved in gold mining but that was a large scale mining and not galamsey as speculated.
Chairman Wontumi disclosed this on UTV’s morning show programme on Friday(28th April,2017) and as monitored by Ghpage.com in response to claims that he is the galamsey president of Ghana.
Some members of the biggest opposition party , National Democratic Congress (NDC) cited him as part of politicians hiding behind innocent unemployment youth to destroy the environment.
They also argued that majority members of the notorious pro-NPP vigilante group in Kumasi known as the Delta force are defunct workers in his galamsey construction.
But Chairman Wontumi in response said the NDC members accusing him of doing galamsey were only jealous of his success.He went on to mention 4 NDC gurus who are involved in galamsey rather.
He mentioned, Ibrahim Mahama ( Businessman and brother of the former president, Mahama), Baba Jamal ( Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Akwatia in the Eastern Region).
He didn’t end there but also stated that, Kwaku Boahen( Deputy communication Director of the NDC), Collins Dauda ( MP, Asutifi South constituency) and his brother,Naaba Abdulai.
He further explained that he had the license to engage in small-scale and large-scale mining until then erstwhile Mills-Mahama administration destroyed his mining equipment.
He also encouraged the youth engaged in galamsey to rather take advantage of the new government project , planting for foods and jobs.