Small scale miners in the Ashanti Region have threatened to sue the government over the burning of excavators owned by their members.
The miners want to seek legal interpretation of the constitution whether a Minister has the right to issue a directive for private business equipment to be destroyed without just cause.
“We are in preparation to institute an action for an interpretation of the constitution at the highest court of the land to find out if a Minister has the right to issue a directive for a private person’s equipment to be destroyed without just cause,” said the Former Ashanti Region secretary of the miners, Philip Bawa.
The miners are also instituting measures to petition Parliament to intervene because it is against the United Nations Convention to unleash military against citizens. The small-scale miners allege there is selective justice in the fight against illegal mining and the destruction of natural resources.
Vice Chairman for Dunkwa Small Scale Miners Association, Benjamin Annan, who was at a press conference organized by the miners, said there are consequences associated with what he believes to be selective justice.
“Why our chairman in Assin Fosu who is mining legally on his concession, they have destroyed four excavators on his land including other equipment. The government is pushing us too hard,” he laments.