The Leadership of Parliament has sent a strong signal to criminals and nation wreckers to be mindful of the fact that it is within the law to kill them in the line of defense of the whole country, especially when their actions presents grave loom to the nation.
The First (1st) Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu advocated for a harsher approach to combating the menace of galamsey, if even it needs shooting offenders to kill them.
He decried the extent to which illegal mining activities are destroying the entire environment by posing grave dangers to the entire lives of Ghanaians and the unborn generations.
“Extreme behaviours must be met with extreme force”, He indicated, advocating for a harsher approach to the fight against the menace.
He also advised that “Ghanaians should be careful not to be loyal to the few people who are destroying the lives of the many, adding that the choice is now.
He bemoaned the fact that aqua life now is gone due to mining, and that, all the fishes in the river bodies are dead now due to galamsey operations.
He also urged Members of Parliament to demonstrate their stand with the government in tackling this menace.
The 2nd Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Alban Sumani Bagbin on his part advocated for a consensus approach to solving the illegal mining menace facing the country, advising that Ghanaians should come together as a nation to find a better approach in solving the Galamsay issue.
He indicated that, he did not support the ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ approach of solving things, adding that “might is not right”.
The Speaker of Parliament in ruling indicated that, he wants all to hear that serious criminals, including armed robbery, galamsay and such extreme acts of havoc and nation wreckage should be mindful of the fact that the constitution which the basis for every person’s right to life and liberty in Article 13 (1e), 14 (1d) which is on the right to life; 13 (2d) which is also on the right to life as provided by 13 (1) is well qualified”.
He revealed that, per those provisions afore-stated, one may lose his or her right to life by the duties of the security agencies mandated by law, in order to prevent the commission of a crime by that person.
Adding that, it should send a strong word of caution to all intended nation wreckers as such, and be reminded that some people are entrusted with the job to ensure that such acts do not occur.