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Akufo-Addo is not involved in “galamsey”, says Fatimatu Abubakar

The government has reacted to claims by the popular broadcaster Captain Smart that President Akufo-Addo is a “galamseyer”, saying it will pursue legal action

The government has served notice that it intends to sue the broadcaster Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as Captain Smart, for alleging in a video clip, published and circulated by Onua TV on 17 October 2022, that President Akufo-Addo is actively involved in illegal mining activities, or galamsey, as the practice is popularly known.

In a statement issued on Monday the deputy minister of information, Fatimatu Abubakar, said the publication impugns the character and integrity of the president, and the credibility and commitment of his fight against illegal and irresponsible mining.

In response to the content of the said video clip, the government says that:

i. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has never been and is not involved in galamsey;

ii. The content propagated in the video is false, malicious and without basis. It is nothing but an act of unethical and irresponsible journalism;

iii. The video is intended to court disaffection for the government and undermine efforts to fight illegal mining in Ghana; and

iv. The government’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining is unwavering.

The government said it will also seek redress through the National Media Commission (NMC).

“It is, however, imperative to note that the aforementioned action is without prejudice to the government’s right to seek further legal action against Mr Smart, Onua TV and Media General,” the statement said.

Below is the full statement:

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