The Deputy Majority Leader in Parliament, Mr. Alexander Kwamena Afenyo Markin, has debunked allegations of selling sacred forests meant for deer hunting.
He emphatically stated that the government and his office have not sold the forest to mine lithium.
Addressing the parliamentary press corps today, Tuesday, December 5, 2023, he revealed that the chief executive officers of the minerals commission have not signed any such documents for mining the forest.
He added that these are falsehoods gathered by the NDC in his constituency.
He urged his colleagues in the NDC in his constituency to focus on the challenges confronting their people rather than polluting their minds, lying, and misinforming.
Such a practice does not help our democracy, he lamented.
His reaction comes after some residents in the area took to the streets to demonstrate allegations of the possible sale of the Ramsar site in Winneba to some investors for mining.
The concerned residents, clad in red apparel, alleged that the site being given to the investor is the same site they use to hunt deer for the annual Aboakyire festival.
But the MP’s reaction to these concerns debunked them.
He stressed that the NDC was behind these false claims and linked him to the matter.
“I simply want to say that this allegation is false,” he declared, adding that the Minerals Commission had also issued a statement two years ago to debunk reports of receiving an application to that effect, let alone approve a company to mine lithium in that sacred forest where the residents mine deer.