Resigned Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal mining, Mr Charles Cromwell Nanabanyin Onuawonto Bissue, who has been accused of working against the country’s efforts to end illegal mining, has disclosed on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, his 84-year-old mother was so disturbed after she got to know about the expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
He told host of Frontline Kwabena Agyapong he as an individual has not been affected in anyway following the expose but his mother was disturbed.
But was quick to add the mother expressed trust in him because ‘’she knows I was not brought up in that manner. Mt trust me and has expressed strong optimism I will be vindicated after the dust finally settles.”
He added: ‘’In responding to your question on whether the expose has affected me, the answer is no because I am still strong; I am strong because I know God has a reason for allowing certain things to happen, we may never understand his wisdom, but we simply have to trust his will. Secondly, I don’t think I have been affected in anyway. I have stayed committed to the fight against illegal mining and so, if that was the reason why people are plotting to get me ousted, I don’t know but I can assure Ghanaians nothing of that sought happen. I never accepted a bribe to influence my work,’’ he said.
Mr Bissue said, the support that has followed him after the video was made public has been overwhelming and was hopeful the probe by the CID will surely vindicate him.
He however failed to disclose how the incident occurred on grounds that, the CID should be allowed to investigate the matter and make the findings public so Ghanaians will judge for themselves.
‘’We should allow the CID to probe the matter. But we [Ghanaians] and especially journalists, should also use this as a case study and define what constitutes bribery and corruption; we should define the modus operandi or procedure used in investigative journalism. If you drop money on someone and claim it is bribery, then we have to define all these; that is why it would be important to allow the CID to finish with their probe”, he concluded.