National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Ejura Skyere Odumase, Mr Mohammed Bawah Briamah, has called for the immediate dismissal of the Secretary of the Interministerial Committee on Mining, Charles Cromwell Bissue, following the recent galamsey expose by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The legislator believes the president should direct the presidential staffer who has been indicted the video, to step aside in order not to interfere with ongoing investigations.
Mr Charles Cromwell Bissue was caught on tape allegedly accepting a bribe to fast track the registration and vetting process of a company, which Anas Aremeyaw Anas used in his investigation.
Reacting to the video, the legislator said, the president should be guided by his promise to use the Anas principle in the fight against corruption in dealing with his appointee.
‘’President Akufo-Addo promised to use the Anas principle in the fight against corruption but today, he has forgotten about this promise. If he is indeed committed to the fight against corruption, then Charles Bissue should step aside in order not to influence the outcome of the probe. When Kwesi Nyantakyi was implicated in the Number 12 video, he was arrested by the CID and so why is Charles Bissue still at post? Is he not a presidential staffer? Is he not working at the presidency?
Mr Bawuah felt disappointed because the fight against galamsey initiated by the president, has suffered setbacks and his own appointees who he has failed to punish orchestrated these setbacks.
But in a sharp rebuttal, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Manso Adubea, Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, shot down the claims and insisted government has shown commitment towards the fight against corruption.
The offenders caught in the Anas tape he noted would not go unpunished.
He made reference to the raw tape request made by government to aid in investigating the matter.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah on Thursday told journalists government has requested for the raw tape.
The minister assured Ghanaians the offenders would not be shielded if found guilty.
“Government will have the said tapes properly investigated using the raw unedited footage and if any persons are found to have solicited monies or taken bribes to bend rules the necessary action will be taken”.
“We will not give timelines, the point we want to make clearly is that there is a documentary out there, there are some raw footage that serves as the basis to it. It’s of interest to the state and we will examine it. Work proceeds until we are told otherwise by our principals. So the work proceeds, if in the process of the fight there is information out there that somebody has compromised the fight, it is important to have access to it and to examine and then to take necessary actions,’’ the Minister said.