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The Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, has revealed that the government attempted to influence a speech he had prepared to deliver at the Ashanti Regional Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining in Kumasi.

Speaking at the first conference in the region on Wednesday, May 12, he stated that a team from the government visited him barely 24 hours to the programme to implore him on the things to say in his keynote address.

According to Otumfour, the entourage led by the Ashanti Regional Minister and Minster of Lands and Natural Resources, Abu Jinapor, urged him to be considerate not to say anything that would make the government unpopular.

The Asantehene, however, bemoaned the government’s bias in tackling the galamsey menace.

He insisted that a score of the people present at the event know those who are neck-deep in galamsey which is the more reason government together with the chiefs need to take the fight seriously.

 

 



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