President Akufo-Addo is receiving backlash for reportedly saying he is unsure whether or not or not ‘galamsey queen’ Aisha Haung was deported.
Talking in an interview on a Ho-based radio station on Monday, as a part of his tour of the Volta Area, President Akufo-Addo stated: “I’m not nonetheless certain whether or not she was in truth deported. Or whether or not she fled the nation the primary time and has now come again. There nonetheless appears to be some uncertainty about it. However whichever manner it’s, she’s turn out to be the kind of nickname for all that galamsey represents”.
“We’ve concerted to work at it. We have to have the cooperation of the courts. Till just lately once I got here, the punishment for individuals caught was comparatively mild. [But] we’ve modified the regulation to stiffen the punishment for individuals caught,” he added.
Responding to the critics, Info Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says the President was misrepresented.
In a tweet, he wrote:
Prez @NAkufoAddo has by no means stated he is not certain if Aisha Huang left Ghana. Please quote him effectively. He stated he wasn’t certain whether or not she was deported or she fled.
The explanation for the President’s remark is that there’s a distinction between deportation and repatriation.
— Kojo Oppong Nkrumah (@konkrumah) September 13, 2022
In an interview on Newsnight on Pleasure FM, Tuesday, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah who doubles because the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ofoase-Ayirebi stated the President “was not talking in a vacuum. There was a query about deportation and the President proceeded to reply that he’s not too certain whether or not it’s about deportation or whether or not she fled however then the substantive factor is that this after which he proceeded to offer the substantive reply.”
“I’ve heard a number of commentators recommend that there ought to have been extra readability within the President’s phrases and so forth. I imply in a democracy I’m certain that we will at all times increase questions concerning the selection of phrases,” he clarified on Tuesday.
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