The Small Scale Miners Association have called for the immediate removal of Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor.
Secretary to the Association Michael Kwadwo Preprah who spoke to the media said government has failed in its effort to end activities of illegal mining and it is right that Jinapor be sacked for spearheading the failed mission.
Burning excavators in non-Red Zones, in rivers and reserved forests means the minister has failed, he said, adding that there is no way a government can win the fight against galamey using the military.
“Past governments from the era of President [John] Kufuor through to President [John] Mahama used the military in the fight against galamsey and they failed,” Michael Kwadwo Preprah said.
Counting the number of mining equipment destroyed so far, the Secretary said about 40 excavators have been destroyed and one operator has been shot dead.
Meanwhile the group has hinted that it will soon embark on a demonstration to get government to rescind its decision to allow the military burn excavators on site.