The New Patriotic Party Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu has taken on f the National Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi describing the latter as someone without proper moral upbringing.
“That young guy who is the NDC’s Communications Officer Sammy Gyamfi speaks recklessly and anybody trained up well with good moral upbringing will not talk like him”, the lawmaker fumed in an interview MyNewsGh.com monitored on Kumasi-based radio station.
Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu who was reacting to his infamous “shoot-to-kill” against the activities of illegal small-scale mining accused Mr. Sammy Gyamfi of putting spin to exactly what his statement on the matter meant.
“I have heard him [Sammy Gyamfi] twisting my comment I said we should kill persons doing galamsey. And that is not what I meant. I rather said if I have my way and the law is amended, those mining on our water bodies be killed”, Hon. Osei Owusu clarified.
The Deputy Speaker who was livid with the wanton destruction of the environment by illegal miners in 2018 advocated for a stiffer punishment, including the power for the military to shoot on sight persons found to be engaging in illegal mining.
He was commenting on a statement by Kumbungu MP Ras Mubarak who, on the floor of Parliament, protested the burning of 14 trucks and excavators used for sand winning close to the Dalun river in Tamale in the Northern Region.
The sand winners were said to have polluted the Dalun river which served as a major source of water for the people in Tamale.
“The other time I said we should shoot people and people were not happy with that. [But] I still think that the way to deal with recalcitrant people is not to use the regular law system,” he proposed.
Blaming the communities for the unending menace, Mr. Osei Owusu said, “Many of them are complicit. They hide the perpetrators in the afternoon and they go in the night to go and destroy the water bodies.”