The former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources in the first term of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government, Hon. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh has debunked claims that he had a hand in the sacking of the former Takwa-Nsuam Municipal Chief Executive, Gilbert Ken Asmah from the MCE position.
He says it is a palpable falsehood for any media outlet to publish that he recommended the dismissal of the then MCE due to a misunderstanding between Ken Asmah and himself.
Some media outlets published a story ‘indicting’ the former minister of his involvement in galamsey by visiting some galamsey sites in Tarkwa and demanding monies from the illegal miners. According to the papers, this act by the Minister resulted in him being arrested by the then Municipal Chief Executive of the TArkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly, Ken Asmah. The publication further alleged that the former Minister then worked for the MCE to be sacked from office, and replaced with the incumbent MCE, Benjamin Kesse
But in a letter from his Counsel, Kwabena Asare Atuah of the Henewaa Chambers, the former Minister never visited any galamsey site, talk less of collecting bribes from illegal miners.
“My client has never visited any galamsey site to take monies from illegal miners nor has been arrested by any person or by Hon. Kilbert Ken Asmah, the then MCE of Tarkwa.
“It is, therefore, unreasonable today that my client had a hand in the dismissal of Hon. Gilbert Asmah and he never reported or recommended the dismissal of HonGilbert Asmah to President Akufo-Addo,” he wrote.
Mr. Kwabena Asare Atuah. Esq., further stated Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh has denied ever engaging in illegal mining and owns no galamsey concession as was alleged.
My client wants to state emphatically that he has never engaged in galamsey (illegal mining) and own no concession. There has not been any circumstance in which my client added or enabled any entity or individual to engage in galamsey,” he wrote in his letter.