A former Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, has described as shocking news the re-arrest of Aisha Huang despite her deportation in 2018 for engaging in legal mining in Ghana.
“It clearly demonstrates that the decision [to deport her], was wrong,” Mr. Fuseini said.
Following her recent arrest, she has been slapped which charges concerning mining without licence, engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a valid licence.
The Chinese woman’s notoriety in galamsey earned her the nickname name galamsey queen.
She stirred controversy in political circles when news of her deportation broke at a time she was being prosecuted for engaging in galamsey.
President Akufo-Addo later described the decision as regrettable.
Reports indicate that Aisha came to Ghana from a neighbouring country through a land border.
Upon her arrival, she also acquired a Ghana card in February 2022 with a new name, Huang En.
“On what basis was she given a non-resident identification card? You need to prove with documents that you are legally resident in Ghana [before you are given Ghana card],” Mr. Fuseini said.
He added that this development sent the wrong signals in the fight against illegal mining.
“If you say you are fighting illegal small-scale mining, you need to demonstrate not only to your citizens but also to all persons who are engaged in that trade,” Mr. Fuseini said.