Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has revealed that the case involving galamsey queen, Aisha Huang, is missing an important element.
According to him, when the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government decided not to continue with case number CR 344/2017 by filing “that infamous nolle prosequi” on December 19, 2018, Aisha Huang was being prosecuted with four other Chinese accomplices. He indicated that the accomplices were: Gao Jin Chen, Lu Qi Jun, Haibin Gao and Zhang Zhipeng.
Mr Ablakwa noted that these three“Huangnic musketeers” from the 2017 to 2018 “aborted prosecution” are not the same persons being prosecuted with Aisha Huang in the current 2022 case. He stated that for the avoidance of doubt, the three other accused persons being prosecuted now with Aisha Huang are: Johng Li Hua, Huang Jei and Huaid Hai Hun.
“Thus far, the national debate on the Aisha Huang scandal is missing an important element.”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Mr Ablakwa recounted that these three Chinese male suspects were arrested on 5th May, 2017 by officers of the Ghana Immigration Service at Bepotenten in the Amansie Central District of the Ashanti Region where they were actively engaged in illegal mining.
The north Tonug legislator explained that they were engaged in galamsey with six excavators, generators, sand washing machines and other equipment. He highlighted that these persons subsequently admitted working for galamsey queen, Aisha Huang, who had recruited them, and was keeping their passports.
With this, Mr Ablakwa questioned what really happened to Gao Jin Chen, Lu Qi Jun, Haibin Gao and Zhang Zhipeng
“Like Aisha Huang, were they deported or repatriated? Did they flee or did they sneak out? Were they allowed to stay in Ghana all these years, and do we know exactly what they are doing in our country? If they ever left, have they also been allowed to sneak back in?”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
The North Tongu legislator emphasized the need for transparency to be brought into the matter as the “good people of Ghana have absolutely every right to know what happened to those 4 Chinese Galamsey Gangsters”. He stated that this is crucial as these persons were immediately discharged together with Aisha Huang by His Lordship, Justice Edward Ekow Baiden, when government filed its “unpatriotic and nation-wrecking” nolle prosequi on December 19, 2018.
“After dodging, ducking and diving for almost 4 years, the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government can no longer be silent on this crucial aspect of the Aisha Huang puzzle, particularly, in the face of the current ignominious spectacle.”Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa
Mr Ablakwa expressed that if government finally opens up now, and gives transparency a chance, it may help reduce its“tribulations” in Parliament when the House resumes in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has revealed that it should not be blamed for Aisha Huang’s possession of a Ghana card despite her repatriation from the country.
According to NIA’s Executive Secretary, Prof Kenneth Attafuah, the Ghana Immigration Service did not return the non-citizen card issued to Aisha Huang (captured on NIA’s system as En Huang) as required by law when she was kicked out of Ghana in 2018. He stated that this prevented NIA from flagging her name from its database.