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We are not illegal miners; allow us to work or … – small scale miners

They have consequently issued a three-day ultimatum for government to come clear on whether it was fighting illegal mining or legal mining.

“We have given the President three days to allow us work otherwise all die be die,” Frank Osei leader of group said at a press conference in Kumasi on Thursday.

Mr Osei argued that small scale mining is a registered business under Ghana law and that if government does not come clear, they will hit the streets after three days.

“We are not illegal miners. We have licence that’s why we don’t want the government to box us together with illegal miners,” he said.

“We are ready to die than to live and not work” Osei added.

To them it was confusing for government to put small scale miners who were engaged in legitimate business together with those engaged in illegal mining in the on-going fight.

They are therefore demanding that government draws the line between illegal small scale miners and legitimate small scale miners with licence.

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