Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has revealed that during his presidency he deported 5,000 illegal Chinese miners.
The NDC official made these claims in an exclusive interview with TV3’s Alfred Ocansey, where he also revealed that the Chinese government used Boeing 747s to transport its nationals back home.
According to John Mahama, deporting 5,000 Chinese nationals did not ruin Ghana’s relationship with China.
“When I was president, we valued the relations with China but if you are a Ghanaian and you go to China and you engage in illegality, they don’t say because of the good relation they have with Ghana, they are going to let you go scot-free.
“You are going to face the full rigors of the law in China and I don’t doubt that there are some of our citizens in jail in China.”
“When I became President I was faced with this same illegal gold mining.
“I deported almost 5,000 illegal Chinese miners. I didn’t say because of the good relationship we have with China, we should allow them to continue to engage in illicit activities we collaborated with the Chinese Embassies, they got 747s and they came and took their nationals away.
“It didn’t destroy our relationship.”
John Mahama’s remarks come in the wake of some Ghanaians’ concerns about the prosecution of popular Chinese galamsey kingpin Aisha Huang, who is on trial in an Accra Circuit Court for illegal mining.