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Let’s criminalise ‘unexplained’ wealth – Deputy Attorney General

A Deputy Attorney General, Joseph Dindiok Kpemka, is advocating for an amendment in the Special Prosecutor Act to enable the criminalization of ‘unexplained’ wealth.

Taking his turn on JoyNews’ Newsfile, monitored by, Mr. Kpemka, said the only reason why people are still engaging in illegal activities is that no law criminalises unexplained wealth.

With a member of the  Inter-Ministerial Committee petitioning the Presidency to look into the activities of another member of the committee, the Deputy Attorney General said, “We need to provide security for the petitioner to encourage others but  if you’re a member of the ‘galamsey’ taskforce and maybe within a year you have three houses and several cars and we have this as law, we’ll have to come to you to explain your wealth”

The Deputy Attorney General is convinced that when that is done, the pressure on the government and well-meaning Ghanaians to fight illegal mining will shift and the law will have its way

“I have had conversations with the Special Prosecutor and he is very committed to this course” he added.


A few days ago, the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Prof. Frimpong Boateng, disclosed that hundreds of seized ‘galamsey’ excavators have gone missing at the various assemblies.

This announcement did not sit well with a lot of civil society and pressure groups as they demanded a return of the seized machines.

Source The Ghana Report/Aba Asamoah

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