Ghana: Seven face criminal charges for demanding employment from mining firm

Author: Modern Ghana, Published on: 16 March 2020

‘Seven To Face Court For Protesting At Anglogold Obuasi Gold Mine’ 10 March 2020

Some seven persons arrested for their involvement in disturbances at Anglogold Obuasi Gold mine have been slapped with four charges – conspiracy to commit crime, unlawful assembly, unlawful demonstration and causing unlawful damage. The seven, who are currently on remand were part of a group of demonstrators who blocked the main entrance of the mining company demanding employment for indigenes.

… A similar protest occurred in the area weeks ago when some former workers of Anglogold Ashanti poured onto the streets of Obuasi to protest delays in the release of their monies from the Heritage Fund, established over 100 years ago. The over 6,500 affected ex-workers had accused the government of being adamant in listening to their concerns.

… Convener for the group, Isaac Asiedu warned that they will take action against the government if it fails to release the monies. “We are demonstrating to protest against the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo for the delay and refusal of the payment of the Heritage Fund due members of the company following the collapse of the company. The Heritage Fund that was instituted by a British man in 1897 to benefit the workforce of the company when mining ceased operation has still not been released after the company was closed in 2014.”

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Related companies: AngloGold Ashanti