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ACCRA, Ghana—(TWN-Af)-2 March, 2010— Mr.Richard Adjei-Poku, Executive Director of Livelihood and Environmental Ghana (LEG), an environmental and human rights advocacy organisation has denied allegations of extortion and theft made against him by Newmont Gold Ghana Ltd, NGGL . Newmont, he stated, is out to demonise and intimidate him as part of their strategy to silence critical voices in their area of operation.

He said this during a press conference facilitated by the National Coalition on Mining, NCOM, in Accra.


According to the release issued at the conference, Newmont’s allegations come against the backdrop of an 8 October 2009 incident, when there was a spillage of cyanide by NGGL into some water bodies at Jakakrom and surrounding communities near Kenyasi in the Asutifi District of the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana.


The release explains that “since the spillage, the Company [Newmont] has consistently embarked on image-destruction, acts of intimidation and harassment”—particularly against Adjei-Poku to the extent that on 15 January, 2010, Newmont officials “falsely accused” him of stealing roofing sheets...



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About 2,000 representatives of communities affected by mining in all major concession areas across Ghana attended the second annual national forum of the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) in Akoti, a small community in the Sefwi-Wiawso District of the Western Region.


The forum effectively served a unique platform for mining-affected communities to both share experiences and collectively demand answers from government over the untenable balance sheet of mining communities and the country as a whole.


Ghana’s deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, along with officials from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources and the Ghana Minerals Commission represented government. The forum was also attended by traditional leaders, religious groups, women and youth networks.


Addressing the forum on behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Sefwi, Prince Amoako-Atta, who is also the leader of the group said since Chirano Gold Mine Limited (CGML) started its operations in the area the quality of life of the people has sharply deteriorated.


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