Ghanaian authorities have been providing clarity on the exit of ‘Chinese galamsey queen’ Aisha Huang in 2018 stressing that she was repatriated, and not deported.
Official documents available to dailymailgh.com indicated that she was repatriated in 2018 under the name En Huang.
This comes after some citizens questioned the President’s handling of national security briefings and other vital pieces of information following his remarks in a media interview that he was not sure whether Aisha Huang fled out of the country or was actually deported.
Aisha Huang is facing an Accra Court for violating the country’s mining laws including the purchase of minerals without a license.
Providing further clarity on the matter Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the President’s comment was a direct response to the particular question he was asked.
“The President was not speaking in a vacuum. There was a question about deportation and the President proceeded to respond that he is not too sure whether it is about deportation or whether she fled but then the substantive thing is this and then he proceeded to provide the substantive answer.
“I have heard several commentators suggest that there should have been more clarity in the President’s words etc. I mean in a democracy I am sure that we can always raise questions about the choice of words,” he explained on Tuesday.
The Ofoase-Ayirebi MP also confirmed that Aisha Huang exited the country on a repatriation notice.
“What is on the minds of many people is indeed, did this person exit the Ghanaian jurisdiction? That is what is on the minds of many people. That whether the instrument used was repatriation or a deportation. Did she exit the jurisdiction?
“And I think the answer to that is yes, she exited the jurisdiction on the wishes of the government and I have sighted the repatriation notice and I have also sighted the flight details that were used for that repatriation exercise,” he added.
Meanwhile, Security Analyst, Dr. Ishmael Norman has described the President’s comment as a mockery of the national security architecture.
“It tells you that national security is wack in terms of preparedness against potential threat at our borders and as security people, we need to impress upon the President that we need to know more. Because to tell you the truth, they are making a mockery of the Ghana Army, the Police, the Immigration, of Customs and all the security agencies because of what the President just said today. No control system is in place so people can come and go when they want,” he said on Joy FM’s Top Story, Tuesday.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH with additional files from myjoyonline.com