The latest exposé by renowned investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, dubbed “Galamsey Economy,” has been criticized by the Ghanaian people as being unconvincing and hollow.
Those who flocked to the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on Monday evening to watch the documentary felt it didn’t live up to their expectations, and many expressed their dissatisfaction on social media.
They believed the video would show extensive undercover investigations into the galamsey issue, which continues to have a negative influence on the nation’s water resources and forest reserves, but it turned out to be far from the truth.
“But seriously we black people have problem oo.. so how comfortably people sitting with this guys that nobody knows their identity n saying they’re fighting corruption in Ghana and spending thousands of dollars just to make setup videos.. and we think they’re genuine,” a user of the twitter account BetMonster wrote.
Richard K.B. Eyiah, a second Twitter account, also posted “Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Galamsey Economy Expose” on his handle. Although I believe he and his staff are succeeding, I continue to believe that there are moral problems.
“I wonder if it counts as corruption if you choose to give an officer or anyone money after speaking with them (i.e. without the person making any initial demands or solicitations). Let’s just imagine that it even served as a “inducement” to speed up a legal procedure—aren’t both the giver and the recipient potential criminals? #LordHaveMercy.”
Many have also argued that President Akufo-Addo’s referral of the former Minister of State for Finance to the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Kissi Agyebeng, for additional investigation is the wrong course of action and won’t produce factual results in the investigative process.
"Anas' Galamsey Economy exposé wasn't detailed, it didn't meet my expectations"
— #TV3@25 (@tv3_ghana) November 16, 2022