Notorious Chinese galamseyer Asia Huang may not be as “powerful” as has been claimed and any assertions by her that she has connections in government that make her immune from arrest and prosecution as far as the crusade against illegal small-scale mining is concerned is only “an empty boast”, former Ashanti Regional Minister Peter Anarfi has said.
Ms Huang, 31, was arrested a few days ago for her involvement in illegal small-scale mining, locally termed ‘galamsey’, which the Akufo-Addo is clamping down on following a nationwide clamour to save the country’s lands and water bodies from the damaging effects of the activity.
The Chinese woman is rumoured to wield such influence within the corridors of power that she manages to pull strings to secure her release each time she is arrested. And speaking on Multi TV’s Newsfile on Saturday May 6, Abdul-Malik Kweku Baako, the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, revealed the extent of her influence saying she had had sex with some past and present top government officials and has brought in Chinese prostitutes to sleep with such officials and was now using the videos of such sex acts to blackmail government officials who attempt to stop her illegal mining actvities.
But speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday May 9, Mr Anarfi felt Ms Huang was not as “powerful” as was being claimed.
According to him, he met Ms Huang twice while in office, the first encounter being when she came in the company of some men to welcome him following his appointment as Ashanti Regional Minister back in 2014 and subsequently when she came pleading to have some confiscated galamsey equipment returned – a request he turned down.
He recalled being told by his minders, after Ms Huang’s first visit, to be wary of her given she was “dangerous and a blackmailer”.
But during his nine-months in office as regional minister, Mr Anarfi said he struggled to see the influence the Chinese woman wielded in the region and had no sexual offers coming his way.
“During our time in office she used to say she knew big men but I did not know of any big men she knew; it was an empty boast. And I don’t see how powerful she is!” Mr Anarfi told show host Chief Jerry Forson.
In his view, no foreigner could feel powerful in the country unless with the blessing of locals and felt the notoriety the Chinese galamseyer had attained was because some Ghanaians had indulged her, a false grandeur that could be down to having compromised chiefs and some other persons, rather than politicians.
“So I do not see how powerful she could be without the influence of Ghanaians,” he added.
With the latest arrest, Mr Anarfi asked that Aisha, as Ms Huang is also known, be not spared asking that “she should be dealt with”.