Following bombshell revelations by Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, the editor-in-chief of the “New Crusading Guide” newspaper, that notorious Chinese illegal miner, Asia Huang, had been a sacred cow to Ghana’s officialdom because of powerful connections within the corridors of power, it has emerged that the woman hobnobbed with the Ashanti Regional Minister.
Indeed, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, the minister, was apparently so cozy with Ms Huang, alias Aisha, alias Yaa Asantewa, that he actually proffered her diplomatic courtesies in the region.
At a recent programme to confirm President Akufo-Addo’s mayor- nominee for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Osei Assibey Antwi, Aisha had been hosted as one of the special guests.
The Chinese woman, who had been clad in a seductive thigh long black dress, had sat importantly through the programme, which was held at the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council.
Even more interesting, Aisha, who is now on remand for operating an illegal mining concession, in spite of a ban by government, had been driven to the venue of the programme in a convoy that had been heralded by motorcade.
The new insights into the Aisha story corroborate revelations by Abdul Malik Kweku Baako that the woman has a network of connections within both the current and past governments that gives her the audacity to operate as an illegal miner, in spite of a recent clampdown by government.
The revelation also dovetails news reports that upon the arrest of four of her accomplices at Bepotenten in the Ashanti Region for illegal mining, some powerful people had called from the Flagstaff House to order her release.
On Accra-based Joy FM, Mr. Kweku Baako had revealed that, as part of her cachet in government circles, Asia Huang had in her possession dirty recordings of sex escapades of powerful government officials.
He said Aisha used these videos to blackmail the officials anytime attempts were made to stop her galamsey activities.
Ms Huang is in prison custody now, after a High Court in Accra, presided over by Justice Charles Ekow Baiden, remanded her on Tuesday May 9. Her case has since been adjourned to May 23.
The 31-year-old had been arrested by Immigration officials when some four Chinese who had earlier been arrested for illegal mining had named her as their employer.
But this arrest of Asia Huang, alias Yaa Asantewa, is the fourth, as Abdul Malik Kweku Baako had revealed on Joy FM that three previous arrests had come to nothing due to her deep connections within the circles of power.
Apparently, Ms Huang furnishes many high-ups in government with Chinese prostitutes who secretly record their bonking bouts with these officials. Aisha, who is their female pimp, therefore, has in her possession dirty videos that prove that powerful Ghanaian officers are alley cats. Anytime she is arrested, she threatens to release the videos and immediately she is freed by ‘order-from-above.’
According to Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, Aisha had been arrested three times in the past, but on all three occasions she had later been freed.
It is not clear when Asia Huang came to Ghana, but it is reported that she holds an indefinite resident status, which implies that she is probably married to a Ghanaian.
Asia Huang is reported to be deeply involved with galamsey in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions, even though per the revelations by Kweku Baako, she had not originally come to Ghana to do mining.
Mr. Baako names one Monica as her accomplice, adding that they have built a power scheme of blackmail that they use to wiggle themselves out of the clutches of justice anytime they are arrested.
Recently, when four Chinese illegal miners, Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun, 39; Haibin Gao, 26, and Zhang Zhi Peng, 23, were arrested for illegal mining at Bepotenten, in the Ashanti Region, they named Asia Huang as their employer.
They had also revealed that Asia Huang had brought them into the country and was in possession of their passports.
News reports have it that following the arrest of the four by the Ashanti Regional branch of the Immigration Service, some people had called from the Flagstaff House and demanded their release.