Aisha Huang’s foray into Ghana’s yellow metals: twists and turns

She returned to the country and it was not until September 2, 2022, when she was re-arrested for engaging in illegal mining activities, that there was nothing known of her presence in the country.

En Huang, 36, popularly known in the Galamsey world as Aisha Huang, was repatriated to China in 2018.

The repatriated entrepreneur who is said to have re-entered Ghana to start mining without a permit, could spend 24 months in jail if found guilty of violating Ghana Immigration Service rules.

Huang is on the lips of every Ghanaian and the mention of his name surely gets people talking. She shifted the country’s attention from economic challenges to Galamsey.

Ms. Huang is said to be slippery with the law and has defied all odds to enter and leave the country at will, but her activities are constantly felt in Gyaman Bepotenteng in the central Amansie district and parts of Amansie West.

But she is currently on trial for undertaking a mining operation without a permit, facilitating the participation of persons engaged in a mining operation, and illegally employing foreigners and entering Ghana while prohibited from returning.

She reportedly entered Ghana with a different name, Ruxia Huang, and a new passport with a different date of birth.

Aisha Huang, alongside Jong Li Hua, Huang Jei and Huaid Hai Hun, faces initial charges of mining without a valid license and selling and buying minerals without a permit.

Before 2017, the Chinese woman had been arrested for illegal mining activities, but she was not charged.

She was, however, first charged in May 2017 for offenses related to illegal mining.

During the trial, the attorney general filed a nolle prosequi and she was later deported to China without facing full prosecution. It was then announced that she was expelled.

But following current developments, the government clarified that she had been repatriated and not deported.

Between the chief minister

In 2018, the then chief minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, explained to Ghanaians why Ms Huang had not been jailed.

He said Ms Huang was not imprisoned because her home country China provided economic aid to Ghana.

On September 20, 2019, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo described Aisha Huang’s expulsion as a mistake. This caused most people to label her with the name “the untouchable woman”.

The matter became murkier when in September 2022 the president, in a radio interview at the start of his Volta regional tour, said he was not sure if Aisha Huang had been expelled or if she had fled Ghana.

Amid the brouhaha, the letter of revocation from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), the government agency vested with the authority to deport or repatriate foreigners, was made available to the media on Thursday, September 15, 2022 .

“You are hereby informed that pursuant to Section 20(2)(a) of the Immigration Act 573 of 2000, your residence permit in Ghana has been revoked”.

He adds that “You must therefore leave Ghana immediately upon receipt of this notice. You are requested to remain out of the country until the Comptroller General approves your future re-entry to Ghana,” read the revocation notice issued to Ms Huang in 2018.

Then the account of police prosecutors when she was arraigned on September 5, 2022 made matters worse as the drama unfolded.

Police prosecutors contradicted GIS reports and documents suggesting Aisha Huang was repatriated from the country’s jurisdiction in 2018.

Police prosecutors told the court that she had fled jurisdiction, contrary to claims by the Ghana Immigration Service that she had been repatriated.

NIA reacts

Meanwhile, the National Identification Authority (NIA), in a statement to clarify the non-citizen ID card found on Aisha at the time of her arrest, explained that security agencies were investigating the case. .

The non-citizen identity card (Ghana Card) found on Aisha at the time of the arrest was genuine, the NIA said after verifying the details.

The NIA, in a statement, said En Huang first applied for the card at the Foreigner Identification Management System (FIMS) registration center in Nhyiaeso, Kumasi, Ashanti Region, on February 26, 2014.

She then made two more renewals on August 31, 2016 and January 8, 2018, using the same information and Chinese passport number G39575625 with the name En Huang.

On August 25, 2022, she went to an NIA registration center in Tamale in the Northern Region for a card, but this time under the name Ruxia Huang.

Who is Ruxia Huang?

According to the NIA, further investigations revealed that, based on the biometric data provided, Ruxia Huang had previously registered as En Huang in the FIMS file of the NIA database.

“She chose to renew the old details and then go through the affidavit and gazette process after which she would then provide the documents for the update to be made.

“Her renewed non-citizen Ghanaian card was then issued to her on August 25, 2022, with the name En Huang,” the statement said.

So far, very little is known about the children, spouse and net worth of the Chinese lady, who was born on July 7, 1986, but Anthony Faiben, a Ghanaian, is believed to be her husband.

Verifications show that a memo written by an Assistant Commissioner (Regional Commander) of GIS, Ashanti Region, which was addressed to the Assistant Comptroller General of GIS on September 2, 2016, suggests that Ms Huang was granted a residence permit in indefinite period on March 28, 2015, which allowed or gave him the right to stay or remain indefinitely in the country.

The referenced memo stated that En Huang, alias Aisha Huang, first entered Ghana through Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on May 28, 2006.

“… Since then, the subject frequents the country. She had previously been on a dependent license since December 5, 2013.

Currently, she has an indefinite residence permit issued on March 29, 2015,” said Isaac Luortey.

Luortey’s memo

Apparently, Mr. Luortey’s memo was triggered by media reports dated August 24, 2016 that Aisha Huang was engaged in illegal mining activities resulting in the destruction of cocoa plantations and the pollution of water bodies; encroachment on other people’s concessions and that locals and community leaders were planning to protest against his illegal mining activities.

“As a result, the woman in question, En Huang, received an invitation letter to allow the command to determine the situation on the ground. She reported on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, where her statement was taken,” Mr. Luortey noted.

She also revealed that her husband had registered two companies in the country.

The nature of the activities of the second company (Golden Asia Limited.) was import and export of goods and mining. She was the company’s second director.

Interestingly, Ms. Huang “revealed in her written statement that her four excavators seized by National Security at the said site were returned to her when the Ashanti Regional Minister indicated that the operation had been carried out without her consent”, said noted Mr. Luortey.

Brandon D. James