MANAGEMENT OF AngloGold Ashanti has expressed its profound condolences to the family of the late John Owusu, its Corporate Affairs Manager, who lost his life over the weekend in a motor accident that occurred at the company’s Obuasi Mine in the Ashanti Region.
Mr Owusu met his untimely death on Saturday when he was knocked down by the company’s vehicle as it was reversing during a renewed clash between illegal miners and AGA security guards.
In a press statement, AngloGold confirmed the death of Mr Owusu and extended its condolences to his family for his untimely departure.
According to the statement, “AngloGold Ashanti is deeply saddened to confirm the death of an employee, John Owusu, who was killed in a car accident on Saturday, 6th February, 2016, after a large group of illegal miners trespassing on the site hurled stones and other projectiles at a group of mine employees who were observing the incursion.
It said “Our thoughts and sympathies go to the bereaved family, especially his wife and children, in these difficult times.
“AngloGold Ashanti is stopping all but the most critical functions at the Obuasi Mine in order to minimise contact between its employees and the illegal miners.”
“The safety of its employees and others is AngloGold Ashanti’s first priority. AngloGold Ashanti continues to engage with all relevant and delegated government authorities in the region and at the national level in order to manage the situation,” the statement added.
BY Melvin Tarlue