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Kumasi traders protest over relocation

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Some aggrieved traders at the Kumasi Central Market in the Ashanti Region has massed up at the Regional Coordinating Council to object a decision by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to transfer them in order to pave way for the second phase of the Kejetia-Central Market redevelopment project on Monday, February 8, 2021.
The traders who were numbering 800, were cladded in red and black.
According to the traders, they were not given a notice by the authorities and only  got to know that a fence had actually been built around the market with iron sheets.

Speaking to the media, General Secretary of the City Market Traders Union, Richard Boamah said that the traders were not embarking on a protest and described the activity by the city authorities as disheartening.

Mr Boamah stated that: “We came to see the father of the land, that’s the Regional Minister, about some mishappenings in the market to seek clarification in the first place. So if you see us here this morning, it’s not a demonstration. You can see we’re in black and red, yes we’re mourning, we’re in very dangerous times. It’s very disturbing, because this is where we make our livelihood.  It’s very heartbreaking, so I’ll say we’re mourning not demonstrating.

“How the barricading was done actually prevented people from opening their shops. As I’m speaking right now, no security or task force has been set to prevent anybody from entering but there are many many traders that cannot open their shops. It is unheard of that traders are plying their trade at a certain place, there’s been no engagement from authorities with the traders there and then you just come and all of a sudden there’s this fencing around it. It’s just unheard of, that’s why we’re here to seek clarification.”

He said there was no discussion with the traders.

Source: Ghana Waves

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