Traders at the Kumasi Central Market have expressed disappointment in the manner in which the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has handled their migration to a yet to start construction grounds.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, in a press conference on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, cautioned traders at Kumasi Central Market to move to the Afia Kobi Market at Abinkyi to enable the contractor kick starts the second phase of the Kumasi Kejetia-Central Market redevelopment project.
He further added that the traders would have themselves to blame if their goods are destroyed for a rebuttal to move after the cut-off date.
According to a section of second-hand clothing sellers were saddened by the approach of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and the Regional Minister for the abrupt removal without a ready ground to settle to make ends meet. They believe the method of evacuation was inhuman and are calling on the government to be responsible for their safe movement through acquiring them grounds suitable for their business.
They have also accused their leaders of abandoning them after grabbing comfortable grounds and left them friendless with nowhere to function.
Speaking to our correspondence Frank Kojo Boateng they said, they have not received any allocation papers as they promised. We have been to the Afia Kobi Market as they implied and to be honest, nothing shows that the place has been prepared to welcome trade.
They said, they have packed their stuff as they demanded of us yet where to settle and start business is the challenge. We are pleading to them to make available a suitable place for us,” she added.
“We have no place to sell. The government is rather encouraging theft by trying to take our food from the table. Our leaders have lied to us and we are very disappointed,” a former watchman of central market Foss line told.
“We went to race course and were threatened with curses if we grab spaces belonging to others. I love my life and do not want to be a victim so I am appealing to the Assembly to come again because their decision is uncomplimentary.”