More than 300 petty traders in the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua, have taken to the streets this [Thursday] morning, to protest the Juaben Municipal Assembly’s decision to relocate them from the streets to a newly constructed market.
The traders, mostly women, were clad in red, as they marched through some principal streets in the regional capital before presenting a petition to the Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour.
They said they did not support the Assembly’s decision to relocate them to the Agatha market.
Amidst chants, they held placards with inscriptions such as “Give us our freedom”, “2020 we go show Nana”, “Nana, you have deceived us”, “Say no to Abaye”, “MCE is Hitler,” among others.
Their action is the third time in 3 months after the New Juaben Municipal Assembly commenced a decongestion exercise a month ago to sanitize the principal streets of Koforidua.
Some of the demonstrators who spoke to Citi News called for the resignation of the Municipal Chief Executive, Madame Comfort Asante whom they said was abusing her powers.
The leader of the demonstrators, Theodore Kofi Aboagye, who presented the petition to the Eastern Regional Minister, said the traders had been deceived by the leadership of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who promised that they will not be relocated.
Meanwhile, Eric Kwakye Darfour after receiving the petition on behalf of the President, assured the traders that their concerns will be addressed.
By: Neil Nii Amartey Kanarku/citifmonline.com/Ghana
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