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22.03.2007 General News

Provide alternative markets before ejection exercise

By myjoyonline

A Kumasi-based lawyer is making a case for petty traders to be affected by a decongestion exercise by the metropolitan authorities.

Ernest Owusu-Dapaah who is seeking to represent over 3000 affected petty traders says the KMA's approach violates the traders' socio-economic and cultural rights.

The KMA has fixed Monday, March 26th for the decongestion exercise, originally planed for January 15.

Lawyer Owusu-Dapaah says the city authorities must provide alternative markets before ejecting the traders and warns that the exercise has a potential to create serious social problems.
He said it is good that the authorities want to give the city a face-lift, however the exercise must not be an excuse to unduly inconvenient otherwise hard working residents lawfully eking out a living.