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23.04.2007 Crime & Punishment

Hawkers fined 13 million cedis

By Ghana Districts
Hawkers fined 13 million cedis

Twenty-six hawkers have been fined a total of ¢13m by the Ashanti New Town Magistrate Court in Kumasi, for selling at unauthorized spots in the metropolis, against the bye-laws of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.

They are among 57 hawkers who were arrested by a Police Task Force about a week ago.

The convicted hawkers were each fined ¢500,000 and bonded to be of good behaviour for one year, or in default, pay ¢2m.

The Kumasi Central Police Divisional Crime Officer, ASP Kwaku Duah who announced this to Radio Ghana said the operation to rid the Central Business Centre of hawkers is ongoing, and warned that recalcitrant hawkers who would be caught and arraigned before court, would face custodial sentence, without the option of a fine.

He also cautioned pedestrians to use the pavement in the Central Business Centre, instead of walking along the streets, adding that very soon, those who refuse to comply with the directive, would also be arrested and prosecuted.