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14.08.2005 Business & Finance

Petty traders deny paying bribes


Kumasi, Aug. 14, GNA- The United Petty Traders Association of Ghana on Saturday denied that it had given bribe to some officials of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), to allow the traders return and settle on the pavement in the central business area of the Kumasi metropolis.

In a press release issued in Kumasi on Saturday and jointly signed by Mr Abdulai Rahim, Vice Chairman and Mr Boakye Ansah, Public Relations Officer, the association said there was no truth in the rumours, which were currently being peddled in the metropolis.

It said the association petitioned the KMA to allow its members to sell in certain areas but within rules and regulations. The statement said, based on the rules and regulations, which the association submitted to the assembly, the petition was granted. It said the areas approved by the assembly did not have any pavements, adding that, the members were also strictly adhering to the rules and regulations.

The statement further urged the authorities in-charge of the Race Course market project in Kumasi to make available the cost per store and the laws governing the operations at the market to members of the association.

The statement called on the media to be circumspect in reporting on the decongestion exercise at the business areas in the metropolis in order not to inflame passions.