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Kaiser Flats’ residents dread uncertainties of life after ejection

He told the Ghana
News Agency on Friday that, “This morning, we were all asleep, around five am
when they came in with a court bailiff and thugs with no identification. They
came in and started throwing people out of their rooms. Then they came to call
me. When I came around, I saw the commander drenched in sweat and when I
approached him, he said he can’t talk to me.”

He said according to
the courts, they had to be served ejection notice prior to their ejection, but
that had not happened.

According to him,
the Friday’s visit by the Bailiff should have been to serve them notice before
the ejection itself.

“When we went to
court, we were given twelve calendar months after which they were to go for the
ejection notice. Even the twelve calendar months would end in September 22
which is even not due, so why should they eject us,” he queried.

Mr. Richard Anning,
the Assembly man for the Horticulture Electoral Area, Tema, was embittered
about the nature of the ejection.

 “If it’s a court order we don’t have a
problem, but they have to engage us and tell us when they want to evict us.
They can’t come here unceremoniously and enter our rooms with unknown faces and
attack us,” he said.

He said, “Money and
valuable documents have been stolen; whom are we going to talk to. Is it
because we didn’t attack anybody, because of that they take us for weaklings?
We are not weak. We are law abiding people that is why we just allowed them to
do what they did.”

According to him,
for such an exercise to take place, they should be informed together with the
Chief Executive Officer of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), the Member of
Parliament (MP) for Tema Central, the Assemblyman and even Opinion Leaders in
the community “but they came to evict people as if they were evicting animals”.

He observed that
there was a court order in 2013 that four blocks were so weak they had to be
pulled down, but the agreement was that when the time for eviction approached,
the Assemblyman should be informed so he could prepare the minds of the people
involved.

Mr. Anning said the
eviction was not right because the National Disaster Management Organization’s
(NADMO) coordinator was not aware, and “we are in the rainy season and yet they
threw us out.”

A Tema High Court
had given an order for residents of four affected flats at the Kaizer Flats in
Tema Community Four to be evicted to pave way for the demolishing of those
structures, and a bailiff had been assigned to recover the possession and hand
it over to the Tema Development Corporation (TDC).

 

Bailiffs from a Tema High Court have thrown out the personal effects of
residents of Kaizer Flats in Tema Community Four, says Mr Isaac Lomotey, the
Spokesperson for the association of affected residents.

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