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Kaizer Flats residents need compensation

By
Alexander Nyarko Yeboah

Tema July 26, GNA – Mr.
Richard Anning, Assembly man of the Horticulture Electoral Area, Community
Four, Tema, says residents of the Kaizer Flats, marked for demolition, are not
squatters and that they deserve compensation.

At a meeting convened
by the Member of Parliament (MP) of the Tema Central,Mr Kofi Brako, to inform
residents of the affected blocks of the need to prepare their minds to vacate
the facility, he said,  “The last
time we heard from news outlets, all the people living here are squatters.
Frankly speaking these are people who have lived their entire lives here.”

He said that the Tema
Development Corporation (TDC) had plans to redevelop the entire Kaizer and
Segico Flats and not just the four affected blocks, so was demanding that TDC
came out with their demolishing plan as instructed by the Ministry of Works and
Housing for residents to know.

According to him, the
four blocks marked for demolition, were in a bad shape and would have to be
pulled down, yet TDC should manage the eviction process so that it would not
create problems for the residents.

He said there was now
the need to balance the desire to keep them in the facility with the need for
their safety adding “we do agree that they are citizens but you and I also
agree that the fact that they are Ghanaians means they mean a lot to us and we
should not expose them to danger.”

He observed that the
people were entitled to some form of compensation having lived in the facility
for a long time ad refuted the notion that they were compensated but never
moved out.

He said, “Those
who claim they have compensated our people are not telling the truth. TDC was
selling lands; those whose flats were considered dangerous were given the
chance to buy some of the plots. The only thing TDC did for them was to spread
the payments.”

Mr. Anning prayed the
government to consider resettling them in some of the affordable housing
projects within the city.

The Spokesperson of
the residents Mr. Isaac Lomotey, said the matter was not over. insisted that
“if they want to eject us, they should relocate us. How do you compensate
people you say are squatters, and if we are legal tenants you don’t just eject
us like that.”

He said they had nowhere
to go to pave way for the redevelopment, “and if they finish building and
say it cost 400 thousand dollars, how many people can afford it.”

Mrs. Nina Mantey, a
resident, wondered how possible it was to break just the four flats without
affecting the rest of the building adding “i have heard of plans to eject
us all; what wrong have we done. Our flat is okay but for the fact that we
don’t have anybody to speak for us.”

It would be recalled
that Court bailiffs from Tema threw out the personal belongings of residents of
four blocks at the Kaizer Flats in June to make the facility available to the
TDC to demolish.

GNA

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