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Traders demonstrate against unfair allocation of Kotokuraba market stores

By Isaac Arkoh/Grace Darko, GNA

Cape Coast, July 19, GNA – Scores of traders
on Tuesday, matched through the principal streets of Cape Coast Metropolis to
register their displeasure with the unfair allocation of Kotokuraba market
stores.

The traders dressed in red and black held
placards carrying messages like ‘Yeregye hen store’, “Kwamena Duncan hands
off Kotokuraba”, “Alatanyi mpo enya bi” , and  “Don’t sell the market stand to
foreigners.”

The demonstration started at 1000hrs from the
Mfantsipim School Junction through the prime streets of Cape Coast backed by
brass band music which drew the attention of onlookers.

The demonstrators, mainly women, joined the
procession from the various markets and neighborhoods to show solidarity. 

The protest match ended after three hours at
the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) with a petition to be presented to
Mr Ernest Arthur, the Metropolitan Chief Executive who was unavailable.

More so officials at the assembly were not
readily available to receive it on his behalf and this infuriated the angry
demonstrators who hurled abuse whiles others poured libation to invite the gods
of the land to allow justice to prevail.

After a while, Mr George Arthur, Spokesperson
for the group, managed to calm tempers and addressed the demonstrators.

He expressed their determination to ensure
fair distribution of the market stores to enable the traders to earn a living.

Mr Arthur, however, appealed to the Regional
Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan as well as the CCMA Chief Executive, Mr Ernest
Arthur to halt allocation of the market stores which he described as illegal.

He said there is the need for the allocation
of the market stores to be depoliticized saying “the market does not
belong to any political party or interest group and it must be distributed
fairly without fear or favour.” 

The spokesperson hinted of plans to place an
injunction on the allocation of the stores if the current processes of
distribution were not discontinued.

GNA

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