Kejetia traders demonstrate against KMA relocation ultimatum

Traders in Kumasi have hit the streets in protest over an ultimatum by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) for them to re-locate within two months.

Clad in red, the traders are chanting and kicking against the ultimatum.

The relocation is to make way for a new Central Market to be constructed in Kumasi. Parliament has approved a $ 300 million loan facility for the contruction of the market.

Kejetia market
Already the KMA has secured  more than $175 million out the budgeted sum for the project.

A 13-member delegation from the KMA led by the Mayor, Kojo Bonsu and three MPs in the Ashanti Region just returned from Brazil where they familiarised themselves with prototype markets built in the South American country which will be replicated in Kumasi.

They returned on Sunday with the hope of beginning the project but the traders are not yet impressed.

On Wednesday, tens of angry traders chanted their frustration against the Mayor insisting the two-month ultimatum is not enough.

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