Traders Defy Mahama

TRADERS OF Kumasi Kejetia Bus Terminal have blatantly refused to withdraw a court case seeking to stop ongoing works at the terminal despite a passionate appeal from President John Dramani Mahama to soften their stance.

The president openly appealed to the angry traders to cooperate with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s Committee to help address the impasse.

President Mahama was addressing a mammoth gathering during the official sod-cutting ceremony to commence works on the multi-million dollar project which was graced by top dignitaries including the Asantehene.

Barely two weeks after the first gentleman’s passionate appeal which was greeted with wild applause from party faithful present, the traders remained adamant and are ready to go the full length of the court case.

Reacting to the traders’ shocking stance, an obviously peeved-looking Kojo Bonsu, the Kumasi Mayor, said during an interview that ‘the traders are being recalcitrant,’ disclosing that the traders were still battling it out with the KMA in court over the ongoing works at the terminal.

He expressed gross concern over the action of the traders, stressing that he wished the traders had withdrawn the matter from court by now so that the project would go ahead without a hitch.

He however stated that despite the court case, construction works at the facility was still going on smoothly, stressing that the KMA and the NDC government were committed to completing the project as planned.

There has not been peace at the Kejetia Bus Terminal ever since hundreds of traders were relocated from the area to pave way for a Brazilian firm ‘Contracta’ to redeveloped the facility into a modern edifice.

The traders, who were obviously not comfortable about how the KMA was going about the construction works, notably the procedure in relocating them, therefore hauled the KMA to court.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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