The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has denied claims that it has started a decongestion exercise in the city’s central business district.
Petty traders along the pavement from the Children Hospital to the Kejetia Central Market have been relocated to the Race Course to pave the way for the reconstruction of the roads from the Komfo Anokye roundabout to market.
The reconstruction of the roads is part of the Kejetia Market redevelopment project.
Some traders who were initially not happy with the move misconstrued it to be a decongestion exercise and served notice to protest.
But the Presiding Member of the Assembly, Abraham Boadi, expressed surprised at the development, saying “people are saying KMA has started decongestion. That is not true!”
He said the assembly decided to relocate the petty traders to Race Course but due to delays in preparing the area, the contractor and the Assembly decided to move the traders to other areas where the road is inaccessible.
Mr Boadi said the traders who don’t have a place yet should report to the assembly so that they are given a place.
The convener of the Kejetia petty traders association, Nana Prempeh, said they were satisfied with the arrangements by the KMA.
Meanwhile, the association has cancelled its planned demonstration.
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