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Kotobabi Demolishing Exercise; Affected People Outraged

Kotobabi Demolishing Exercise; Affected People Outraged

Some of the people affected by the demolishing exercise at the Kotobabi market suspect that a misunderstanding that ensued between some residents of the Kotobabi market and the city police may have triggered the action by city authorities.

RET Africa news team's visit to the place saw hundreds of containers and kiosks which served as business centres and places of abode for some of the people pulled down at Kotobabi in Krowor constituency.

The scores of people who had their livelihoods destroyed, with many others rendered homeless, told our news team that the exercise had taken them by surprise, adding that they were denied the opportunity of time, to at least save some of their personal belongings from the ravaging impact of bulldozers used in the demolishing exercise.

Victim Vivian Asare expressed her dissatisfaction with the manner in which the exercise was carried out: "Where my container is sited is not part of the demarcated place for the demolishing exercise." Our landlord showed his documents as proof of our claims but was not heeded to. We are not slaves in our own country. I have lost properties valued at over 20,000 Ghana cedis. This is unfair. The authorities have not dealt well with us, "she argued.

On his part, another victim, who only gave his name as Samuel, had this to share with us: "We were going about our daily duties as normal when we saw excavators and bulldozers brought in to commence demolishing of our properties without any prior notice of any sort." This exercise has come at a huge cost to me. On behalf of the affected residents, he called for compensation from the government to cater for their losses.

Below is a video of the demolishing exercise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H5Bd7twuGg

 

Source: Reuben Affum-Ankamah (Real Estate Times Africa)

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