Forty-Six (46) members of Kumasi Petty Traders Association lost their lives within 4 years following the construction of the New Kejetia Market, Chairman of Petty Traders Association Nana Akwasi Prempeh has revealed.
Traders and Transport operators who were operating in the Kejetia lorry terminal were vacated to pave way for the construction of the New Kejetia Market in 2015.
Some of the traders were stranded while others complained about the loss of their capital due to low patronage of their goods. Some of the traders and Transport Operators were allocated to Nana Afia Kobi Market, Racecourse Market, and other satellite markets in the Metropolis.
The Chairman of the Kumasi Petty Traders Association Nana Akwasi Prempeh speaking in an interview with Pure Fm’s Osei Kwadwo monitored by Ghtimesonline.com said the traders suffered when the old Kejetia lorry terminal was demolished because KMA failed to allocate all the traders.
“Our members became stranded because they didn’t get a place to do business. They lost their capital and banks were chasing them to pay their loans. Others sold their properties to settle their loans”.
“All the 46 members lost their lives due to stress because banks were after them”.
He added that “KMA decided to vacate the traders with a force which affected and collapsed our business”