Mad Rush For Kejetia Shops …To Beat KMA’s Ultimatum
Thousands of traders, who had been reluctant in moving to the newly-built Kejetia Market, have moved to the place, ostensibly for fear of losing their shops.
According to Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), the development took him by surprise as the shop owners, who had been given keys to their shops several months ago, had been dragging their feet, until the assembly recently gave an ultimatum that they could lose their shops by last Monday.
He said after realising that the assembly was bent on taking their shops from them, the owners quickly opened their shops, and wondered if it was not a ploy to give the assembly a bad name.
“They were in possession of their allocation papers and keys to their shops but they decided to stay home, whilst the market was being managed at a loss.
“Their refusal to open their shops gave the wrong impression that the assembly was not working and people in the city lambasted us in the process.
“But when we issued the stern warning to take the shops from them, they started opening their shops to do business at Kejetia”, the KMA chieftain indicated.