Traders selling on pavements
There has been several speculations about the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) guards that suggest, they extort monies from traders (hawkers) to allow them to sell on pavements.
Some other rumours suggest, the guards sleep with some of the traders in the name of granting them the permit to sell on the pavements.
Although no one has been able to provide a concrete evidence about the guards dubious and unscrupulous act but the leader of Kumasi petty traders, Nana Akwasi Prempeh have said the KMA city guards truly extort monies from the traders. They acquire enough funds from the extortion than even their monthly wages.
“The KMA guards extort money from Kejetia Traders and the amount they take everyday even exceeds their monthly salaries,” he revealed on Oyerepa FM breakfast show today.
How do they extort the monies?
He declared that, “the guards go to the market early in the morning, ambush a couple of the traders who sell on the pavements and intend seize their goods.”
“They later give the goods back to the traders around 10 AM to continue business.
Consequently, they later send about two of their colleagues to secretly move from one trader to the other to collect monies which they share among themselves without accounting a penny to the KMA,” he
The situation according to him has been in existence for many years, but authorities of KMA seem not to bother about it.