ON THURSDAY December 7, some displaced traders of New Juaben in the Eastern Region stormed the streets and protested vehemently against the Municipal Chef Executive (MCE) of New Juaben. The reason for the protest was that based on her orders, the traders who had been selling on the street were being stopped.
According to the traders, the action of the MCE had the propensity of forcing them into engaging in commercial sex trade (prostitution) if the government did not give them a fitting market place.
The traders who claimed to be predominantly supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) stormed the streets to demonstrate against the MCE; Mrs Comfort Asante whom they claimed had been preventing them from selling on the streets.
While hoisting plaque cards with different inscriptions on them the women were seen in red and black dresses, with red headgear and armbands expressing their frustration and sentiments.
A day after, on Friday December 8, the members of the Yam Sellers Association of Okaishie Market in the Greater Accra Region also raised the red flag calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately call the Metro Director of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Laryea Lamptey to order or face a “naked demonstration.”
The traders who identified themselves as pro-NPP supporters said the Metro Director and his men are harassing them from selling at a place that for the past 16 years has been their market place.
Mrs Dorcas Ofori, the leader of the association venting her spleen told the DAILY HERITAGE that “We have taken loans from banks to buy these yams thinking that we will make some good sales during the Christmas to settle our loans at the banks. But per what is happening now, some of us will end up in court.”
It is interesting looking at the sequence of events. Many would have expected the traders from the opposition parties to accuse the ruling government but it is rather the opposite.
The point is that, traders desires descent places to sell and if that does not happen, there is always a concern. But what is worrying again is that these women in Accra are threatening naked demonstration. Those in the Eastern Region also said government is forcing them into prostitution.
Either way the threats are not right or they should be a source of grave concern for the nation. Much as we at the DAILY HERITAGE would support good policies for traders, we believe that such threats are uncalled for.
It is about time we shifted from these negative ways of demanding from government.