The Ashanti Regional Minister (A/R), Hon. Simon Osei Mensah has accused the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and its Mayor, Hon. Osei Asibey Antwi for being responsible for the delays in allocating traders to occupy the completed phase one of the Kejetia Market. Mypurefmonline.com reports
Members of the Kejetia Traders Association in a press conference yesterday, 7th November 2019, addressed by Mr. Kwabena Obeng called for the head of the A/R Minister after he ordered the KMA to stop the distribution of keys to shop owners of the newly constructed Kejetia market.
They made a passionate appeal to President Akufo-Addo to terminate the appointment of Hon Simon Osei Mensah for what they described as “his poor performance in the region.”
They wondered why the regional minister is not focusing on his duty to rehabilitate deplorable roads in Kumasi but has spared such time to interfere with their businesses, which is the only source of living for them.
In a reaction on ‘Pure Morning Drive’ on Friday, November 8, 2019, with sit-in-host Kojo Marfo, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah in his defense laid the blame squarely on the KMA executives led by Hon. Osei Asibey Antwi for failing to follow through with a directive he issued to them.
He explained that, he asked them to allow the previous 1,055 occupants of the stores before the project begun to move in to occupy the market structures before they commence with phase 2 of the project but KMA has since disregarded his directive.
“What I have said and continue to say is that, the completed Kejetia market, the old occupants who were there before the project begun should be allowed access to the facility. I have echoed this over and over again but they [KMA] have not followed through with this directive.
I wrote to them in September that I am no more interested in verbal discussion but strictly documentation. The 1,055 people should be allowed access first and then those who will be affected when the phase 2 begins follow suit. I have communicated to both the KMA executives and the traders as such.
We have completed the project for over one and half years still we can’t allocate stores. What is special about stores allocation?” He questioned.
When questioned on the nature of relationship between him and the Kumasi Mayor and why he hasn’t sought answers on why his directive hasn’t be followed through he said “We relate alright. we relate nicely. I cannot explain. You should seek explanation from those doing press conferences. Enough is enough. We have to move forward.”
Listen to the audio below.
Source: Mypurefmonline.com/ 957fm/ November 8, 2019/ Evans Osei-Bonsu