Fix our market roads or we boycott 2024 polls – Kumasi Racecourse traders to gov’t
Traders at Kumasi Racecourse in the Kumasi Metropolis of the Ashanti region have expressed disappointment in President Akufo-Addo, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the Member of Parliament for Bantama for neglecting them after they won the 2020 general elections.
The aggrieved traders said President Akufo-Addo, the NPP, and the MP for Bantama promised to fix road networks connected to the market when they took their campaign to the market but have failed to fulfill it after they voted massively for them to clinch power.
At a press conference organized by various market Queen Mothers in the market on Wednesday, 24 May 2023, they threatened not to participate in the 2024 general elections if nothing is done about the bad road network, connecting to the market.
The roads connecting to the market have been deplorable, causing accidents aside from the bridge connecting to the market which is on the verge of collapse.
The traders for the past two weeks now have stopped paying taxes to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly due to the nature of the road network.
They have, therefore, called on the President, the NPP, and the Member of Parliament for the Bantama to fulfill their promise by fixing the road network, or else they will not participate in the 2024 general elections.
Meanwhile, the traders said they have been informed that the KMA wants to take legal action against the market Queen Mother, Nana Kyeiwah, due to the stoppage of taxes paid to the Assembly as a result of the bad road.
They called on the KMA to rather sue individual traders in the market instead of targeting the Queen Mother who had made efforts to get them to pay the taxes but they ignored her advice due to the bad nature of the road.
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