Some Traders in New Juaben Municipality of the Eastern Region predominantly supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP), have staged a demonstration against the Municipal Chief Executive of the Municipality, Comfort Asante for preventing them from selling on the streets without alternate market.
The demonstrators wearing red and black dresses ,with red headgear and armbands hoisted several placards expressing their sentiments ranging from feelings of disappointment to call for the head of the MCE, among others.
The New Juaben Municiapal Assembly has been embarking on decongestion exercise sacking hawkers from the streets of Koforidua and confiscating their goods to clear pavements and streets of the municipality.
However, the demonstrators believe the move is detrimental to their livelihood considering the fact that, the assembly has failed to provide convenient market place for them while Christmas approaches.
The traders fear they will incur debt if they are prohibited from selling goods purchased with loans for retail for x’mas market demand.
They accused the MCE of sabotaging the President because her action is contrary to promises given them by the NPP during the 2016 election that the party will support small Scale businesses and provide the needed business friendly environment to flourish.
The demonstrators converged at the Koforidua Jackson park ,matched to the Municipal Assembly but were denied entry to petition the MCE hence have diverted to the Regional Coordinating Council to petition the Eastern Regional Minister.
The demonstrators are led by a die-hard popular NPP activist T.K Aboagye.
In earlier letter written for permit from Police ,the concerned stated that “we the undersigned members of the NPP wish to inform you our demonstration against the MCE at Koforidua on 7/12/2017 (December 7, 2017)”.
The permit was therefore granted by the Police hence the demonstrators being given police protection.