Thursday, August 27, 2009

By: Bismarck Nii Ogbamey Tetteh

REPORT REACHING Daily Guide indicated that brothers and cousin of the Accra Mayor, Mr. Alfred Vanderpuije have taken over the decongestion exercise.
Mr. Vanderpuije, who is currently out of the country, is alleged to have ordered his brothers and cousin to carry on with the decongestion exercise on the streets of Accra.
An eye witness told daily guide that the alleged brothers and cousin of the Mayor last Wednesday invaded the streets of Achimota polling down structures and beating innocent people in the process. He also disclosed that the brothers and cousin of the Mayor also ceased food which some people were eating in the name of decongestion.
Mr. Ben Armah, the administrator of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and Inspector Okai, the people supposed to be in charge of this exercise, had no idea of what happened in Achimota last Wednesday.
According to the eye witness, it seemed the Decongestion exercise has now become a family affair.

In another development, the police and the AMA under took a similar exercise at industrial area close to the railway lines where one Quansah, the area manager for the Ghana railways authority and Amoako Ata, who claimed he owned the land aided in the exercise.
According to an eye witness, Mr. Peter Tano, the AMA earlier this year asked the squatters to move their belongings 30 meters away from the railway line which they did.
Mr. Peter who is a mechanic added that around 11am last Wednesday the AMA task force together with a police man undertook a similar demolishing exercise resulting in the destruction of three of his clients vehicles.
He admitted that the police dispatched their squad when the life of the police man present was threatened. “When things became calm, they police told us they had no instruction to carry out such an exercise.” He continued to say that the squatters pay 120 GHC to Amoako Ata each year.
According to Ramatu Iddrisu whose finger was hit with a hammer noted that she lost her bag which contained 75 GHC whiles fleeing after, hearing a gun shot from the police. She concluded that she would be happy if such exercises were done the right way in this country.


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