-A Magistrate court has fined 10 people for open defecation
-The accused were caught defecating around the Elmina Beach and its environs
-The move is to help curb the bad practice in the area
The Elmina Magistrate court in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem municipality in the Central region of Ghana has by its powers fined some 10 people who were arrested for engaging in open defecation at the Elmina beach and salt fields.
According to a report on Starrfmonlne.com the people who were arrested comprised 7 men and 3 women.
The Magistrate Court therefore fined the accused persons GHc 200 each and a 6-month jail term on the occasion of defaulting in the payment of the fine.
The total fines charged combined therefore stands at GHc 2,000 for all the people who were arrested.
The charges were placed on the accused per the very laws of the Assembly. The Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem municipal Assembly, per its action hopes to instill fear into others who were noted for defecating openly on the shores of the beach in the area.
In effect, the Assembly also hopes that the action would ‘force’ tenants to put pressure on their landlords to put up toilet facilities in their various houses to avoid tenants from being caught and fined.
It is reported that many people are left with no choce than to defecate on the shores of the beach due to the lack of toilet facilities in some homes in the area.
Open defecation has become a canker in the country which also contributes to many disease outbreaks including cholera.
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Two years ago, the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem municipality was one of the worst hit areas when there was an outbreak of cholera and the Assembly has vowed to take stringent measures to prevent the outbreak of any other disease in the area.
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