Some traders in Kumasi have expressed concern over the business they will lose following the announcement by the Asanteman traditional rulers that all trade activities are to cease on Thursday, January 19.
This announcement follows the orders from the Manhyia Palace that banned all forms of trading activities on Thursday, the funeral day for the late Asantehemaa.
The announcement has however been met with some worry by Kumasi traders who feel they will incur financial losses due to the order.
One trader said, "It’s going to affect my business negatively because even on a Monday like this, town is really quite and I can imagine on Thursday there will be no body around. Since our shops are going to be closed it will really affect us but I think we have to let custom have its way."
Another also lamented, "Seriously on the closure of shops on Thursday businesses are really going to suffer, people who come to buy goods do business basically from Mondays to Thursday most especially and with the type of business we do our busy days are Mondays to Thursdays so closing our shops for the whole of Thursday will really affect us seriously."
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As part of the final funeral rites for the late Asantehemaa, all shops have been ordered to remain closed on Thursday, and all movements from the Bantama street to Breman township have been restricted starting 6pm.
Meanwhile, there has been a massive boost of business in items such as funeral cloths, Ahenemaa slippers, bead and scarves near the funeral grounds. Traders of those items have recorded a high demand for their goods since the funeral started.