There has been misunderstanding at the new Cape Coast Kotokuraba Market and the market will remain idle for a while longer as the political brouhaha over its allocation between the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region is being resolved.
Market women have been left stranded for months now due to this misunderstanding and has caused the market women to not gain access to stores due to the many court cases contesting the allocation of the stores.
Earlier in the week, the NDC issued a statement saying the NPP is spreading “vicious propaganda” to “incite our grassroots especially Cape Coast youths, women and the market women against the leadership of the NDC”.
The party executives believed that the stalls, stores and other facilities in the newly constructed Kotokuraba market had been shared among NDC Regional executives in Cape Coast South and North.
The NDC accused the NPP of doing away with the legitimate list for another list which was filled with occupants of the stores who were party faithful.
A number of aggrieved market women in 2016 were granted a court injunction on the allocation citing irregularities in the allocation processes, after the then President John Dramani Mahama had inaugurated the market.
A new committee was set up made up of the Assembly and they had allocate using the Assembly’s prepared list of approved occupants.
What created the disagreement is the current list prepared that has generated the contention. It has caused various stakeholders to threaten to actions to ensure that there was complete transparency in the allocation.
The Deputy Central Regional Chairman of the NDC, Sam George Wilberforce spoke to CITI FM and disclosed that the shop given to the late professor Atta mills sister as a token of appreciation had been taken by the government.
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