Some traders in the Ashaiman municipality have expressed worries about the operations of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly task force, tasked to ensure sanity on the street.
According to the traders, members of the task force have turned their activities of ensuring that people do not sell in the street into a money siphoning venture from innocent traders on the pavements of the municipality.
The traders revealed that members of the task force on some occasions beat them mercilessly when they come their wares on the streets.
”On other times when you have not displayed your wares they claim it has been displayed and forcibly take it away.
They claim that sometimes traders chase the members to have the ware retrieved to no avail’
The angry traders added that when they go the Assembly to have their wares retrieved they are charged an amount of fifty Cedis and one hundred Cedis respectively.
They have therefore appealed to Municipal Chief Executive(MCE) of the Assembly to endeavour to check the operations of the task force to safeguard the image of the Assembly.
The traders poured out their problems in an interaction with Koo Fante, a news anchor at the main Ashaiman market as part of the Top FM’s Outside Broadcasting(OB) morning show underway in the Ashaiman municipality.
In a quick reaction to the complaints made by the traders, the MCE for the area, Ibrahim Baido said he had been briefed about the inhumane activities on the part of some members of the Task force.
He revealed that he had directed the Commandant of the Task force to talk to the members not to be heavy handed on the trader when they are dealing with them in the municipality.
He added that the Assembly has taken the decision to charge all traders arrested by the task force for selling on the street between one hundred Cedis and Fifty Cedis respectively.
He was quick to add that perishable items which are not retrieved after 5pm are donated to some orphanages in the municipality.
He urged the traders to demand receipt when coming for their wares from the Assembly adding that if they fail to take receipts then they are paying moneys inio wrong hands and not the Assembly
He urged the traders to desist from selling in the streets as there enough spaces in the main market