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KMA denies using Delta Force to evict traders

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has debunked news reports written by Star Fm’s Ashanti Regional correspondent, Isaac Bediako Justice, about using vigilante group Delta Force to relocate traders and transport operators from unapproved areas in the city to the Race Course.

In a release signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the assembly, Okumah Nyame Godwin, it said the relocation exercise of the traders and transport operators is been supervised by a joint security task force led by DSP Kingsley Kwame Kawodie.

It explained that the task force is made up of the Military, the Ghana Police, the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO, KMA Metro Guards, and the representatives of the traders and transport operators.

“So far as the assembly is concerned, we have not engaged the services of the Delta Force gorup for this decongestion exercise, we only deal with the military, the police and other security agents, led by DSP Kinglsey Kwame Kawodie. It will be very surprising that one will say we are using Delta Force in this exercise,” he bemoaned.

With the caption ‘KMA Recruits Delta Force to Evict Traders’ on Monday, November 6, 2017,   starrfmonline.com accused the KMA of engaging members of the Delta Force, a pro NPP vigilante group to evict traders and transport operators from unapproved areas in the city.

The assembly is therefore demanding an unqualified apology from the reporter and starfmonline.com, and to desist from such act that might destroy their peaceful media relationship.

The release also rejected claims that the traders are protesting against the decision of relocating them to Race Course, claiming the new space provided for them is uncompleted and not fit for trading activities.

“It must also be put on record that no point during the relocation meetings did the leadership of the traders and the transport operators kicked against the Assembly’s decision to relocate them to Race Course,” he said.

He therefore admonished media practitioners to always cross-check their information with the Assembly’s Public Relations Unit to avoid publishing hoax reports on issues concerning the assembly.

Source: otecfmghana.com/ Francis Appiah

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