Lawyers for two major trading groups at the Kumasi Kejetia Market in the Ashanti Region have officially filed a lawsuit against the Kumasi City Market Limited (KCML), managers of the facility over the destruction of wares.
The two groups, Concerned Central Market Traders Association and the Eleven Member Steering Committee of the Kumasi Central Market are demanding Gh¢104,850 compensation for damages caused by a pipe burst in the market.
This reporter gathered that the writ of summons was on Friday August 26, 2022 served Managers of KCLM and they have eight days to respond to the suit.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs have asked a Kumasi High court to force authorities at the market to compensate traders who have consistently lost their goods to pipe bursts and flooding in the market.
The suit led by O&A Legal Consult is also asking the court to force the defendant to provide documented evidence of tenancy agreement to all traders who have fulfilled their end of the bargain as far as an agreement between the two parties is concerned.
Their decision follows a series of pipe bursts at the market with the last one occurring on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 destroying goods worth hundreds of cedis.
The General Secretary for the two groups, Reuben Ameh, in an interview with this reporter said they are demanding the court to force the managers of the market to duly compensate the affected traders.
“We are also pleading with the court to look into the insurance package on the facility and redesigned it to cater for the traders as well,” he said.
Trading activities in parts of the Kumasi Kejetia Market in the Ashanti Region were halted after water from some burst pipes flooded several shops within the market Wednesday, July 20, 2022
The pipe burst which according to the traders was the seventh time in six months flooded the market, leading to the destruction of goods worth thousands of Ghana cedis
Over 20 lockable shops were seen drenched in water after the incident on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
Some of the affected traders who have lost their wares for the fourth time to the pipe burst at that particular place where the incident occurred wept.
The traders bemoaned that, the consistent pipe bursts have been affecting their businesses.
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