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BusinessLand dispute affecting business activities in Kumasi Acheamfuor market - Traders lament

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Land dispute affecting business activities in Kumasi Acheamfuor market – Traders lament

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Traders at the Acheamfuor market in Kumasi are grappling with the repercussions of escalating tensions among families disputing the ownership of the land where the market operates.

The simmering conflict has led to a sluggish pace of trading activities, with traders expressing concern over the impact on their businesses.

The dispute over the true ownership of the land and properties has deterred potential customers from patronising the market, resulting in a significant decline in business for the vendors.

The overall maintenance of the market has also been compromised, as all washrooms remain locked, contributing to deteriorating sanitary conditions and filth within the market premises.

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The market, which serves as a hub for drivers transporting passengers to various regions across the country, is witnessing a decline in both foot traffic and overall business.

Station master Jacob Bafo lamented the adverse effects on their operations, asserting that passengers are now hesitant to visit the market due to the ongoing tensions.

Gyamfi Gideon, the station chairman, echoed these concerns, highlighting the significant slowdown in business activities since the onset of the tension.

“Ever since this tension started, our businesses have been very slow. There has been a reduction in the number of passengers who come here to board our buses. The market is also battling with filth; things are just not moving well since this tension started.”

He emphasised the market’s struggle with sanitation issues, indicating that the situation has created an unfavourable environment for both traders and customers.

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Driver Stephen Amo Boahen added his voice to the plea for intervention, emphasising the closure of washrooms as a major challenge for those operating in the market.

“Our washrooms here are all locked due to the incident, and this is really affecting those of us who operate here. Now, visiting the washroom is a big challenge. We are calling on relevant authorities to intervene.”

The affected parties are calling on relevant authorities to intervene promptly and resolve the land ownership dispute to restore normalcy to the Acheamfuor market.

Traders also lamented highlighting “If not for the disturbances here, this bus would have been full by now, but because of the disturbances, passengers are even scared to come here and board the bus, so our businesses have been badly affected. We pray that all these will end so that we can go about our activities.”

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