Some soldiers and police officers maintaining law and order and ensuring the free of flow of traffic in some gridlocked areas of the Kumasi Metropolis have resorted to brute force by the use of copper wires to whip offenders, MyNewsGh.com has confirmed.
The worrying development which begun after the opening of
the roads around the redeveloped Kajetia Bus Terminal appears to have been
institutionalized by the Mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Hon Osei
Assibey Antwi who deployed them.
Offending taxi drivers who fall foul to the measures put in
place by the security personnel, are made to lie bareback on the bonnets of
their vehicles while the soldiers whip them with twined copper wires.
On Tuesday morning, a soldier with service name, “Ampiah”,
gave a taxi driver the whipping of his life for stopping in front of the
Bantamahene’s Palace to pick a passenger, bruising his back in the process.
In the Central Business District, some hawkers, mostly women
have also been complaining about military brutalities and have called on the
KMA to withdraw them into their barracks.
Some of the hawkers who spoke with MyNewsGh.com reporters said the soldiers have adopted the habit of whipping them and ceasing their stuff but allow some women who described as their “girlfriends” to stand at authorized spots to sell their wares without being questioned.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has remained tight-lipped
over this glaring infringement on the rights of ordinary citizens, as City
Mayor, Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi has declined several calls by the media to at least
state his side of the story.
Drivers and market women, who form a chunk of the ruling NPP’s constituency in the Ashanti region have vowed to vote against the party in 2020 if the trend is not stopped immediately.
The Central Business District of Kumasi hosts at least
thirty thousand traders and hawkers on a daily basis.
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