Traders protest closure of over 800 shops at Kejetia Market


Traders at the Kejetia Market whose shops have been closed due to a recent fire outbreak have removed the barricades in protest against city authorities.

The angry traders have decided to forcibly enter the barricaded area to resume operation.

Market closure

City authorities cordoned off the affected area to enable maintenance works to be carried out. But traders who were not directly affected by the inferno in that section of the market disagree with the decision.

The recent fire at the Kejetia market destroyed 33 shops. City authorities after several meetings placed a ban on business activities in the affected area.


But traders who were not directly affected disagree. Amidst noisemaking and clad in red, they registered their displeasure against the managers of the facility.

They say they were not directly affected by the fire.

Leader of the affected traders, Andrews Kwofi claims Management has failed to provide alternatives for businesses affected by their decision.

“We are demanding the immediate opening of 807 shops and if this is not done we have only one hour to open it ourselves”, he said.

“We dare authorities to show us a road map they have drawn to guide us all to getting the affected areas back to track or back to normalcy…nothing of that sort has been done, that is our demand, and we’ll continue to demand that”, he added.

With the Easter festivities just around the corner, he quizzed “Are the authorities saying that these 807 shops should not partake in trading activities and go hungry? Is that what they’re telling us? How do the families that depend on the 807 shops survive?”


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