TRADERS IN Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, are in tears over the low sales they have been recording lately.

The most affected traders are located at the Asafo, Bantama and Kumasi Central Markets.

Most of the traders that spoke to DAILY GUIDE said though people had been thronging the market in large numbers, their goods were not being patronized.

According to them, ideally they recorded colossal sales at this time of the year when the yuletide was some few days away. However this year?s case has been different as people were refusing to purchase their wares.

An affected trader at the Kumasi Central Market, Ama Achia, an onion seller, said she hardly made GH?10 sales a day. She recounted that in some few years back, she was making sales amounting to GH?200 on a daily basis when Christmas was approaching.

Ama Achia said people that visited the market lately often complained about harsh economic situation in the country which had affected their purchasing power.

Kennedy Otchere, a boutique operator, said he had purchased clothes in high quantity and was expecting bounty sales as usual during the Christmas period.  But to his surprise, people were refusing to patronize his wares, complaining that money was hard to come by lately.

He admitted that the just-ended elections could be a factor to the challenge they were facing, and also alleged that bad governance by the National Democratic Congress administration had made money extremely hard to come by.

Madam Akua Afriyie, who sells fowls, said though Christmas was just a few days away people were not buying the fowls as expected.  She said, around this same period last year, some of the fowls were being sold at GH?10 which was affordable for the people. However this year, fowls were being sold at GH?25 of GH?30.

Madam Afriyie said the increment was too much therefore she was not surprised that the people were refusing to buy them.

One Leticia Agyei, a fowl dealer, who seemed not to know the current president of the land, caused a stir on Kessben FM when she asked President Kufuor to do something about their situation.

She said their situation was deplorable as their business was collapsing, appealing to ?President Kufuor and his leaders to quickly intervene to save their businesses from collapsing.?

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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