With a few hours to the demolition of the Cape Coast Kotokuraba Market to pave the way for the construction of an ultra-modern one, an application for extension of time has been filed at a Cape Coast High Court.LAW
The application was filled by the eight aggrieved traders who had earlier dragged the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly and three other defendants to court over the demolition of the market originally scheduled for October 1.
According to the applicants, the Assembly had not yet complied with some of the conditions it was to fulfill before the demolition as ordered by the court presided over by Justice Kwasi Dapaah in its ruling on the case on Friday November 28.
The conditions were that the Assembly could demolish the market after midnight of Friday, December 19, only if it had given a written alternative note assuring the applicants and the members of the Concerned Traders Association, space in the ultra-modern structure, when completed.
The Assembly was also to hand over to each of the eight applicants, keys to their cubicles in the temporary structure, in not less than seven days before the demolition exercise.
When the application for extension was mentioned in court on Friday to be granted or refused, Justice Dapaah did neither but only wondered why the case had been scheduled for hearing on Tuesday, December 23, by the registry when the court would then be on Christmas break.
He explained that the court did not necessarily order for the market to be demolished on Friday, December 19 but rather only after the conditions of the judgment were fulfilled.
Justice Dapaah did not schedule any date for hearing and this disappointed the applicants and their sympathizers who had come to court with hopes of getting the demolition exercise extended.
Meanwhile majority of the traders at the market, as of Thursday evening, had started relocating to the temporary structures and other places while others were yet to relocate, the GNA observed.
Carpenters and electricians had been employed by some traders to dismantle structures and extensions they made to the original structures while vehicles were spotted carrying roofing sheets and doors away.
On Wednesday September 24, 2014, eight aggrieved Kotokuraba traders filed a motion of stay of execution against the demolishing of the market scheduled for Wednesday October 1, 2014.
In their statement of claim, the traders alleged among others, that cubicles in the temporary market were too small, made with inferior materials, too warm, not human friendly and inconvenient for business.
That was when the courts placed its first interlocutory injunction on the demolition exercise.
In the process of the trial of the case, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area prayed the court for a possible out of court settlement which was granted but was however unable to settle the case amicably at his palace.
The matter was subsequently brought to court for full trial at the end of which the court ordered the demolishing of the market.

GNA

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