The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) would soon forcibly eject transport operators at the Suame Roundabout in Kumasi who have, for several months, refused to heed numerous directions from the assembly to vacate the place.
Deep throat sources at the Assembly notified Today of series of meetings held at the assembly on the ?stubborn attitude? of the transport operators who belong to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU).
Snippets of information from the assembly indicate that rumors are spreading wild in the region that the Kumasi Mayor, Mr. Samuel Sarpong had accepted a huge amount of inducement from the GPRTU hence his inability to enforce the assembly?s decision to ?forcibly? eject the drivers from the area which is noted to be a danger zone for loading passengers.
Mr. Sarpong is now, according to our sources, left with the options of either forcibly ejecting the transport operators from the roundabout to clear himself of the bribery allegations or leave them there to confirm it.
?But I am sure the Mayor will order their ejection any moment from now,? our source noted, adding that ?he hasn?t taken anything from the people but being tactful because we are in an election year.?
City authorities had asked the GPRTU to join traders at the newly constructed market at Abinkyi, a Kumasi suburb but they argued that the place was too far from town and passengers would find it difficult assessing the place, further adding that their members were so many that the place could not absorb them.
However, they have no excuse as eight acre plots of land have been made available to them at Suame A-lang to be used as their station.
The paper gathered that the new station which is known as GPRTU Suame Express station has been well developed to be used as the lorry park with all amenities intact.
A member of the GPRTU, Kwame Boampong who facilitated the development of the place expressed shock at his colleagues? refusal to move to the new station saying ?I don?t know why my colleagues have refused to leave that danger zone and join us here, knowing very well that the roundabout was not meant to be a station.?
?Nana Asantehene and the KMA Mayor are all aware and have given their consent for this place to be used as our station but I don?t know why my colleagues are still loading at the roundabout,? the passionate GPRTU man told this reporter when contacted.
STORY: JAMES APPIAKORANG JNR., KUMASI, A/R