Some traders at the Kumasi Central Market are seeking an injunction to restrain the Metropolitan Assembly from demolishing about 1,500 lockable shops occupied by the applicants.

Brazilian construction firm, Contracta, started demolition of structures at the market on Monday, March 15, to pave way for the construction of the second phase of the Kejetia Redevelopment Project.

The exercise comes after the city authority served notice to traders of possible destruction of their goods if they failed to relocate to satellite markets.

But the traders have been agitating over what they say is the KMA’s failure to relocate them to a proper place for business.

They insisted on not leaving until proper arrangements were made.

Some of the traders later complied and moved to satellite markets but others, especially those occupying lockable shops, maintained they will not heed the directive.

The 1,143 aggrieved traders headed to the Kumasi High Court to restrain the KMA from carrying out the demolishing of their lockable shops.

Leader of the traders, Richard Boamah, says the Assembly has not been fair in dealing with the traders.

The government risks losing €258 million funding for the second phase of Kejetia Redevelopment Project if traders frustrate the construction takes off.

The project has been delayed for almost two years.

Public Relations Officer at the KMA, Henrietta Aboagye, says work on the project will continue until the court grants the interim injunction.

The motion for the injunction will be heard on Thursday, April 1, 2021.