The Market Women Association of Ghana (MAWAG) has issued a two week ultimatum to the Accra Mayor to resign for exhibiting high level incompetence in the exercise of his duties or face their wrath.
The group claims Mr Alfred Vanderpuije has failed to rid the city of filth as he promised before taking office. The market women accuse him of gross inhumanity against over 15,000 hawkers whom the Assembly has chased out of the streets without finding alternative business and market centres for them.
They also demand the immediate prosecution of a task force personnel of the Assembly, who allegedly ripped off a hawker’s ear in a bid to get him off the streets.
Fredrick Opoku, media relations officer of the association indicated that the case of the alleged human rights abuse by the task force personnel “is a pure criminal matter not AMA and they must understand and respect the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
“I surely believe our member whose ear has been chopped off, has not been treated fairly. If the AMA is to sit on the issue in their offices and don’t care about whatever happens, we’re saying that because of that negligence on the part of the Mayor, we believe that he has failed and doesn’t know whatever he’s doing”.
The group says Mr Vanderpuije has two weeks to comply with their demands or face the consequences. Frederick Opoku claims the group has about 12,000 members in 15 markets in Accra.
He told Citi News “We would ensure that we move people to the streets for them to demonstrate against the Mayor. Even if Tunisia would happen here, Tunisia must happen in Ghana, we’re going to demonstrate till the Mayor steps aside because he’s not credible and we can’t entertain him any more”.
Frederick Opoku however indicated that the association “believes that the mayor’s attitude or action is good but the approach is always wrong and this is the time that we bring him to book, that the approach for which he does the thing is wrong and for that matter must be corrected”.
The Public Relations Officer of the Assembly, Numo Blafo III would however not respond to the group’s demands on grounds that MAWAG is not known to the Assembly.