THE KUMASI Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) yesterday morning demolished 26 houses built on waterways at Kronom Kwapra a Kumasi suburb, rendering hundreds of people homeless.
It would be recalled that three people died instantly in the area when their house collapsed on them after incessant rainfall recently. This had forced the KMA to demolish the houses to avert further calamities. Using bulldozers and caterpillars, the KMA staff, under the supervision of Samuel Sarpong, the Metropolitan Chief Executive carried out the demolishing exercise which lasted for close to six hours.
Inhabitants of the affected houses had removed their belongings from the houses before the demolishing exercise started but they could not hold their tears as some of them were seen wailing bitterly as they watched their properties being destroyed.
Addressing newsmen, Samuel Sarpong said the demolishing exercise is the first phase of the assemblyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s decision to pull down 70 of houses built without permit in water ways in the city. Similar exercise would be replicated by the assembly in places in the city such as Atonsu, Anwonaga and Oforikrom where it usually floods after the least rain fall.
The victims of the Kronom Kwapra demolishing exercise were not compensated since they built their houses without permits.
From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi