But for the timely intervention of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly,(KMA) a two-storey building located at the Arhinsan residential area would have been demolished last dawn.
A team of police personnel from the striking force unit of the Ashanti Regional Police Command and a bull dozer operator stormed the premises of the private developer with a court order to demolish the storey building.
Speaking to HELLO FM’s King Edward in an interview, owner of the said property, Mad. Elizabeth Osei Tutu who had acquired a permit from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to carry out the said project said she was shocked and surprised to wake up to see armed police men and a bulldozer with an operator ready to pull down her structure.
I had earlier on acquired a commercial permit from KMA but later changed it to a residential permit when I was informed the site for the property was a residential one so I could not fathom why they are here to pull my structure down, the worried woman said.
However, when the spokesperson of the mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Mr. Samuel Gyamfi was contacted, he denied the assembly have knowledge of the demolition exercise but their checks revealed that it was one private developer who had gone to claim a court order for the building to be demolished because it was a commercial building situated at a residential area. The Mayor, Hon. Kwadwo Bonsu has ordered the exercise to be stopped until further notice, he noted.
The city has recently been faced with various demolition exercises carried out by private individuals without the prior notice of the KMA.