A bulldozer at a scene of the demolition. Inset: Agitating residents
THE ACCRA Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has pulled down hundreds of illegal structures at Mensah Guinea, an Accra suburb.
These structures are mostly occupied by squatters coming to the capital city from all over the country.
According to Joy FM report, at about 9:30 am yesterday, AMA officials brought heavy duty equipment to demolish the structures. It started somewhere 10:20 am.
They were given three days by the assembly to vacate the area to pave way for the demolition exercise, but it fell on deaf ears.
But they furiously protested, insisting the three days’ notice was not enough. They rather wanted three months’ grace period to enable them pack their belongings.
Some of the women wailed uncontrollably as the bulldozers rammed into the structures and destroyed the few properties they had acquired for themselves over the years.
Mensah Guinea is located behind the Arts Centre in Accra and labeled as one of the areas surrounded with filth.
The area is being blamed for the recent cholera outbreak in the metropolis because the people there live under unhygienic conditions.
Reports also suggested that 16 people who died from the cholera outbreak were from Mensah Guinea.
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