Mahama petitioned over planned demolition of 700 homes


Residents of Donkuna New Bortianor near Weija in Accra are asking President John Dramani Mahama to intervene and avert an impending demolition of more than 700 homes by estate developer Alrotec Limited.

The residents who have been living in the area for the past 10 years say the demolition must be stopped since a court order that grants the company the right to demolish the structures is still being challenged. 

They claim the demolition is against the orders of an Accra Fast Track High Court, which has scheduled October 17 for the next hearing of the case. The case was first heard in court in 2003.

According to TV3, notices have been posted on buildings in the area regarding the demolition and â€‹the home owners are incensed that the order authorizing the demolition described their homes as “structures”.

“The land is fully developed with all sorts of mansions comparable to those at Cantoments, Airport residential area, East Legon and Dzorwulu”, spokesman for the residents Nii Adotey Allotey told JOYNEWS

In his view, demolition is not the solution because “the values of those houses far outweighs the land under consideration”.

The Municipal Chief Executive of the Ga South Municipal Assembly is reported to have said that the land belongs to Alrotech and that he (MCE) cannot do anything about it.

He rather directed the residents to submit an official writing to challenge the ownership of Alrotech, a frustrated home owner reported the MCE as saying.

In recent times, demolition exercises are pitching citizens against local authorites.

Memories of the demolition of about 150 houses at Adjei Kojo by the Tema Development Corporation, TDC, earlier this year is still fresh in the minds of many Ghanaians.  The TDC said the residents had encroached on the property which had been earmarked for a special purpose.

Ten houses were also demolished last February at Agya Herbal, a neighbourhood of Ofankor in Accra, on the orders of an Accra High court.

 
 
 
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