Some residents of South Africa, a community in the Weija-Gbawe Municipal Assembly have been rendered homeless following an “illegal” demolition exercise that was carried out by the Assembly.
Officials from the Assembly led by its Municipal Chief Executive (MEC) Patrick Kumor stormed the community with bulldozers and fully armed military and Police operatives to render innocent people homeless.
At least 5 residential structures including a fully furnished four bedroom apartment were demolished, leaving affected residents mostly women and children displaced without a home.
As at the time of this report, properties worth millions of cedi’s had been fully razed down with affected residents left to seek shelter in neighbor’s verandas and corridors.
The affected people say they are stranded, describing the action by the Assembly as illegal.
The situation will only get worse as Radiogoldlive.com observed that the Weija-Gbawe Assembly have marked further structures in South Africa for demolition to dislodge more innocent residents from their homes without any agreed compensation.
The Gbawe Gonse Dzaasetse, Nii Abe Kobla II together with some of his council of Elders on Monday condemned the action of the MCE and the member of parliament of Weija-Gbawe constituency, Tina Mensah for supervising a demolition exercise without exhausting due process.
He described the demolition as a wicked and unlawful an act of vandalism meted out to people legally occupying portions of their lands at South Africa community.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the chiefs and Elders of the stool, Nii Abe Kobla II explained that his predecessor the late Nii Osabu II allocated an acre of land at South Africa to the Weija-Gbawe municipal Assembly to be used for the construction of a community clinic.
However, the traditional leaders observed that the Assembly after constructing the clinic which is near completion has encroached on lands that are near to the clinic and are now demolition structures on those lands that their landlords have legally acquired from the chiefs of Gbawe Gonse stool lands.
Nii Abe Kobla II described as illegal and wicked the action of the MCE and the member of parliament of Weija-Gbawe constituency, Tina Mensah who both supervised the demolition exercise.
‘’Gbawe Gonse is a family land, whoever wish to acquire any property must first come to us, how can you come to this premises (south African community) and start demolition on lands that we the custodians of the lands have not given to you, this is unlawful, the MCE and the MP must know better and advice themselves, they are illegally taken two additional acres of land in addition to the one acre we gave it out for the construction of a community clinic”.
Nii Abe Kobla II and his Elders made a passionate appeal to president Nana Akuffo Addo to intervene and call the MCE, Patrick Kumor and the MP for the area Tina Mensah to order.
The chiefs also demanded for adequate compensation for all the affected people involved.
“We are humbly asking the President Nana Addo to call his appointees, the Municipal Chief Executive, Patrick Kumor, the deputy minister of health who is also the Member of Parliament for the Weija-Gbawe constituency to order and halt further demolition of properties and encroaching on Gbawe-Gonse Lands near Gonse – South Africa community clinic”
Story: Emmanuel Coffie/radiogoldlive.com