General News of Saturday, 2 June 2012
Source: Daily Guide
OVER TWO hundred aggrieved traders at the Ashaiman Central Market on Thursday evening reportedly besieged Sena Radio, an Ashaiman-based radio station, calling for the blood of the Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Numo Addinortey Addison over certain comments he made on air during a live interview at the radio station, DAILY GUIDE has gathered.
Though unconfirmed, the MCE was alleged to have been scared by the action of the traders, who besieged the radio station in an effort to allegedly lynch him.
He was said to be quivering and pleading for protection.
Addinortey, according to sources, escaped through a back door of the radio station and was whisked away in vehicle.
The MCE was on one of the station’s popular programmes, ‘Ofie Ne Fie’ hosted by Kwame Dwumah-Mensah, known in the media as Dr. Prekese, at about 5:00pm when the unfortunate incident occurred.
He was there to react to the concerns raised by the market women, and when asked if the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA) had reached and agreement with the market women with regard to converting the area’s central market into a complex, he noted that he had reached an agreement with the traders, together with the area’s Member of Parliament (MP) Alfred Kwame Agbesi, during a round table discussion.
Surprised by the MCE’s comment, the market women rushed to the station to deny his claim and were said to have been stopped by security personnel of the station as they made their way into the studio where Mr. Addinortey was.
The angry market women, clad in red bands, had earlier threatened to use all possible means to prevent ASHMA from constructing the market complex.
They were reported to have threatened to take the law into their hands if government failed to intervene, and used unprintable words against the MCE when they realized he was bent on ensuring that the market complex was constructed.
According to the market women, they were opposed to the assembly’s intended project because they had gathered that when completed, ASHMA was going to sell the shops for prices between GH¢10,500 and GH¢20,000, adding that they feared that the shops would be given to sympathizers of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“We are going to shed blood here if you do not release to us the MCE. We have come here to deal with him for coming here to lie against us,” they told DAILY GUIDE.
They accused the MCE of being insensitive to their plight.
The market women stated that they had secured their initial shed for GH¢200.
Dr. Prekese told DAILY GUIDE that the market women threatened to lynch the MCE if they laid their hands on him.
He further stated that he had to halt the live interview with the MCE due to the pressure from the market women who were forcing their way into the studio.
Mr. Numo Addinortey Addison refused to respond to the issue when he was contacted on phone.