Ho market now a political ground, only NPP members can own shops – Traders allege

By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Ho

A group of traders plying their trades in the Ho Main Market has alleged that the acquisition of market shops or stores in the regional market has become associated with belonging to a political party.

They claim that only members of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) are gaining access to the new shops and stalls in the market, citing the significant influence of party politics in the central market.

The group, which asserts that they do not belong to either the NPP or the NDC in the market, stated, “We are not engaging in politics, but based on our current experience in the market, the Ho Market has become a political battleground.

If you don’t belong to party A or party B, you won’t be privy to certain opportunities. I can confidently state that if you are not a member of the NPP, you won’t secure a shop in the Ho market now,” one member said.

When asked how they identify known NPP members in this development, Mr. Godwin Asrah, the lead member of the group advocating for Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang, said, “I have three stores in the market. However, after the completion of the new market building, I couldn’t acquire any. Even the newly completed ones were already taken by people who came all the way from Kumasi.”

He alleged, “I came to Ho market when I was 18 years old, and now I am 53. Everybody knows me, and I can point out those who are new in the market and have obtained shops. I can identify them, and anyone who challenges this can come to me, and I will take them around,” Mr. Asrah added.

The group is now calling on members of the market (traders) to come out in large numbers in the December election and vote for a change.

Source: www.ignewss.com|Ghana

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