Barely 24-hours after a successful operation by the AMA to get hawkers off the streets of the capital, Today can report that they(hawkers) are back doing brisk business on pavements in the Central Business District (CBD) of the capital.

The paper?s lenses captured several of these traders doing brisk business on pavements and in traffic at the CBD and Kwame Nkrumah Circle.

Numbering abouthundred, the hawkers seemed to have returned with a bang as many complained of lack of money to settle the fees of their wards in schools as reason for their return.

?We are not hawkers, but traders as everyone else in Makola or Okaishie who pay taxes, but when the AMA seeks to sack us from the streets, then they label as ?hawkers??,?

The AMA succeeded in sacking from Makola, Tudu, CMB, Kaneshie and Kwame Nkrumah Circle, hawkers whom they claimed had besieged the streets.

Before this, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) had given hawkers and traders operating at unauthorised places in the metropolis a two-week ultimatum to voluntarily relocate.

This is not the first time the two Assemblies are ejecting hawkers from the streets of the metropolis.

According to some hawkers who spoke to Today AMA officials seized their wares for the reason that they were selling without at unauthorised places.

?We are sick and tired of the AMA?s attitude towards streets sellers and we are not leaving the streets of Accra either today or tomorrow and we will fight them whenever they try to frustrate us,? a hawker, Kwaku Obeng, threatened.

STORY: ACHINAKE FATAW

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