Over 40 retailers belonging to foreigners within the japanese area of Koforidua was on Monday September 20, locked up by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association.
The GUTA members held up placards, which claimed that it’s towards the legislation for foreigners to interact in retail buying and selling. The placards learn “Obey Act 865 section 27A now”, “Police must prevent illegal trading”, “Foreigners are prohibited from retailing our markets”, “We shall police our own market”.
Local information retailers reported that they launched into an indication to precise their displeasure with the “continuous involvement of foreigners in retail trade” in New Juaben South Municipality.
Darlen Nana Boateng, the Public Relations Officer of GUTA within the area informed Citi News that their members will make use of all authorized means to stop foreigners from participating in retail buying and selling within the area.
“Right now, it has turned a bit chaotic, although that is not the plan we came out with. Our members shut down a shop but when the business owner came in, he opened the shop and insisted that he will work and whatever it takes, he will not comply with the directive. No one is here destroying anybody’s business, but people should not, on their own, take the law into their own hands and be resisting the laws of Ghana. The foreign retailers should just comply with the law.”
Other GUTA members who additionally spoke to Citi News concerning the actions of foreigners, expressed fear over the event and requested for instant intervention.
This is just not the primary time retailers belonging to foreigners, particularly Nigerians have been locked up over similar concern.