The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) will soon demolish at least 351 houses following recent flooding which led to the death of four persons and rendered hundreds of residents homeless in the wake of the destruction of property estimated at thousands of Ghana cedis.
Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi speaking in an interview with Hello FM noted that “There are many houses in Kumasi on waterways which are supposed to be pulled down. The first phase of the exercise will see the demolition of about 57 houses but in general, it is getting to 351”.
According to the Mayor, the first 57 houses the assembly is going to deal with are those without permits and all necessary steps have been already taken to carry out the exercise without further delay.
He added that the assembly is embarking on the demolition exercise in order to avoid any further court sanctions and curb indiscriminate locating of houses on waterways because the houses are scattered throughout the city.
The Mayor also noted that though the amount involved is huge, the assembly would be able to fund it.
Meanwhile, wife of the Asantehene, Otumfou Osei Tutu II, Lady Julia has approved the Kumasi Mayor's decision to embark on the demolition exercise to improve the city.
According to Lady Julia, Osei Assibey has within his short stay in office proven that he is determined to introduce pragmatic programmes and policies that will help transform Kumasi.
KMA’s swift decision was necessitated by the recent flooding of the city, leading to the death of at least four people.
The rainfall which lasted several hours in more than two days resulted in flooding in areas including Anloga, Kwadaso, Tafo, Sepe, Buokrom also destroyed properties worth more thousands of Ghana cedis
The National Disaster Management Organization in the region has blamed the Assembly for the recent flooding.