GUTA threatens ‘destiny day’ demo if gov’t fails to enforce laws on retail trade

The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) is planning a mammoth demonstration against government in three months, if it fails to enforce laws governing retail trade.

President of the Association, Dr Joseph Obeng, at a press conference held at the Central Business District (Opera Square) said, if government does not do as expected and the time comes for the demonstration, his members will not be stopped.

The Ghanaian traders have been at the throat of their foreign counterparts, especially Nigerians, who they accuse of flouting the laws of Ghana. Most recently, members of the Ghana Electrical Dealers Association, locked up foreign-owned shops operating within the Opera Square.

The retailers took this action in a bid to get the government to enforce the law that reserves retail trade for locals.

An executive of the Ghana Electrical Dealers Association, Kofi Amanfo Ofori, said their actions were just to enforce the law.

According to Section 27 (1) of the GIPC Act, a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise which is not wholly-owned by a citizen shall not invest or participate in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place.

The Ghanaian traders want this law which has been left a white elephant since its passage, to be enforced by the authorities.

The GUTA President said had these laws been enforced, foreigners will not flout them as blatantly as they have.


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