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We would ensure foreign shops remain closed by getting court order - GUTA reveals

The Eastern Regional branch of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has revealed that it intends to seek a court order to back the closure of foreign shops.


Over 40 shops belonging to foreigners who were engaging in retail trading in Koforidua were locked up by members of the GUTA on Monday, September 20, 2021.


This action was taken during a peaceful demonstration to register their displeasure with the continuous involvement of foreigners in retail trading in the Eastern region.


Speaking to Citi News today, September 21, 2021, the Eastern Regional GUTA public relations Officer, Darling Nana Boateng, said the court order would help to permanently stop these foreigners in the rgion from engaging in illeval trading.


According to him, when they send the issue to police, they are referred to immigration who sends them to the Ministry of trade and then referred back to the police. This is a vicious cycle with no answers as they are being sent back and forth.


"Unfortunately, we've been back and forth as if we're not structured on how to go. So we intend to seek a court order and if they'll hear us, we want to take an injunction so that perpetually, they would legalise their documentation to enable them trade in Ghana."


The PRO revealed that since today is a holiday, members of the GUTA would meet tomorrow to discuss the way forward.


"It's really hurting the young men and if those of us a little above them don't help them, they'll just get upone day and start doing illegal things like burning the shops down. So we'll try our best to get these agencies to come onboard with us. We want to be behind them," Nana Boateng added referring to the Ghanaian traders who are being affected by this.

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