The Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Concerned Traders Association, Fuad Mansaray yesterday disclosed that the women of the organization will soon parade in the street naked, if the President fails to intervene in their situation.
The Secretary-General added that the Government has disappointed them with fake promises without fulfilling it and they normally use them when it comes to election time. He also added that foremost among some of their burning issue is the provision of a market space for the traders in order for them to stop selling in the street. He alleged that the Sierra Leone police and the Metropolitan police are just arresting traders at random.
The organization which was established on 5th of March 2013 is advocating and defending traders, but since this organization was formed, they have experienced a lot of disappointment from the Government.
All of what they promised us during the election they have not yet fulfilled.
Some of the issues he highlighted are the unfulfilled promises of the government to the traders, as they were used and abused, during the time of election, promising that they will provide market space for them.
Another issue is the constant harassment of traders and the destruction of their wares by the Sierra Leone Police. In this respect, he said, that they are tired now and they are also yearning and looking forward to the place that the Government will provide for them.
He also made mention of the 18 traders who were arrested by the Police and have been detained at the Pademba Road Prison for 21 days.
He called for the intervention of the President because the Minister of Trade has failed them.
Another issue raised is the non-availability of market space for them to sell, which is the reason why they are still trading in the street but if a standard market place is provided for them, street trading will be minimized, and over three hundred traders are stranded at Cline Town because of no place to sell.
The President of the Association, Adama sheriff Tarawally, also added her voice to the issue calling on the president to come and intervene as most of the traders are stranded and they are constantly being humiliated and harassed by police. She appealed to the authorities to look into this issue and come up with a possible situation.
By Nancy Koroma
Wednesday July 23, 2014