KMA building to be sold?

The KMA Assembly building to be sold.Some members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), are angry over the Mayor’s decision to sell the assembly building.

Sources close to them told The Ghanaian Times that the Mayor, Kojo Bonsu, plans to sell the building and construct a new city hall complex close to the present location.

At an Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday, December 9, at the Assembly, some of the members kicked against the decision, and sources close to the assembly said the development has compelled the authorities to schedule an Emergency General Meeting for December 16, for a final decision on the issue.

The meeting would either reject or accept the plan to sell the building for the new project, they said.

The sources told the Times that the assembly members querried why the building was to be sold when there had been no efforts to kick-start the new City Hall, opposite the KMA Circuit Court.

When contacted by the Times, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the KMA, Godwin Okumah Nyame, described the situation as unfortunate, adding that those assembly members kicking against the decision had misconstrued the issue.

He said though a plan to build a new City Hall had been approved, the General Assembly would have to decide on it, come December 16.

“In principle, the KMA has endorsed a city hall building, and though it has not been awarded to a contractor, it has gone through tender”.

Mr. Okumah said even if the General Assembly accepts the decision, it would have to be referred to a sub-committee to work out the details, adding, “There is nothing like a unilateral decision being taken by the Mayor”.

He explained that “The building will be leased out and until the City Hall is completed, KMA would not move out, so the question of where to operate from is irrelevant”.

The PRO said the building was too old and lacked many facilities.

He pointed out that the new City Hall, which would be located opposite the KMA Circuit Court, would have all the facilities befitting a modern office.

Located uniquely in the centre of the metropolis, the current assembly building which was partly a cocoa shed, has never seen any refurbishment, apart from painting works on it since it was constructed.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi

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