Businesswoman fined GH¢600 for building in marshy area

A businesswoman, Jose­phine Amekorwu, has been fined by a Hohoe Magistrate’s Court for building in a marshy area without devel­opment permit.

Amekorwu pleaded guilty and was convicted on her own plea.

She will pay GH¢600 or in default serve six months in pris­on. She is also to pay GH¢500 as compensation to the Hohoe Municipal Assembly.

Mr Frank Azila-Gbettor, prosecuting, told the court, presided over by Madam Edith Lucy Dzormeku that on December 9, 2021, the Devel­opment Control Taskforce of the Assembly went on a routine check on development projects in the Hohoe Township.

During the checks, the team realised that she was building a house in a marshy area at Atabu, off the Fodome road, which was zoned for agricultur­al purposes.

Mr Azila-Gbettor said the convict was educated and asked to stop work but on March 22, last year, the team revisited the site and served the convict a letter to demolish the building under construction, which she refused.

He said Amekorwu complet­ed the building and started a new one beside it.

The prosecutor said anytime it rained heavily, the place be­came flooded, creating incon­veniences for residents of the area. —GNA

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