Pragya drivers held a crucial meeting with Hon. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase in the Ashanti Region, on August 9, seeking to address their concerns arising from the recent restriction placed on tricycle operations within the central business district (CBD) of Kumasi.
The Chairman of the Pragya Union, Alhaji Kamel, in an interview on Opemsuo Radio’s Nkwantannanso with George Adjei on August 9, reported that the discussion revolved around the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly’s (KMA) restrictions and the seizure of their tricycles.
“We talked about the restrictions by KMA and the seizure of our tricycles,” he said.
He further revealed that the MP requested until Friday to respond to their concerns. Both parties agreed that the riders would not operate within the CBD until they receive a response from the MP.
“He has assured us that he has already engaged with authorities in Accra, and he will intervene on our behalf. He pledged to revert with a response by Friday,” Alhaji Kamel stated.
In April of this year, the KMA’s General Assembly included tricycle operators in the Transport Reorganisation initiative.
Part of this initiative led to the prohibition of tricycles from operating within the central business district of Kumasi, a restriction that came into effect on August 1.
The enforcement of the ban resulted in the confiscation of 46 tricycles, sparking protests and conflicts that led to damage to the KMA office and injuries sustained by police officers.
Story by Adwoa S. Danso