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‘We blocked entrance to China Mall to protect our land’, Management Of West Hills Mall Reveal

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‘We blocked entrance to China Mall to protect our land’, Management Of West Hills Mall Reveal

Management of West Hills Mall has described as misleading, claims that the entrance to China Mall was blocked due to competition between the two companies.

“The least reference made to competitor rivalry the better, because the presence of China Mall provides diversity in the offerings that retailers like ourselves provide, and honestly, it is clear that we serve two very different markets in these communities.” a statement signed by Assistant Assets Manager of Attafrica, owners of West Hills Mall, Olympio Agbodza, explained.

The statement clarified that the blockade was meant to prevent China Mall from further encroaching the ‘legally’ acquired property and paid-for-land of West Hills Mall.

“It is important to note that this is simply a case of encroachment by China Mall on West Hills Mall land and an attempt by West Hills Mall’s Management to secure and protect its land that has been intruded by China Mall during the past couple of months,” part of the statement read.

The statement explained that the area being referred to as entrance to China Mall, is part of West Hill Mall’s properties and has been duly registered with relevant certificates issued by the Lands Commission.

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“Shareholders have invested in excess of $100million and inclusive of $10million on an interchange that gives sole access to the Mall. So when we became aware that part of this property had been encroached upon, all we did was to take the necessary steps to protect our investments which, by the way, is partly owned by workers and pensioners of Ghana through the 40% stake which SSNIT owns in this investment.”

Management of West Hills Mall said it engaged the owners of the China Mall before going ahead to take that action which resulted in the arrest of its Facility Manager, 42-year-old James Mensah and a contractor, Samuel Annum Adjei, 44, earlier this week.

The next steps was that, “China Mall was to inform West Hills Mall by a certain date as to how it would implement the change. Unfortunately, China Mall reneged on its promise and continued using the land without informing West Hills Mall.”

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James Mensah and Samuel Annum Adjei were later charged with conspiracy to commit crime, unlawful entry of premises and offensive conduct, conducive to the breach of peace and trespassing.

Ruby Ntitri-Opoku, who presided over the case, ordered the immediate removal of the rocks from the entrance to the China Mall.

The Facility also described the arrest of its Manager as unfortunate, adding that it will soon take legal actions on the matter to salvage its image from disrepute.

“West Hills Mall believes that laws protecting land ownership in Ghana should be respected and that China Mall should not be able to appropriate West Hills Mall’s land without proper authorization,” parts of the statement read.

 

 

 

 

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Marwako Food Poisoning: Authority Has No Mandate To Demand Compensation For Victims – FDA

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Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)’s Director of Legal says they cannot demand compensation for victims of the alleged food poisoning at Marwako’s East Legon branch.

Joseph Bennie said the Authority has no mandate to pressure for amends in cash from the eatery to the affected persons.

In an interview with YEN.com.gh, monitored by GhArticles.com, Bennie said the FDA can carry out sanctions in the form of ”a ban, fine, caution, or prosecution” in such cases.

The Acting Director’s comments come amid widespread reports of food poisoning at Marwako’s East Legon branch on social media, leading to the closure of the restaurant.

He said the closure of the eatery was to prevent an escalation of reported cases of food poisoning.

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Speaking on the investigations, Joseph Bennie said the FDA is yet to establish the cause of the food poisoning. ”Investigations will conclude in not less than a week or more,” he told YEN.comgh, sighted by GhArticles.com.

As previously reported that the management of Marwako has appealed to the FDA to open other branches closed down following complaints of food poisoning at its East Legon branch.

PRO for Marwako Fast Food Ltd, Mohammed Amin Lamptey, said while the popular food business accepts the decision of the FDA, the industry regulator, it is only fair for the affected branch to be shut down.

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”The FDA shut down of our branches is quite unfortunate and it is really something that is going to create another problem for Mawako Fast Foods Limited. In as much as we all know that it is an isolated case…we thought that the FDA will focus on the East Legon branch,” Lamptey told reporters on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

 

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Reduce 1.5% E-levy Rate — ISSER To Gov’t

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The Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) wants the government to reduce the rate of the controversial electronic transfer levy.

According to ISSER, the government must consider a downward adjustment between 0.5% and 0.75% adding that the 1.5% on all electronic transfers is punitive.

The Director of the institute, Professor Peter Quartey, speaking on the topic: “Harnessing stakeholder engagement and feedback for research impact” at the 2022 ISSER Road Show at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) said with the current 1.5% rate, the government’s goal of mobilizing about GH¢4.1 billion would be missed as more people would avoid using the platform but instead use alternative methods to avoid paying the tax.

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He stated that “The 1.5% E-transaction levy rate is punitive and should be revised downwards to between 0.5% and 0.75% to allow more people to use the service and avoid eroding the gains made in digital financial inclusion.”

The E-levy was introduced by the government in the 2022 Budget for basic transactions related to digital payments and electronic platform transactions.

The levy has sparked controversy because of its impact on mobile money transactions and the impoverished Ghanaians that use it.

 

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Heavy Downpour Leaves Some Parts Of Accra Flooded Again

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Some parts of Accra got flooded Saturday morning following a brief downpour.

Areas such as Kaneshie First Light, Abbosey Okai and Adabraka Sahara, Dansoman, and Odorkor were affected by the floods.

The situation resulted in heavy vehicular traffic in different parts of Accra.

Motorists were left with no choice but to abandon their vehicles after their cars and motorbikes got choked in the floods.

Ghanaians have as usual expressed their anger and lamented at how a little rainfall causes floods.

Some Ghanaians who were affected by the floods quickly took to social media to lament the situation.

The video below shows the floods on the main Kaneshie highway in front of the market.

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