Three people were found guilty of violating the sanitation by-law by indiscriminately discarding trash within the municipality and were sentenced by a magistrate court in La, Greater Accra Region, to a fine of one thousand eight hundred Ghana cedis (Ghc1,800) apiece, or in default, two months in jail.
The preeminent jurist The sanitation prosecutor for Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA), Mr. Edward Okai, submitted the facts to His Lordship Mr. Jojo Amoah Hagan, who then handed down the sentence. The accused were among a group of locals who picked trash from residences, businesses, restaurants, and chop bars and dumped it on the streets in the municipality, particularly along the Cocoa Marketing Board (CMB) enclave, which is a part of the Central Business District, according to the prosecutor Mr. Edward Okai, who presented the facts before the La magistrate court (CBD).
According to Mr. Okai, a special task team from the Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly observed the accused individuals depositing trash along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue near the intersection of Farrar Avenue on June 19 between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. He continued by saying that they were detained right after, charged with violating the assembly’s cleanliness bylaw, and sentenced to appear in court in La after an inquiry.
Residents who donate their trash to these “men on the street/junkies,” according to prosecutor Mr. Edward Okai, should avoid doing so because doing so puts them at risk of being charged with obtaining services from unlicensed service providers.
The Environmental Health Unit was commended by the municipal chief executive, the honorable Nii Adjei Tawiah, for a job well done. He also promised to provide resources for their teams so they could increase education about the campaign “Operation Clean Your Frontage” throughout all of the municipal electoral areas.