The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly’s quest to prosecute some nine (9) individuals caught in open defecation to serve as a deterrent for others, hit a snag as a Sekondi magistrate who presided over the case acquitted and discharged the suspects.
The assembly which is seeking to improve its poor performance on sanitation, early this year set up a task force to arrest and prosecute persons who have taken to the habit of defecating around.
Metro environmental health officer Abdul Karim Hudu told Empire News that this year alone about ninety people have been arrested and prosecuted for open defecation .
Mr. Hudu revealed that the suspects including a woman were in an ecstatic mood after the magistrate freed them, leaving Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly officials disappointed.
He said the assembly has taken photographs and other personal information about the suspects to make their work easier in court next time when they are arrested.
Empire News can confirm that the decision which did not go well with the assembly’s mayor necessitated a meeting between the Mayor Anthony K.K. Sam and the said magistrate.
At the said meeting the two agreed to set aside a day to deal with sanitation cases in the metropolis.
Apart from sanitation issues, the STMA is also struggling to deal with some preacher men who have taken over the central business district of Takoradi with their loud blaring speakers and other musical equipments especially in the morning
Mr Hudu said some of the preachers have had their equipments seized and prosecuted for noise