Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Kantamanto - A Reason for a Fire

I recently favourited a tweet by @Be_Wisdom: “Surburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them ~ Bill Vaughan”. Some developer or interloper whooshed a flame through a tin-and-wood Central-Accra market that's crowded thick as fleas. The police won’t find the arsonist. I suspect strongly that the cinders are intended to make way for the construction of a capitalist, concrete-architectural crime-scene (how else to describe the explosive sprout of sterile office and apartment blocks in the least-green city that I know?). These traders are squatters in most of these settlements – we all know that; but usually squatters on governmental no-man’s land; permitted to settle for a decade or two or three. After the cinders, the riots, the cracked skulls, the lies, the justifications and the public loss of interest, a hideous and humongous habitat will hulk over the land that was known as Kantamanto.

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  1. *big smile* Conspiracy De Kantamanto

    Interesting post you have here.I've been thinking around the same thing since Sunday :)

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  2. *big smile* Conspiracy De Kantamanto

    Interesting post you have here.I've been thinking around the same thing since Sunday :)

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  3. some conspiracy theory... interesting!

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  4. I smell burning wood...we wait and see!

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  5. Yeah, the timing was very, very suspicious...Early sunday morning. No casualties, but complete destruction of livelihoods. On the other hand, I cannot imagine government being that effective! and invisible! no!

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    1. Hmmm. In my theory, the arsonist is the developer's foreman's cousin's unemployed boy-boy and not the government or which governmental agency 'owns' the land.

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  6. It has been denied. However, I am one who wouldn't want the place to be built up by the traders. The authority will have to do so and rent them out. If the sticks and plastics should go up again,the probability of another fire is high. Not that a built-up place cannot burn but those interested in insuring their goods would have a better basis.

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    1. Yes, it has been denied. Who's to say the protests of the traders did not succeed? I hear you on your preference of a properly built market over the shacks. On what terms will the new stalls be given?

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