Ghana: Tomato shortage imminent due to persisting highway robberies

In Ghana, a tomato shortage is imminent as importers and transporters of the product have started an indefinite strike. The strike, which started over the weekend, is due to what they say is persistent robberies on the Kumasi-Bolgatanga-Burkina Faso route.

Two drivers have been killed, whilst more than ten sustained several degrees of injuries in six different attacks in January alone on the same route. The recent one was on Friday at Pwalugu where the driver was shot and killed. According to them especially the truck drivers, they are scared to ply the route because the police are unable to protect them.

“Between Kintampo and Paga is where the attacks often happen because there are too many speed ramps on the roads. Before, they rob and allow you to go but now they shoot you the driver first,” one of the drivers explained.

Two weeks ago, the traders threaten to embark on this strike when 22 year-old truck driver, Urmar Salifu was killed on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, in the North East Region.

The leadership say they have written petition letters to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), copied the Interior Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and Police Commanders in the Northern Regions.



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