of the Kanifing Municipal Council yesterday continued its demolition exercise
of shops and stalls along the road in Kololi and Bijilo as ordered by the
Kanifing Municipal Council.
According to officials, the eviction and demolition exercises were part of plans to expanding the road. The same exercise has been carried out at Westfield three weeks ago.
The KMC staff members who were carrying out the exercise were escorted by Police Intervention Units (PIU) officers.
According to some victims, no eviction notice has been sent to them prior to the demolition exercise and thus appealed to the government through the KMC to find them another place.
Speaking in an interview with The Point, Mariama Krubally described the exercise as very painful for them.
“This is very painful for us because this is where we earn our survival with our families. But even if they decided to evict us, they should do it with patience,” the weeping woman said.
Mrs. Krubally who sells morning meals and used to come all the way from Yundum noted that this demolition should not be made forcefully. She said that KMC should allow them to remove their things before they get spoiled and broken
She further said that they were not really happy with this development, revealing that they have voted for change but that was not what they anticipated.
Another victim, Nyima Sambou, said that was the only place she got money to put food on their family’s table. “Now that this thing has happened, we have to start struggling again because the government can’t help us with another place to continue with our businesses,” she said.
For his part, Ablie Jallow, opined that demolition was meant to target poor people like him, saying they were never given a notice.
Alpha Omar Sowe, another victim said that he had no problem with the eviction, but argued they should have allowed them remove their belongings before forcing them out.