By Eric Tataw – Sunday March 31, 2019.
The government of Cameroon, a Central African country has been forced to move National School Games for Secondary School Students dubbed FESNACO A Games from Bamenda, the Regional headquarters of the restive North West where the games were initially scheduled to hold to Yaounde, the country’s capital, a source at the region’s Governor’s office has told National Telegraph.
Our source says a farewell ceremony has been held at the esplanade of the Governor’s office for the athletes chaired by the Secretary General at the North West Governor’s office, Harry Lanyuy, Sunday March 31, 2019.
Reports say the students, a total of one hundred and ninety (190) and twenty-seven sports officials from the various schools were accompanied by heavily armed security men as they left Bamenda for Yaounde in five travel buses belonging to Amour Mezam, a travel agency in Bamenda ahead of the games that would kick off Monday April 1, 2019.
The games were since last year schedule to hold in Bamenda but the country’s Ministry of Secondary Education that’s the Chief Organizer of FENASCO A Games moved it to Yaounde, citing insecurity and infrastructure.
This is not the first time a major sporting event is disrupted, cancelled, postponed or location changed due to the ongoing armed conflict in the two English-speaking regions. In most cases, even if the events hold, it’s usually under heavy military presence, underrating any memorabilia that would accompany sportive periods.
Cameroon was recently denied hosting rights of this year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) citing infrastructures and insecurity, Ahmad Ahmad, CAF’s president said after a meeting of its executive committee in Accra in November of 2018.
The country’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, presided at the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, Saturday, February 23, 2019, in Buea, capital of the restive South West Region under heavy security in which he dressed like an Army General in the battle field.
The South West and North West have been rocked by repeated and fierce gun battles lately, with enormous material damage and loss in human lives, National Telegraph has been told.
Pro-Independence fighters fighting to restore what they call the statehood of former British Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia have consistently called for a boycott of any event organized by the Cameroon Government. With the government moving the FENASCO A Games to Yaounde, it’s clear the Biya Regime is far from containing the armed conflict.