Cameroon: How Many Amoured Cars Would Paul Biya Give Limbe FESTAC?

By Eric Tataw – Thursday February 28, 2019.

Cameroon: How Many Amoured Cars Would Paul Biya Give Limbe FESTAC?

Andrew Motanga (middle) is boss of the Limbe City Council.

The Limbe City Council has announced one of its biggest cultural events to take place in the tourist resort city of Limbe, a trouble-hit locality in Cameroon’s embattled South West Region, National Telegraph has been told.

According to the topmost personality of the Council, Andrew Motanga Monjimba, the Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council, the annual ritual dubbed Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) would run from Saturday, April 6 through Saturday, April 13, 2019 in the city of Limbe.

The announcement that is contained in a Press Release to reporters, Wednesday, February 20, 2019, is coming at a time when the two English-speaking regions of the country are amongst the unruliest in Africa.

This year’s event that is in its sixth edition would witness major modernisms including a lottery whose winner would earn a Toyota Yaris costing approximately some fifteen million francs (15.000.000) F CFA, Motanga said.

The game of chance, National Telegraph learned would also include subsidiary prizes amongst them; plasma TVs and fridge-freezers, Charles Arrey Nkongho the council’s Secretary General said, adding that lottery tickets would be placed on sale at major precincts in Limbe and environs from Friday, March I, 2019.

This edition would also be graced with the routine Miss FESTAC opened to misses of all Cameroonian tribes with domiciles in Limbe billed for Saturday, March 30, 2019, as a prelude to the main jamboree.

While the Government Delegate hopes the event earns international palms, citing the Calabar festival in Nigeria, Motanga would need more than the kind of amoured cars presently in the South West.

How can Motanga forget so soon that Cameroon’s Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi was in this same restive Limbe on Friday, February 22, 2019, with the tightest security?  

In which case, observers wouldn’t be wrong to uphold the fact that the Minister sneaked into Limbe. The Minister, National Telegraph is told was spotted stepping out of an amoured vehicle belonging to GPIGN, a special military regiment of Cameroon’s national gendarmerie, a defense department of the Cameroon armed forces.

A National Telegraph secret stringer at the event said South West Governor Bernard Okalia Binlai was sitting closest to the Minister and had proposed the special amoured car be used after Ambazonia militias attacked his convoy en route to Kumba eleven (11) days before the Minister came visiting.

The Minister was only inspecting the main football pitch found in the seaside resort town of Limbe with two training pitches; the Middle Farms and the Centenary Stadium.

Yet, all defense departments including a special unit of the National Gendarmerie (GPIGN), the Rapid Intervention Battalion (known in French as BIR), police and the marine displayed visibly war-type artillery while they guarded the Minister.

The Minister then presided at the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope, Saturday, February 23, 2019, in Buea where he dressed like an Army General with several military vehicles and fulltime weaponry parading the sporting event that’s supposed to be peaceful.

The two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West have remained tensed following an armed conflict in which the majority of the Anglophones are asking for an Independent State called Ambazonia.

The Anglophone militias have constantly called for a boycott of all events organized by the regime of Paul Biya, 86, Cameroon’s President since 1982. Is it not obvious that FESTAC is no exception?

Since Anglophone militias are determined to disrupt all government’s events to assert their authority, how many armoured cars and other war-related gadgets would be sent from the country’s capital, Yaoundé to Limbe?

Even if sent, how would the council guarantee the security of all and sundry especially as the military is allegedly into the dirty game of attacking civilians to blame it on the militias in order to corrode their image at the International Scene?

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