By Eric Tatw – Saturday July 6, 2019.
The Bishop of Buea, a Catholic Diocese in Cameroon’s South West Region is entertaining discussions and deliberations to move five major colleges from their original locations, a source told National Telegraph late Friday July 5, 2019.
Bishop Immanuel Bushu has received suggestions from collaborators advising Saint Joseph College, one of the Diocese’s giant colleges located in Sasse, a village in the outskirt of Buea, the region’s capital be moved to another location.
Collaborators have suggested to the Bishop the school be moved to Regina Pacis College – Repacol in Mutengene, another South West town close to Buea, a source said, adding they’ve cited insecurity.
Early March, 2019, a group of unidentified men attacked the school to shut down its doors. Residents said early March that continuous armed battles between pro-independence fighters and the Cameroon Defense forces in Bwassa, a village close to Sasse, puts the security of the students at risk.
Over 200 students of the college were sent to Christ the King College, CKC Tiko, where there’s relative security and ended up writing the GCE in their new location.
In September 2018, unknown gunmen stormed Sasse College at around 12:30 AM, flogged students and school administrators, leading to a temporary shutdown of the institution.
According to our source, Sasse students would be moved into the Repacol Campus, adding that should the move be effected, Repacol students would be transferred to CKC.
Our source also said the decision to transfer Repacol to CKC is based on the fact that the schools are both dual sex contrary to Sasse that’s all male, adding another reason is the fact that both schools operate Grammar and Commercial education while Sasse operates Grammar only.
Saint Paul’s College – SAPACOL, Bonjongo, close to Sasse which is dual sex and operates Commercial and Technical that was last year moved to CKC for security reasons would remain in that location, said a source.
On-the-ground information from a National Telegraph secret stringer corroborates reports that Our Lady of Grace College, Muyuka, that has since last year moved to CKC would remain there. The college is dual sex and operates Grammar as well.
Muyuka is a restive South West town noted for wild confrontations between Ambazonia militias and regular Cameroon army where Rev Fr. Alexander Sob, a Catholic Priest was killed, Friday, July 20, 2018.
Reports also indicate, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Muea, near Buea that last year moved to Saint Anne High School in Limbe, a tourist destination in same region would remain in that location since both schools are all girls and operate Grammar only.
All these colleges would operate in these new locations beginning this school year billed for September, 2019, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions are engulfed in an armed conflict and elements of the armed forces and mobile police have taken advantage to target innocent civilians and loot goods and chattels of the civilian population, sources say.
Residents say it’s the duty of the police to keep peace and order. One would have expected the police to simply arrest victims, ferry to stations for interrogation instead of ending their lives prematurely.
There’s unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions since October 2016 that has turned into an armed conflict with a demand by majority of Anglophones in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia.