By Eric Tataw – Monday October 21, 2019.
Inhabitants, mostly shop owners of Buea, Capital city of the South West Region of the Central African country, Cameroon have expressed irk over what they describe as “a lawless action” from the Mayor.
Reports say Ekema Patrick together with members of the Buea Council Police are moving around Bonduma, a precinct in Buea, snapping, sealing and in some cases breaking down closed shops, Monday October 21 2019, National Telegraph has confirmed.
Monday is traditionally set aside for Civil Disobedience by majority residents in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions fighting for what they call the restoration of Southern Cameroon aka Ambazonia.
Residents say Mayor Ekema is top among government officials constantly contravening the populations’ right of Civil Disobedience. Reports say today’s action by the Mayor adds to a long list of his brutal repression on local business owners who are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
According to a business owner who wrote to National Telegraph, if they dare open their shops on Mondays dubbed Ghost Town days, they would receive severe sanctions from Ambazonia fighters.
He continued that, should they not also open, the Mayor with the use of the military will either seal their shops or break into them. He has expressed concerns over the fact that the mayor cannot be forcing them to open their shops whereas after Monday, he would not be able to provide the necessary security and protection should Ambazonia fighters come after them for failing to respect ghost towns.
Business owners say the action of the is totally against international law and business freedoms and need urgent attention. They’ve argued that the Mayor has no right to breaking into their shops, seal some or even force them to open on Mondays giving the present state of insecurity. Contain insecurity first and the rest would follow, a business owner said.