By Eric Tataw – Friday March 1, 2019.
One of President Paul Biya’s closest aides was in Douala, the capital of Cameroon’s Littoral Region, National Telegraph has been told. According to our sources, Paul Atanga Nji, Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration was in Douala, Thursday, February 28, 2019, at the behest of Biya to hand over cash to some victims of a fire incident.
Atanga Nji flanged by the Governor of Littoral, Samuel Dieudonne Ivaha Diboua and the Senior Divisional Officer for Wouri, Mache N. Joseph Bertrand at the Conference Room of the Douala City Council in Douala I Sub-division, personally distributed cash worth thirty-two million francs (32.000,000F CFA) to victims of a fire incident.
On Sunday, February 24, 2019, a ravaging fire consumed almost entirely, Marche Congo, the second largest market in the city of Douala located at Douala II Sub-division in Wouri Division, locals interrelated why the Minister was distributing money to each of the affected traders.
This news has however not gone down well with many traders in the two English-speaking regions of the country who have suffered colossal losses resulting from numerous fire incidents. At least, thirty buoyant markets have been burnt down in these regions, yet the Government has never bothered about providing relief to victims.
Gigantic markets, including the famous Bamenda Main Market one of the biggest markets in the two English-speaking
Many other markets amongst them; Kumbo, Awing, Oshie, Mamfe, Bambalang have been burnt down. Ironically, the populations hold in the strongest terms, those markets were burnt down by elements of the Cameroon military to increase their frustration and push them to submit to the government in the face of a Revolution that’s rocking these regions.
The English-speaking residents have also been quick in pointing out another incident in which despite the fact that the Cameroon military has been down hundreds of their villages, as they put it, the government has never reacted but was quick to react when few houses were burnt down in Bangourain, a village in the French-speaking part of the country, precisely in the West Region.
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.