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Cameroon – Alain Mebe Ngo’o: “Nothing proves that it’s the addition of the 8 wagons that caused the derailment”

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Written by Deckson N.

Before knowing the results of the ongoing investigation to determine the actual cause of the derailment that caused carnage at Eseka, on Friday, October 21, 2016, many observers seem convinced that the accident followed the decision of the Camrail Company to add wagons (8). But Transport Minister Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o do not see things the same way. When asked by our colleagues from Canal 2 International, the member of the Government seems rather to question the strange coincidence that there was between the announcement of a false derailment on Friday morning and the rail disaster that occurred around 1:00 PM.

It is not necessarily already said, at the stage where we are, that it’s the added wagons that caused the derailment. What happened is that before eight in the morning, the news of a derailment was already circulating. Including in social networks. And to support this information, to give it a character of reality, there is an image that was associated with it and that was eventually identified as the derailment of images that took place in August 2009. So at this stage we are in misinformation because there was none, “said the Minister of Transport.

So based on this first “false derailment” Egard Alain Mebe Ngo’o initially denied the information announcing the rail disaster, during a speech he made to the 1:00 PM news of the CRTV National Station.

I was called in during the 1:00 PM news. I reported on measures taken in the Ministry of Transport to ensure mobility, the flow of people and goods (after the collapse of a bridge over the heavy axis Douala-Yaounde, Ed) and I took the opportunity to deny information on a possible derailment of the train. But what happened is that at the same time, that is to say at 1:00 p.m., the derailment actually happened at Eseka. So while I was still on air to deny reports circulating since before eight in the morning, unhappy or fortuitous coincidence, the real derailment occurred at 1:00 PM, “he added.

The explanation of Mintransport joined that of a survivor of the “death train” that our correspondence met in Douala. As the train was leaving the station from Yaounde, the latter said he read a publication announcing a derailment on the social network Facebook. She also said to have questioned this strange coincidence. The results of this terrible accident continues to mount. While the authorities claim a provisional figure of 75 dead and nearly 600 wounded, some survivors recall several hundred deaths, following this derailment in the headquarter of the Nyong-Ekelle.

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