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Cameroon – Lélé Lafrique: “On instructions from the Government, we have taken all necessary steps to ensure that order returns to Bamenda” says Governor

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Written by Deckson N.

Bamenda remains a dead city. Since Monday, 21 November 2016, a teachers’ strike has degenerated into a popular insurrection.

The Government had to call on to the army. But the riots continue. Since young people break and burn everything in their way in the chief town of the Northwest Region. The Governor of this region has agreed to break the silence yesterday Tuesday 22 November to discuss  the crisis that runs through his command territory.

On the revolt of the population that paralyzes the city of Bamenda

We were surprised on Monday of the escalation of disorder in the square of Bamenda. Demonstrations initially attempted to attack the urban community. We wanted to prevent it from being assaulted. They then headed for some of the city’s streets. They erected barricades, broken and burnt. We recorded shots. So we have taken every step to prevent the situation from degenerating. We have also made arrangements to maintain a minimum of calm and restore traffic in the Bamenda arteries. We have succeeded, even if we still register here and the few attempts that are immediately mastered by the security and law enforcement agencies.

On the meeting with certain forces in the Region

I chaired a meeting in my office in the presence of the Archbishop of Bamenda, the moderator of the PCC, the leaders of the trade unions who made the strike that was recovered by vandals to make the mess. I would like to appeal to all goodwill, to everybody, to the political leaders, to spare no effort to create the conditions for lasting peace in place of Bamenda. As far as we are concerned, on instructions from the government, we have taken all necessary steps to ensure that the order is returned to Bamenda. It is clear that those who have looted or wished to take advantage of this situation to achieve personal goals will be punished in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Republic “.

On the Government’s Response to the Claims of Anglophone Lawyers and Teachers

The Government has undertaken to set up a committee to examine the questions posed by teachers’ unions. At the initiative of the Minister of Justice, a meeting was held with the lawyers to try to examine and find solutions to the problems that have been posed. I appeal to everyone, to mobilize for order to return. Without peace without security, no negotiation is possible. No development is possible. I therefore appeal to both, to return to reason, to remember that we are in a Republic that has rules. Let us comply with the laws and regulations of the Republic to seek solutions to problems. I would like to conclude by saying that the government takes this situation very seriously. It is for this reason that these various meetings have been scheduled to examine the problems raised. And instead of pouring into violence, people should give a chance to the dialogues.

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