Cameroon – Eseka Tragedy: In its report transmitted to Paul Biya, the Philemon Yang Commission blames ministers Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo and Emmanuel Djoumessi

Written by Deckson N.

Who is responsible for the railway disaster in Eseka, on the Yaounde – Douala route on Friday 21 October 2016? What are the causes of this tragedy that killed at least 76 people and caused about 600 wounded?

These are among other tasks assigned to the Commission of Inquiry created on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by the Head of State Paul Biya. This committee chaired by the Head of Government, Philemon Yang, had 30 days to report. Thursday, November 24, 2016, was the deadline. Indiscretions at the Unity Palace say that the deadline of thirty days was respected and that the President of the Republic received the report sent from the Star building. Pending a possible publication of the conclusions of the Yang Commission’s report, Radio Equinoxe unveiled yesterday Friday 25 November, some important elements of the report drawn up by the Commission of Inquiry. “The committee noted the technical failures of train 152, the brakes of which obviously did not work well when approaching Eseka station on that fateful day of 21 October 2016. As for the responsibility of the transport ministers , Alain Egard Mebe Ngo’o and Public Works Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, the Commission indicates that they acted within their prerogative to respond to the problems facing travelers today. However, the Commission points out that there are dysfunctions in their respective reactions. As for Camrail, the commission is claiming its responsibility as a carrier in this accident which was caused by a technical failure of the train, “reports the private radio station issuing from the city of Douala quoting a source, a Yang Commission member. This source has not raised the veil on the proposals made for such an accident not to happen again in the future.

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