Cameroon – Ghost Towns: Merchants ordered to open shops in Buea if not seals will be affixed!

Written by Deckson N.

According to sources the Mayor of Buea affixed seals on several stalls whose owners respected the Ghost Towns.

In its edition of January 31, 2017 the daily newspaper Le Jour reports that at the moment merchants are summoned to open their shops in the city of Buea, Southwest region. According to the newspaper and to testimonies the summation is made to the operators of the shops built by the Council. The newspaper, which notes that the streets of this city “remained deserted during the day of Monday, January 30, 2017“, reveals that the head of the municipal executive has also affixed seals on the stalls of the absent owners during ‘A descent on the ground around 11 am Monday‘.

It also reports that “at the place called Clarks Quater in front of the Council, some shopkeepers present executed the order. At Mile 17, only five shops in the sixties built by the Council, respected the Mayor’s injunction.” Despite this action by the head of the communal executive directed towards the stalls, the newspaper notes that the markets and other points and places of sale remained closed all day yesterday. On the school side, students who are at least English speakers are also expected in the classrooms. After the communiqué of Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe Massena, Minister of Secondary Education (MINESEC) francophone students residing in the English-speaking Regions have returned to school since January 23rd. But there are some who continue to live according to the Ghost Towns in spite of the communications made by the Government and the public authorities.

As a reminder, the Ghost Towns were decreed in the North-West and Southwest of Cameroon by the consortium of English-speaking trade unions whose leaders were arrested.

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