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Cameroon – South West: Basic Education Minister’s motorcade kills a young girl

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Written by Gisele Alba

The tragedy that occurred on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in the Mbonguè village on the Buea-Kumba axis in the South-West region, provoked the wrath of the populations. These set fire to several rooms of the local government school.

The Minister of Basic Education Youssouf Hadidja Alim was in the South-West region for a tour in a few exam centers of the Certificat d’Etude Primaire and the First School Living Certificate. Objective to ensure that these examinations are carried out correctly.

On the way to the town of Kumba, this program of work was soon turned upside down, when one of the vehicles that accompanied the minister hit a student of the class of CE1 (class 3) Mbongue. The 7-year-old Beckline was reported to have crossed the road at speed as the procession passed. She died on the spot.

The incident provoked the wrath of the populations in Mbonguè. Already irritated by the anglophone crisis, they did not hesitate to express their anger by setting fire to several buildings of the local government school. An inquiry into this act would have been opened.

The Minister of Basic Education Youssouff Hadidja Alim was obliged to interrupt her working visit to take part in a crisis meeting in the SDO’s office of the Meme division. She also went to the child’s family and spoke with her parents. She promised to give her full support to this family once the funeral program is fixed.

The remains of the little Bekline were deposited in the morgue of the Kumba district hospital.

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