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Douala traders protest destruction of market store

Traders at the Bonamoussadi Market, Douala V municipality, Littoral Region of Cameroon staged a protest on Monday, September 10, 2018, expressing shock over the destruction of their business places.

The traders told reporters that they returned from the weekend to behold scores of shops reduced to rubbles. The store owners suspect that the authors of the act operated in their absence for fear of the wrath of the traders.

Traders at the Bonamoussadi Market

Expressing their anger, the traders said they want the persons who ordered the destruction of the stores to rebuild them.

Douala Based TV station, Equinox quotes the Mayor of Douala v municipality, Gustav Ebanda as expressing shock over the level of destruction carried out on the market. The media house quotes Ebanda as stating that he was unaware of the action.

Given the cold war over who controls markets between Mayors and Government Delegates across Cameroon, the authorities of the municipality are pointing fingers at the Douala City Council.

The demolition comes after a fire incident of Thursday, August 30 ravaged stores at the same market. At least 300 stores in the same market were reduced to ashes following the fire incident.

Weeks after that, investigation opened into the fire incident is yet to yield any results. During the festive period of 2017, a fire incident was equally recorded at the market.

Before now, administrative authorities across Wouri Division constituting Douala metropolitan have been facing difficulties ensuring order at the markets.

Most markets in Douala are flooded with traders. Makeshift structures mushroom daily, sometimes obstructing traffic and slowing down the movement of the train.

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