Buea(National Times)-The Mayor of Buea Council, Ekema Patrick Esunge, today Monday, January 7, 2019, went on rampage again, sealing shops and other business premises that have respected the traditional ghost town phenomenon.
Close to 20 shops and other business premises around Mbongo Square have been sealed.
Ekema Patrick personally led a delegation comprising of council workers and armed security officers to seal the shops.
This coming a few days after a meeting was held on Friday, January 4, 2019, bringing all stakeholders and economic operators within the Buea municipality. During the meeting, it was agreed that there shall be no ghost towns in Buea and that all business premises and economic operators will go about their normal activities from Monday, January 7, 2019.
Unfortunately, the decision which was taken by the Mayor and economic operators was not heeded and all business premises, movements and circulation of taxis were paralysed in all neighbourhoods in Buea just like the other towns and villages in the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon.
Frustrated with the intensity of the ghost town, Mayor Ekema went on the offensive and started sealing shops at Mbongo Square and Buea Town.
It should be noted that this is not the first time the Municipal authority is sealing shops and business premises in Buea for respecting ghost town.
In August 2018, the Mayor sealed over 700 shops in the Buea Municipality. The shops and other business premises were only reopened after an agreement was reached between businesspersons and the Council.