Bamenda (National Times)-The Governor of Cameroon’s restive North West Region Adolphe Deben Tchoffo Lele L’Afrique has promised to track down soldiers who masterminded the burning down of houses and business places at the Mile 8 neighbourhood in Bamenda recently.
While visiting the areas on Thursday May 16th, the visibly disturbed LeleL’Afrique tried to calm the wailing population, promising to track down and punish all the soldiers who are responsible for destroying their properties.
However, the administrator also promised to track down those who killed the two soldiers few days ago which precipitated the burning spree. The soldiers are viewed as having acted in revenge of their colleagues murdered under disturbing circumstances.
On Wednesday, soldiers stormed the Ntambeng, Alachu, Mile 8, Muwatsu airport road areas and burned down houses of individuals including shops as well as a hospital.. However, they came when the suspected Ambazonia fighters who had killed the soldiers were already gone. In their anger, the soldiers turned on the local population, destroying and burning down almost everything found on their way. Informed about the incident, the Governor paid a visit reassuring the people of justice.
However, thousands of such houses and even hospitals have been consumed by fire allegedly masterminded by soldiers but government has categorically refused, claiming soldiers always “act professionally.”
In his report to the UN Security Council on May 13, the Director of Caritas Bamenda, Rev Fr Njoki kang said soldiers have burnt more than 5,200 houses in four divisions in the North West region. Contradictorily, in April 2019, the same LeleL’Afrique published a rebuttal rejecting claims made by international Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Human Rights Watch that about 60 soldiers stormed Meluf village in Kumbo, killing five persons, mutilating their bodies as well as burning down houses including hospitals.