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Bamenda Market recovers from Governor’s 24 hour ghost town

The Bamenda Main Market in the North West Region of Cameroon has regained steam after it was shut down on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the orders of Governor Adolf Lele L’Afrique.

The Governor imposed a second day of shut down in the over 1,300 stalls capacity market demanding explanations over the respect of separatist- imposed ghost towns on Mondays.

Sealed shops

Throughout Tuesday, businesses fail to function. Some officials of the Traders’ Union were stranded around the market premises.

Armed police officers surrounded the market early that Tuesday implementing the strict respect of the administrative order.

On Wednesday, activities regained momentum timidly at the market.

Governor Lele L’Afrique shifted grounds from his initial position after the traders sent a delegation to plead with the administrator to revisit the order.

On Thursday, a meeting grouping traders and a representative of the Governor was staged. The Assistant Divisional Officer (DO) for Bamenda I, who represented the Regional boss, chaired the meeting.

Authorities of the Bamenda City Council were equally in attendance.

Traders told the administrative authorities that they are unable to open their stalls owing to threats from the unknown. Others accused security forces of compounding their plight through unrestraint conduct.

Others claimed they have witnessed scenes of maltreatment, stray bullets and other attacks on civilians. These, they claim, scare them from opening their shops.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the representatives of the traders said, the future for other Mondays remains unknown. Ghost towns surfaced at the start of the current crisis in Anglophone Cameroon. Individuals who attempt to defy calls for civil disobedience have suffered attacks from unknown men.

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