The house of former Minister Benjamin Mutanga Itoe and current Board Chair of the Cameroon Development Cooperation(CDC) in his village of Bombe-Bakundu, Mbonge Sub-division, South West Region has been ravaged by fire, 48 hours after he launched campaigns for the CPDM in Kumba.
Reports which The National Times could not independently authenticate emerged in the afternoon hours of Saturday September 29 indicating that, gunmen had set the Minister’s duplex on fire.
Though details of the attack are still sketchy, public perception remains that it is a respond to the retired judge’s defiance to launch CPDM campaigns in Meme Division, despite separatists’ threats.
Also, some subsection executives who attended the Kumba meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from Ntam, Kumba III Sub-division are feared to have been kidnapped. Their kidnappers are said to be asking the militants to justify why they attended the meeting.
At Thursday’s meeting, the former Minister made bold his willingness to dialogue with armed men in the bushes who are fighting against the State.
He asked his kith and kin at the meeting to connect him to any of the fighters so he could convince them to abandon their course. Itoe said “there is no point in killing ourselves”.
Itoe has been in the eye of the storm within the context of the separatists’ threats owing to his undying support for the Biya regime.
In early March 2017, a supposed planned homecoming after Itoe was appointed as member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in his native village was called off at the last minute owing to threats.
The house which is feared burnt is a duplex which had reached an advanced stage of completion. At some time, the same compound uninhabited was overgrown with goats electing residence at some corners.