Youths in some localities of the South West region have gone amok, chasing away local administrators and interrupting transportation of timber out of the region. We learned their activities are in line with the on-going protests against a perceived marginalisation of minority English-speaking citizens in the North West and South regions.
Reports from the region say a group of unidentified youths who call themselves, Southern Cameroons Youth, set fire on a truck transporting timber from the South West region to the port city of Douala. The stationed truck in a photo circulating on social media, is said to have been set ablaze in Kumba last week. Journal du Cameroun is yet to confirm the authenticity of the photo.
Media reports say some youths in the region are also protesting against CAFECO, a company exploiting timber in Eyumojock Subdivision in Manyu Division. Grouped under what they named, the Njemaya Youth Movement for Positive Change, they confronted the mayor of the subdivision last week, demanding their share of royalties timber exploitation companies are expected to be paying to facilitate the development of their community.
Despite Mayor Julius Nkom’s promises to look into their grievances, the agitating youth later marched on the council on March 9, 2017, sent away its staff and shut it down. We gathered the Mayor was out of office when they youth got there and would not answer his phone when they tried to reach him. It is reported that he has been in hiding ever since the attack on his council.
Meanwhile another angry group of youngsters also went amok in Tombel in the Kupe Muanenguba Division on the same day, forcing the Divisional Officer to escape. We learned they were hinted that the planned boycott of the celebration of this year’s edition of the International Women’s Day was not as effective as they wished because of the machinations of the DO.
They believed the D.O paid some women to stage a march past in Tombel in order to thwart the plans of the outlawed consortium which claims to be running the English-speaking regions of Cameroon from abroad. In response, they set ablaze the podium of the ceremonial grand stand before they went after the Divisional officer.
Inhabitants of the Dikome Balue locality in the oil-rich Ndian division also blocked the ruling CPDM party from holding an event in the area last week. The Cameroon Daily Journal reported that the event was supposed to be chaired by a parliamentarian of the party. Villagers, the report said, mounted a resistance, demanding the whereabouts of youths arrested from the municipality and taken to obscure unknown facilities.
It should be noted that the outlawed Consortium championing the protests in the North West and South West regions recently called on the youth to form groups and associations and take initiatives to uphold the strike.
They maintain the strike will not end until government takes concrete decisions that would pave the way for the holding of a referendum; which referendum, they wish, would result to the restoration of a two-state federation that was created during the unification of West Cameroon and East Cameroon in 1961.