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Cameroon: No academic honors for slain Mathematics teacher

Procession in honour of Maurice Tchakounte (c)

Forces of law and order have forcefully taken away the corpse of slain mathematics teacher Boris Tchakounte that was been processed to the Advanced Teachers Training College, ENS Yaounde for academic honours en route to the West region where he will be laid to rest.

Teachers from the four corners of the country turned out en masse this Thursday in Yaounde to pay a last respect to their departed colleague, Boris Tchakounte, stabbed to death by his student last January 14, 2020.

In a bit to give the departed a befitting last respect at ENS, the teachers met with stiff resistance from forces of law and order who dispersed them with tear gas and water before forcefully taking the corpse to the West region.

According to the funeral programme, after his corpse removal, his body was supposed to be taken to the Lycee Nkolbisson where he was stabbed for academic honours, then to church and finally to his family house.

A family source told Journal du Cameroon that “authorities in place” said his body cannot go to his former school.

As such, his colleagues present demanded the corpse be handed to them for procession to the Advanced Teachers Training College, ENS Yaounde where the young teacher will be given academic honours.

This demand was not granted and after hours of argument, a sort of agreement was reached for the corpse to leave the mortuary.

In a procession, the teachers, the deceased students, family, friends and well-wishers left the Melen neighbourhood heading to ENS, chanting songs in honour of the deceased.

When they got to the EMIA roundabout, they were surprised by the forced stop imposed by security forces.

The corpse remained grounded at that spot for over thirty minutes after which security forces used tear gas and water to disperse the crowd and the hearse carrying the corpse family sources said drove off, en route to his native Bazoo in the West region of Cameroon where he will be laid to rest Saturday.




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