Despite a bright Monday morning in Buea today, the population of Upper Muea, in Buea Subdivision woke up in gloom following news of the demise of their traditional ruler, Chief David Ikome Molinge.
The erstwhile President of the Fako Chiefs’ Conference passed on to eternity at about 5:00am this morning. Before his demise, the Second Class Chief of Upper Muea had been battling with numerous illnesses before he finally slept in the Lord today Monday, February 19, 2016.
In 2016, the deteriorating health of the Chief led to the amputation of part of his leg. A few months after, the leg was further amputated following advice from his medic.
The traditional ruler cum business magnet had been killed so many times by rumour mills and mongers, especially his political adversaries for finally journeying to the land of no return.
Each time rumours about his death were spread in Buea, the traditional ruler will always bounced back in gaiety. Speaking to this reporter in 2016 in his Buea office, the custodian of the culture and tradition of the Upper Muea people said it was the mercy of God still keeping him alive. “If it were up to my enemies, I would long have joined my ancestors. But until when my God will decides when that day will be.”
The late Molinge was a staunch militant of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) in the South West Region. He headed many CPDM lists in the municipal elections. The last list which the Chief headed for the CPDM was the 2013 list that led to the ascension of Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge into the Buea Mayoralty.
The late Chief had wanted to be Mayor of Buea in the 2013 polls, but the odds were already stack against because of his vocal stand against land-grabbing by the Fako administrators.
Chief Molinge had on several occasions, confronted the Fako administrator, accusing them of corruption and urging them steer clear of Fako ancestral land.
His guts annoyed some administrators in the Region who were feeding fat from the booty of the indigenous land that was grabbed and auctioned to the highest bidder at the detriment of the indigenous population.
One administrator in the Region is reported to have sworn that it was going to be over his dead body that the traditional ruler will become Mayor. The top administrator reportedly spent the entire week prior to the election convincing his highly placed relative to disqualify the candidature of Molinge.
According to the administrator, it was imperative for the party to give the younger generation the chance to rule. After pulling the political strings against Molinge, the business magnet was reduced to a mere councillor.
Before their mandate could even begin the late chief was sacked as Councillor following a clash of authority between the municipal authorities.
The demise of this business colossus will be a great loss to the population of Muea, especially the students whom he often offered scholarship and provided employment opportunities.
Molinge had always argued that Muea was ripe for a Subdivision, but he may just have died without seeing this dream come to fruition