By Boris Esono (Buea-Cameroon)
Some 12 workers of the Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC are presently receiving medical attention after they were assaulted by unidentified gunmen linked to separatist forces.
This incident happened at about 11pm on Wednesday when workers were forced out of their homes by unidentified gunmen at the Sonne Camp. According to information gotten by this reporter, the gunmen surrounded the camp and reproached the workers for resuming work despite warnings.
Six workers were maimed during the attack while two workers had their thumbs chopped off, one worker had his four fingers chopped, another-a deep laceration on the leg, and two others were severely injured. The victims are currently receiving treatment at the CDC Tiko Cottage Hospital.
It is alleged that the unidentified gunmen are suspected to be separatist fighters after they were behind a similar attack which led to worker’s fingers cut off and others had their buttocks slashed.
However, in a message circulated online, one of the activists for the separatist Mark Bareta has categorically denied reports linking the assault to separatist forces. He said: “….We condemned in the strongest possible terms these actions which go against the conduct of the reason we are into this war. We call on the Fako Restoration Forces for once and for all to put in place mechanisms should be put in place to stop those carrying these accts”.
This recent attack comes on the heels of a protest organized by workers of the Corporation demanding some six months’ salary owed them. About 300 workers stage that protest march to demand their salaries.
The situation was solved amicable with reports in Tiko indicating that workers were paid some money although not all owed them.
The General Manager Franklin Njie on November 29, 2018 indicated that the corporation was in desperate need of FCFA 25 billion to stay functional. “If the corporation does not get FCFA 25 billion to start the process of rescuing farms from total collapse, then, the farms risk degenerating into a near financially difficult state of recovery. We have delay in the payment of salaries because we have not been producing. We owe suppliers because we cannot generate revenue. In fact all our activities have virtually been brought to a standstill”.