By Boris Esono (Buea-Cameroon)
Buea, chief town of the South West Region was again on lock down last Thursday January 10, 2019 as the separatist leaders appeared before the Yaounde Military court to answer some 10 charges against them. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and Co. were arrested in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon some one year ago.
Several gunshots were heard the previous night according to reports in neighborhoods like Mile 14, Mile 16 and Bomaka, which further intensified the non-movement and circulations of persons and vehicles. The gunshots were equally heard that Thursday around Mile 16, Weyamokomba, in Bomaka.
Business premises, shops were once again completely grounded in the newly baptized City of Excellence and its environs. Similar situation is experience in all towns in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
Reports also have it that armed men chased away farmers from their farms forcing them to respect the ghost towns that have been called for.
The shutdown of activities on January 10, 2019 was an order from a communiqué signed by the Ambazonia Interim Leader, Samuel Sako on Monday January 7, 2019, instructing a national lockdown in the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon.
According to the Interim Government, the lockdown was to show support, solidarity and to sympathize with Sisiku AyukTabe and the other leaders as they appear in court to answer charges levied against them by the Government.
The communiqué further states that, “there shall be no movement of cars and persons across Ambazonia on those days so as to give maximum attention to the trial of the leadership of our revolution”.
In Muyuka, reports say there was massive back up of troops following violent clashes early in the morning between security forces and separatist fighters especially around Makanga and Stone quarter neighborhoods right up to Muyenge forcing residents to flee into the bushes for their safety. “There is heavy military presence in the town and the streets are empty” a source told journal du Cameroun.
The ghost town on Thursday follows on the heels of the traditional ghost town Mondays which again saw the population and most business premises on lockdown despite numerous calls from the administration. In a bid to see to it that the phenomenon is eradicated, Mayor Ekema and his staff sealed some shops along class quarters for respecting the ghost town issue.
This follows numerous meetings by local authorities with township taxi drivers, business operators for this phenomenon of ghost town to be abolished for businesses to move on smoothly. The calls have however been unheeded as Mondays, no taxi or businesses are open.