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Anglophones Defy Yaoundé Once More, Stage Successful Ghost Town

Schools remained completely shut down in defiance of Yaounde

Schools remained completely shut down in defiance of Yaounde

This can only be considered as a dirty slap in the face for Yaoundé, after they put into effective use the state media CRTV and its propaganda arm to feed Cameroonians with false information relating to the start of the second term of the school year in the Northwest and Southwest regions this Monday 23rd January 2017, only for there to be an effective ghost town in these regions as they continue to stand firm for their rights and the way they are governed.

The ministers of Basic and Secondary Education, that of Higher Education and the governors of the Southwest and Northwest regions have been announcing since last Friday that all was set for classes to effectively resume this Monday. “The state has put in place all necessary measures and security in place for an effective resumption of the second term in the Northwest region” a statement over CRTV Bamenda from the governor of the Northwest region read.

A communiqué from the Minister of Secondary Education on Saturday, January 21, 2017 on national radio invites parents to send their children to school. Ernest Ngalle Bibehe reassures that all security measures have been taken to this end.

He further asked the delegates of the different Regions as well as the Divisional delegates and the heads of establishments to communicate with the parents and the pupils to inform them that the security measures are taken by the administrative authorities of each Region to protect the teachers, Learners and administrative staff when they return to school.

Reports from Bamenda, Kumbo, Ndu, Nkambe, Bali, Balikumbat, Santa and Jakiri talks of a 100% successful ghost town with schools failing to open their doors once more. So far, Bamenda Online gathered that a few pupil attended classes in Ako, in the Donga Mantung Division, and that some teachers were pressured to come to school today.

The present situation in both regions leaves the authority in Yaoundé in a state of confusion. After the arrest of Anglophone leaders, the cutting of internet links, government’s false information over CRTV and the incessant threats to media houses in both the Anglophone regions and the rest of the country, the ghost town season three instead become more effective than anticipated. Life grounded to a complete halt in Bamenda today. Banks, Markets, shops, schools, taxis, commercial bikes and even government offices were shut down.

It’s not clear what option the government would use now as 11 February Youth day approaches, a day highly distasted by many Anglophones who consider it as the day La Republique used to start its colonization of Anglophone Cameroon.

By Fokum Emmanuel in Bamenda with field reports

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