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Regional Delegations Steal Unity Day Celebration in Bamenda

Military March pass (archieve picture)

Workers of the different regional delegations of government services and para-statals were coerced to turn out in their numbers, out numbering pupils and students to commemorate the 45th edition of the unitary state in Bamenda where only three government primary schools and seven secondary schools took part.

This anticipated low turnout of pupils and students who have been absent from the classroom since November 21, 2016 prompted the local administrative authorities to take preemptive measures. The governor’s office issued circulars to all regional heads of government department, asking them as a matter of imperative to instruct all their workers to take part in the civilian march pass, something that had never happened before.

“I want to congratulate the population of the Northwest region and those in Bamenda especially for their massive turnout, I congratulate those who contributed for the successful organization of the National Day” Northwest Governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique quipped after the march pass. He further called on the population to join the Head of State and the Armed Forces to build a “one and united and indivisible Cameroon”

Contrary to the calls for a boycott, curious onlookers thronged the Bamenda ceremonial ground at the Commercial Avenue to see if the march pass would take place. Che Violet a student in one of the private higher institute of learning  in Bamenda said she came to feed her eyes because she heard about the low turnout on 11 February.  Asked if she would have taken part in the march pass if she anticipated such a turnout of onlookers she responded “No, most of the people here told me they also came to actually see if 20th May would hold, none of my friends actually told me they even thought of marching. I don’t think I can march”

The University of Bamenda stood out tall in the march pass, showing its numerical strength with all the schools and faculties participating. The event across the entire Northwest region witnessed a very low turnout with no primary or secondary schools taking part in some subdivisions like Batibo. The leading opposition party, the SDF boycotted the celebration which was also observed by other political parties like the CPP, of Kah Wallah, PAP of Ayeah Paul and MRC of Maurice Nkamto.

By Ndi Tsembom Elvis

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