Bamenda Industrial zone: Nkwen Youths give June 17 ultimatum for proper settlement

 June, 7 2012

The youths of Nkwen village have given the traditional and administrative authorities up to June, 17 2012 as deadline to produced the over 220 million CFA Frs. government set aside for the resettlement  of those displaced by the would be Bamenda industrial Zone(BIZ).

This was after a crisis meeting held last June, 3,  at the Nkwen Fon’s palace Hall between the Fon, his traditional council, the municipal and administrative authorities of Bamenda III subdivision and the MP for Bamenda and Bali and the youths of Nkwen Village.

Tension was high in the village following five days of uneasiness, marked by demonstrations in nearly all the Quarters of Nkwen. The youths moved up to the uninhabited lands set aside for the BIZ with peace plants (nkengs), and each of them laid claim to a parcel land.

According to the youths of the village, their action is because the Fon and his collaborators failed to compensate others from the more than 220 millions given by the state for this piece of land located at the boundary between Nkwen and Bambili.  

The Fon of Nkwen, they said is the custodian of this land which they say has caused the death of several people in Nkwen who fought over it in the early 1930s and the late 1990s. They are accusing the Fon and his close collaborators for not including those they claimed actually fought for the land when he was distributing the money. 

About 25 people benefitted from the amount that was given by government. The beneficiaries were chosen by a committee headed by the Fon and the money handed over to them in the presence of the senior Divisional Officer for Mezam in the third week of May at the Nkwen Fon's Palace, they said at the meeting.

           At the meeting the youths demanded that all the money paid to the friends of the fon in the name of compensation for the land which they consider a village land should be refunded.  In very rowdy and angry tones, they equally called for the dissolution of the Nkwen village Traditional Council and the committee running the Nkwen Water Project.  They also demanded that all the money paid out to those unknown individuals be brought before the Nkwen people on the June 17, and that all the committees that have been dissolved be replaced by  competent ones capable of bringing meaningful development to the people of Nkwen. They all agreed to meet again on the 17th June in a final meeting with the D.O for Bamenda III.

Some five individuals reportedly return their cheques after sensing the tension in the air.

  By E.K Jeff in Nkwen.

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