HYSACAM Resumes Services In Face of Impending Garbage Crisis In Bamenda

Heaps of garbage like this was found in almost every street of Bamenda

     It’s another busy day at the Bamenda  Food market ,  taxis, commercial motorbikes, traders and sellers alike try to navigate their way through a small part of the road left usable by a huge pile of smelly garbage. Most pedestrians are forced to  cover their noises in their hands as they try to find a way pass a huge heap of rotten mesh of cabbage, tomatoes, pears, water melon, orange,  celery, onions, leaks  and other fresh food items that has been left unattended for months by the garbage clearing company-Hysacam.

This is no longer an uncommon sight in Bamenda. Everywhere across the metropolis are abandoned mountains of domestic and at times industrial waste left to suffocate the air of the surrounding area with a pungent irritating smell, posing serious health threats to the population.  Not a single neighbourhood is left out. This has forced some nearby residents who could no longer stomach the stench to result to burning the garbage leading to huge smoke bellowing across some areas of town. Other have have taken the option to dump their domestic waste into rivers and streams, posing another environmental hazard, especially when it rains.

Hysacam front loader and trucks cleaning garbage at the Food Market

But recently, Hysacam decided to act. Since the 26 of October, Hysacam has embarked on a mission to ride Bamenda of its garbage mountains.  Traders and buyers at the Food market were relieved when they saw Hysacam trucks and workers rolled in to start clearing the several heaps of garbage at the Food market even though it presented a moment of un-comfort for those who were present during the exercise.

According to Mr. Zuma Joseph Director of Hysacam Bamenda who was amongst those watching the entire cleanup process, the year 2019 has been a difficult one for the cooperation, particularly with the ongoing Anglophone crisis. He said a series of incidents has pushed them to halt operations three times this year. He assured us that they will do their best to always keep Bamenda clean.

Many traders at the Food Market expressed their delight to see the huge piles of heap disappeared from the streets of the market. Ngwe Adeline, a road side vendor near one of the area that was cleared said she is relieved from the uncomfortable odour that use to emanate from the garbage and prays that Hysacam should constantly do it work because the stench was driving away her customers.

Hysacam was forced to halt operations several times due to insecurity. Some of its workers and even trucks were taken hostage by gunmen. Some gun men on their path accuse Hysacam workers of collaborating with security agents to attack.  Many Bamenda city dwellers hope this recent operation will bring an end to their garbage disposal nightmare and consequently a cleaner Bamenda.

By Bathsheba Everdine in Bamenda

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