B’da DDR Centre Up to Expectation Despite Contrary Rumours

DDR Centre Bamenda

The NW Disarmament, Demobilisation and Re-integration Centre – DDR is moving on the right track but like any human endeavour, has some minor problems which are being corrected with time. That was the statement of the Regional coordinator of the centre Sixtus Gabsa at a press briefing he held today on the premises of the centre.

When Bamenda Online approached the DDR this morning, the environment was calm and serene, inmates went about with their daily routine. Some, mostly the women were preparing food, some youths were playing football on a small open space infornt of the centre. Others stood on higher grounds and watched as activities of the day unfolded. Another group, mostly men were busy with construction work at a new structure being erected. The staff and security officials were going about with their regular activities.

To the Director, these were all indications that DDR Bamenda and it’s activities are moving on smoothly contrary to reports and rumours circulating that the inmates were disgruntled and about to express their anger in a sit down strike.

Gabsa Sixtus, Regional Director DDR

He said the reason for calling the press was to “Inform the National and International community that the Bamenda DDR Centre is calm, peaceful serene, contrary to the unfounded and blackmailing news circulating that the centre is in turmoil”

“As you can see, our children are all very disciplined, calm, serene and focused on the various assignments” the Director said, expressing shock at the continuous disinformation about the Bamenda DDR Centre being propagated by “spoilers” and blackmailers.

DDR Centre Bamenda has received over 250 Ambazonian ex-combattant since its creation in December 2018. 32 of the ex-fighters have been re-integeated into society, The centre currently house 194 inmates, 27 of who are women and 21 children.

These inmates are provided with three square meals daily, basic toiletries, health care, clothes and more. They are also trained on trades like carpentry, tailoring, bricklaying, pig farming, guarding, hair dressing, and boys to produce various detergents, perfumes, body lotion and vinegar and many more.

Some of the ex-fighters confirmed to Bamenda Online that they are well carter for. An ex- amba general said he came out of the bush with his family to prove to the others that the DDR was not a hoax. General Shadow as he is known pleaded with government to do more so as to lure more of his colleagues who are still doubting.

An ex- amba fighter

Mr. Gabsa announced that a state of the art centre has been constructed near the Bamenda airport to house the DDR in the days ahead.

by Abongwa Fozo and Gila Everdine

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