By Tapuka Gerald, Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Cameroon Journal, Kumba – Business as usual was dead in Kumba Monday following the Ghost Town declared by the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium last Saturday.
The ghost town in Kumba, the melting point of economic activities in the South West Region, was even better
enforced and more effective than that of January 9. Every single business establishment, offices, including banks and
transport agencies were all shutdown. Worst still, no school, both private and public dared to open its doors yesterday. The streets were virtually empty and for the few people who went to town, they had to trek for kilometers
since taxis and bikers were off the road. During the January 9 ghost town, some taxis defied the orders and took to the roads, but yesterday, they were totally off the streets. Even government offices were also closed down.
At Kumba central market, only the main gate was opened. When our reporters tried to make their way through into the market, one of the leaders of the trader’s union and his état major who were stationed at the entrance stopped us and questioned, “Don’t you see that all stores are closed?” The leader wondered aloud where we were going to when everywhere was sealed. Uniform officers could be seen stationed in strategic corners of the city while some made regular patrols round town even though they still could find very little to prey on.
In the historic town of Buea, denizens told us that Monday’s ghost town was also more respected and more effective than the January 9 ghost town. In nearby Limbe, some stubborn women who attempted to defy the ghost town and take to the markets were seen running back after being chased away by angry youths. In Manyu, sources confirmed to us that even the intervention of Victor Arrey Mengot, Nfor Tabe Tando and others did not persuade the people to go back to school or refrain from the ghost town.
An officer at Ekok, a border crossing town between Cameroon and Nigeria told The Cameroon Journal that business has dropped drastically since the beginning of the strike action as traffic has greatly reduced, and it’s even worst on ghost town days. “We barely have work to do,” the officer retorted.