Regime stooges and other unsolicited do-gooders have, since the beginning of the Anglophone protests been on and about, desperately trying to outdo one another and in the process please and curry favours from the powers that be. One of their catch phrases has been how Government is “looking into the grievances and so parents should send their children back to school.
At each stop, they have sworn how security is so watertight, such that nobody needs not fear opening their shops or offices on ‘ghost town’ days. All along, they have been counting on the forces of law and order, some of who brought about the insecurity after they brutalized and in certain cases even killed school children. Again, they have been blind to sycophancy, such that they don’t even stop to ponder under what conditions policemen and gendarmes drafted to ensure security are operating. They are blind to all these facts.
Ministers, Governors and SDO’s briefly quit the comforts of their posh offices and homes, get paid hefty allowances to go around, telling aggrieved people how there is enough security to ensure that business returns to normal in the Anglophone sector of the country. But they hardly know what it takes for a policeman to keep vigil; to prevent marauding hoodlums from attacking and burning. Schools have been gutted; so too business places all over the place; yet these privileged few sing security in speeches and return home to down a bottle and snore, only to wake up the next day and don the official regalia and head off to inspect a building that was torched
overnight by hoodlums, for the attention of television cameras.
This much could be said of the case in Bamenda where the Women’s Empowerment Centre of Mezam, located just a few metres from the premises of the judicial police was burnt to ashes. The act took place on the night of May 20, precisely at 3 am. So far no suspect has been arrested. The case of this Empowerment centre comes barely a few days after several houses were torched across Bamenda. At Mile Four in the outskirts of the town, two shops and two homes were reduced to ashes. There was a similar incident in which a portion of the Government School Atuakom was brought to ground level. But the case of the Women Empowerment Center is even more sad and shocking because only it last year that the Orange Cameroun Foundation renovated and equipped it.