Kumba ‘beer refugees’ flood other towns

Just as the Southern Cameroon crisis has affected trade, free flow of business and education, it may also, end up a slap on the face to most beer lovers in Kumba who now go for days without a sip, as the seething political upheaval seeps into the drinking economy of K-town. This seems to be the outcome of a war pledged against a particular brewery’s products by so called Ambazonian fighters, who have reportedly set a number of trucks ablaze, and promised torture and death, to any unfortunate vendors caught selling what they classify as taboo products.
Beer counters in Kumba are now scanty, prices increasing with beer lovers unable to drink to their satisfaction, or to drunkenness as it had been the case in the numerous drinking spots that had flooded the town. Many denizens in the town have gone to the extent of spending over FCFA3000 each in a day, driving or using public transport, to neighboring towns like Buea just to quench their thirst for beer.
Many who come to Buea, for drinking sake, drink irresponsibly to the point of drunkenness nudged by the reality of not having a glance at a beer bottle when they return home. Some few weeks back, a severe accident occurred along the Mile 2 road and reports held that, the victims were inhabitants of Kumba who drove up to Buea to drink, and were returning heavily drunk.
According to a commercial bus driver who identified himself as Black Jack, he has witnessed instances in which, passengers plead with him and pay him hard cash, to smuggle beer into Kumba.
Kumba, popularly known as K-town has witnessed serious fighting and exchange of gunshots in previous days. Kumba is not the first to experience such beer scarcity as other towns like Muyenge have been suffering serious beer shortages, due to the beer “ban” resulting from the crisis. Peace still remains farfetched in most Anglophone localities, as killing, kidnapping and gunshots still remain the order of the day.
By Atemebeh Ngewung Lordfred

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply