Fire guts minister’s Mamfe home

The house of Cameroon’s Minister of special duties at the Presidency of the Republic, Victor Arrey Mengot has been visited and ravaged by fire.
The incident that occurred during the early hours of Saturday, June 2 in Mamfe has left the Minister now houseless in his native Mbinjong, Upper Bayang Sub-Division, Manyu Division in the Southwest Region. Meantime the source of the wild fire is yet to be identified.
This is happening after thousands in the Region, especially in Divisions like Meme, Lebialem have also lost their homes to arson perpetrated by the military. The only difference is, while these other fires were humanly masterminded, the origin of that which consumed the Minister’s house is yet to be traced.
However, some pundits have been quick to attribute the incident to the ongoing Anglophone Crisis plaguing the Region and the country as a whole. While some are of the opinion that the fire could have been initiated by those commonly referred to as ‘Ambazonia fighters’, others say, his political opponents and ‘witch hunters’ could also be involved. To some persons, the forces of law and order should not be left out of the investigation because, as they put it, they have been noted for committing such acts, especially in this part (Southwest Region) of the country.
An observer noted that even though this could just be a coincidence for such an incident to occur at a time when everything in the country is being blamed on A or B, the people (military or civilian) must both understand that by perpetrating such tragedies, it is the entire society that suffers. He said in terms of development, the country is being taken years back. With the persistence of such disasters especially in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, it is feared that emergence ‘Vision of 2035’ might just be a bogus dream like many others before it.
In which case, analysts have cautioned that by committing such acts, pain is being inflicted not just on the individual but on the entire community and by extension, the country.
By Nester Asonganyi

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