Effective Ghost town in Kumba, South West Region; No School is functional

Despite stringent measures imposed by the government on Anglophones in their two aboriginal regions in order to strangle them to give up the resistance,

Kumba yesterday

Ghost town in Kumba last week

Despite stringent measures imposed by the government on Anglophones in their two aboriginal regions in order to strangle them to give up the resistance, there has been no abating in the strike action, ghost town operations and schools are still closed.

In spite of all government communiqués on state radio and television announcing the resumption of classes this Monday, January 23rd, inhabitants of Kumba woke up to another ghost city yesterday.

The streets were deserted and just a handful of persons could be seen going up and down. Few bikes provided essential services in restricted areas while taxis were rare to be found. Most businesses too were closed down including gov’t offices – it was more of a public holiday. Kumba main motor park that receives thousands of travelers’ everyday was completely deserted without even the sight of a fly. At one end, some police officers were spotted armed to the teeth.

Following the announcement made over state media of resumption of classes. At the Government Bilingual Primary school I, II, III and Government Nursery School Kumba Mbeng, the gate was closed and only a handful of teachers were present. 

Contrary to this The Cameroon Tribune posted yesterday saying School resumed effectively yesterday in the Northwest and Southwest regions. This got a lot of Anglophones very bitter.

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Minister Of Secondary Education Issues A Press Release Asking schools in Southern Cameroon to open their doors on Monday 23rd, January, 2017

​Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle, Minister of Secondary Education under the orders of the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, sends out a press communique urging educational institutions to open their doors on Monday 23rd January 2017

Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle, Minister of Secondary Education under the orders of the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, sends out a press communique urging educational institutions to open their doors on Monday 23rd January 2017. Read the full communique below;
«En exécution des hautes instructions du Premier Ministre, Chef du Gouvernement
Le ministre des Enseignements secondaires Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe porte à la connaissance de la communauté éducative nationale que les cours reprennent impérativement le lundi 23 janvier 2017 dès 7h 30 dans les Régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest.

Il demande aux délégués des différentes Régions ainsi qu’aux délégués départementaux et aux chefs d’établissements de communiquer avec les parents et les élèves afin de les informer que les mesures de sécurité sont prises par les autorités administratives de chaque Région pour protéger les enseignants, les apprenants et le personnel administratif lor de ce retour en classe»