12, December 2017
Flames razed down the Mamfe Main Market last night in an attack which the local residents say was staged by Francophone security forces stationed in the town.
We gathered that electronic shops, barber shops, groceries and butcheries were burned down in the inferno. Although the cause of the fire is not known, traders have added their voices to those who claim the fire was manmade and a deliberate action to stifle the Manyu economy.
Cameroon Concord News contacted the Mamfe police commissioner who hinted that authorities have opened an investigation to determine the cause of the fire in the market where traders lost property worth millions of Francs CFA.
An aide to the mayor of Mamfe told Camcordnews that “We cannot establish the exact value of property burnt down but the traders have lost goods worth millions.”
The fire which began around 12:00 midnight affected over 100 business persons. Some traders have reportedly blamed the security forces who have been deployed to the town center for not responding quickly to the emergency.
By Peter Ndip in Mamfe