Fako: Hotels, bustling resorts almost deserted as Mayor Ekema Patrick attacks on the Diaspora keep thousands away 0

The beautiful hotels and bazaars of Buea used to be bustling with Anglophone Cameroon Diaspora community enjoying the great Fako constituency and the South West sun. But after more than seven months of political turmoil that has rocked Southern Cameroons including the rapes, extra judicial killings and numerous arrests orchestrated by Mayor Ekema Patrick, Southern Cameroonians are staying away and travelling to other African countries for their holidays. Even the sea resorts in Limbe have all been affected by the actions taken by the Biya Francophone regime to combat the ghost town operation instituted by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium.

The numbers of Southern Cameroonians traveling home to Cameroon from Europe and the US are down by almost three quarters, leaving restaurants abandoned, hotels closed and businesses struggling. Fako Division attracted thousands of Southern Cameroonian tourists when compared to other Southern Cameroon counties. The average number of nights West Cameroonians from abroad are spending in the country in the last seven months also went down by 67.2 per cent according Cameroon Concord News Group findings.

Our chief economic reporter say there is a high risk of French Cameroun state terrorism in Buea and Bamenda against any Anglophone visiting the territory. The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium recently advised against all but essential air travel via the Douala and the Yaounde- Nsimalen international airports. Buea was completely deserted today Monday the 26th of June 2017. Francophone plain cloth police officers and hundreds of Secret Service men and women are now active in Fako Division including the Bamenda metropolis.

The Biya Francophone Beti Ewondo’s government, keen to maintain desperately-needed income from visitors, has been reluctant to admit any security problems against Anglophone Cameroonians but many Southern Cameroonians including foreigners remain unconvinced. A recent audio conversation that involved Mayor Ekema Patrick and a Southern Cameroonian citizen will do little to allay concerns about safety in Buea and by extrapolation, the entire Southern Cameroon territory.

By Soter Tarh Agbaw-Ebai
Cameroon Concord News