2, February 2017
Inhabitants of Buea Sub Division in the South West Region are still wondering what could have caused the fire outbreak Monday night which ravaged some shops in a mall at Mile 17. Some pro government reports have suggested that the owners were being punished for operating during Ghost Town. Cameroun Info.Net reported that the content of over half a dozen of Council shops at Mile 17,the main entrance into the town of Buea went into flames Monday night January 30,2017 and police are yet to establish the cause of the fire.
While the people of Buea say it must have been carried out by some disgruntled Cameroonians for the non respect of the civil disobedience campaign organized by the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, others say it may have been a diabolic harsh ploy by Council authorities to have reasons for sealing shops and victimized opponents of the regime.
Most of the shops destroyed by fire were trading on Monday when others remained closed. According to shop owners they were afraid of threats from Mayor Patrick Ekema Esunge who had been parading in town sealing shops that were respecting the Ghost Town Operation. Meanwhile one of the taxis bought by the Mayor to counter the Ghost Town has been set ablaze by an unknown man. The passenger alighted from the taxi and set the back sit on fire before running away.