The house of the Mayor cum Inspector General of Technical Services in the Ministry of Public Works went up in flames at 10:00am Wednesday, April 24, 2019 and is believed to be the handiwork of those fighting for the independence of a country they call Ambazonia.
Information has it that the Mayor's storey building was razed in retaliation to the burning of two buildings in Ngwainkuma by soldiers.
But Cameroon's Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi said on Monday that soldiers are not involved in the burning of houses in the restive regions.
“Our republican forces, whose vocation is placed under the sign of honor and loyalty, cannot, at the same time, come to the rescue of the populations and be their executioners,” Sadi said at Monday's press conference, adding that, “Contrary to widespread allegations, the Cameroonian Defence and Security Forces carry out their mission with a high sense of responsibility, professionalism, discernment, bravery and dedication.”
The arson attack on the house of the Fundong Mayor has been widely criticized. Journalist Kum Leonard says at this rate, he sees a situation where people will not want to put up structures in their respective villages for fear of what is happening today in most villages.
Hear Kum Leonard: “Last week, the house of a deceased Menchum elite was brought down in flames because of his political stance. Today, the case is same of a Boyo elite, and we can count on and on. Could these houses not be spared, and the message still sent through? Are we saying that when the ongoing problems get fixed life won't go on?
“What if after independence those pressing for burnings today, find themselves in the ruling party of the independent country? Will it be just for their acquired properties to be burnt by their fellow brothers because they have failed in meeting promised targets?
“I believe very much in the saying that, what goes around always comes around. We always easily find ourselves before what we fight so hard against. As we take so much pleasure in the demise of others, same way others will take pleasure when we come crashing.
“Fru Ndi was such a big hero in the 90s same way most of us feel today. Look at what people wish for him today?”