“For over two months now, we have not had electricity. They give us electricity for five minutes and cut it for one week. This is unacceptable. But what pushed us into the streets is the fact that schools have resumed and our children are unable to study. They cannot continue to be studying with candles, lamps, and torches,” one of the protesters said.
Mostly drawn from the Limbe Quarter, Ndongo, and Chief Street Molyko neighborhoods in Buea, the locals say although they have not had power for over two months, the electricity distribution company, Eneo Cameroon S.A. has not failed to serve them with bills.
With placards and peace plants in hand, they flooded the streets demanding an immediate solution to the worrying situation. They converged at the Sub-divisional Office in Buea, obliging the authorities to address their concerns.
From Molyko to Bongo Square, where the office of ENEO is found, the protesters moved to the office of the Divisional Officer for Buea, Abba Abdouraman.
“We matched to the office of the Divisional Officer, D.O., for Buea because we are following administrative procedure. The D.O. is the most senior authority in Buea. If Eneo has been dribbling us, it may well be because they thought we do not know what else to do. We know that we cannot come here and leave without a solution,” the protesters said. “We no longer use our fridges and other electrical appliances. As of now, I no longer use my phone because I do not have where to charge it. We have endured for too long. Thieves have taken advantage to go around robbing homes in the neighborhood.”
At the time of this report, neither the D.O. of Buea, Abba Abdouraman, nor the Mayor of Buea, Barrister David Mafani Namange had addressed the grievances of the protesters.
Cameroon-Info.Net recalls that on October 15, 2020, inhabitants of Buea Town staged a similar protest after two months of irregular electricity supply.
At the time, an official of Eneo said the blackout was the result of overloading of the transformer supplying electricity to the affected neighborhoods.