Cameroon UN Peacekeeping Troops Protest over Unpaid Allowances

Protesting soldiers

More than 200 Cameroon soldiers who participated in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA) in the Central African Republic ( CAR)  staged a protest in front of the Prime Minister’s office in  the country’s capital,Yaoundé on  Wednesday 09, September 2015.

The angry peacekeepers from CAR stormed the PM’s Office after halting traffick in the city, to demand unpaid allowances for the past two years. The protesting soldiers are claiming cumulative arrears for a period of about 19 months, part (7months) of which they claim is owed  by the African Union and about 12 months under the account of the United Nations.

Cameroon’s government has denied it is responsible for the non-payment of  allowances to this military contingent. In a press conference amid the protests, Communication Minister and goverment spokes person, Issa Tchiroma Bakary said Cameroon’s government had requested  that the soldiers’ allowances be paid by the AU at the end of their mission in CAR.

Mr Tchiroma  said the soldiers are claiming arrears of FCFA 6 billion. The demonstrations are taking place in the absence of President Paul Biya, commander-in-chief of  armed forces who is in Europe for a private visit.

However,  government said it has withdrawn FCFA 6 billion from public treasury, on instruction of the Head of State to calm down the protesting soldiers.

By Blaise Whumo

Edited by Jude Fuhnwi

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