Pre-election Violence Hits North West, SDF militants poisoned, MP’s wife beaten, another stabbed, Fru Ndi loads vehicle with machets for self defence, Undeclared curfew in Donga Mantung as SDO steps in.
By Ndi Ndi in Nkambe.
Tension and uncertainty mounts everyday in the North West region as Cameroonians brace up for the September 30 twin polls. Between August and September 2013 there have been continuous and unprecedented attacks on the militants of the leading opposition, SDF party by tugs of the ruling CPDM party in broad day light with the case of Donga Mantung, Bui and Menchum quite conspicuous as SDF militants have been vandalized in these areas.
Early 2013, the CPDM militants of Nkambe central sub division halted their rally at Wat village market square to terrorize SDF militants. In the process, Hon. Awudu Mbaya’s wife was severely beaten at Wat while the market Master’s head was wounded and another SDF militant was reportedly stabbed in Nkambe.
While the stabbed militant and the market Master are currently receiving medical attention in hospitals in Nkambe and Bafoussam respectively, Awudu’s wife is said to be recovering from the beatings.
In an attempt to bring the situation under control, the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung, Ngone Ndode Mesape Bernard last August 22 chaired a crisis meeting in Nkambe, the Divisional head quarters of Donga Mantung to bring order in the house.
As at now, an undeclared curfew is being observed in Nkambe with a Prefectoral Order issued stipulating that all native liquor bars operate only between 6a.m and 8p.m daily. Meantime, the Nkambe SDF hierarchy has four court cases against the recalcitrant CPDM militants. The SDF national chairman, John Fru Ndi who is taken aback at the state of affairs in the North West region, told this reporter at his Ntarinkon residence that besides the Nkambe saga, some of his militants have recently been poisoned in Widikum, Menchum with another similar case in Oku where his militant has been reportedly stabbed.
Apparently frightened of similar attacks on his person in the days ahead, Fru Ndi disclosed “I have loaded my car with machetes in self defence of any eventuality.” The Fons of the North West, many of whom are frontline CPDM militants have openly declared that they will use even traditional means to ensure victory for the CPDM in the twin elections.
Even before the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Sadi Rene represented Paul Biya at the last August ecumenical service for peace before, during and after the elections organized by the North West Fons Union in collaboration with the Head of State, some Fons were bold to declare their strategies to enable CPDM emerge victorious. Fon Bahi Mbi of Aghem in Menchum and the Fon of Bum in Boyo all said they were going to use all means possible to ensure that their subjects vote only the CPDM.