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Protesters set fire on medicines faculty of Bamenda University

Some unidentified individuals have burnt down a building that harboured the faculty of the University of Bamenda in the premises…

Some unidentified individuals have burnt down a building that harboured the faculty of the University of Bamenda in the premises of the Bamenda regional hospital. The building was set ablaze during the weekend, apparently in protest of calls for schools to fully resume this week.

Reports say students and teachers of the faculty are said to have been carrying on with classes while other faculties of the school remained in a stalemate. The standstill is caused by an ongoing protest against a perceived marginalisation of citizens in the North West and South West region (Anglophone regions); which protest has paralysed education and the justice system in the regions. The protests have been ongoing for more than four months now.

A Bamenda city dweller who craved anonymity, told Journal du Cameroun that the burning down of the building may not be limited to grievances against persons in favour of school resumption.

“Go into the general hospital when students of this faculty of medicines are on internship. I can say an estimated 80 percent of them speak French to patients who do not understand the language. There are grandmothers taking care of children here. They do not understand ordinary greetings in French but some of the students won’t even make an effort to speak in English or pidgin. It’s like they run the place, yet they say we are not marginalised”, he said.

Prof. Theresa Nkuo Akenji, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bamenda, reports say, has pleaded with Prime Minister Philemon Yang, to facilitate the reconstruction of the building to enable resumption of classes. We gathered she made the request on March 6 when PM Yang was commencing his crusade for school resumption in the North West region.

Meanwhile students and lecturers of the faculty are said to have been receiving threats from anonymous persons who warn them not to go to class. Other messages and tracts, we learned, are circulating in Bamenda, announcing an obligatory boycott of the celebration of the International Women’s Day expected to be celebrated tomorrow in Cameroon and worldwide.

 

 

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