Traders of the Bamenda main market have staged a massive demonstration following a recent increment in store rents. The strike action held Tuesday the 12th of July 2016 in Bamenda the chief city in the North West region. The traders blocked the Bamenda main raod right to the governor’s office chanting slogans against city council officials.
Cameroon Intelligence Report was informed that the increment recently instituted is to enable the council generate money to pay sitting allowances for councilors. The CPDM Mezam SDO who approached the traders in a bid to stop the strike shied away as the crowd headed towards the governor’s office.
We contacted the Secretary General of the Bamenda urban council who revealed that the calculations were made according to square meters. However, the Bamenda city council has received heavy criticism of late. The leadership of Vincent Nji Ndumu has been a mess and a successful failure.A highly placed council official was heard murmuring privately that the city council has no impact on the lives of Bamenda city dwellers. The protesters carried messages such as “Ndumu must go” and Biyaexit.
Cham Victor Bama (Cameroon Intelligence Report)