Herakles Farms Affair: Nguti Chiefs have addressed a letter to President Biya
Six traditional rulers of Nguti Sub Division, in Kupe Manengouba in the South West Region have addressed a letter to President Biya dated October 25th 2016 calling on the head of state not to renew the contract signed with Herakles Farms. The traditional authorities informed President Biya of the many grievances and challenges their people have faced during the three years of temporary concession signed with the firm.
Chief Fobia Julius and the other five custodians of the Nguti tradition and heritage noted in the letter that Herakles Farms has not complied with the conditions contained in the Presidential Decree of 2013. Cameroon Intelligence Report gathered that the company has consistently violated the rights of the Nguti inhabitants’ vis-à-vis commitments to the villagers.
The chiefs also denounced the non-payment of the lease included in the provisional concession and observed that Herakles Farms has failed to provide jobs to anyone in the community. The agro-industrial company has reportedly spread far beyond the boundaries of the area that was assigned by the decree of the Head of State in 2013. It should be noted that the concession was signed on November the 25th, 2013 and expires this year.
By Sama Ernest