Authorities of the Kumbo council in Bui division of the Northwest region, have engaged in an attempt to bring back life to the municipality and convince those who fled to other towns to return home.
Going by the strategy that has been laid down, the CPDM headed council intends to work in several phases. They have started by visiting the 10 regions of Cameroon to sensitize sons and daughters of Kumbo, to join in seeking solutions for the reconstruction of their homeland “we are going to actually share in the pains they’re having, to have left home and gone to these places, appreciate those who have received them, then with that we talk to several people through the various tribal group meetings in these big towns” Kimbif Wilfried, Kumbo council member on Cameroon Calling over the CRTV, on Sunday, July 25.
Accompanied by Adeline Mbehkum, another Kumbo councillor, they indicated that from the regions, they will continue back home as instructed by the Mayor, Mborong Venatius “immediately we finish with regions, we are going back and we will echo our peace message over the airwaves of our local radio station which is back there. It is good to tell somebody the truth. He refuses now but later they are going to see the use. Some refuse out of shame. Not that they don’t know that what they’re doing is wrong”.
“We will talk to the people. If we cannot access villages because of harassment and other risks, we will make sure that we send the message through the radio. They have cell phones, they have radios on their cell phones, they will hear in their hideouts and will know that this is a plea for peace. We are not coercing them, we are simply asking them to bring back their minds to see that it is not our tradition to slaughter or kidnap a brother, and demand money which the person has never seen” Kimbif Wilfried stated.
“Even those who think of that new country they are dreaming about, when the schools, bridges, roads are destroyed and it happens that their new country comes and for those who are even spearheading it, if they come back home, I don’t know where they are going to start. So allow the Kumbo council to develop the municipality, reconstruct the schools, reconstruct the bridges which have been destroyed and roads, businesses come and then the children get back to school so that if that new country is coming tomorrow, they will have something to count on” he added
Kumbo is one of the towns badly affected by the battle between secessionist fighters and the military in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon. Five years of living in crisis has left devastating effects on the municipality, which councillors of the area have said they want to fix.