Violence in Cameroon, 3 people killed and traffic paralysed
There was an upsurge of violence in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon at the weekend despite a decision by the Head of State Paul Biya to create a National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Committee.
There was heavy fighting across the North West region recently with at least three persons killed in Mankon, Mezam division.
Traffic was paralysed along the Buea-Kumba road in the South West region as gun battles raged throughout the weekend between security forces and separatist fighters.
Earlier last week, a twin suicide bomb attack from suspected Boko Haram elements led to at least 29 persons seriously injured in Amchide, Far North Region of the country, as reported by Journal du Cameroun.
All these happening before, during and after the Head of State signed the decree to set up the National Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Committee.
Paul Biya said the Committee shall be headquartered in Yaounde and placed under the supervision of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.
The Committee will have regional Centres in Buea, Bamenda and Mora with the possibility of creating more centres as the need arises, the Head of State said in the decree.
The Committee will be charged with organizing, supervising and managing the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-fighters Boko Haram fighters and armed groups in the North West and South West regions willing to lay down their arms as requested by the Head of State in his swearing-in speech.
It is left to be seen how effective this committee will be given the rising insecurity in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.