To Ensure Serenity:
Military Will Continue Cleaning Bamenda
By Peter Tasi
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in Charge of Defense Joseph Beti Assomo has said, security forces will continue cleaning Bamenda and its environs to ensure peace reigns.
Minister Beti Assomo made the promise Friday November 20 in Bamenda. This was during a visit to assess the security situation of the North West. He also came to extend the encouragement of President Biya to the soldiers on the field.
The MINDEF boss highlighted that the government is bent on solving the Anglophone crisis to safeguard peace in the region. He reiterated that the fight to bring peace is not against the population but against criminals who have taken up arms against the state while citing that some of the populations in the region have turned away from the armed groups perpetuating violence in communities.
While condemning in strong terms the Kumba school massacre of October 24, 2020 the minister said so far in the investigations, 3 out of 9 of those who committed the barbaric act have been apprehended as he then used the opportunity to applaud ex-combatants who have yielded to the Head of State’s call for them to leave the bushes and join the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Centers.
He called on others to copy the good example and join the center so that they are integrated into the society. “Our presence here as instructed by the Head of State, commander in chief of the arm forces, attests to government’s resolve to provide an effective and definite solution to this crisis which keeps tormenting our people, a people who are only asking for a peaceful life that is living in a safe and stable environment”. MINDEF boss said.
In his opening speech, Governor Adolphe Lele L’afrique cited poor road networks and lack of infrastructure as some of the challenges faced in the region which perturbs in a way the peace the region ought to be enjoying while noting that it was the first both MINDEF and other top military officials were in the North West.
The governor expressed hope that as the reconstruction plan would soon be implemented in the region and stressed that the “Bamenda Clean” campaign embarked upon by the defense and security forces has played positively to the stability witnessed in Bamenda and some parts of the region while also noting that there still exist some hotspots in the region which he counts on the defense and security forces to bring peace in those areas.
The delegation led by MINDEF inaugurated the military hospital located in mile three Nkwen and also visited wounded soldiers.