Wilfred Agebe,
AmbaNews24 Correspondent, Kumba

The military of the Republic of Cameroun has set ablaze buildings in the Kumba Town market. On February 8, 2020, as the town laid still in total observance of the second day of lockdown, Cameroun soldiers took their frustration against the local population to the Kumba market and set fire on buildings there.

Yesterday, Kumba was one of the main towns in Ambazonia, including Buea, Bamenda, Jakiri, Muyuka, Widikum, Mamfe – and many others across the entire Ambazonia territory – that not a single civilian was seen outside of their houses throughout the day. Inhabitants of Kumba Town spotted from their homes a military convoy of two armoured cars and four gendarmerie vehicles that went through the streets of the town but soon disappeared as Kumba laid as quiet as a graveyard.

Today, a group of about fifteen members of the Cameroun elite military, the Rapid Intervention Battalion, popularly known by its French acronym as “BIR” was seen inside the Kumba market. All shops were closed as businessmen and businesswomen remained in their homes in observance of a second day of the lockdown.

“I can see the market clearly from our house; I saw BIRs broke into one of the buildings, and they threw fuel into it and set the building on fire,” Sonia (real name withheld for security reasons) who lives in the town told AmbaNews24 on phone. “What they did was exactly as how they had burnt the market in Azi in Fontem,” Sonia added.

“These BIRs are evil to their bones, and no one in his or her right senses can ever think we can live again under this Cameroun government,” another Kumba resident who saw one of the buildings in the market in flames told AmbaNews24. “Their burning down of our market is evidence that we can never find safety and peace being ruled by Cameroun,” he added.

The Ambazonia Governing Council in collaboration with Ambazonian independence fighters in the territory and advocates in the diaspora had called for the lockdown of the homeland as a strategy to stop participation in the municipal and parliamentary elections called for by the Cameroun government in the Ambazonia territory and scheduled to take place tomorrow, February 9, 2020. The lockdown began on Friday, February 7, 2020, and will end on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

“In times of genocide of the sort going on in Ambazonia, people do not vote. Voting in an election organized by the genocidaire legitimizes the murderer; rather, they protest the killing of their fellow Ambazonian countrymen and women, sisters and brothers, family members and friends by a despotic and tyrannical regime in Yaounde; they rise up and fight back like Paul Kagame rose and led the Rwandan Patriotic Front to fight against the Hutu-led government, Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi militias that perpetrated the Rwandan genocide,” Dr Cho Ayaba, President of the Ambazonia Governing Council told the Ambazonian people as he declared the lockdown on December 2, 2019. The burning down of the Kumba market is one in a train of criminal arsons that have characterized Cameroun’s presence in Ambazonia for six decades and intensified in the last four years. The Cameroun military has burnt down over four hundred towns and villages in Ambazonia to break the resistance will and resolve of the Ambazonian people against the occupation of their territory by Cameroun. More than 5,000 people have lost their lives on both sides in an ongoing Ambazonia war declared by Paul Biya, President of Cameroun, on the Ambazonian people on November 30, 2017. All such barbarisms have failed to stop the Ambazonia war of independence.