It is a picture of frustration and despair in the Bamenda main market this Thursday December 21 2017 as many arrived the market for their regular business only to see their shops sealed. Immediately no one could explain why the shops were sealed with the seal notice directing all to see the City Delegate. Instead of going to see the city delegate, the traders spent time in the early hours of the morning speculating as to why the reasons could be particularly coming the day the city has just been subjected to some timid resumption of economic activities with the pretext of a ghost town. Hear one of the victims, “this delegate want kill we. You open shop people burnam, you no open delegate lockam.” According to this victim the City Council locked the shops because they have obeyed three days of ghost town.
Like him and others who stood by, this reporter developed the same feeling until I decided to get in touch with the Secretary General of the Bamenda City Council. In a telephone chat Jude Waindim told this reporter that “those whose shops have been sealed have been are those who have refused to renew their tenancy agreements.” While explaining that as a second party landlord the city council had reduced the process to a minimal FCFA 3000 and payments are being done particularly by those of the Food market and Nkwen market. He could not how ever explain why the Bamenda main market tenants were proving stubborn.  
From our findings the Paramount Ruler of Mankon HRM Fon Angwafor III on whose land stands the Bamenda main market and the Former Bamenda City Delegate Tazong Abel Nde himself a notable of Mankon are owners of a good number of the shops sealed in the market. As to whether they are the people behind the non-compliance attitude of their tenants remain an issue to be investigated since the reasons for actions may not be known to this reporter.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or

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