By Bakah Derick and Mbu Stella
Bamenda this February 5, 2016 during the early hours of the afternoon received the mortal remains of Cameroon's Major General Martin Chomu Tumenta.
The remains were received on arrival at the Bamenda airport by the Governor of the Northwest West Region Adolf Lele L’Afrique accompanied by the region’s top administrators.
Flown into the city in a military plane, the 61 year old late Major General was accompanied by two other Generals amongst them Gen. Ivo Yenwo Desancio Director of Presidential Security who also hails from the Northwest region.
|NW Governor Adolph Lele L'Afrique and Late Gen Tumenta's Wife
While waiting for the plane to release the casket of its VIP lifeless guest, Governor Adolph Lele could be seen exchanging words with the wife of the fallen General.
As the belly of the plane opened to release the remains of the General, silence griped the airport then military movement and some tears running down the chicks of family members and other onlookers could be seen.
In military styled solemnity, the casket was received and marched to the military ambulance for departure to Ndop.
|Major General Tumenta on the Journey Home
Enter Late Major General C. M. Tumenta
|Major Gen M C Tumenta
Born in 1954 Maj. Gen. Tumenta started his military career after graduating from the military academy EMIA in Yaounde in 1977 as an air force officer.
He later served in several positions including, amongst others, Chief Operations Officer at the Army Headquarters in Yaounde, Commander of Operation DELTA in the Bakassi Peninsula and Commander of the Third Military Region, which covers Cameroon’s northern-most regions and has its headquarters in Garoua.
In 2013, he was appointed Commander of the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) a force that was later transformed to the broader MINUSCA mission.
In July 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Maj. Gen. Tumenta as Force Commander of MINUSCA.
Major General Tumenta will be buried in his native Babungo, in Ngoketungia Division, this Saturday February 6, 2016.