Reports from different parts of the restive Northwest region indicate that life is becoming more difficult for many following a drop in basic supplies as the ongoing crisis in the region persist.
Reports from Nkambe Donga Matung Divisional Headquarters talk of no electricity supply for over two weeks now. This has put off many electricity dependent businesses like cool stores thus leading to the absence of basic foodstuff like fish, meat or chicken.

Not just has airtime been difficult to get due to the blocking of major entrances into this city been the challenge in the area of telecommunications, making a call out of or to the Nkambe has also become a major.

“We have been in darkness and without MTN and Orange network for two weeks now. The only surviving network is Nextel. With the adverse situation, no one is saying anything. No portable water for the Nkambe city dwellers.” A reporter who will not want to be name tells me.

The reporter details in our conversation that “civil servants are going through untold hardship as circulation too is another terrible dream. I visited the Nkambe district hospital and was told drugs were not enough to meet up with the demand of the patients.”

It is a similar situation in Wum Menchum Division where a local administrator confirmed that “electricity only returned here again on the 2nd of October after one month. MTN network just returned as well to us but fluctuates and not all parts of Menchum have electricity. In case the electricity blinks MTN goes off too.”

“Here in Momo our difficulty is about basic supplies for household use. A few retailers here have increased the price of everything. Life is difficult for everyone. The retailers say they can’t get supplies from Bamenda or other places because of transportation difficulty. Even our palm wine cannot be transported to Bamenda for sale and so we have much of it here with no one buying.” A municipal councilor tells this reporter on phone.  It should be recalled that Momo became the battle ground for the crisis just like Boyo where we are told hostilities have reduced but the place remains largely deserted.     
“You will not imagine I could not get oranges in Nkwen and the explanation I was given is that, roads have been blocked and orange no longer comes to town?” A nursing mother tells this reporter in anger.

Money transfer services have almost become impossibility in Bamenda. “Sir I can’t do a deposit of 20.000 FRS for you because I don’t have float for more than that.” Money transfer argent tells this reporter around mile two. A majority of the money transfer roadside boxes have remained close for over two weeks now. The few left are involved in petty cash transactions between 1000 and 2000 FRS.

This hardship has been further amplified by the fact that the entire region has been under a compulsory lockdown for the past five with travelling into and out of the region almost impossibility.  We gathered that the lockdown has been engineered by those who want to interrupt the organization of the presidential elections in the region come October 7. 
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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