A majority of butchers in major towns of Cameroon are on strike over what they say is government’s unwillingness to address concerns linked to a sharp rise in the price of beef.
The butchers under the banner of their association known as National Butchers Union stopped retailing beef to the public today. The industrial action is said to have been called by some members of the union to express their grievances.
Following a crisis meeting held today with the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO , for Mfoundi, the butchers’ concerns have been referred to the Governor of the Center Region, Naseri Paul Bea.
The prefect for Mfoundi is said to have said the matter was beyond his competence to handle. Another meeting has been programmed today but this time with the Governor of the Centre region.
The butchers on their part say they are not satisfied. Some of them are said to have maintained that, even the Governor cannot handle their grievances.
“…The only person capable of resolving the butcher’s problem at this level is the Minister of Commerce,” an angry butcher told MMI.