The city of Buea, Southwest Regional Capital, continue to experience a dead town, two days after administrative authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.
Very few people and vehicle could be seen plying the streets and quarters on Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Many houses and business premises continue to remained close though administrative authorities have indicated the curfew had long been uplifted.
“I cannot set my foot outside until I’m sure people are moving. Since morning I have been peeping from my window to check if I can see people moving but nothing seem to be happening. So, I will wait till I see vehicles and people moving,” said Edith Mbaku, a resident of Buea town.
The same notion seem to be held by many others who continue to remain indoors for fear of the unknown.
Taxi drivers indicated that the situation has become so confusing as Amba fighters had indicated that movements will be prohibited from October 1.
“I love to work, only that I cannot risk my source of livelihood outside there, to be burnt by the Amba fighters. Remember, they said we should not work from October 1. So, I cannot take the risk of working, when they can set my vehicle ablaze,” Abduraman Abdel, a taxi driver in Buea said.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Officer of Buea, Kouam Wokam Paul, urged the population of the municipality, to go about their daily activities freely. In a Press Release, issued this Wednesday October 3, the administrator indicated that the probation of the movement of people, ended at 6am on Tuesday October 2. Hence, he urged the people to come out from their homes, and boost the economy of Buea.
In the meantime, fears are riving that the situation may continue this way till next Tuesday, given that the yet to be announced presence of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, in Buea, will perturb circulation on Thursday, and the advent of elections on October 7, will also prevent movement of people and goods.
Activities are likely going to regain steam in Buea, only after Monday October 8, 2018.