Cameroon: 100 + people perished in road accidents in less than two months.

Cameroon: 100 + people perished in road accidents in less than two months.

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Discover how 53 people, a couple died in a fetal accident on their way to retrieve their ‘self-poisoned’ daughter.

The World Health Organization says Cameroon records at least 16000 road accidents annually which kill more than 1200 people.  The year 2020 has begun, and like other years, the countdown of road accidents has just begun.  

One month after the horrifying accident that saw the death of dozens in Ndikiminiki, a similar accident was recorded in Dschang the West region of the Cameroon on the 27 of January 2020. According to reports, an oil tanker transporting illicit fuel collided with 70 setter bus belonging to Menoua Voyage. This collision led to the outbreak of an uncontrollable inferno, that consumed the two automobiles as well as people onboard. Lifeless bodies, as many as 53 were retrieved by authorities with some unrecognizable and many others wounded. It is feared that the death toll may rise because of the gravity of the accidents and degree of burns sustained by passengers. , According to a report from the Governor of Cameroon’s West region, Awah Fonka Augustine, only four bodies were identified at the time of the incident. Saddened by the tragic accident, Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya tweeted, “It is with great sadness that I heard of the tragic loss of life following a ghastly accident at a cliff in Dschang. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and my wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured”

 The cries of families of victims also touched the heart of the Chadian president Idriss Derby as he extends his condolence to the concerned families. “Following the accident which left some fifty dead in Cameroon, I extend my sincere condolence to President Paul Biya and to grieving families. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery”, the president of Tchad tweeted.

Fanwong Anslem is a resident of Santchou, some few kilometers from the accident scene. He was at the scene of the accident. When the ERuDeF Humanitarian News contacted him to narrate what he saw, the 27 year old couldn’t. He simply summarized what he saw in seven words in a voice filled with emotions. “I saw people being roasted like meat”, he said and could not continue again

Barely 24hours after the Dschang accident, another accident occurred again in Eastern Cameroon. The accident which occurred on the National Highway 1 saw the death of National Gendarmerie commander, Ali Garga and his younger brother.   His vehicle collided with Public works vehicle on the roadway. It’s alleged that, reckless driving was at the center of the crash.

Double tragedy

A first year student of the University of Dschang allegedly drank rat poison to fulfill an assignment given to her by an unknown person. She died immediately after drinking the rat poison. Shocked by the news, her parents immediately left for Dschang. Unfortunately for them, they boarded Menoua Vayage bus that was involved in the accident. They all lost their lives. Till now no one knows the reason or the person who instructed this young lady to poison herself.

Investigations opened but would the findings be published any time soon?

In Cameroon, the ‘saying all talk but no bite’ is vividly true as in every crime committed or accidents recorded, the authorities always open an investigation but the results of the investigation are never known. This puts doubt on the minds of citizens on the realism of these investigations.  The more striking question is what the authorities are investigating especially, after nothing is said about the investigations.

Suspension of Travel Agency

Following the accident in Dschang, the Government of Cameroon suspended the Menoua Voyage. The travel agency involved in the Ndikiminiki accident was also suspended for three months. The issue with suspensions of especially travel agencies is that, these agencies scraps off their names and ply the roads without being noticed by the authorities in the highway. The level of negligence by authorities and corruption on Cameroon highways literarily are the root cause of these accidents.

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