Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Disgruntled Soldiers Stage Protest for Unpaid Salaries in Yaounde, Block Traffick

Some soldiers who participated in the International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (minusca) are said to have staged a strike today morning in Yaounde, to demand for the payment of their salary and other allowances. The soldiers who reportedly carried placards expressing their grievances had denounced the fact that their superiors had decided unilaterally to pay only one-third monthly salary while in CAR and that the rest will be paid back home.

Yet their claims have been falling on deaf ears reasons they had to storm the street.
As a reminder, the agreement signed between the United Nations and the State of Cameroon provided for the monthly payment to each of the soldiers yet they claim they were told that the rest will be received up on return. Notwithstanding, tongues are still waging as to how much was the salary per soldier. Some people say the amount agreed per soldier was 500.000 FCFA; others are talking of 700.000 FCFA while other reports say the amount was 750.000 FCFA. It is alleged that the protesting soldiers were to be received by
the Minister for the Presidency of the Republic in charge of Defence, Edgard Alain Mebe  go'o so that the matter is laid to rest. However, classified sources say the AU is still to disburse the money reasons why they had not received their remaining salary and allowances.  The soldiers stopped at the 20th May Boulevard before going to the Prime Ministry to express their anger.  850 Cameroonian soldiers have served in CAR as part of the UN Peacekeeping force. Communication Minister is expected to give a Press Conference on the issue to clarify the public on the matter.

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