Monday, March 18, 2013

Over 300 Mbororos/Fulanis to Go Homeless in Bameda

Notice to quit issued by the church
Indeed, in a letter dated January 20, 2013, signed by the Archbishop of Bamenda, Mbororo of this town were ordered to leave within ten (10) days from the site earmarked for the construction of a Catholic University.
It must be remembered that Mbororos occupy this land since 1904 and in 1933; a certificate of occupancy was issued to the community.
Today, this land is not only for housing, but also for agriculture and livestock. According to the information received, the archdiocese has asked that the people living and farming to quit. According to what we gathered 63 ha of the 73 ha of land has been handed to the Catholic Church. It should be recalled that on September 2, 2011, the Minister of Lands and state property took the decision to award the Archdiocese of Bamenda an area of ​​46 hectares for the construction of the university pending a decision of the Presidency of the Republic, who is the only person to assign land to any person of ​​more than 50 ha. Did the head of state authorized and if no who did it? These are the unanswered questions on the lips of the population.
According to a representative of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, the construction of the University is a development project whose total cost is estimated at 55 billion, a sum of FCFA 18,717,736 was paid as compensation to the Mbororos and the sum of 4,866,500 FCFA for plants. Yet the Chief of the Mbororo community, Ardo Adamu Bi Mamada said "no negotiations took place between his community and anyone else about this project and therefore no compensation was received by that community."
There is tension in Bamenda over the violation of rights of the Mbororo. Allegations are rife that a delegation met the Governor of the Northwest Region to denounce the violation of their rights. A consultative meeting was organized by the Governor of the Northwest Region on 1 March 2013. The fact that over 300 people are said to be affected by the decision is creating a lot of controversy. More so, it could lead to social unrest, a school of thought holds

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