- Cameroonian authorities remain adamant in their demolition exercise on buildings that tighten the roads in Douala. The Councillor of the country’s economic capital, Fritz Ntone Ntone, said he had ordered the move to reduce frequent traffic congestions on the roads.
Despite mountains of protests from victims most of who are residents and business people, bulldozers continue to destroy structures close to the roads.
Residents blamed Douala City Council authorities for destroying their structures without giving them long notice or compensation.
But the city authorities said the exercise which began at the weekend will be extended to the suburbs in Douala. They also blamed some residents for going beyond the boundary without notifying the council.
With a population of over two million people, traffic congestions have been bothering people in the city.
While some residents looked stilted as bulldozers grounded their buildings, others decided to destroy their own buildings.
City officials are also blamed for their failure to allocate the victims with alternative residences. “We have been paying our taxes; we therefore deserve to be compensated. But it is unfortunate that we are treated like foreigners in our own country,” cried an angry victim.
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