In Cameroon, authorities responded to the controversy sparked by the expropriation of about 70 families in the center of Douala, the economic capital. Two weeks after the destruction of their home, on May 14, in the Dikolo-Bali district, the governor of the Littoral region spoke to them on Saturday, May 28, announcing to them an immediate halt to the construction site and the establishment of an ad hoc committee.
This Commission has one month from Monday 30 May to submit its report. It is responsible for reviewing the compensation offered to families on a case-by-case basis.
But for one of their representatives, Patrick Moundissa Bell, it is “unthinkable to leave these countries historically connected to the Sawa community”. He condemns the “reluctance of a private developer” who has been trying for seven years to acquire land for a luxury hotel project.
On three occasions, the district has been partially declared “for public benefit” by the authorities.
Pending the conclusions of the ad hoc committee, after two weeks of mobilization, at the site of Dikolo, one of the most popular areas in Douala, the site stands still.
Some members of the Sawa community also spoke of persecution in this case. But a tribal reading of this file would be wrong, according to the NGO New Human Rights, which speaks of a more global problem in Cameroon and appeals for more transparency in governance.
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On Saturday, Coastal Governor Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua urged victims of expropriations to “avoid hate rhetoric” and “seek solutions together that reduce this social tension.”