Chief Ewome Eko John, of Bwassa village in Cameroon’s South West region has called out the Mayor of the town of Buea, accusing him of greed and lack of engagement in the fight against separatist fighters. The traditional ruler cum soldier better known by the moniker Moja Moja made the declaration recently, after falling out with the politician.
“We are fighting Separatist fighters but the Mayor of the Buea municipality is not helping us. When our father, late Ekema Patrick was alive, separatist fighters had no breathing space in Buea,” Moja Moja stated in a recent video released on social media.
Flanked by some young men who all had their faces covered, Moja Moja went on to make multiple statements and accusations against Mayor David Mafany Namange, to which they all answered in the affirmative.
“Since they put this small girl, Mafany in Buea, is he helping us? He is only doing propaganda… When we plead that he gives us 5 litres of petrol to fuel the car and fight separatist fighters, does he provide it?” He asked as they answered.
Referring to Mayor Mafany as a boy, Moja Moja said unlike his predecessor, he continues to fail to take certain steps: “We tell everyone in Buea: Mafany, I regret why you are Mayor of Buea, boy. We prefer Ekema because he was a warrior. He had his own misdeeds but wasn’t he fighting separatist fighters?”
In his outburst, Moja Moja also referred to Mayor Mafany as a lady, attributing the appellation to lack of ability to act. He further questioned the existence of the office of Mayor of Buea, in the absence of security.
“Has he ever even given us bread? … But when a big man is coming from Yaoundé, he wears a coat and loiters around. Is that a man? Isn’t he a woman?… You only take council trucks and use them in your personal farms… Let us insult him” he ordered, joining the young men with him to rain insults on the mayor.
It remains uncertain if Moja Moja made the supposed requests formally and when. Mayor Mafany who too is a lawyer, is yet to reply to the allegations. He took over as Mayor of the Buea municipality in February 2020, stepping into the big shoes of the late Ekema Patrick, a staunch Biya supporter and crusader against the separatist movement in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.
This is not the first time Moja Moja is having such an outburst. On multiple occasions, he has made xenophobic remarks including asking those of North West origin to quit the South West region. Despite calls by human rights crusaders for him to be leashed, his superiors continue to turn a blind eye.