Ten days after the derailment of train 152 in Eseka, controversy still hovers over the official figures announced by the government.
The debate on the human toll related to the 152 derailment continues to fuel opinion in Cameroon.
The first figure provided by the Government was 79 dead and 600 wounded. On the airwaves of the radio state television CRTV 76, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication announced 76 people had died.
But all these figures have been rejected outrightly by many passengers of the train and the 152 residents of Eseka town located some 128 km from Yaounde, where the railway accident took place.The people who were the first to bring relief to victims of the accident say several hundreds died .
For them, between 200 and 300 people lost their lives in this accident.A very big contradictions of the government, which gave lower figures for political reasons.
“Several carraiges were found in the valley with their passengers. These carriages spent several days in the valley before being removed “, said the Minister of Communication.
” Indeed, each carriages had 88 seats and 20 standing places and all the carriages were over loaded with Passengers sitting on top of each other, “said a source within Camrail who claimed anonymity .
On Sunday evening, Amadou Sall, President of the administration of the business council said there were 1462 passengers on board the derailed train.
Hours later, the figures provided by the company’s executive indicated that more than 1,600 passengers were on the 152 train.
Information reported by the local media, say between 1600 and 2000 passengers.
Faced with the influx, the company said passengers would pay the ticket on the train, hence Several hundred of these passengers were not registered.
In the columns of some newspapers, interviewed residents claimed to have counted hundreds of bodies. Adding, without providing evidence, that many bodies were buried by night by security forces.
Meanwhile, Cameroonians have now turned to the controversial commission set up by the head of state which has 30 days to deliver its report for answers.
First of the controversy of the composition of the commission of inquiry came from Joshua Osih, vice president of the SDF, the main opposition party,” a commission of inquiry composed mainly of members of the government and President by the Prime Minister, will bring no credible response to the main expectations of the public”.
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