protesters outside Bollore head office Paris
Some Cameroonians protested Saturday outside the headquarters of the Bolloré group in Paris-France. According to the few who demonstrated today.For them,their protest was to urge the Bolloré Group to compensate victims and their families following the derailment of the 152 train in Eseka on the 21st of October 2016..The government put official figures at 76 killed and 600 injured.
Alafnet.com understands the Bolloré Group, owner of the Camrail transport company and its insurer have agreed to make provision a payment of $ 1.5 million FCFA (2300 € ) per victim for funeral expenses.In a statement by Camrail,”The family of the deceased are requested to bring a death certificate and a certified copy of national identity card,” The company also indicated that, it will continue to visit the injured in the hospitals.
Since this railway accident occurred, the Bolloré Group has been represented in Cameroon by a delegation including Philippe Labonne, CEO of Bollore Africa Transport & Logistics, Eric Melet the Director General of Railways and Bolloré Hamadou Sali, the president of the boards of subsidiaries in Cameroon and Chad.
Following criticism of the Bollore group ,Eric Melet, Chairman of Bolloré Africa Railways, says”it is normal to be Criticized given the scale of this accident, ” people will give one or more Reasons that can explain this accident.But the only significant answer for Camrail and the Bolloré group, is to Understand the reality of all the circumstances that led to this accident.”
Eric Melet,the president of Bolloré Africa railways reinsured Camrail that “Bollore is a company of high reputation,which has many years of experience in rail transport .The Ongoing investigations will only determine if the tragedy of October 21 Was Caused by an abnormally high speed, overloaded wagons with security Breaches.”
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