May 20 Parade: NW and SW Record Low Participation On May 20 Parade
In Limbe just like in Buea, Bamenda, Kumba especially Kumbo there was a remarkable absence of students from private and confessional schools. Few students from Government schools answered on the respective grounds while in Kumbo only few pupils showed up for the event.
Unlike previous years the pomp and peagendary that used to accompany 20th May celebration. Surprisingly enough unlike 11 February parade, CPDM militants were in their numbers at the Bamenda Commercial Avenue for the event but all disappeared after marching leaving many with impression that they were quickly transported to their respective destinations for fear of the unknown. Workers of regional delegations also took part in the parade at all levels in the two regions. Minister Paul Atanga Nji, Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency told National Media, CRTV that over 4000 persons took part in Bamenda.
In the South West region, Governor Okalia Bilai congratulated those who took part and said Buea the town of Legendary hospitality defended its name in spite calls by unknown persons for boycott. Mr Bilai says they defeated “Ghost Town”
Heavy downpour which battered the towns of Buea and Limbe could not disturb the parade.
However it is alleged that many persons including children were given CPDM regalia to wear in order to increase participation.