Council officials are expressing fear over the future of waste disposal in Bamenda, as a result of this action.
Since the arrival of HYSACAM, commended efforts have been done to clean up the city of Bamenda, to the acknowledgement of the population. As the Anglophone crisis intensified, the company has on several occasions complained of being attacked by separatists, as they carry out their activities.
In January 2019, the company suspended its activities within the city of Bamenda. In a press statement, it explained the company was exposed to violence, perpetrated by armed separatists in the North West. They announced they had lost close to FCFA 1Billion.
Suspected separatists, damaged the bridge, connecting the city to the waste management center This grounded HYSACAM’s activities for 15 days with no way to carry on with waste disposal in Bamenda.
The main bridge leading to the dump site in Mbelewa- Mile Four Nkwen in Bamenda 3 subdivision was broken by unidentified gun men, trying to restrict the movement of cars into certain parts of Bafut thus rendering the dump site inaccessible to trucks of the company. HYSACAM’s Communication Officer, Funwi Jude said their man power and machinery is ready to keep Bamenda clean but they couldn’t access the dump site . The company also announced that same thing was done in Buea on the 2nd of December 2018.
In Kumba, separatists burnt down two new brand trucks of theirs, that had just been commissioned. HYSACAM employees all over Anglophone regions, were threatened and some received calls to contribute to the war.
With the suspension of its activities for months within Bamenda, all parts of the town became a dumpsite. The almost beat city, became dirty, with citizens dumping dirt at the centre of the town, and at most junctions. It took the intervention of council and government officials to convince the company to resume work, until this attack. The company extended its suspension to February following the destruction of their equipment by separatists and as a result, the army stepped in to clear accumulated filth within the city.