The remains of Mac-Chi, a pidgin newscaster at Radio Hot Cocoa in Bamenda were being transported from Bamenda for burial in his native Moko'oh in Guzang, Batibo Subdivision.
“Somewhere around 87 along the Bamenda-Bali stretch of road, some armed men who said they were Ambazonia fighters otherwise referred to as Amba Boys blocked the funeral convoy. They later left the hearse bearing the corpse and few family members, to continue and asked the mourners to make a U-turn to Bamenda,” an eyewitness told Cameroon-info.net.
We also learnt that the armed men fired rounds at some of the cars in the convoy before sending them back.
“The Amba boys sent back all mourners. The guys fired at the tank of our car and asked us to turn back… our fuel tank was leaking as we drove from Mile 87 back to Bamenda. As they shot, they asked if we thought we were immune to their attack,” another member of the funeral convoy said.
Other sources say the corpse of Mac Chi was taken to Batibo amidst shootings between soldiers and Amba fighters. “The convoy was sent back to Bamenda by Amba fighters, but the ambulance carrying the corpse was allowed to move on,” journalist Akumbom Elvis Mc Carthy said.
The remains of Peter Tebit Chi were coffined at the Bamenda Regional Hospital Mortuary Saturday morning and laid in state at his Metta Quarters Residence – Mac Chi Sewing Machines Repair House.
A brief funeral service at Radio Hot Cocoa paved the way for the journey to Moko'oh village in Guzang, Batibo Subdivision where he has been buried.
Thousands of mourners were at the Bamenda Regional Hospital Mortuary for the confining. A thick crowd also attended the funeral service at Radio Hot Cocoa.
Mac Chi died on Tuesday May 14, 2019. He was undoubtedly the finest pidgin newscaster in the North West Region of Cameroon. He started his pidgin broadcast at Radio Hot Cocoa in 2008.