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Eseka Train Accident: Yang’s Enquiry Commission To Submit Results In 30 Days 

By Yerima Kini Nsom

Prime Minister Philemon Yang

Prime Minister Philemon Yang

President Paul Biya has ordered the Commission of Enquiry led by the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, to submit the results of its findings on the Eseka train accident in 30 days.

The order is the main provision of article 5 of a presidential decree signed in Yaounde on October 25.
The presidential decree that created the Enquiry Commission gives powers to the outfit to investigate every aspect of the train disaster that claimed hundreds of lives on October 21.

By virtue of article 4 of the decree, the commission also has the powers to interrogate all the people concerned with the disaster in one way or the other for the truth to emerge.

The commission has been charged with the responsibility of unveiling the causes of the accident. It is also expected to propose measures aimed at averting any such disaster in future.

It will also evaluate the management of the disaster and the assistance given to the victims.

Other members of the commission are: the Minister of Territorial Administration, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit, Rose Acha Mbah, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the Gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam and the Delegate General of National Security, Mbarga Nguele.

The Permanent Secretary of the National Decentralisation Council, Paul Nji Atanga, is the rapporteur of the commission.

Given that the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi and that of Transport are not members of the commission, the press is already awash with speculations that they are some of those who have been targeted for investigation.

The two Ministers are expected to answer questions on the collapse of the bridge at Manyai and the decision to add more coaches to the train that later derailed respectively.

Following the creation of the enquiry commission, there are already speculations that the heads of some officials are going to roll. On the contrary, many sceptics and critics have simply dismissed the commission as one of those that have never produced any results.

The commission has been hunched with the responsibility of presenting the report of its findings to the Presidency of the Republic in 30 days starting from the date of the creation of the enquiry commission.

Many Cameroonians are eagerly waiting for the results of the commission’s findings.