By Basil K Mbuye
The Commissioner of the Equipes Spéciales d’Intervention Rapide, ESIR-Buea, Mveng Cyriaque, has prayed for peace to return to the two Anglophone Regions of Cameroon that have been rocked by the socio-political crisis since 2016.
Commissioner Mveng, who has been at the helm of the special police force in Buea since 2014, said praying for peace and serenity to return to these two Regions was his birthday wish for the country.
The Commissioner was speaking to reporters, Sunday, June 7 at the Buea Town Stadium after a match that marks his 50th anniversary.
Hear him: “My mouth isn’t wide enough to pass a message to the Southwest population, but I pray that peace be restored so that we can live in harmony as before. That is my birthday wish and I pray God grants it. I have been in the Southwest Region for almost seven years now and celebrating my birthday with the public like I did brings so much joy. The population of Buea is so hospitable which goes with the slogan of the beautiful city which is ‘The Town of Legendary Hospitality’. The President of the Republic has always called on a one and indivisible Cameroon which is what we all hope for,” he said.
The Anglophone Crisis that started in late 2016 has seen thousands displaced and many killed.
The crisis escalated on October 1, 2017, when separatist groups symbolically proclaimed the independence of Ambazonia.
As a lover of football, Commissioner Mveng’s birthday celebration was marked by an encounter pitting the University of Buea Social Sports Club against the Equipes Spéciales d’Intervention Rapide.
The fierce encounter saw University of Buea Social Sports Club, UBSSC, taking an early lead just two minutes into the game thanks to a sublime finish from forward Eduardo Akum Tasse. Dominating a good part of the game, UBSSC failed to increase the tally to the dissatisfaction of many of their supporters.
When play resumed during the second segment of the game, it was the ESIR side that dominated the game and will be rewarded at the last minute with a goal. The encounter ended on a one-all tie.