Some traditional rulers in Buea, in protest to Governor Okalia’s belittling comments and threats, ordering them to march on 20th May with placards or be dethroned, staged a protest march, led by a traditional dance group.
The chiefs marched from Bwassa village, to Buea Independence Square, and to Buea Town.
In an Interview granted Hi TV, HRM Ewome Eko aka Moja Moja, Chief of Bwassa Village, talking in reference to Governor Okalia’s utterances said: “We can march even at night. He is not the one to tell us when to march with our peers, with placards. Mr. Governor, can you say that to your Chief? Give us a bit of respect, we also respect you. I am in Bwassa, I am sleeping there. If you come and pick me tonight, my villagers are still going to call me Chief. Frankly speaking, you have to withdraw your statements. Even if you don’t withdraw it, even call some of the Chiefs, even in your office, and tell us that might be…, but I am sure the Mayor was by your side, and he wanted to sit there and watch us the Chiefs marching in front of him. Is that normal? I am sorry, if am going out of hand, but it is from the bottom of the Fako people, from our hearts.”
Talking about the masquerade dance, Chief Moja Moja said it was out to appease the gods who were already angry.