Saturday, 3 December 2016

Bodies of Cameroon train tragedy victims remain unidentified

Over a month after the ghastly train derailment in Cameroon, some five unidentified corpses have remained in mortuaries in the capital Yaoundé, Public Health minister said. Mr Andre Mama Fouda called on families in search of relatives to contact the concerned hospitals for collection and burial.
The ghastly train accident on October 21 at Eseka near Yaoundé killed close to 100 people and left at least 600 others injured, according to government sources.

Lower limbs
Mr Fouda said in a statement that five bodies and two amputated lower limbs remained unidentified.

An inquiry commission appointed by President Paul Biya to investigate the train disaster was expected to submit its findings on Thursday.

President Biya on October 25 appointed the eight-member commission, headed by Prime Minister Philemon Yang, with a 30-days mandate to investigate the cause of the derailment and propose measures to avoid future tragedies.

The findings
The Africareview could not, however, independently confirm the submission of the findings, but local media reported a ‘private meeting’ between President Biya and Mr Yang at the State House in Yaoundé. It is believed Mr Yang submitted the report.

Nonetheless, inquiries were always opened following such mishaps in Cameroon, but the results were hardly ever made public.

In 2014, the Cameroonian leader ordered a similar investigation into the debacle of the national football team at the World Cup in Brazil where the Indomitable Lions lost all three group games, had a player sent off the pitch after head-butting an opponent and saw two teammates fight on the pitch.

Nine goals
They were also the first African team to be eliminated from the tournament, conceding nine goals and scoring only one.
Mr Yang, who headed the same commission, had one month to submit the yet to be made public findings.

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