The Mayor of the Ndop Council has gone wild on business owners paying levies to and respecting the orders of Amba Boys.
The Mayor of the Ndop Council, Dr. Ntoh Daniel Balengka, has made it clear that all those respecting the orders of ” armed separatists and bandits” will henceforth face the arm of the law.
This was revealed in a communique he signed on Friday May 29,2020. He said a vast majority of economic operators in Ndop have decided to heed to the instructions and order of the “Amba Boys” who seek to breakaway from the council in an illegal statehood called “Ambazonia”.
He frowned at the attitudes of business persons who have gone to the extent of paying a classified “amba levies”, an illegal contribution to separatists.
Earlier this week, the mayor, together with his collaborators and security officers were seen on streets sealing shops of business owners who have chosen to respect a routine “ghost town” every Monday.
Following the sealing of the shops, the Mayor says “some armed robbers” launched “intensive media propaganda” against the council. The communique issued on Friday was therefore set out to make some clarifications on the matter.
“Almost all the business premises (99.99%) in Ndop Municipality including the main market and motor parks are not sealed,” the Mayor said. “Only a few shops of suspected adepts of armed/terrorist movements were sealed for violating a Municipal Order banning “Operation Ghost Towns” owing to its misery and atrocities, after sufficient sensitization of the business community,” he added.
The mayor said he requested all those whose shops were sealed to see him on a negotiation to unseal their shops.
“Even without fines where necessary, but they preferred to follow the directives of these armed groups to demonstrate their non-recognition of the authorities,” Dr. Ntoh stated.
He frowned at the attitude of a vast majority of persons and transporters who violate state laws to the extent of “financing” the separatists.
In his words he said, “Despite the declared tax moratorium by the Mayor of Ndop Council for all businesses and transporters for the rest of 2020 financial year, as accompanying measures of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of economic operators in Ndop have decided not to go operational in solidarity with the calls from these armed gangs and continue to subsidize their activities with the so called “support” – ‘Amba levies.”
The Mayor concluded with an appeal calling on all the population to exercise their civic responsibilities, and to have their normal daily activities.
He said whosoever goes contrary to the orders of the municipal council will be responsible for the sanctions.
“Any person or group of persons, who shall act contrary to the municipal order, shall therefore have themselves to be blamed,” he warned . “Any person or group, directly or indirectly indulging in acts or omissions intended to destroy the municipal seals or perturb traffic shall be exposed to administrative and judicial sanctions.”