-Soldiers stationed at stragegic areas of Kumbo town to preempt brewing uprising
-Undaunted, SehmMbinglo orders his subjects to disconnect water pipes and consume free water
By Njodzefe Nestor in Bamenda
Fon of Nso, SehmMbinglo reassuring his subjects that the gov’t
cannot take ownership of their water
Efforts to resolve the Kumbo water crisis which has for over one year now seen Kumbo Council and Kumbo Water Authority KWA on one hand and NSODA and the Fon of Nso on the other, disembowel themselves in a gory public spectacle over who should manage, appear to be far from over as the Fon of Nso HRH SehmMbinglo has declared that the water should be consumed free of charge.
He made the declaration on August 19, 2016 at the courtyard of the palace in the presence of curious subjects reportedly defying a prefectoral order signed on August 18, by the SDO of Bui, NzekiTheophile banning any public gathering.
The order we learnt was motivated by a call from the Fon of Nso to his people to assemble at the palace for them to address the water problems and to plan how to celebrate the life of Prof Fonlon who gave the water to Nso people.
Worthy of note is the fact that prior to the declaration, there was heavy military presence in some strategic areas in Kumbo.
The heavy deployment The Median understands was in a bid to prevent a 1991 scenario where a locally orchestrated campaign led to the forceful expulsion of SNEC from Kumbo in October of 1991.
In a rare public outing that saw the Fon speak directly to his people without an interpreter (contrary to what tradition demands), HRH SehmMbinglo instructed his people to buy pipes and install water in their houses, free of charge, and called on those who have meters to remove all of them and bring to the palace.