By Andrew Nsoseka
The United States Embassy in Cameroon has condemned the arson attack on Kumba District Hospital in Cameroon’s Southwest region, orchestrated by still to be identified actors, and has called on the Government and Separatist fighters to end further violence and engage in a broad-based dialogue without pre-conditions.
Apart from condemning the attack, the US officials called on the Cameroonian Government to conduct a transparent investigation into the crime and ensure that the courts hold perpetrators of the act accountable.
The Embassy also wants the publication of the findings for Cameroonian to known the perpetrators of such acts.
“We express our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and our admiration for the courageous medical staff. We call on the Cameroonian Government to conduct a transparent investigation into this crime, to ensure the courts hold the perpetrators accountable, and to make the Cameroonian people aware of its findings,” the statement read in parts.
The US Embassy equally urged both sides of the divide in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon to allow unfettered access to humanitarian and healthcare workers, and never to attack hospitals or health centres.
“We urge both sides in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon to allow unfettered access to humanitarian and healthcare workers, and never to attack hospitals or health centres.”
Besides that, the United States, appealed to belligerents of the Anglophone conflict to forswear further violence and enter into a broad-based dialogue without pre-conditions.
Meanwhile, the Government of Cameroon through her spokesperson and Minister of Communication, Emmanuel Rene Sadi, also condemned the attack but blamed the “Separatists” for setting part of the hospital on fire.
According to the Government, the attack was perpetuated by a group of rebellion “Separatists.”
On the other hand, the Interim Government of Ambazonia said, since the burning of schools, villages and economic infrastructures are done by the military; the troops remain the first suspects.