CAMRAIL's Top Managment Step Down To Face The Law In Ongoing Lawsuits Concerning the Oct. 21st 2016 Eseka Train Derailment

CAMRAIL's Top Managment Step Down To Face The Law In Ongoing Lawsuits Concerning the Oct. 21st 2016 Eseka Train Derailment

Camrail's top management wears new faces, following the resignation of the old team. 

The decision was made public after a Board of Director's meeting that took place today Friday 9 June 2017 in the company's head office at Bessengue Douala.

In a two paged press release after the Board meeting, Bollore explained  that its former Director General  French Didier Vandenbon had resigned because he want to make himself available for the ongoing lawsuit against Camrail, following the October 21st 2016 train accident. Dider Vandenbon has been replaced with another French Railway Expert  Morel Pierre.

Meanwhile, still during the said Board meeting,  Hon. Hammadou Sali, who has been the Board Chairman for 8 years, also tabled his resignation. He was replaced by one Aboubakar Abbo from the Prime Minister's office.

The release says the new DG Morel Pierre, expressed his wish to have two Deputies, and the Board appointed Nkana Pondy and Ossock Michel to fill the requested positions.

Concerning the Compensation of surviving victims and relatives of victims who lost their lives in that godforsaken accident, Camrail says as at date, 50% of all the files and claims submitted by relatives of victims who lost their lives have been finalized for compensation, while 75 victims who sustained injuries have received partial or total compensation, and others are pending some administrative documents to be finalized.


As for the material damages, the company says 590 people have received  partial of total compensation.

The Eseka train tragedy happened on October 21 2016, with over 100 persons reported dead according to witnesses and rights groups and over 400 others injured though government sources put the deaths at over 70.

A group of lawyers have taken the case to both French and Cameroonian Courts demanding CAMRAIL to compensate victims.

Railway lines in Cameroon has since 1999 been managed by a branch of Bolore Africa Logistics company which coughs out a whooping 12 billion FCFA yearly to run the company.

Today's Press Release below in French.



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