Cameroon troops strike for pay


Around 200 Cameroonian soldiers marched through the streets of Yaounde on Wednesday to demand their payments dating eight months back for their service with the UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic.

The soldiers are part of the 1,260 Cameroonian contingent with the UN mission (MINUSCA).

Heavily armed troops were deployed to block the demonstrators from further accessing the streets of the capital.

Through the Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroonian President Paul Biya assured the troops that they will be paid the arrears amounting to 6 billion CFA francs on Thursday.

Money for the salaries of troops sent on UN peacekeeping missions is supposed to be provided by the United Nations and the African Union under an agreement.

MINUSCA aims to restore peace in Central African Republic, which has been divided by the inter-communal and inter-religious violence since 2013 that has led to thousands of people losing their lives.