In last-minute change of plans, the corpse of the late Peter Agbor Tabi will pass through the mostly rugged Kumba-Mamfe road.
The former minister and deputy chief of staff at the presidency who died in Paris in April will be buried in his home town in the South West region this weekend.
Authorities ditched plans to airlift his body after a long abandoned air stripped in Bessongabang after they deemed it unsafe for landing, we learned.
The change also came amid protests within the ranks of some family members and Manyu elite against the alternative decision to use the more drivable Yaounde-Bamenda-Mamfe route.
Journalist Franklin Sone Bayen reported on his way to Mamfe Thursday that the broken parts of that road were being patched to transport the body and mourners.
The construction of the Kumba-Mamfe road was Agbor Tabi’s dream project since he first entered the government in 1994
He later attended a meeting of the Bamenda branch of the Manyu Working Women’s Association during which the change of route was announced.
“We now understand the body the corpse of Professor Peter Agbor Tabi will now use the Yaounde-Kumba-Mamfe iterarenary,” Bayen said, reporting from Bamenda Thursday night.
The tarring of the Kumba-Mamfe roads was one of Tabi’s chief priorities when he first became a government minister in 1994, he reported earlier in the day.
Parts of the road have now been tarred and work is still in progress on long segments. The rains have rendered those sections barely passible.
But a Tabi supporters said “dodging” the road minister worked to bring was an “aberration”. “We ought to take him on the road even as a posthumous honour,” said the Buea-based Manyu elite.
It is still very likely though that many will use the Bamenda route.