On Saturday the 9th of November 2013, there was a situation at Buea; Eta Palace to be specific about a girl being devoured by a Man who turned himself to a python after promising to give this girl a certain sum of 500,000frs (as per the story) for an affair they both had at this hotel. First of all, lets accept that witchcraft exist and people have totems.
However and as a disclaimer, the said story has been discredited with statements of it being a “plot” to tarnish the image of this hotel. Also several pictures of a snake swallowing a woman went viral. These pictures are false pictures and I personally can prove that.
Media outlets, the radio and TV stations are not saying anything concrete about it. Some state that it’s a rumour, others state that there are no pictures or videos to prove the claim. As I proceed, I’ll paint the situation and provide counter questions to justify and corroborate the fact that the government is hiding something, and something happened.
Per the story, – “this man and girl are in the same room, she steps into the bathroom to ease herself and on returning to the room, she sees a snake instead of the man she was with and is killed by being swallowed”. Some people say there were no 3rd parties in the room to justify what happened.
- As human beings, our primary instinct when we find ourselves in danger is to seek for help. The most common form of doing that is by SCREAMING which usually comes as an uncontrolled response when faced with a situation. By screaming, our surrounding is alerted which will definitely draw attention.
- A woman will scream, at the very sight of a snake in an uncontrolled environment or in her bedroom. Even a man will act quickly and call for assistance to have the snake killed immediately. But at least some awareness will be raised.
- Per the story, – “she reached for her phone, called up her friends and beckoned with them to come rescue her, before being grabbed by the snake and the tale continues”.
From the above highlights, 3rd parties could definitely have been reached out in 2 ways. It’s either the call she made is true, or assuming that she didn’t make a call, she definitely would have screamed for help as a natural first reaction and given that it was in a hotel, more than one 3rd party would have heard and rushed to the scene to attend to the distress call for help.
There is a huge question which plagues the lips on many. Where are pictures or videos to prove that the situation is true? I’ll in turn ask, How will pictures or videos exist if the heavy police barricade did not let the press get in to cover the story, talk less of the angry mob who got into a confrontation with the police which ended with the exchange of stones and tear gas to gun shots??. The police did all they could to prevent the angry mob from getting in. Of course, damage was done and wounds incurred.
Quick question: Why will the police get to that extent of preventing a “mob” from getting in to see for themselves?
Well that’s an obvious question which will get an obvious answer. Let me get a lot more specific.
Why were press and reporters on scene denied access into the hotel? (That’s an open question and will expect an answer, if any objective one exists).
The press has rights to report situations, it’s their job. Being denied entry will only mean, there’s something on the inside which they don’t want to be released. That said, suspicion grew up stating that the man involved could be a top official. Let’s put you in that position. You have power, and you can exercise your power on a great scale, and will even use it to defend yourself. Knowing how corrupt our government is, will you not use that same power to protect your identity if need be?
As a result of the story, it was said that a lot of evidence was destroyed. What evidence? I’ll want to think any device, be it a phone or camera which could record the situation from within. The hotel’s records were apprehended. Why? Of course, not to reveal the identity of the person.
Why will the police and government get to that extent to cover up such a thing if it does not exist?
A Pastor was granted access to get in. Yet, the police barricade was the furthest he could get across. He was denied further access on the inside. Why bring in a pastor if, it has nothing to do with spirituality or metaphysical issues? Or was the pastor going into the pray for the dead girl?
That notwithstanding, there is something greater than what we anticipate. Radio stations and TV new reports this said day Monday 11th do not say anything with regards to revealing the insights, but say that it’s just a rumour to discredit the hotel. Awilo on IPP said that “he’s under hot conditioner, not air conditioner”. He is known for daring to report certain things which the national radio station CRTV will not. But if he said – he is under a hot condition, then it should ring a bell.
I will not conclude giving the impression that the story is True or Not True because nothing concrete has been released. There are several versions of this story. This article is based on the several questions being asked and actions taken to which I am providing counter questions and not based on the assumed stories circulating. If they say it is just a plot the discredit the hotel, that same day, the hotel management would have made a statement to support the rumour and state what happened, they would have granted the press and a few others from the mob access into the hotel and not let the government and police run things. About 15 arrests were made that day.
A stigma has already been created, and the longer they keep their silence, the deeper it gets. I’ll end with one of my favourite African proverbs.
“WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, THE FOWLS ANUS WILL SHOW”