Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Cameroon: Paul Biya forced to withdraw to Mvomeka'a

Very early on Saturday morning, the security apparatus was deployed in the city of Yaoundé to ensure the safety of Paul Biya who was to leave the political capital of Cameroon. For which destination? The civil cabinet has made no statement in this regard. There were no planes waiting for him at the airport as rumors suggested he was traveling to Europe for health reasons.

Hard to believe, when you know that last time, Paul Biya and his wife left Yaoundé incognito for Geneva. Nevertheless, the intelligence agents of the Anti-Sardinards Brigade had been perfumed and had gone to dislodge him from the Intercontinental Hotel. Paul Biya could not run the risk of returning to European drums. He is definitely under house arrest in his villa in a village in the equatorial forest.

As in February when he went to celebrate his birthday in his grove, Paul Biya went to Mvomekaa in his home village to go to rest, while the country is fire and blood. The crisis in the two English-speaking regions has already killed nearly 2,000 people, 530,000 internally displaced persons, more than 45,000 refugees, including 35,000 in Nigeria. But, Paul Biya still has not taken a single day to go.

As leader of the Armed Forces, he has never been to the field since he declared war on Boko Haram on the steps of the Elysee Palace in 2014. As he heads for his village, four people were murdered by terrorists who stormed into a village near the border with Nigeria.

This tragedy comes only two days after the incursion of terrorists in the localities of Kolofata and Guechewe. There were two deaths in the first assault and five women were amputated from their ears during the second attack.

"We are seeing a resurgence of Boko Haram's terrorist activities. It is high time for the security measures to be reinforced, because with the rains that are currently falling in this region, attacks are likely to increase, "said the head of a vigilance committee.

For some time, Boko Haram incursions have been reported regularly in the Far North region, where terrorists are kidnapping, looting crops, burning houses, and taking away cattle, sheep and goats.Instead of reassuring the population, Paul Biya takes refuge at home, hoping that he will find a way to get out of the country illegally to escape the vigilance of the BAS.