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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Revealed: Bamenda city is the favorite of Paul Biya

Bamenda cries every day the assistantship of his children, rapes, violent fights, kidnapping characterizes the English-speaking city that hosted the CPDM creation congress. Bamenda is still the favorite city of Paul Biya. Outside his native village, Cameroon's president visited Bamenda more than any other city in Cameroon (5 times from 1983 to 2010).

The journalist Fanny Figeaud plunges us into the history of Cameroon with his book "In Cameroon by Paul Biya" which we offer some excerpts.

When he came to power, few observers imagined that Biya would take a long time: he seemed shy, badly at ease, his hoarse voice made him seem weak. "At first I was only given six months of survival and, basically, we were not wrong. All the security was put in place by my predecessor and was devoted to him. "How dare you sleep here!" Worried my friends. You see, I survived, "confided in 1999. 

The way he managed his first ten years in office finally left Cameroonians with a Biya quite different from the idea they had at the beginning of his presidency. As the years passed, he became more and more distant, more and more enigmatic: the time is far away when he was seen cycling in Yaoundé. Since 1984, Biya has entrenched herself in her fortress, becoming little by little almost invisible to her fellow citizens and even to most of her collaborators. The press conferences he has held and the interviews he has given, in almost thirty years of presidency, can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

He rarely shows himself in public: in general, Cameroonians used the same emblem as the day of May 20, a national holiday, and from time to time on the front page of the Cameroon Tribune newspaper on the occasion of an audience granted to an ambassador or foreign industrialist. They can hear it every year three times: during his traditional speeches, given at the end of the year, at the time of the "fête de la jeunesse" of February 11, and on the anniversary of his arriveaupouvoir, le6novembre. But, remarks an analyst, in all these addresses to his fellow citizens, "Biya speaks of the affairs of his country as if he were an outside observer. He has amazing strokes like "I find that", "It seems to me". 

These formulations are very revealing: they show that he does not feel concerned. He looks like he's Zimbabwean and he's talking about China. " The president never travels inside the country, except to visit his home village of Mvomeka'a or furtively during the presidential campaigns. In 2010, for example, he made only one official visit: he went to Bamenda for the fiftieth anniversary of the army, but also to prepare the ground for the 2011 presidential election. He had not gone to This important city in North-West since 1991. However Bamenda is the city that saw it most often: in almost 30 years, Biya went there five times (1983, 1984, 1985, 1991 and 2010). He has not been to Douala, the economic capital and largest metropolis in the country, since 1991. However, it passed in October 2010 by his airport, located at the exit of the city, on the road that leads to Yaoundé: his plane, not being able to land in Yaoundé, had to make a forced landing there. Biya and his wife had to rally in the night the capital aboard the vehicle of the Governor of the Littoral region, on which Douala depends. On this occasion they borrowed the "heavy axis" connecting the port city to Yaoundé, the most heavily used road and incidentally the most deadly in the country because of the incivism of motorists but also because no investment was made to adapt to the level of traffic39. Biya and his wife had to rally in the night the capital aboard the vehicle of the Governor of the Littoral region, on which Douala depends. On this occasion they borrowed the "heavy axis" connecting the port city to Yaoundé, the most heavily used road and incidentally the most deadly in the country because of the incivism of motorists but also because no investment was made to adapt to the level of traffic39. Biya and his wife had to rally in the night the capital aboard the vehicle of the Governor of the Littoral region, on which Douala depends. On this occasion they borrowed the "heavy axis" connecting the port city to Yaoundé, the most heavily used road and incidentally the most deadly in the country because of the incivism of motorists but also because no investment was made to adapt to the level of traffic39. 

"Unpublished: Paul Biya discovers the heavy axis," said the occasional daily Mutations, explaining that this return night was probably due to the poor condition of the presidential residence in Douala. In normal times, the only exits from Biya are bound for Nsimalen International Airport, some twenty kilometers from the Etoudi presidential palace, or Mvomeka'a where he developed a pineapple farm and had a golf course and where he often stays40.It appears regularly that his fellow citizens do not know where he is for more days or even weeks. "Where did Biya go? In October 2009, the daily Mutations asked, six days after the departure of the Head of State of the UN General Assembly in New York "for an unknown destination" .Fin July 2010, the private newspaper Le Messager said: "But where did Paul Biya go? No news has been given of the president since his participation in the official ceremonies of July 14 in Paris. In November 2010, same scenario: "Where is Paul Biya? Asked Mutations again. Most of the time, the president is actually in Switzerland at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva. A private daily calculated that he had lived with his wife for three of the last six months of 2008. He often stays up to 44 days in a row outside Cameroon, the legal limit stipulated by the Constitution before a finding of vacancy of power. His long Swiss stays led his compatriots to nickname him "the vacationer",

Source: Cameroonweb.com