Thursday, April 16, 2020

Divisions, panic in the cabal: Paul Biya ruins the reputation of Cameroon

The complete absence of President Biya from the national capital Yaoundé and his weak or no response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been seriously condemned by political actors including certain regime barons, as ashamed, disgusting and ashamed, many observing that his mismanagement of the virus epidemic ruins Cameroon's reputation as a giant in the sub-Saharan region.

Biya's recent decision to isolate himself in his palace in Mvomeka'a and his 37 documented years of incompetence and dishonesty in the management of state affairs, including the COVID-19 pandemic, have left many people in Yaoundé in disbelief. 

Biya's arrogant style of governance, rich in several foreign trips tolerated in the past, is now considered downright dangerous by members of his own ruling clan Beti Ewondo. A prominent member of the CPDM political bureau from the Central region told Cameroon Concord News that no one in government, including Prime Minister Dion Ngute, no longer trusted President Biya. The anonymous political elite also said that Biya, 87, was now seen as a threat to the future of the nation. 

The Yaoundé regime is known for its leadership failures and its ocean of reckless actions. So far, Prime Minister Dion Ngute has made it mandatory to wear a face mask in all government buildings. But the entire mechanism put in place by the predominantly French-speaking government to combat the spread of COVID-19 ranges from simple fiction to the most absurd. 

The new coronavirus, which causes a respiratory illness known as COVID-19, is believed to have appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and President Trump's latest decision to end US funding for the organization World Health Organization (WHO) will of course affect countries like Cameroon that rely on the international system to survive.

The United States is the largest global donor to the Geneva-based WHO, contributing more than $ 400 million in 2019, or about 15% of its budget. 

Last month, the Group of Seven (G7) countries failed to agree on a joint statement on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic because US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on the call it the "Wuhan virus". 

Wearing the mask is one of the seven additional preventive measures, announced last week Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute in the context of the government's response to Covid-19 when Cameroon counted 848 confirmed cases on Sunday, including 98 cures and 14 deaths. 

Additional measures also include the local production of medicines, protective masks and hand sanitizers, the establishment of specialized treatment centers for Covid-19 patients in all regional capitals, the intensification of screening campaigns and awareness.