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Back to school campaign publicized by the government has gained momentum in recent days as pupils and students across the national triangle prepare for 2019/2020 school year

In a strange campaign where government ministers and senior state functionaries have taken center stage to make it a pivot of their political ambitions, many are still skeptical if school will effectively resume in North West and South West regions of the country.

The conflict riddled regions have seen historic school boycott  in post independence history as separatists insist on ending the war before kids can go to school despite calls from activists.

pressure from home and abroad for government to dialogue with the leaders of the now armed Ambazonia leadership has failed to resonate across Yaounde as government insist on solving the crisis on the battle field.

The hopes which were raised sky-high by newly appointed premier Dion Ngute during his first official trip to the regions were quickly dashed as cracks emerge within his own government with some ministers challenging his strategy, roadmap and  tactics, saying the government cannot discuss the “form of the state” despite the premier’s insistence that Biya was Willing to dialogue on any topic excerpt  secession.

The life sentencing of Sessikou Ayuk and 10 others on the dawn of back to school has caused further chaos , provoking hardliners who now say no school until the war is over and government  comes to a dialogue table.

They have rolled out a series of lockdown calendar  to frustrate back to school efforts are warned all media houses from spreading back to school campaign in a new twists of events

 

For a government which insist it won’t put itself a-par with separatists by engaging in much talked  about dialogue, the back to school future could never have been darker I’m the three years conflict which has killed thousands, displaced hundreds of thousands and leaves entire villages deserted

 

Many accuse politicians of stage managing back to school campaigns for political reasons, insist they send their children to school in the crisis hit regions and task them to move around without heavily armed guards if they say the environment is conducive.

As the clock winds down, the state and separatists are preaching safely and threats at the same breath, with viral but opposing social media back to school campaign on the other move as the people on ground zero continue to whatch their kids stay home for the third year in a row

Politics  indeed has failed them from both sides of the divide

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Coronavirus war: What could the entire nation learn from Tiko Council?

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The coronavirus outbreak has been keeping the world busy, Cameroon like the rest of the world is facing a virus which has shutdown global activities, restrict travels and deny the world’s 7 billion people basic freedoms which they once enjoyed just weeks back.

From US to France, Italy to Pakistan, Cameroon to Spain and Mongolia to Russia, the whole world is on edge as scientists struggle to find a vaccine and governments race to mitigate its impact and reduce loss of lives

Cameroon has recorded over 600 infections with about 9 deaths, small number when compared to hundreds of thousands in advance countries like Spain, US and Italy or thousands in South Africa, Russia, Ecuador and many other countries.

Experts are warning that the county’s low number could be attributed to inadequate testing as many are believed to be lose, infecting others on the go and the numbers might likely be in their thousands by now

Government is leading a national fight to combat the disease, imposing 13 points measures to curb the spread weeks back and local administrators, DOs, SDOs, governors and even council mayors are talking measures to protect their people, in this fight against coronavirus, every measure counts

While Bamenda City council was applauded for suspending payment of rents for city council shops for the next two months as he disinfect  the entire city, Douala two mayor was condemned for ‘forcing’ traders to contribute 1000 frs each to help the council fight the virus

But admits the policies across the nation, a council at the heart of South West region is making the difference

Under the stable leadership of HRM chief Peter Ikome Mesoso, the Tiko council has rollout innovative measures to prevent the spread, enforcing a non-negotiable hygienic policy of washing of hands and sanitizers across the entire municipality

There is basically no single shop, restaurants, call box or any kind of business in Tiko municipality where you won’t find water and disinfectant for potential customers

The council and administration has embarked on weeks long massive sensitisation campaign before insulating the municipality with hygienic measures compared to known in the region

Stickers and banners carrying messages about the virus are basically loitered in every corner of the municipality. The mayor and his council workers on a tireless sensitisation war and defaulters are punished to enforce the laws

The message from Tiko council has been simple, safety of the population is the utmost priority of the mayor and hand washing post has been installed in all entrances leading to the municipality

A resident in Buea who had just visited Tiko told teboPost ‘I am very pleased with what Tiko council is doing, if you visit five shops there you wash your hands five times’

Another Mutengene resident by name Atah Terence, a business man in the municipality says ‘the mayor doesn’t joke with these measures and we are happy because it’s for our own good, we are behind the mayor to ensure we are safe’

Speaking to TeboPost, the mayor of the town says he has to do all within his powers and within the framework put in place by government to keep the people safe, he promised to continuously work hard to shield his town despite limited resources from the deadly coronavirus pandemic

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Editorial: President Biya is working ubiquitously, if you want to hear from him, rendezvous May 20th

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There have been wide ranging debate lately over the well-being of the President of the republic and the country’s commander in Chief amidst the escalating health situation caused by the coronavirus

Many have been questioning the silence of their leader with remorse even dare to say he must have died

That President Biya is killed on social media is nothing new in the country but what is particularly unique about this situation is the fact that the Unity palace occupant is silent amidst a ravaging global pandemic which has kept almost every world leader busy

Opposition leader Maurice Kamto recently called on the President to take his full responsibilities as a leader and tackle the virus heads on, warning he will assume the office of the President should the 87 years old chided to remain behind the scene

The 7 days ultimatum from the opposition leader further fueled the debate on the whereabouts of their President amidst a health challenge which is fast becoming a national emergency

But his supporters aren’t buying, many say the President is already tackling the crisis through his government and must not necessarily be seen on TV talking about it.

A leading French newspaper in one of its recent editions wonders what the population wants the president to say.

Nothing new?

President Biya thrives in uncertainty and has proven time and time again that he has a very thick skin and resistant to public pressure nomatter the time and moments

He is also known to be awkwardly physically absent in major moments of crisis, opting to execute through his government ministers and other other representatives while operating from behind the scenes.

Examples are abound of the President significantly absent From the national stage each time the nation comes calling, only appearing on scheduled traditional media outings to talk to the Cameroonians people.

During the deadly Eseka train disasters on October 30th 2016 which killed hundreds of Cameroonians, many criticized the President for his total absence from the national stage, arguing he should have atleast address the nation or visit the disaster site.

But while government speedily rollout measures including compensation package to victims, the President waited for many months, only to address the issue at his traditional new year message in December, invoking old wounds and questioning his proximity to the people

The President has rarely addressed the nation out of his traditional pre-scheduled state addresses when it comes to the Anglophone crisis despite to numeours deaths and interntional pressure each time people are killed.

But as fresh remorse continuous to spread about his state of health, observers of this country’ politics are aware that nomatter how bad the coronavirus situation might be, President Biya will only address it during his traditional May 20th speech and that’s as good as we can get.

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Amidst coronavirus fight, Kamto gives Biya 7 days to prove he is alive or…

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Maurice Kamto, President of MRC opposition party  gives Biya 7 days to prove he is alive and leading the fight against coronavirus or he assumes the role of President 

The opposition leader made the stunning declaration today March 27th 2020 through a statement.

In the three page document,Kamto says Cameroonians are asking if their country is being governed in this difficult time and if yes by whom?

He pointed to the fact that, President Biya appeared only once during the 2018 Presidential elections and struggled to walk on his own during a visit to Paris as evidence that the commander in Chief is tired and can’t effective lead the nation.

He also enumerated measures he says he has taken vis sa vis the fight against coronavirus and insist  the country needs its President now more than ever

Kamto’s outing comes barely hours after fake news broke on  internet announcing the dead of President Biya, forcing the communication minster Sadi to issue a statement denying the news as fake, insisting  the President is strong and going about his usual routine.

But critics of Kamto accused him of being power drunk, ridiculing his claims about the President’s stamina and many say  in times like these politicians must keep their differences and fight for the interest of the  nation

Many now say  Kamto is  an opportunist who will stop at nothing to seize any moment of difficulty faced by the nation to try and ladder his way to power

The government is yet to respond to his late night declaration.

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