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National shutdown: Buea wakes up with a mask

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Following the much-anticipated measures taken by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus, the population of Buea wakes up in the combat-ready mode

Thousands of people could be seen in the streets of Molyko and beyond with face masks as the population ponders the new way of life under coronavirus

Roadside vendors selling face masks to passers-by suddenly filled the streets and prices of hand sanitizers quadruple overnight.  Buea has been preparing for coronavirus but seems to be waiting for government approval

For a population which has been in 4 years of crisis punctuated by ghost towns, 20 days lockdown and multiple killings, government-imposed measures to reduce crowd size and closing bars after 6 PM is nothing new

But the fear of a virus whose antidote is troubling even the brightest scientist in the west and the most glorified traditional healers in Africa still gives the crisis prone-Buea population something to worry about as corona lifestyle becomes reality

Students and pupils who went to school but were sent back home were seen walking with face masks as some onlookers laugh and make fun of a virus which is mocking the health system of the world and sweeping at its pace

PM Dion Ngute had given ‘13 commandments ‘which government believes will help combat the virus yesterday March 17th, 2020. Among them include the closure of all borders to Cameroon, suspension of schools and all public events, restriction of a gathering of more than 50 persons, non-essential travels and many others for an undisclosed period.

The measures taken by the government are not new and have been taken by other countries to fight a similar enemy

Germany, Canada, Italy, Spain, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and South Africa are among the long list of nations who have taken measures which mirrors that which Yaoundé gave last night

The coronavirus has affected over 180 000 persons worldwide, killing over 7500 and about 58 000 have recovered according to WHO tracking the data

Cameroon has recorded at least 10 cases and no dead this far. Two of the first cases have been treated and under medical surveillance in Yaoundé general hospital

Economic experts are predicting a looming financial crisis after the virus has been contained; many say it would be worse than that of 2008

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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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After Nigeria, Cameroon big boys begin to speak, Baba Danpulo splashes 100 million francs to fight coronavirus

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After Nigerian rainmakers splash billions to help their government fight coronavirus, Cameroonian
Billionaire and richest person in Central Africa according to Forbes, Baba Danpullo has donated 100 million FCFA to the state of Cameroon as support towards the fight against COVID – 19

His donation comes barely hours after government created a 1 billion solidarity fund to help fight the virus

Critics have said the money however won’t be enough given the rise of the virus, saying the government would rather spend 4 billions on wine at the Presidency and spend meager amount to keep Cameroonians safe.

Danpulo’s (Central African riches man according to Forbes) contributions comes a day after the lone English daily newspaper in the country the Guardian Post had taken the country’s billionaires to task, asking what are they doing to help government fight the virus.

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As coronavirus takes the nation’s attention, Ikiliwindi has been bleeding for days

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Amidst coronavirus scare, Bloody gun battle between military and non-state armed fighters along Ikiliwindi-Konye highway leaves population hopeless

Sources in Ikiliwndi Mile 12 say it’s been the bloodiest week for the village and its environs ever since the Anglophone crisis started

Reports of military indiscriminately shooting at civilian population after two of their men were killed by non state armed fighters means many have been seriously killed, many more injured  while  the remaining population forced to take refuge in nearby bushes and forests

One resident told TeboPost on Sunday March 29th 2020 “ they came and started shooting at random, bikers were flying all over. A five year old was shot infront of me and they scattered the legs of another man” she told TeboPost

Locals in the area say intense fighting has been ongoing for the past one week now, leaving many to wonder the fate of the population amidst the coronavirus scare.

A charity worker working with Kumba based catholic NGO says “I don’t understand what is happening again, many of our workers have been trapped as fighting has been going in for days now”

he added that “it’s like those boys are taking these government measures differently”

Amidst the spread of the coronavirus, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres had called for ceasefire in all hostspots across the world, but fighting in Anglophone regions have intensified ever since as many more continue to die from bullets than a deadly virus troubling world peace.

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