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Coronavirus fallout: Article 260 hovers over Cavaye’s head?

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News of the speaker of Cameroon’s National Assembly testing positive for coronavirus quickly spread social media like wild fire on March 21st 2020.

While government has not been disclosing the names of infected patients, the speaker’s case is particularly intriguing and if confirm will be only the 35th case so far in Cameroon with zero dead and two of of them treated

It’s no doubt that given the prevailaing circumstances, almost anybody can be infected with the deadly coronavirus ravaging world

But Cavaye’s case is different all together. The speaker who has been head of the lower house for 28 years has been sick and undergoing treatment in France when the coronavirus outbreak took the world by surprise

As the virus creeped out of China, infecting North America and Europe and Africa, Cameroon’s legislative arm was taking shape after new waves of parliamentarians were given a fresh five years mandate by the electorates

News that the ailing speaker was going to be replaced by a group of Anglophone MPs sparked panic within his camp and forced him to return home early.

Authorities had placed a mandatory quarantine for all Cameroonians coming from abroad especially high risk zones like where he was coming from -France

But on March 17th 2020, the speaker landed in Yaounde, rubbished the government order and went straight to reclaim his throne as head of the lower house after an overwhelming majority

His violation of existing laws to be quarantined and tested for the virus meant to protect Cameroonians including himself meant many Cameroonians into contact with him were in danger of contacting the virus if the speaker was infected

And when news broke out that he has tested positive for the virus, social media went to an overdrive, with many calling for the speaker to be punished for infecting his colleagues and putting family members and love ones at risk

According to the country’s penal code

_Chapter *IV, Article 260 paragraph 1

“Is punishable with imprisonment of three (3) months to three (3) years anyone who in his/her conduct facilitates the spread of a contagious and dangerous disease “_

Many are now calling for the speaker to face the law and and a mornsggresive measure to fight the virus.

But it’s not just about the virus, the speaker’s denial to subject himself for compulsory screening regrettably shows the vulnerability of our system to combat such a global pandemic

Reports of many people from abroad denying to be quarantined as prescribed by government simply beceuse they can call a higher authority angered the public health minister who who issued a release decrying the dangers they represent to the society.

Now many of those who refused the testing are now being forced to do the  test after they were threatened with prison sentence.  so far  13 persons from one plane which arrives from France and refused testing have been infected with the virus out of 60 passengers tested.

Cameroon seems to be joking with the fight against the virus and Cameroonians seem to believe they can bribe their way through coronavirus not knowing it’s not a respecter of person or political clout you wield in yaounde

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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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