For the Minister of Communication, the President does not have to physically be with the victims of the train crash of October 21, 2016.
Equal to himself. Issa Tchiroma Bakary has remained so to the press this Tuesday, October 25. The spokesman of the Government gave clarifications about the railway accident of Eséka that made according to him, 76 dead and 599 wounded. To date, 368 survivors of the tragedy are supported in hospitals of Yaounde and Douala. Having decreed a national day of mourning, Paul Biya was expected at the bedside of victims.
But the Head of State has not been seen in public since his return to the country on 23 October. He might have ordered an investigation, instruct the care of the injured from the accident at the expense of the State, but a body of opinion believes that the President of the Republic should have personally gone alongside some victims or witnessed the meditation ceremonies.
During the briefing, a journalist has asked the question. Why has Paul Biya not been there? A golden opportunity offered to the spokesman of the Government to answer. “Those who ask this question do not understand politics. The Head of State is present wherever there are Cameroonians. If he had come personally, those same people would have asked ‘why has he never been there when the soldiers fell to the front in the war against Boko Haram?’ ‘They would have asked him to apply policy of double standards, “said Issa Tchiroma.
The MINCOM added that Paul Biya was alive and well through his ministers and he shares the pain of the families and all saddened Cameroonians. Not sure that this answer do change the minds of the detractors of Paul Biya.
But deep down, Issa Tchiroma does not care, the essential being that his message has been delivered. Already questioned in 2010 about the “prolonged and repeated absences” of Paul Biya in his country, the MINCOM had stated that “the President is working wherever he is.“