Cameroon – Bamenda Strike: The Government Responds to the Americans

Written by Deckson N.

Issa Tchiroma Bakary the Minister of Communication gave a press conference on 2 December 2016 to this effect in his ministerial department.

After the press release issued on 28 November by the White House public affairs office about the events in Bamenda, the exit of Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication (MINCOM), was to be expected. In his ministerial department on 2 December 2016, the spokesman of the Government, during a press conference, recalled the statements of the US public affairs bureau which expressed concern about the repression of demonstrations observed in the Cities of Bamenda and Buea in recent days.

The United States of America is deeply concerned about the loss of lives, injuries and damage caused by violent demonstrations in Bamenda and Buea, the capitals of the Northwest and South West regions of Cameroon, “Said John Kirby, Deputy Secretary and spokesperson for the US Department of Public Affairs. In its statement, MINCOM indicated that Cameroon is a state governed by the rule of law and that it is the primary responsibility of the public authorities to ensure respect for law and order.

There were wounded, but the Americans kindly failed to report that vandals killed a gendarme on duty and a poor guard with a firearm. The other omission the MINCOM reminded Americans via the media is that, in response to concerns, the government has allocated $ 2 billion for institutions and has decided to recruit 1,000 young graduates for higher and technical education. Penalties for the late payment of university fees have also been lifted “.

Speaking of the repression of law enforcement officials at the demonstrators in Bamenda and Buea, MINCOM said: “At the security level, the administrative authorities and the police forces showed restraint and professionalism in the management Of the demonstrations in Bamenda and Buea, in strict compliance with the law and Cameroon’s international commitments on human rights. Investigations shall be carried out on reported cases of abuse and appropriate disciplinary measures shall be taken if they prove to be correct “.

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