Showers of blessings welcomed the new Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie at the courtyard of the Gendarmerie Headquarters as a new era begins.
Galax Yves Landry Etouga, appointed by Presidential decree of Friday 2nd March 2018, was commissioned by the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo.
The 43 year old expert in International Relations studied Diplomacy at the International Relations institute of Cameroon, IRIC.
He has a 16 year working experience as senior personnel at the Ministry of External Relations and subsequently at the Presidency of the Republic before his recent appointment.
He takes over from Jean Baptist Bokam who has been congratulated from 11 years of loyal services at the helm of the National Gendarmerie.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence wished a prompt recovery to the outing Secretary of State in hospital, in view of the official transfer of authority in line with military tradition.
Galax Yves Landry Etoga was described as one of the young officials who merited the confidence of the Head of State to serve during a highly sensitive period in the life of the country marked by socio-political and security menaces.
The new Gendarmerie boss was instructed to immediately go to work to revive the forces of law and order to efficiently carryout their missions. He was reminded to be vigilant, proactive, and firm with regards to discipline within the Gendarmerie and ensure that the troops respect the prescriptions of the law in the execution of their missions.
He is also expected to give a human face to the actions of Gendarmerie while ensuring that the population respect the forces of law enforcement officers.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo assured the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Galax Yves Landry Etouga of his full support.
Context and Challenges
The Installation of Galax Yves Landry Etouga as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie comes with the context of socio-political and security crisis in the two English speaking regions of the country. A number of Gendarmerie personnel have been assassinated in the operations in the two regions.
In the Far North regions, the weakened Boko Haram terrorist group that continuous pose a threat with isolated sporadic attacks with suicide bombers.
The Gendarmerie will also be expected to receive its accident prevention strategy on the highways.
These challenges add to the traditional measures of the gendarmerie that will also be expected to protect the electoral process in Cameroon.