Reactions to the incident in Switzerland on Saturday 29th June 2019 keep coming into newsrooms.
Each person or group, develop arguments stating that freedom and democracy work within certain confines.
The concluding sentence of a press statement signed by the Minister of Communication, government’s spokesman reads;
“The President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul Biya, is the President of neither a group, a tribe nor a political party but the President of all Cameroonians, without exception, and that in this capacity, he must be respected and supported by the entire Nation.”
Far from identifying the actors and their motives, all are agreed that the developments in Switzerland were disgraceful to the whole nation.
It was the country’s “dirty laundry being washed in public,” Cameroon was placed on the international projectors negatively.
The press statement from government’s spokesman sought to understand this “warmongering attitude” through a number of rhetorical questions.
“Why all this violence?
What’s the rationale behind it?
Was it lawful or legitimate to carry out such violence?”
What is certain is that Cameroon’s reputation as a peace loving country has been dragged in mud.
The fact that only a portion of the diaspora was part of the recklessness is however, a consolation.
Granted, Cameroonians have political and ideological differences, but how do the people manage these differences with respect to state institutions and the President who incarnates it all? That is the question.
Little wonder there has been a general disapproval as messages of condemnation flood-in from far and wide.