Cameroon’s security situation has come under evaluation on the instructions of incumbent President, Paul Biya less than two months to the October 7 Presidential election.
A meeting in this light grouping top security operatives across the 10 Regions of the country held at the Ministry of Defence in Yaounde.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Asomo, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Nji Atanga, the Secretaries of State in Charge of the National Gendarmerie and Ex- Service Men, Yves Landry Galax Etoga, and Kuoumpa Issa respectively were at the conclave.
The Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, Army Generals, the Director of External Research and members of the country’s National Security Council were at the closed-door meeting.
According to Minister Beti Assomo, Biya ordered for a review of the country’s security situation before leaving Cameroon for Europe last weekend.
Asomo said the President envisions a robust security situation to ensure serenity before, during and after the October 7 polls.
At the conclave, the Minister said, the morale of troops stationed across the country remains high and reiterated the President’s resolve to discipline military personnel who go beyond their limits to violate human rights.
Going by the Defence boss, the nation’s security forces will not be demoralised through videos and other forms of propaganda on the social media and other platforms.
Given the security concerns discussed at the meeting, no official release was issued. This, the security top brass of the nation hold, is part of the security itself ahead of the elections.
The meeting comes at a time of heightened insecurity across the North West and South West Regions. Political observers continue to express doubts over the possibility of having potential voters visit the polling station on Election Day.
Enongene Ekongue, Divisional President of the Cameroon, Democratic Union(CDU) in Kupe-Muanenguba Division during a programme on State television(CRTV) dubbed ‘Face the Nation’ on Tuesday, August 14 said he is not sure elections will take place in these affected areas.
Before now, Joseph Moki Etukeni, Scribe of the South West Elite Association(SWELA) told reporters after a conclave in Yaounde over the weekend that, ‘very little is being talked about concerning the Presidential election in the South West Region”.
Despite these fears, the Election Management body (ELECAM) has remained resolute that elections would progress in the two trouble-plagued Regions. In a recent press outing, the Deputy Director General of Elections at ELECAM, Abdoul Karimou, said the security apparatus of the nation will take its responsibility to ensure serenity on voting day.