Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Biya’s Government: A Three Arm-Bandit!

The Cameroon government recently announced that it will be recruiting 25,000 qualified citizens into its public service. It is important to know that the government has destroyed the private sector to a point where it is the only source of employment for the people. The last bastion of foreign firms just announced they will be leaving by the end of 2011. So here the government finds itself desperate for cash and how to placate its own people. It has resorted to armed robbery. To tell you the government’s intention was and is sinister, it recruited primary school kids who are not even qualified for the jobs to hold a banner thanking the president. What good will those jobs do to those kids in this picture?


Just of recent, about 25 bandits encircled two banks for more than 2 hours where they robbed and killed nine people including the security guards and passersby. It is not just the robbing of the bank that worries everyone; it is how lackadaisical the police and government security forces took to come to the lieu of the attack. If it was armless protesters, the government would have dispatched 5 truckloads of mixed police and gendarmes but here is a case of national security being threatened. The citizens are killed, yet no one showed up and when they showed up, they hid themselves from the attackers. If the government’s hands were not there, what made them to take that long to come to the place? How come with such heavy exchange of fire, no government or assailant was killed and only passersby?

Many people believe that the assailants were government sponsored agents to bring fire into the people and facilitate the overwhelming police presence that will deter further protests like that one dispersed on the 23rd of February, 20011. If not how could 25 gun men rob two banks in the same spot for more than two hours and the government security agents come late ?

Apart from robbing the people at gun point, the government has also taken the blue collar heist. First it should be noted that for the 29 years of president Paul Biya being in power, it is the second time his government is making a drive like this to employ people into the public service something he should not have been worried about if he had good governance and better economic policies to lure in investors and create a stronger private sector. Look at the real jobseekers!

So to placate the restless youths who have graduated from college only to find unemployment staring them in the face, the government has launched a recruitment t of 25,000 youths. Now see where the government is going to rob these paupers. First, the general atmosphere of corruption means that there are many people whose files will not even be accepted until they bribe. But before they can compile a file, they will have to spend at least 12, 000 FCA. About five million Cameroonians will be applying for those positions because unemployment is about 30%. Now multiply 12, 000 times 5millions. It gives you six billions that will be entering into state’s coffers being enough for the government to run its state elections campaigns.

To show that this gesture is to help Cameroonians, the recruitment should be for free. As if not enough, those who are not recruited, they will not get a refund of the money they have spent. So actually the government has enough money to even pay the 25, 000 that have been recruited whether they go to work or not. Those certificates should just be copies and the government should take the burden of verifying if they are correct or not. But because Biya and his gangs are out to rob Cameroonians, they invented a new heist which they know that come what may, many will fall prey because there are many graduates that have not seen jobs for the past 10 years.

Until then, a president who steals from his people must go!

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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