Cameroonian press highlights insecurity

Yaunde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Except for the government daily "Cameroon Tribune," most newspapers in Cameroon this week focused on social life with the private weekly, Mutations, writing on the prevailing insecurity in the country.
Intimating a resurgence of insecurity in the capital, Yaounde, Mutations recalled a series of murders, noting that the city was missing "the security measures mounted during the France-Africa meeting," which had momentarily quelled insecurity in Yaounde.
"The problem is often not taken seriously as long as the victims are the common citizens," the paper observed, ostensibly alluding to the special operation launched in the coastal city of Douala after the murder of a French national there.
Mutation noted that following the murder last Sunday of another French national working for the Red Cross France has since advised its expatriate in Cameroon to be prudent.
Security measures were enhanced in the capital following the incident, but Mutation reckoned it was unlikely the authorities would create another special operation like the one in Douala, which has gone controversial.
Another paper, Le Messager, reported that the National Collective against Impunity (CNI) filed a complaint this week in Belgium against the special operation in Douala, noting that Belgium was one of the few countries where the national law has incorporates sanctions against the violation of human rights.
The newspapers could not ignore the death of singer, songwriter, composer and novelist Francis Bebey, who passed on last Sunday in Paris, at the age of 72.
Under the headline "Downfall of a baobab," Le Messager wrote that Bebey was a good label for Cameroon, while Mutations described him as "the most versatile and prolific African artist.

01 june 2001 23:40:00

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