For two weeks now the government of Cameroon has been playing cat and mouse with occupants and users of public spaces, who have failed to comply with the instructions given to them to evacuate.
Seeing that sensitization campaigns and several other amicable attempts are yielding no fruits, public authorities have adopted coercive measures to ensure that Urban centers of the country are kept clean and put in order.
Practices like, illegal construction works in areas considered as private zones of the State, and lack of citizenship on public roads are the main things that have pushed the authorities to use force.
Some days ago, families that illegally occupied land around the Autonomous Port of Douala were forced to leave; Still in the economic capital, unauthorized construction works around the airport were halted.
Marketplaces especially in Yaounde and Douala, are also under close surveillance by the council police for any activity involving inappropriate waste disposal and occupation of the road, as well as disorderly circulation of motorbikes in those areas.
The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, made it clear during a meeting with all Governors on 14 and 15 June in Yaounde, that cleanliness of cities is of utmost importance for the image of the country. “You are supposed to instruct the Senior Divisional Officers (SDOs) to ensure that waste should not be visible in Urban centers. It is a bad image for us and to those who visit our country” Atanga Nji told the Governors.
The regional administrators have the task of ensuring that Divisional Officers go out on the field regularly to make sure the objectives of the State are achieved. Mayors are equally expected to include sanitary activities in their daily, weekly and monthly agendas.
Written by Pavel Joseph Nyuysuliy – Journalist