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Surveillance cameras installed in Bamenda!

Since last week, surveillance cameras have been installed in various corners of the capital city of the North-West region; Bamenda.

H.E President Paul Biya himself, signed a decree authorizing the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development to sign a commercial loan agreement with the Bank of China Amounting to CFAF 45.9 billion for the financing of the first Phase of the national extension project for the intelligent urban video surveillance system.

The project, implemented since January 2014 in Yaoundé, the capital, as part of its ‘test’ phase, envisages the installation of 1,500 cameras and communication relays in the 10 regional capitals as well as in 7 other strategic ‘border’ zones, Particularly in the Far-North region, which is plagued by attacks by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

It is in this context that the video surveillance cameras were installed in Bamenda since last week.
However, the people of Bamenda, who are at the heart of the anglophone crisis that shook the country since November last year, welcome this new system with suspicions. They feel that they are being watched by the Government. They consider it as a government maneuver to spy on them.

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