By Amina Hilda
The Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi has lashed out at Radio France Internationale , RFI journalist, Jean Baptist Placca, for his utterances on the president’s recent trip to Switzerland.
Prior to the celebration of the national Unity day in Cameroon, President Paul Biya alongside wife, Chantal Biya went on a short private stay in Switzerland.
The presidential couple returned to the Country a day to the celebration of the National Unity day on May 20, 2022.
In the morning of Saturday May 21, 2022 during an interview on RFI, the Cameroonian born journalist spoke on the president’s short stay in Switzerland.
According to Placca, “the power not only tried not to explain the information but blurred the tracks while his relatives made Paul Biya, 89, travel nearly 14000km in the air for five days? It is therefore the Geneva press which took care of specifying the destination and detailing in its own words, the real motivations of this trip, with a result that was not very advantageous for Cameroon and its President, therefore not very advantageous for Africa.”
He added that: ” In today’s world, when you think you are keeping your people in the dark about the realities that concern them, others take it upon themselves to reveal , often from an unpleasant angle”.
The said utterances rather sounded unpleasing to the government. Thus in a release on Tuesday May 24, Minister Sadi said the revelations made by Placca were coined “inopportune, offensive and derogatory”.
The release reiterated that Cameroonians had no issues with the leave. It also noted that such leaves are simply opportunities for the Head of state to solve problems of personal interest or have contacts of important partners, on issues relating to the nation.
“As much as President Paul Biya knows and measures the intensity of the affection that the vast majority of his compatriots have for him. He is proud of a people he knows to be intelligent and insightful,” the communication minister wrote.
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