The 87-year-old president of Cameroon, Paul Biya has come Under Fire for his long absence amidst coronavirus in the country.
The president has not addressed the nation since the first case of COVID-19 was recorded, a month ago.
To his supporters it is a sign of gravitas but for critics one of failure.
As of now, Cameroon has 658 cases of the virus, with nine deaths, making it the second most-affected country after South Africa in sub-Saharan Africa.
Cameroonians have become accustomed to Biya’s long absences, mainly because of poor health, but his silence over the pandemic is raising sharp questions. He posed for the cameras after talks with the US ambassador on March 11, but did not speak to the press.
Six days later Biya urged Cameroonians on Facebook to “respect” measures taken to combat the virus, but since then there has not been so much as a whisper from a leader who has overseen many crises since he took power in 1982.
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