There is definitely a serious price escalation throughout the national territory. Shance Lion calls on the President of the Republic in his Ivory Tower. He denounced one of the collaborators of the Head of State, his Minister of Commerce.
Here are his words in their entirety:
Your Excellency the President of the Republic Paul Biya, this is a serious time. Food in Cameroon has become more expensive than during the Hunger Riots in 2008. This with the complicity of some of your collaborators, especially those who are vulgarly called THE BRIGADE OF THE CENTRAL MARKET OF YAOUNDÉ.
They are collaborators of the Minister of Commerce who over time have become MAJOR IMPORTERS and it is they who set the prices of goods in the markets and it is always they who the Minister sends to control prices. We never change their area of control in order to keep prices high and feed this network that starves our people.
Take for example, Your Excellency Mr President, in 2008, a liter of refined oil cost 1000frs, today the same liter costs 1300 or even 1500 francs. The same is true of rice, fish, meat…
Your Excellency, Mr President, even mineral water has increased! Mineral water, something they collect for free at the foot of Mount Cameroon, they increase the price.
Having a plantain dish with tomato sauce meat or chicken has become a luxury in our country. If nothing is done, Your Excellency Mr President, our country will have to prepare for another HUNGER STRIKE, which is SHAMEFUL for a country like ours with all its natural resources.
In a next post, I will bring some solutions in the short and medium term. However, in the urgency against price escalation, it is necessary to:
- limit and regulate the export of foodstuffs to neighbouring countries, or even suspend it altogether, while we stabilise our internal markets.
- Limit the import of food that we can produce locally, and force the actors of these sectors to do 60-40 or 65-35 (60% import 40% local production). Whoever does not want, leave.
- Replace the Minister of Commerce. He has been in office since 2004 (17 years old). Such longevity in such a sensitive position becomes a handicap for our country.