It was learned this Sunday, October 27: Patrick Ekema, the mayor of the city of Buea, the regional capital of Southwest, died Sunday in a clinic in Douala. A blow to the power of Yaoundé who loses through this disappearance, a powerful ally of ground in his fight against the English separatists.
He alone represented the shield of power in the furnace of Buea. From the earliest hours of identity claims in the Northwest and South West, Patrick Ekema has indeed emerged as the sure ally of Yaoundé to thwart the projects of the separatists.
And it is from his city, nestled on the flanks of Mount Cameroon that he has particularly distinguished himself, alienating suddenly a portion of its citizens, cantilever with power.
The sulphurous mayor of 46 years was in particular crusade against the slogans of dead city, imposed by the separatists. One of his methods was, for example, to seal the shops of all those who refused to open shop by adherence to these slogans.
In the same way, Patrick Ekema provided taxis to the city when, for fear of reprisals, taximen refrained from driving. He had thus become the public enemy number of the separatists who had made a target and lived overprotected in his residence in Buea.
In September 2017, his residence was even the subject of a violent attack and many of his property had been ransacked. On the other hand, he benefited from the benevolence of the power which has just lost weight support.