Disgruntled passengers of the national airline, Camair-co attempted to burn down the building hosting the regional office in Yaounde earlier today. The passengers apparently dissatisfied with the repeated cancellation of their flights, domestic and international used old tyres and started a fire that was aimed at the Yaounde Camair-co office. It needed a heavy police intervention to avert the situation.
For several weeks, Camair-co, passengers including some players of our junior football national team who came holidaying in Cameroon have been unable to make their journey back to their respective European countries. Among the passengers are students, workers, businessmen all complaining about the deliberate silence of the communication department of Camair-co.
“The passengers have not been told anything, they do not know if they will ever travel, staying in the country brings along additional costs” noted our chief economic reporter in Yaounde. We now have intelligence that Camair-co on paper has 14 planes. But in reality, the company had all along operated with just 5 hired aircrafts. When we asked a senior cadre at Camair-co an economic question on the whereabouts of the other 9 planes, we were given a political answer.
The management of Camair-co is now a tangled tale, a combined comedy and tragedy of errors involving former senior officials of the country now in prison. In June 2014, President Paul Biya called Nana Sandjo to head Camair-co. Ever since then, things have grown from bad to worse.