MINPOSTEL Debunk Rumours of Possible Internet Blackout

Cameroon’s ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MINPOSTEL) has described as “fake news” a social media allegation that the government will shut down the internet from the 7-9 of October, 2018. Dates which coincides with the holding of the 2018 Presidential elections and its immediate aftermath.

Minette Libom Li Likeng, P&T minister in a rebuttal sent to the National Bilingual Daily, Cameroon Tribune and state radio and TV, CRTV in French states “it’s gross manipulation and fake news”

She denies the existence of such a plan. She described it as means to discredit the state of Cameroon by its enemies.  “Whose goal is to throw anathema on the Cameroonian authorities” the statement read.  The statement goes further to add that under the high patronage of the Head of State Paul Biya and the Prime Minister and Head of government, her ministerial department is open to developing an “ambitious digital ecosystem that respects citizens rights and the laws of Cameroon”

In September 2017, similar rumours circulated online as October 1 approached requiring the minister to issue a similar statement. In January 2017, the minster shut down internet services for three months in the Northwest and Southwest regions as the Anglophone crisis heightened. The minister was caught off-guard when the President called for Internet services to be restored on April 20, 2018. That was when she was attending an event in Douala where she upheld that the ban will continue. Many doubt her outings when the final decision may not rest with her.

By Fokum Emmanuel P.

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