By Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS), Equatorial Guinea
On 20 March 2020, the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea established the National Emergency Coronavirus Fund and adopted other measures to combat this pandemic.
Although Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) supported this initiative, it considered that the amount of CFAF 5 billion provided by the Executive was absolutely insufficient, and the terms of its use were not specified. For this reason, CPDS, as part of Equatoguinean society and a necessary political actor in the country, sent the Government a package of 19 measures to make effective the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the consequences of which are already being felt in the country.
One of the measures adopted by the Government, and supported by CPDS, to curb the spread of the disease is the closure of places where people gather, such as educational and religious centres, public transport, bars and other places of leisure. In other words, the activities from which the vast majority of the population lives. This measure has had, as immediate results that:
As expected, the logical consequences of this measure have not been long in coming:
On the other hand, hygienic measures, such as washing hands with soap and disinfectants, cannot be fulfilled due to the lack of running water and disinfectants. And transport prices have increased by 300% in the interior of the country.
Meanwhile, the government remains passive, talking only about its daily meetings, but without concrete results, and the President of the Republic, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is following from his village the news about the health emergency that has already affected about 15 people in the country, four of them locally infected, according to sources from the Ministry of Health itself.
Faced with this critical situation, CPDS demands that the President of the Republic, as head of government at the same time (the positions are burdensome), take the lead in the battle against the coronavirus and that the Executive of Equatorial Guinea:
The Government of Equatorial Guinea cannot now hold on to the excuse of the economic crisis, because, in the last 20 years, this country has been the third largest producer of hydrocarbons in sub-Saharan Africa, which, in the words of the President of the Republic himself, “has made Equatorial Guinea one of the most developed countries on the African continent and the envy of the whole world”.
CPDS makes it clear that a country’s development and the strength of its Government are measured by its ability to mobilize resources in times of national emergency by meeting the needs of its people. The Equatoguinean Government had to care for its people and prevent anyone from going hungry.
Malabo, 2 April 2020
THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE