The command of the National Gendarmerie has been officially transferred from Jean Baptiste Bokam to Yves Landry Galax Etoga.During a solemn ceremony at the court yard of the Gendarmerie Schools and Training Centres Command, the outgoing Secretary of State to the Minister of defence in Charge of the National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam returned the flag of the Gendarmerie to the Minister delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo.The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence interns handed over the flag of command to the incoming Secretary of State to the Minister of defence in Charge of the National Gendarmerie, Yves Landry Galax Etoga.The new Gendarmerie boss handed it over to the guard of honour before exchanging civilities with his predecessor. The Military ritual which represents the transfer of authority over the elite corps was watched by over a dozen cabinet Ministers, Members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Yaoundé and top military personal from the different corps of the defence forces.The event comes more than a month after Galax Etoga was appointed by the Head of State on 2nd March 2018 and subsequently installed on 5th March 2018 by the Minister Delegate at presidency in charge of Defence at the conference hall of the Gendarmerie secretariat. During the installation, the transfer of command could not be done because the outing gendarmerie boss was in hospital responding treatment.Symbolism of the flagThe Gendarmerie insignia of the sword and grenade on flag of the Republic of Cameroon that was handed over to the new Gendarmerie boss symbolises command, the protection of people and the property and the maintenance of law and order.Directives of the Defence bossThe Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence told the news Secretary of State to the Minister of defence in Charge of the National Gendarmerie, Yves Landry Galax Etoga to enforce discipline within the ranks and ensure that the personnel of the Gendarmerie are professional in their operations.He said the officers of the Gendarmerie are brave men and women who work round the clock to protect people and their property, enforce law and order and carry out judicial and administrative police mission. They also defend the national sovereignty sometimes to the sacrifice of their lives.Traditional authorities and social of the Lekie division in the centre region also turned out in large numbers with messages of support and thanks giving to the Head of State for appointing their son to lead the elite corps.Elvis Teke