Pope Francis appoints Rev. Fr. Andrew Fuanya Nkea Coadjutor Bishop for Mamfe Diocese.

July 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkea The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed the Very Rev. Father Andrew Fuanya Nkea, Priest of the Diocese of Buea, as the Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Mamfe. This appointment was made public on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 12 noon local time at the Vatican City in Rome. Rev. Fr. Andrew is presently Registrar of the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CATUC).

The Very Rev. Father Andrew Fuanya Nkea, the Coadjutor Bishop Elect of the Diocese of Mamfe was born on August 29, 1965 in Widikum, Widikum Subdivision in the Archdiocese of Bamenda. His father, Vincent Ivo Nkea, and mother, Caroline NanyiLekunze, are from Fontem in Lebialem Division in the Diocese of Mamfe.

His father, a polygamist, now of late, was a Catholic and his mother, the first of two wives, who is still alive, is a Presbyterian. He has one brother, three sisters, and three step brothers and three step sisters. He was baptised on August 31, 1974 in St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish, Kumbo by Father John Kolkman, received the First Holy Communion on September 1, 1974 and Confirmation on June 10, 1981 from the hands of the Rt. Rev. Pius Suh Awa, Bishop (now Emeritus) of Buea. He did his primary school education in St. Theresa’s School, Kumbo (1970-1975) and in Government Primary School Down Beach, Victoria (1975-1977). His Secondary School education was in Christ the King College, Tiko (1977-1981) and High School in Bishop Rogan College Junior Seminary, Soppo-Buea (1981-1983).

After teaching in Christ the King’s College, Tiko (1984-1985) he was then admitted to St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui, Bamenda, where he did his Priestly Formation (1985-1992), obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy (B.Phil.) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (B.D.). He was ordained Priest on April 22, 1992 by His Lordship, Bishop Pius Suh Awa for the Diocese of Buea.

In 1999 he was sent to Rome for further studies in the Pontifical Urban University where he specialised in Canon Law, from 1999-2003, obtaining a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Canon Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Ecclesiastical Jurisprudence.

He has served the Church in several capacities: pastoral, administrative and academic. He was Assistant Parish Priest in St. John Bosco Parish, Mbonge (1992-1994), Parish Priest of St. Luke’s Parish, Nyandong (1994-1995), Diocesan Chancellor and Bishop’s Secretary (1995-1999 and 2003-2007), Member of the Diocesan College of Consultors and Presbyteral Council (2003-2007), Lecturer of Canon Law at the John Paul II Institute of Theology, Buea (2007-2010), Professor of Canon Law and Dean of the Department of Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui (2008-2010), Defender of the Bond at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of First Instance of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda (2007-2011) and since 2010 he is the Judicial Vicar of the Tribunal of First Instance of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda.

In 2007 he was appointed a Member of the Episcopal Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon and since 2008 he has been a member of the Formation Team of St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Bambui. Since 2009 he has been Secretary General of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference (BAPEC). In 2010 he was appointed the First Registrar of the Catholic University of Cameroon, Bamenda (CATUC),a post which he still holds till today. In 2011 he was elected the first President of the Association of Canon Law in Cameroon.

The Very Reverend Father Andrew Nkea has published a number of books and articles, among which are: The Philosophical Analysis of theNweh Concept of Personal Names (1988), The Nweh Funeral Traditions (1992),UtCognoscantTe: The Life of Bishop Pius S. Awa on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of His Episcopal Ordination (1996), The Role of Private Associations in the Church (2001), Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church (2007), etc.

The Coadjutor Bishop Elect of Mamfe, Mgr. Andrew Nkea speaks quite a good number of languages: English, French, Italian, Pidgin English, Lamnso and Nweh, his native tongue. His hobbies include: reading and writing, research on African Traditional Religions and codifying of Customary Laws, traveling, music and sports.

The appointment of Mgr. Andrew Fuanya NKEA as the Coadjutor Bishop of Mamfe during this Year of Faith is a wonderful gift of the Eternal High Priest and Good Shepherd to the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda in particular and to the Church in Cameroon in general. I would like, on behalf of the Clergy, Religious and Christ’s Lay Faithful of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province,to heartily congratulate Mgr. Andrew Nkea, Bishop Francis TekeLysinge and the entire Christian population of the Diocese of Mamfe on this propitious occasion. We want to assure them of our prayers and solidarity through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of Evangelization.

+Cornelius Fontem ESUA

Archbishop of Bamenda and President of

The Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference.

Source: L’Effort Camerounais

Next Generation Music Presents Phila Mayne in “I Love You”

June 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Phila Mayne in "I love you"

Phila Mayne in “I love you”

Carmen Achu (born 28th, October 1990), known as Phila Mayne (stage name) is a young and aspirant Afro/RnB/Hiphop songwriter and artist in Cameroon, who has made music his first wife. His passion for music gave rise to his very first hit single “Sumtin” which was released by Next Generation Music, in close collaboration with Sound Slave Record.

On the 23rd of June 2013, his remarkable second single “I love you” hit the media on several platforms, Hulkshare, SoundCloud and Youtube, available to listen, share and download.

He is signed under Next Generation Music

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Construction Work Recommences At Limbe Shipyard

March 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

Construction work, which had practically been halted at the Limbe Shipyard site, has recommenced.

On Wednesday, March 6, the Minister of Transport, Professor Robert Nkili, was at the site for a brief visit to enable him assess what is currently going on since work on a quay wall began over a month ago. Nkili was received by the Task Force Manager for the site, Beck Baye, who led him round the site in the company of other top officials of the Cameroon Shipyard and Industrial Engineering Company Limited, (Chantier Naval).

At the landward end of the shipyard, bulldozers could be seen leveling the area while trucks ferried away loads of soils. Meantime, at another end, workers in helmets and overalls tinkered away with their tools doing all sorts of engineering work. The construction of the quay wall is being carried out by BAM International, a Dutch company, valued at some 29 million Euros (approximately FCFA 19.022 billion).

The work is expected to be completed by May, 2014. The quay wall will be some 320 metres long with an underwater concrete foundation. In 2007, Interbeton concluded the construction of a 700-meter long break water wall stretching deep into the sea. It was the first major construction works at the shipyard to shield the yard from strong waves where oil rigs could dock and undergo repairs.

The breakwater had been long concluded but the change of command at the helm of Chantier Naval in 2008 where Zaccheus Forjindam was replaced by Antoine Bikoro Alo’o led to one crisis after the other and work on the over FCFA 100-billion project slowed down to a near full stop. Baye Beck told the Minister that there were presently some 81 workers at the site with about eight expatriates to carry on with the quay wall construction. Meantime, Nkili, who began his Southwest visit in Tiko with a stop at the Tiko Port also visited the age-old Tiko Airstrip.

He is said to have noted with dissatisfaction the high level of encroachment on the airport land by people who have built on it. The Minister also visited the Idenau Port on that same Wednesday. On Thursday, he visited the Presbyterian Printing Press which does some major printing work for the Ministry of Transport. He also stopped at the Fako Divisional Delegation of Transport at Down Beach.

His trip in Limbe ended at the Delegation of the Merchant Marine Services where he was presented a plethora of problems plaguing this service. “When you look at those old speedboats there, each time my elements go to the high seas it is as if they are going on a suicide mission,” Jonathan Jikong told the Minister. The merchant marines are supposed to provide maritime security to those who do business by sea as well as carry out checks on the high seas to curb smuggling.

But Jikong told the Minister that his service was almost paralyzed owing to the sheer lack of the necessary equipment to do their work. He told the Minister that they don’t even have an office and are presently being housed in an office at the Down Beach area which he said floods whenever it rains heavily.  Jikong added that they don’t even have a satellite communication network to link up with their elements when they drift far into the high seas.

In addition to the lack of speedboats, no communication links, Jikong said they were more or less left at the mercy of sea pirates. “That is why on most occasions we have to request assistance from the military before we go out,” he said. Minister Nkili instantly invited Jikong to meet him in Yaounde for further discussions.

Source: CPO

In Cameroon, anti-gay voices grow louder.

March 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

In Cameroon, the topic of homosexuality is no longer taboo. Both in Yaoundé and Douala, on the street, in taxis, restaurants, bars, offices and markets, on the radio and on television, it is difficult to spend a day or even an hour without the conversation reverting to this topic.

Opposition to homosexuality has become the focus of increasingly frequent conferences, panel discussions, sermons, religious campaigns, and interviews with politicians, bishops and other religious leaders in Cameroon, especially in the Cameroon Tribune, the government’s bilingual daily newspaper.

President Paul Biya suggests that people in Cameroon may be changing their minds about homosexuality, but the most obvious change is the frequency of discussions of the issue.

Increasingly, the issue of homosexuality comes up in day-to-day conversations. Most people agree: “With as much energy has we can muster, in the harshest terms possible, we must condemn this behavior, which is so harmful for Cameroon and its youth.”

Almost everyone “firmly” rejects the practice of homosexuality and its supposed corollaries, pederasty and prostitution, which together are called “deviance,” “moral decadence,” “true aberrations,” “amoral,” “unacceptable,” “satanic,” etc.

Conversations are fueled by the topic of homosexuality at home, in churches and in the press.

Consider how the Cameroon Tribune responded to the Amnesty International’s Jan. 24 report on human rights in Cameroon, which urged the repeal of Cameroonian laws against homosexuality and the release of LGBT prisoners.

For Amnesty International, those actions are a matter of human rights. But many in Cameroon see the issue differently.

Yves Atanga, the Tribune’s editor-in-chief, wrote a front-page article titled “Human rights in Cameroon: Amnesty’s false accusations. (Droits de l’homme au Cameroun: Le faux procès d’Amnesty).”

Editorial writer Makon ma Pondi wrote a column titled “Diversion: An anthem for homosexuals.” They took a stand against Amnesty International, calling it “an advocate of homosexuality” and a “finger-wagger,” and especially against homosexuality, “forbidden by Cameroonian laws.”

In his article, Atanga suggested that “in all honesty,” Amnesty should have entitled its report “Cameroon, leave the gays alone!” Pondi’s column complained about an “insidious and relentless campaign orchestrated for months through the media, seeking the repeal of the law [prohibiting sexual relations between persons of the same sex], to be achieved by any means necessary, including diplomatic pressure or withholding foreign aid.” The column asks, “Are we to believe that if we allow homosexuality and same-sex marriage we will achieve the economic growth we seek?”

Bishops say no, no, no!

Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church united in their opposition to homosexuality on Jan. 12 at the 36th annual gathering in Sangmelima of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon. In a statement published in its entirety on Feb. 7 in the Cameroon Tribune and later in other newspapers, they denounced homosexuality in strong terms.

They opposed “the multifaceted claims of human rights made by promoters of homosexuality — the right to marriage, to adopt children. to establish a family, to procreation with medical assistance, etc. — claims that are based on several concepts whose main ideology of gender … is opposed to classical ideas of family, gender and reproductive health.”

The bishops ignored examples of traditional African acceptance of same-sex relations. (See, for example, the article “What traditional African homosexuality learned from the West.”)

The bishops unanimously declared that homosexuality “falsifies human anthropology and trivializes sexuality, marriage and family as the foundation of society. In African culture, it is not part of the family and social values. It is a flagrant violation of the legacy left to use by our ancestors, who were faithful to heterosexuality and the family. In human history, homosexual practices have never led to societal evolution but have always been clear signs of civilization’s decay. In fact, homosexuality opposes humanity and destroys it.”

They urged “all believers and people of good will to reject homosexuality and so-called ‘gay marriage’ to pray for homosexuals and those who are inclined toward homosexuality, watching over them and seeking compassionately to convert them.”

Even before their statement was published, Mgr. Victor Tonye Bakot, the archbishop of Yaoundé and a fervent fighter against homosexuality, said in a Jan. 28 interview: “We do not want” homosexuality in Africa.

“The West has its culture and Africans have ours,” he said. “Since we must respect the parallels between the two cultures, and since we are in dialogue with each other, let us propose polygamy to the West just as they propose homosexuality to us. Otherwise, let each of us remain set in their own culture.”

“I reject this new attempt at colonialization. They’re going too far,” he said.

On Feb. 24, the Association of Catholic Jurists of Cameroon condemned homosexuality during a meeting in Douala with Samuel Kléda, archbishop of Douala.

Unnatural?

Although homosexual behavior has been observed in hundreds of species of animals, many people in Cameroon believe otherwise.

For example, in Archbishop Bakot’s sermons in the cathedral in Yaoundé and elsewhere, he condemned homosexuality as an “unnatural practice.”

In addition, attorney Pierre Robert Fojou told journalist Armand Essogo “not only is homosexuality punishable under Article 347 of the Cameroonian Penal Code, but it is also rejected by Cameroonians in general who, as good Africans, consider sexual relations between persons of the same sex against nature. “

Nico Halle preaching to the governor

“This is not negotiable,” stated the Christian Men’s Fellowship of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, as it launched a February campaign against homosexuality in the southwestern part of the country. “God made man and woman; animals, he made male and female. It is unacceptable that a man fall in love with another man, which is worse than animals, because animals only make love with the opposite sex. I’ve never seen a hen have sex with another hen, or two female dogs, or two male dogs. The rooster goes with the chicken, and so on. So, if the man will do what even the animal does not, then man becomes worse than an animal. … It is satanic,” reported the newspaper La Nouvelle Expression in an article on Feb. 27 headlined “Southwest: Crusade against homosexuality.”

Tumfor Nico Halle, a lawyer who is president of the Christian Men’s Fellowship of Cameroon, argued that “not only does our penal code condemn homosexuality with Article 347 providing for imprisonment of up to five years, but the Bible is also even harder on it. Leviticus 20 verse 13 says that if a man lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination. They shall surely be put to death: their blood will be on them.”

Bernard Okalia Bilai, governor of the Southwest region, agreed with those statements, adding that “as a practicing Christian, he would not allow homosexuality in his region by any means.”

He accused human rights attorney Alice Nkom not only of repeatedly supporting the “homosexual cause” but also of being corrupt. He claimed that, when he was a prefect in Wouri, she urged him to release a homosexual defendant, saying that “a lot of euros are at stake.” Nkom has not yet responded to a request for comment on this accusation.

Rejection of ‘anus-ocracy’

Similar discussions fill the air waves. All day long the radio hosts of FM Yaoundé and their listeners decry the “immorality” of homosexuality. Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), the national public television channel, focuses on the subject through debates, documentaries, short films (sometimes made by Cameroonians and other Africans who “reject this practice from the West”) and even in entertainment programs.

The best known of these programs is undoubtedly the show “Delire,” in which the now-graying master of ceremonies, Foly Dirane (the stage name of Adrian Tafen Veyreton), has not let a single show go by in over 20 years without warning youths aged 10 to 25 to watch out for homosexuals.

He boasts that in his 2001 song “Les Mouches,” he became the first singer to denounce homosexuality.

Although many LGBT people in Cameroon live in poverty — fired from their jobs and rejected by their families when their sexual preference becomes known — a widespread belief persists in Cameroon that homosexuals are rich, powerful and evil, even practicing black magic.

Foly Dirane claims that homosexuals are “sectarian pederasts who use money and employment as a bait to lure youths into their traps. By sodomizing their victims, they steal the youths’ power and good fortune,” he says.

“Homosexuality in Cameroon is not like homosexuality in Europe,” he says.

In Cameroon, homosexuals seek to impose an “anus-ocracy,” he says. “Homosexuality is a cult of pederasts who feed on youth.”

This cult’s sorcerers demand homosexuality as a condition sine qua non for young people to succeed in society, he says.

“The cult has chosen homosexuality as a means of domination,” he says. “This sect has money and power and wants to force all young Cameroonians to join them.”

“People without power are propelled into positions of great responsibility through their anus,” he claims.

With statements like those, it’s clear that the “debate” about homosexuality in Cameroon is far from over.

Source: 76Crimes

 

Prime Minister Philemon Yang Wants Insurance Coverage Extended To Underprivileged

March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

If insurance companies hearken to the request of Prime Minister Philemon Yang, insurance coverage will no longer be only for the well-to-do. On February 25, the Prime Minister urged heads of insurance companies in Africa and experts from related organisations to pay greater attention to vulnerable people.

Yang made the request in Yaounde while chairing the 37th Annual General Assembly meeting of Federation of Insurance Companies in Africa, FANAF. The meeting, attended by some 600 delegates from 43 countries, was organised under the theme “Insurance and Social Risks”. He talked about measures by Cameroon to respond to disasters and accidents; prevention and sensitization on insurance.

Meanwhile, the President of FANAF, Protais Ayangma, said focus was on social risks and compensations in the sector such as health for all, accidents and compensation.

“Each time we meet, we challenge members to do well to pay claims of victims, which is our major role,” he said. He highlighted the role of the Conference of Inter- African Insurance Markets (CIMA), which is empowered to withdraw licenses from unprofessional insurance companies.

Ayangma said they intend to market the insurance sector and assure the public that insurance companies should be trusted in handling issues relating to risks. The President of the Insurance Association of Cameroon, Martin Foncha, said Cameroon was no longer satisfied with the second position it occupied in the insurance market within the area covered by CIMA. He said their target is to grab the first position from Ivory Coast.

For four days, insurance experts exchanged ideas on the challenges and opportunities for the development of an enterprise in Africa, the evolution of investment in Africa, societal responsibilities of insurance companies, coverage of natural disasters and mechanisms for the universal medical coverage. In Cameroon, medical insurance remains a luxury, as only few enterprises offer this benefit to their employees. Statistics from the Ministry Public Health show that malaria alone grabs 40 percent of the family income of Cameroonians.

During the FANAF gathering all member countries expressed the same experience, justifying why participants centered discussions on the vital role that health insurance could play in the social protection of Africans. The Federation’s President, Ayangma recommended a public- private partnership in the member countries of FANAF in order to enhance a universal medical insurance.

He called on participants to draw inspiration from Tunisia and Rwanda, which according to him have succeeded to protect their populations through this policy. Ayangma also hinted that plans were underway to implement the automobile guarantee fund in member countries to optimize and accelerate procedures put in place for road accident victims.

Source: CPO

 

UPC Leaders Arrested For Protesting Against ELECAM

March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

Gendarmes February 26, at Rond Point Deido, Douala, broke up a peaceful demonstration by the UPC Mack-Kit against ELECAM and arrested its President and Secretary General.

The gendarmes, who claimed that the protest demonstration was illegal, arrested the President of UPC Mack-Kit, Alexis Same Ndema. But the leadership of the UPC faction insisted that the protest demonstration was not illegal. They explained that the party duly deposited a declaration to organise the peaceful demonstration with the DO of Douala I, Jean-Marie Mbarga Ekoa.

They presented a copy of the declaration to the gendarmes. They also quoted the DO to have cautioned them to ensure that the demonstration took place peacefully. But the gendarmes would not let go the two senior officials of the party and whisked them off into detention at the Bonanjo Gendarmerie Brigade, which is now located in the former office of the defunct REGIFERCAM at the entrance to Bonanjo.

When The Post contacted the National Secretary for Communication of UPC Mack-Kit, Hilaire Ham Ekoue, at 8.30 am on February 27, he said the National President and Secretary General were still in detention. UPC Mack-Kit staged the protest demonstration close to a stand that had been set up by ELECAM at Rond Point Deido to facilitate voter registration. Some of the militants carried placards, while some were busy distributing tracts containing a six-point demand by the party.

The demonstrators denounced ELECAM for not being an independent body. They said that ELECAM is at the service of the ruling CPDM, insisting that Cameroon needs an Independent Electoral Commission to be able to conduct transparent, free and fair elections. The UPC Mack-Kit militants also strongly criticised ELECAM for not having as yet distributed voters’ cards to Cameroonians who had since registered. They saw the long delay as another manipulation by ELECAM to rig the up-coming Legislative and Municipal Elections in favour of the CPDM.

The UPC militants asserted that with biometric registration, cards are normally supposed to be issued to voters immediately they register. The party militants also insisted that considering the population of Cameroon, ELECAM is supposed to target some 12 million Cameroonians for voter registration, and not the low figure of seven million currently set by the institution as the target.

The six points contained in the tracts which the UPC militants distributed were some of the demands or proposals that the party has been putting out for some two years now, for the reform of the Electoral Law. UPC Mack-Kit, among other things, wants the voting age to be reduced to 18 years as well as a two-round presidential election.

Source: CPO

 

Biya Takes Nation By Storm: Announces Senatorial Elections For April 14

March 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

Against popular expectations, President Biya has billed senatorial elections for Sunday, April 14. Biya made the announcement in a Presidential decree that was broadcast on State radio on Wednesday, February 27. Biya surprised the nation by deciding to organize senatorial elections before municipal elections.

He also made nonsense of the appeal of the leading opposition Chieftain, SDF Chairman, John Fru Ndi, that it was logical for municipal and parliamentary elections to be organised first.

The announcement means that the ruling party will carry the day since the Electoral College for the senatorial election is made up of councilors. In the 2007 council elections, the CPDM emerged with a controversial majority of councils following reports that the polls were heavily rigged.

The news of the election was broken after Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, had convened Fru Ndi and some other political leaders to give them the information before it could be announced.

But Fru Ndi told journalists at his Yaounde Omnisport residence that the Prime Minister did not have the opportunity to break the scoop to them given that before they arrived at the Star Building, the State radio had already broken the news. He said, while traveling from Bamenda Wednesday morning, he delayed at Obala because he was involved in an accident.

Fru Ndi said a motorcyclist who was carrying one person suddenly bumped into his car. The motorcyclist and his passenger died on the spot, Fru Ndi narrated. “That is what delayed me and before I went to the Prime Minister’s Office, the radio had broken the news,” he said. Reacting to the convening of the electorate, Fru Ndi still repeated what he had said several times before: “The SDF will not allow senatorial elections to hold before municipal elections.”

He said if senatorial elections are predicated on the present councilors whose mandate had long expired, it will not have any iota of legitimacy. To him, the 2007 municipal elections were heavily rigged in favour of the ruling CPDM party. He said all the stakeholders were unanimous that the election which was organised by the defunct National Elections Observatory, NEO, was a total mess.

To Fru Ndi, even President Biya, in tandem, with all other stakeholders admitted that the 2007 polls were heavily flawed. Fru Ndi warned that the senatorial elections will not be organised in the present situation if Biya does not sit down with him to explain on what logic he convened the electorate under such messy conditions.

Asked what he would do if Biya ignores his threats, Fru Ndi retorted: “I and SDF militants will sharpen our machetes and come out for a full-blown onslaught to stop the election.”  Fru Ndi said, while he was looking for every means for Cameroon to remain peaceful, Biya was instead looking for all avenues to provoke a civil war.

He warned that by convening the electorate for senatorial elections against popular opinion that municipal elections be organised first, Biya was pushing Cameroonians to the wall. With their backs on the wall, they will be forced to fight back, he said. Meanwhile, the councilors that make up the Electoral College for the elections are predominantly CPDM. Following the current dispensation, only a few parties would be involved in the senatorial elections.

The ruling CPDM party has 300 out of 360 councils. The opposition parties have 60 as follows: the Social Democratic Front, SDF- 18, the National Union for Democracy and Progress, NUDP-11 and shares some 9 councils with the CPDM, the Cameroon Democratic Union- 8, the Movement for the Defense of the Republic MDR- 5, the Union des Population du Cameroun, UPC- 2 councils and others.

Although there are conflicting statistics as to the number of councils that each party won in 2007, it is clear that the CPDM has some 10,632 councilors while the SDF has 801. NUDP of Bello Bouba Maigari has 389 councilors. From this premise, it is clear that the CPDM will have an overwhelming majority in the Upper House of Parliament.

According to varsity don and political scientist, Dr. Mathias Owona Nguini, it will be the worst thing to happen because the present councilors were elected in the 2007 municipal elections that were heavily flawed. The election, he said, was fraught with irregularities and widespread rigging in favour of the ruling CPDM. It was due to such rigging that the Supreme Court ordered for a rerun of the polls in certain areas.

One of the areas where a rerun took place was the Lobo Council in the Lekie Division of the Centre Region. Partial elections were equally organised in Douala II, Bafang, Mogode, Matomb, Pette and Mesondo councils. Due to its sophisticated rigging machinery, CPDM still carried the day at the end of the exercise. There is evidence that the opposition parties going in for the race will face a crushing defeat from the CPDM.

For one thing, the law governing the organisation of senatorial elections empowers the President of the Republic to appoint 30 percent of the senators. This means that Biya will appoint 30 out of the 100 senators that will make up the Upper House of Parliament as provided for by the 1996 constitution.

By virtue of last Wednesday’s Presidential decree, campaigns for the senatorial elections will begin on March 30. Candidates for the election have to pay a caution fee of FCFA one million.  According to another Presidential decree, each member of the electorate will be paid FCFA 50,000 allowance on Election Day.

Souce: CPO