It was an election which many had predicted the outcome even before the over 9900 councilors across the ten regions of the country took to the polls on March 25th to vote for their respective senators.
Statistically, the ruling CPDM commands comfortable and sizeable majority in terms of numerical strength in all ten regions of the country and many had been preparing for a one party senate.
The closest any party could rival the ruling party is the in the north West region of the country where the difference of councilors was beatable so the chief opposition party was counting on the conscience of CPDM councilors who had money, party interests and political future against them if they choose to go the opposition way.
Soon after the elections were held, Minster Atanga Nji of territorial administration quickly organized a press conference where he praised the transparency and near perfectness of the elections in all en regions of the country, snubbing calls from some quarters that the ongoing Anglophone crisis made the outcome of the results questionable especially in the Sout West regions given that some councillors could not vote and were hiding in bushes.
Soon after his proclamation, the SDF list leader for the South West region took his case to the people with a hastily organized press conference of his own. Prof Kalle decry what he termed serious electoral malpractices, citing councilors hiding in bushes who cannot vote and transporting of councilors through military helicopter to vote elsewhere due to the crisis on election day as some of the of the loopholes of the elections.
He promised to take his case to the constitutional council which he did and the matter was flown out of the body as the judges say the elections took place within the appropriate contest and the opposition put forward by Fru Ndi’s party could not have possibly affected the final outcome of the elections
And so did we arrive April 5th at 11:00AM where judges of the newly created constitutional council took to the senate floor at the Yaoundé conference center to proclaim the contested second senatorial elections.
After close to 15 minutes of detailing and praising the transparency of the election process and the President of the constitutional council who ignore the English language as he spoke exclusively in French in a bilingual country finally rollout the election results.
In the presence of the head of state, Pau Biya shock many by making a rare appearance during an event proclaiming election results, Clement Atangana calmly reads the election statistics of all then 56 divisions and polling stations across the ten regions of the country, showing signs of fatigue, elderly and accumulated avoidable mistakes in rare show of public lapses for the new man in charge.
President Biya and his council of ministers present probably left very satisfied s his party swept 9 regions of the country, losing only to the heavily contested North West region and opposition stronghold of the country in an election results many had known before now.
The president of the republic has 10 days according to the law to appoint the remaining 30 senators to complete the list to 100
February 2020 elections: SDF prepares to run, Anglophones prepare to bury the party
In November 2018, top brass of the Social Democratic Front SDF organized a press conference after shocking results at the polls.
The chief opposition party or should I say former chief opposition party had just emerged a distant 3rd, surrendering its natural second position to a rising Kamto for the first time in its history and blaming government and party top brass for the shameful fall.
Defending the their allegations of fraud at a marathon post election trial at the constitutional council shortly after 2018 Presidential elections, the party’s lead counsel Barister Sama made a shocking and chilling admission “if this results were done fairly and transparently, SDF would have emerge winner or at-least our second position which has always been ours since 1992”
It is the second part of the statement which which exonerates crictics of the party who say the party have entered an unholy and secret agreement with the regime and are satisfied with the position of first opposition party.
But if that dismal Defeat of 2018 was the death of Fru Ndi’s party, 2020 municipal elections might be the funeral service.
Anglophones who constitute the historic base of the SDF have been in crisis for three years now, they blame the ruling party for their predicaments and SDF for not supporting them forcefully.
There have been calls for SDF MPs and senators who constitute an insignificant minority anyways to abandon the parliament and throw their weight behind the people.
Critics of the party says SDF cannot survive without Anglophones and risk losing relevance if they don’t respond to their demands
Even a one time SDF MP honorable Joesph Wirba who gained rockstar status and political prominence following his defiant speech in parliament which endeared him in the hearts of many back in December 2016 has urged his former colleagues to resign en mass and leave parliament as a sign of support to the cry of the people
The party has stubbornly resisted the call, brandishing its credentials as a national party and rubbished any suggestions that it’s an Anglophone party.
Its chaireman John Fru Ndi insist his MPs and senators needs a platform like the parliament to advance the peoples concern, something almost all his supporters disagree, saying they haven’t changed anything since 1992 when they started taking part in elections.
The Anglophones drifted away from the party and what followed was a humiliating and disastrous defeat to first timer Joshua Osih as head of the party in the 2018 Presidential race forcing national executives of the party to go on apology spreee.
When the party in it’s August 10th 2019 executive meeting announced it will not run for municipal and legislative elections if government doesn’t resolve the Anglophone crisis,most of its crictics and those left of its dwindling supporters welcomed the move, saying it will put government under pressure to do more to end the crisis and reconcile the party with its lost supporters many of whom don’t see any future through the ballot.
On November 13th 2019, barely two days after the party confirmed its decision to boycot the February race, party officials make another shocking revelation yet again, they are satisfied with government’s efforts so far to resolve the crisis, effectively announcing their plans to take part in the elections
Fru Ndi issued a communique calling for his MPs and mayors across the country to compile documents for the elections- a shocking king twist of events for a party struggling with identity
The decision has not gone well with many who took to social media to express their indignations.
Wafor Wilfred writes “SDF had long been dead and buried since the last presidential election. it is only crying in the grave in spirit”
Another user by name Tony Ngah writes
“This is the end of the CPDM branch called SDF” one social media writes
“ We don’t even care anymore about anything politics, we are focus on our freedom” another equips as thousands of comments flooded social media
This is not the first time SDF is making a u turn when it comes to election participation in the country leaving many to question the independence of the party and its secret dealings with the CPDM
SDF might consider itself a national party at par with Biya’ CPDM but in reality it has never realy resonated beyond North West, South Wes, West and Littoral regions
Even some of the South Westerners see the party as a Bemenda party while the West region has decided to embrace one of their sons, political rising star Maurice Kamto, abandoning the SDF in the process.
Littoral still looks uncertain but Kamto’s MRC seems to have that covered if results of last presidential elections are anything to go by
If the unpopular decision by the SDF to run for 2020 elections is seen by party hierarchy as a way to win back lost voters , 2020 might prove to be the year SDF finally died and indeed got buried.
Chaos welcome Biya at Paris Peace forum
President Biya joins world leaders in Paris France on the invitation of Macron to attend the second edition of the Paris Peace forum.
The two days forum which seeks to create a peaceful world will see one of the biggest gathering of world leaders in European soil
But amidst debates and criticism at home for snubbing landslide victims’ memorial service in Bafoussam where he was represented by premier Dion Ngute to attend a peace forum in France, President Biya has come under fire from the diaspora pressure group known as BAS
Members of the much threaded BAS who have made Europe uncomfortable for the President “welcomed the 86 years old with massive protest outside his hotel
Shocking images and videos of a protest-ready Cameroonian diaspora battling with hundreds of anti riot French police infront of Maurice Hotel lodging the Presidential once again embarrass Yaounde and put the country in the spotlight for wrong reasons
French anti riot police had battled to contained the sometimes violent protesters yesterday November 11th 2019 who wanted to force open the door of the hotel , leaving Cameroonian Presidential guards to scramble as more people all over the country troop into Paris to join the protest team
Protesters where chanting “Paul Biya assasin” in French while others sang the team song for Anglophone protesters “how many people Paul Biya go kill?”
While there are no reports of any casualty, TeboPost gathered the French authorities have demarcated an area around the hotel where protesters can carry out their civic right of protests.
President Biya’s visit in Europe lately have been met with violet protests from the so called a “Brigade Anti- Sadinarde” , a group which has constituted themselves as Kamto supporters but seen in Yaounde as traitors of the republic.
In January 28 ,2019, BAS protesters joined MRC militants at home to strike in many European countries, calling for President Biya to end the war in Anglophone regions, free Kamto and step down
Cameroonian embassy in Paris was attacked, properties within the embassy destroyed as diplomats flee for safety.
Many back home had criticized the French police for the attack and their failure to protect the property from violent protesters.There were also protests in Belgium and Germany that same day
In July 2019, members of BAS from different parts of Europe stormed the intercontinental Hotel in Switzerland which was hosting the Presidential couple for a private stay, clashing with protesters and forced the Swiss government to send the President and wife back home prematurely in a move which was seen as a big win for the movement which is causing serious headache to Yaounde.
Some body guards of the president were also charged in Swiss court for harassing a Swiss reporter who was filming the protests. None of them was arrested or sentenced.
The latest round of protest comes barely a month after opposition leader professor Maurice Kamto and his team were released from prison on October 5th 2029, satisfying one of the key demands of BAS movement has raise fresh concerns about the end goal of the protesters.
After Kamto’s release, the movement issued a brief statement, saying they welcome the move but will continue to protest until President Biya steps down.
Biya is currently enjoying a new mandate which runs til 2025. He will be 92 Years of age.
Kamto arrives Gouachie in honour and leaves in disgrace
The president of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, Professor Maurice Kamto honoured the national day of morning which was declared by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya in honour of the victims of the Bafoussam Landslide today November 9th 2019
kamto was received by a large crowd and bigwigs of the CRM party for the West region upon arrival at the ceremonial ground earlier this morning in a ceremony chaired by prime minister Chief Dr Joseph Dion Ngute
A little while after his arrival, came a large crowd chanting “Kamto Le President….” A song which angered the CPDM regime barons of all rank and files our reporter in the ground says.
The endless cheers and public support for the son of the West region who has a huge support there threatened to disrupt the solemn ceremony and divide mourners within party lines in a rare show of political allegiance in times like this
The consequence of the raucous support received by Kamto was military men in uniform had to asked him to leave the ceremonial ground immediately, and they ushered him out amidst booed from the crowd.
TeboPost cannot confirm if the military men were working under instruction from hierarchy or took upon themselves to send the opposition leader out of the ceremonial ground.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya on Friday declared a national day of mourning on Saturday to honor 43 people killed by a landslide in the western city of Bafoussam last week.
“Flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the country, as well as at Cameroonian embassies and consular offices abroad,” Biya said in a statement released Friday night.
Forty-three people were confirmed dead, over 150 families affected and several others reported still missing after the landslide caused by heavy downpour lashed Gouatchie 4 neighbourhood of Bafoussam on Oct. 28.
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