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Biya dares Fru Ndi; convenes electorate without fulfilling SDF demands

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President Biya today November 10th 2019 convenes the electoral college for legislative and municipal elections in three months time

The Decree which effectively closes registration of new voters sets the date for election to February 9th 2020

The news will come as a welcome relief to political actors who have been worried  with the constant postponing of elections which were since 2018.

But as some opposition parties strategize to unseat the CPDM and end their insulting dominance in different councils across the country and in the lower house which has made mockery of Cameroon’s democracy, many will be cautious about the stakes of next year’s election.

Coming amidst hovering Major National Dialogue resolutions which might see local councils empowered and be given a free hand to run their affairs, most political parties will treasure any single council they can have unde their name in this new era.

Perhaps one of those parties which will be least excited about this new development will be the SDF- Cameroon’s chief opposition partying or should I say one time chief opposition party .

The Social Democratic Front of Ni John Fru Ndi has been a potent political force in the country since the introduction of multiparty politics in 90s even though their punches haven’t been potent enough to unseat the CPDM monopoly

In their National Executive meeting held in August 10th 2019, the SDF party warned of the possibility to boycot Municiapl and legislative elections come 2020 should the government failed to take adequate measures to end the crisis.

They also promised to recall their MPs and senators from both houses in a move many say had been long overdue- Now the date has been set and the crisis have not been resolved.

The Anglophone crisis has affected the party more than any other. The North West and South West regions remain the bastion of the party but the Anglophone crisis has changed the political landscape

Anglophones like most other Cameroonians have lost interest in the electoral process epitomized by the embarrassing voter turnout and repeated bans and ghost towns imposed by armed civilian fighters during elections haven’t helped the situation on the ground

The three years Anglophone crisis has killed many and displaced millions of SDF die-heart supporters and elections are the least thing any Anglophone will want to hear.

The demise of SDF has also given rise to Kamto’s MRC. The Legal heavyweight and one time regime loyalist have taken the country by storm, his party killed any remnants of SDF in his native West region (one of the few non Anglophone regions where the SDF parry strives) and won more sympathizers in the Anglophone regions and beyond.

Kamto’s historic second position in 2018 Presidential election didn’t surprise many even as he and his supporters continue to lay claim to the first position saying they were cheated

SDF came a distant 3rd in that election for the first time since the creation of the party and the prospects doesn’t look good for the party.

The 2018 Presidential election results reaffirms the position of its certification who say it’s an Anglophone party.

The government has snubbed all proposals coming from the party with respect to the Anglophone crisis, ignoring countless communiques and ultimatums issued by the party as the crisis drags on.

Fru Ndi has resisted calls from Ambazonia activists and rebel fighters to recall his MPs and senators from the country’s parliament hoping his political foes will see reasons with him to end the crisis urgently- and now time has caught up with him and his part.

Their handful of MPs at the lower house and 7 senators out of 100 in the senate means they lack the legislative firepower to stand the CPDM- the best decision for the party it seems might be total boycot of fathoming elections if the party intends to be relevant again-atleast in the eyes of Anglophones

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Calibro Calibri, famed activist, arrested in France for attempting suicide infront of National Assembly

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Famed activist and leader of much dreaded Brigarde Anti Sardinards- (BAS) Movement has attempted to commit suicide infront of Cameroon embassy in Paris “to save Cameroon”

According to reports, Calibri Calibri tried killing himself before he was quickly arrested by police for attempted suicide today May 29th 2020.

He has been taken to the 7th police district in Paris.

He says he wants to die protesting so as to save the country from the regime.

It’s not yet clear how is death would saved the nation from the hands of the regime

Calibro gained fame in the country when he confronted Macron after the Ngarbuh massacre during an Agricultural show in Paris France back in February 2020

In the video, he constantly shouted the name of the French President until he was giving an attention. He then narrated a couple of odeals back home including the Ngarbuh massacre where an entire family was wiped out by military and inceceration of activists, Macron responded by telling him he was going to call Biya about the incidents

His outing drew condemnation from Yaounde and regime loyalists.
Some supporters castigated France for interfering with domestic the country’s domestic affairs some day the European nation is nurturing a colonial mindset

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PM snubs teachers’ demands, insist schools will resume on June 1st 2020

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In a cabinet meeting held on Thursday, May 28th, 2020, Cameroon’s prime minister and head of government Chief Joseph Dion Ngute says government’s plans to reopen schools come June 1st, 2020 remains unchanged

The head of government was speaking after receiving reports from all ministers concerned with measures taken to ensure the safety of students and pupils amidst the coronavirus outbreak

His declaration comes barely days after 17 teachers’ syndicate penned a letter to government with measures they say must be taken before they return to school

Some of the measures include; risk and overwork allowance, provision of funds to schools to help fight emergency cases among other things

The government is yet to officially respond to their demands, creating a prospect of back to school boycott by teachers.

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COVID-19: Minister tasks councils to disinfect schools ahead of school reopening

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The minister of Decentralisation and local development Elanga Obam has instructed councils to disinfect schools within their area of jurisdiction

The minister gave the instructions in a communiqué published May 27th, 2020

The instruction is part of measures put in place by the government to ensure safety during schools amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The government had announced June 1st, 2020 as officials day for school reopening across the nation. All Universities will resume classes while students and pupils in examination classes only will return to school for the lower levels

Many schools had already taken measures for the June 1st rendezvous

Minister Obam's communique to mayors

Minister Obam’s communique to mayors

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