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February 2020 elections: SDF prepares to run, Anglophones prepare to bury the party

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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.

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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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