Cameroon – Politics: These Cameroonians accused of “Political Prostitution”

Written by Deckson N.

The Minister of Communication (MINCOM), Issa Tchiroma Bakary, tops the list. He is considered the greatest political opportunist of Cameroon.

The weekly newspaper Repères published on December 14, 2016 drew up a list of “prostitutes” of the Cameroonian political scene. For the newspaper, the political scene is animated and is characterized essentially by “chronic” instability. Cameroon has no fewer than 298 political parties, and most of these movements were created after December 1990, in the aftermath of the return to multiparty politics. The majority of these “new” party leaders belonged either to the National Union of Cameroon (NUC), the Cameroon People Democratic Movement (RDPC), the Social Democratic Front (SDF), the National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP), or the Union of the Populations of Cameroon (UPC).

The newspaper calls the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, a political opportunist. This founding member of the NUDP was excluded from the party on 21 January 1995 with his henchman Hamadou Moustapha. The two then created their own party: National Alliance for Democracy and Progress (NADP). He has held the position of MINCOM since 30 June 2009 and is known today as a  faithful “griot” to the President of the Republic Paul Biya.

Jean Jacques Ekindi, leader of the Progressive Movement (PM), started from a political party close to the UPC to join the CPDM, before founding his own party in 1991. Edith Kahbang Walla left the SDF to create The Cameroon People’s Party (CPP). For a candidate who ran for the first time in the presidential elections in 2011, Edith Kah Walla has paired the pawn with the “old drivers” like Jean Jacques Ekindi or Anicet Ekanè, arriving sixth behind Paul Biya.

Meanwhile Celestin Bedzigui, stresses Repères, has abandoned the reins of his own political formation, the Liberal Alliance Party (LAP), to “join” with the NUDP of Bello Bouba Maïgari in 1997. 5 Years of this alliance. In 2002, Célestin Bedzigui was dismissed from his position as 1st Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee and member of the NUDP Political Bureau by Bello Bouba Maïgari himself.

Bernard Achuo Muna, one of the founding members of the SDF, separated from the Chariman Ni John Fru Ndi at the party congress in 2006. He joined the Alliance of Progressive Forces (AFP) a year later, Then headed by Maidadi Yaya, another defector of the SDF. He joined the SDF in 1992. 12 years later, he created the AFP, but in February 2012, he left the presidency of his party to be a simple NUDP militant.

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