A watchword to boycott the next National Day of 20 May divides opinions in the headquarters of the Cameroon people’s party (CPP), a formation of the opposition.
On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Edith Kah Walla, the National President of the Cameroon People’s Party, an opposition political party, issued a statement informing national and international opinion of her party’s decision not to take part to the official festivities organized on the occasion of the celebration of the feast of national unity on 20 May 2017.
“This decision is a renewal of the slogan already given in 2016 to the militants and sympathizers of our political formation. It is justified by the fact that national unity implies the gathering and not the exclusion of certain groups as is currently the case with this Government, “the Cpp leader said in her statement.
This Tuesday, May 16, 2017, another discordant sound was heard in the CPP’s governing board. In another press release issued today, Gérard Roger Ndébi, national vice-president, disapproved Ediht Kala Walla’s call for a boycott. “This unilaterally taken decision is contrary to the vision of the CPP, which is a nationalist and citizen party and not a secessionist movement. Boycotting Cameroon’s national day means boycotting the nation whose rule we aspire to. The 20th of May, far from being a feast own by the CPDM, is the national day of Cameroon and consequently the Cameroonian people must mobilize like one man to celebrate this festival with pomp and solemnity, in the strict respect of the republican institutions. The nation must never kneel, the nation never sets, no matter what divergences and difficulties we face. Cameroon must remain a united and indivisible state, “wrote Gérard Roger Ndébi, before calling the CPP militants and all the other Cameroonians to participate massively in the festivities of the next national day “I call thus the Cameroonians, without Political, religious, tribal, ethnic distinction and cultural affiliation, to ignore the calls for boycotts and to mobilize to take an active part in the activities marking the 45th national day on 20 May 2017 throughout the country National and even outside Cameroon, with respect for the institutions of the Republic “.
There is no doubt that this curious outing of the CPP vice-president will provoke another reaction from the leadership of this opposition party.