Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MPs recommend sacking of MINADER SG, Bodyguard House Speaker Rebuffs Minister

By Nyassah Julius - The acrimony between the Vice PM, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, MINADER, H.E. Jean Kuete, following the beating of six Northwest CPDM Parliamentarians by his body, is far from over. Parliamentarians of all shades, especially of the North and Littoral regions, have been swearing fire and brimstone over the issue which may degenerate into an internecine war.

“Until the Secretary General and minister’s bodyguard are sacked we will never forgive the minister or let go the issue,” the MPs are said to have told the Minister who was on his knees pleading for peace as instructed by the Head of State.

Fight will be far from over
H.E. Jean Kuete, reports say, had tried to play big, promising to consider all the projects to be submitted by the MPs into the 2010, 2011 budget. He was shocked when one of the MPs told him in a very firm tone: “The matter is hurting them and until the SG and his bodyguard are sacked the fight will be far from over”. The Hon MP reminded the beleaguered Minister that Parliamentarians were elected officials while ministers were merely appointees, either based on political, family or friendly ties as per the system. Talk less of a bodyguard.

Insolence and insubordination
A source hinted The Vanguard that the MPs were still waiting for the sacking of the SG and the Minister’s bodyguard for their gross insolence and insubordination. The same source hinted that the MPs were planning to block the passage of the 2011 budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development if these miscreants were not sanctioned. The matter had become an institutional and was degenerating into an ethnic fight not only for Northwest CPDM MPs. The Northern and Littoral MPs were reportedly gearing up for any ugly consequences.

Molestation of Hon Aya Paul by a traffic policeman
Recalling the molestation of Hon Aya Paul by a traffic policeman the source regretted that up to this moment no sanction has been meted on the said gendarm. Contrastingly, the guard who rough-handled the CPDM parliamentary group Leader, Hon Ndongo Essomba, at the Ministry of Public Service was sacked immediately.

Many question the state
Many have questioned whether the state is lax about the issue because it concerns Anglophone MPs. Some people are quick to conclude that, truly, Anglophones are considered underdogs in the country. This school of thought seems to be supported strongly by the events that followed.

Ghoghomo Paul’s rebuff PM’s
Ghogomu Paul, an Anglophone of Bambalang extraction from Ngohketunjia Division in the North West Region, Chief of Cabinet in the PM’s Office reportedly rebuffed his own brother when they ran to the PM for rescue. According to our informant Ghoghomo reportedly refused to receive them when they stormed the Prime Minister’s office to table their grievances. Contrarily, he preferably ushered in his village men to meet the PM in lieu of the elected authorities. So goes the saying that a friend in need is a friend in deed, so is a brother, but Ghogomu just did the converse. When the PM got wind of the incident he invited the MPs and reportedly urged them to go back and reconcile with Jean Kuete. The MP’s reportedly objected the request as that was only going to stupefy them more.

Hon Bochong Francis Nkwain chickens out
The Vanguard gathered that while the Anglophone MPs were undergoing their scourging humiliation, Hon. Francis Nkwain was in the Ministry of Agriculture but did not raise any finger against the issue. Rather he maintained sealed lips, for obvious reasons. As an Anglophone of his social standing, his indifference to the problem exposed him as an enemy to his brothers and bootlicker or a stooge of the system apparently for crumbs of bread from the master’s dustbin! He only fortified the hypothesis that Anglophones are considered substandard Cameroonians, exacerbated by the Anglophones themselves. “What a shame!” our source fumed. He blamed the plight of the Anglophones on such states men who most often play an inferior role in issues concerning the welfare of Anglophone Cameroonians.

Call to order
The Vanguard’s informant, names withheld, reminded the MP’s that power is seized and never given on a platter of gold. “They should call some of these hand-picked statesmen with vaulting ambitions to order”.

MPs beaten up
The six CPDM MPs from the Northwest Region were beaten up on August 11, 2010 and called all sorts of mean names at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The MPs were at the ministry to table a list of proposed projects for their constituencies for consideration in the 2011 budgetary year. The CPDM Members of parliament who had proxies for other comrades were: Hon.Andrew Kwe, Hon. Njingum Musa, Hon. Ntoi, Hon.Enwe Francis, Hon. Genesis Mbuecksek, Hon Wallang Richard, Hon.Wirngo Buba and Hon.Nji Fidelis. The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m.

Hon Cavaye Rebuffs Jean Kuete
Hon Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, Speaker of the House, and a Northerner, was the first highly placed authority to sympathise with the MPs. When the Minister, Kuete, reportedly drove to his office he was frustrated by the Speaker. Cavaye reportedly questioned why he came to his office with the very Gendarme who roughed-handled his MPs? Considering the move as a deliberate ploy by the Minister to minimize his collaborators, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril reportedly refused to receive Jean Kuete.

Ramifications
The issue might also affect the visit of the Head of State to Bamenda to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Armed Forces later this year. Anglophones from the region will not take it lying down and all efforts made by President Biya would be flirtatious if their representatives are not respected by his collaborators from other regions.

Could degenerate to an ethnic fight
According to our source the mutiny of the MPs against the ministry could degenerate to an ethnic fight that could plunge the entire nation into a serious political turmoil if care is not taken.
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Anonymous said...

yes it hurts to learn that in a nation like Cameroon,such incivility still prevails.yet its more hurting when pressmen are never careful of their terminology when it comes to delicate state affairs.even a lay man today must question how one man is beaten let alone a group of six not ordinary men but,MPs by one gendarme.i don't see any sense in this and such language reflects irresponsibility on behalf of a news paper like yours.buba sulle dicko