By Ndi Eugene Ndi - A new political party known as Republican Forum (FORE) has been launched with major challenge to oust the CPDM in the 2011 presidential elections. Legalised last April 7, 2010, the party was officially launched in Yaoundé recently.
Speaking at the press conference the National Moderator of the party, Roland Roamin Kouotou said the Republican Forum party is a new political platform with a vision of making Cameroon a new powerful and emerging nation with new moral values and new socio professional structures.
A country with more than 60 percent of its youths unemployed, Roland Romain Kouotou added that his party has emerged to find solutions to problems these youths face which has turned out to be a collective cry of all Cameroonians.
The Press Conference was also an opportunity for the National Moderator to denounce the tribalism that exists in Cameroon since the ascension to the supreme magistracy of President Paul Biya, averring that his own party will have to abolish it as Cameroonians are one.
Roland Romain Kouotou also used the press conference to condemn the ‘independent electoral body’ ELECAM. Saying no free and fair elections can be conducted by ELECAM as its members are constituted of CPDM militants. Thus one of the challenges of the party would be to fight out ELECAM from managing any future elections.
The National Moderator of FORE called on Cameroonians to cease from being passive observers of a dying Cameroon and accomplices to mediocrity but to rather be actors who will take the challenge. He added that: “The desire to change and the destiny of our nation is in our hands, it is then our challenge”
He concluded that: “We have given enough time. 50 years proves maturity and one has to tell a story. But what story can someone tell about Cameroon 50 years after independence?”
Security guards try to censor en stop the press conference
The press conference could have been stopped just within the first 6 minutes as security guards of the Djeuga Palace hotel accompanied by an official of the said hotel entered the hall asking everyone present to stop what ever thing he or she was doing.
They seized the microphones, threatened to seize cameras if cameramen who wanted to take images of their action. Asked on why they had to behave irresponsibly, they started by saying the hall was not paid for in advance. But the National Moderator of FORE had his receipts showing he had paid for the hall.
Many questioned why the hotel officials had to put banners and chairs in the hall indicating even at the entrance that there is a press conference there meanwhile the hall had not been paid.
In a mode of rioting, security guards and the hotel officials said the Republican Forum had no authorisation from the Divisional Officer to hold the press cvonference. The said authorisation was forgotten in the National Moderator’s vehicle which he quickly called the driver to bring and it was brought. Ignoring the fact that nobody needs authorisation to hold a press conference, it’s a human right protected by article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It is not yet clear whether these security guards were sent by someone to disrupt the conference or by the hotel officials.
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