By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Thursday, January 30, 2020.
The head of the Maroua Sultanate in Cameroon’s Far North region has been suspended by his superior for decamping from the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement – CPDM, National Telegraph can confirm. The CPDM is headed by Cameroon’s 86-year-old dictator, Paul Biya.
Chief Haman Djam Toukour decamped from the CPDM to the National Salvation Front – FSNC of former Communication Minister and current Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Issa Tchiroma Bakary.
The decision disclosed by Chief Bakari Bouba, Wednesday, January 29, 2020, during the visit of a senior CPDM party official forced at least two other chiefs to decamp. Heads of Boussaoré and Bamaré also decamped from the CPDM to join the FSNC of Issa Tchiroma Bakary, sources confirmed.
Yaouba Abdoulaye, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance was in the precinct to talk about the ongoing campaigns in the Far North region. Cameroon holds legislative and council elections on February 9, 2020.
Keen observers have castigated Chief Boubar for suspending Chief Haman Djam Toukour, calling it “a mad decision” because FSNC is an ally party to CPDM.
The Far North region is one of the undeveloped zones in Cameroon with pupils and students still sitting on the floor to receive lessons. It also lacks basic social amenities.
Many have lost their jobs or suffer punitive transfers from for decamping from the CPDM. Cameroon’s President has been accused of appointing many to top positions not on merit but on party lines. Many have also been demoted for crossing over to other parties.