15, July 2016
A huge political divide has developed inside the presidency of the republic among senior government officials wanting to guarantee Biya’s continued stay in power. Cameroon Concord News has been reliably informed that it is a war between those supporting the holding of early presidential elections before 2018 and the followers of the serene continuation of the current seven-year term so that the election is held on the date as prescribed by the constitution.
Martin Belinga Eboutou, Director of the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic, Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education, Paul Atanga Nji, Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic and Henri Eyebe Ayissi, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development are among other personalities supporting a constitutional amendment to shorten the presidential term and call for early general elections.
The group started a trend to please President Biya with multiplying calls claiming that it is the desire of the people to see him stay in power forever. However, some political opinions have indicated it was the head of state that inspired and sponsored the petitions. The followers of a presidential election to be held as scheduled referred to by our informant as the conservative group includes Grégoire Owona, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele, Delegate General for National Security, and a good bunch of Beti-Ewondo CPDM members of the Government.
Sama Ernest (Cameroon Concord News Group)