Cameroon – Major National Dialogue: Political Scientist, Munjah Vitalis Says Absence Of Senate President, National Assembly Speaker & Others Is Bad Omen

Par Atia T. AZOHNWI | Cameroon-Info.Net
BUEA - 03-Oct-2019 - 20h46   3050                      
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Munjah Vitalis Fagha, Researcher in Comparative Politics Munjah
Munjah Vitalis Fagha, Political Science scholar and Researcher at the University of Buea’s Department of Political Science and Comparative Politics has said the absence of four key state figures at the Major National Dialogue to end the socio-political crisis in Cameroon’s North West and South West Regions is a not too good signal for the country’s democracy.

The political scientist posits that the absence of the President of the Republic, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic denies the Major National Dialogue its national character.

Munjah took to Facebook Wednesday, October 2, 2019 and wrote the following: “Major National Dialogue: President of the Republic, number one citizen, Not Present; President of the Senate, Number two citizen, not present; President of National Assembly, number three citizen, not present; the Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, who is visibly the Head of Government, not present; and separatist leaders who armed the citizens, Not Present.”

The expert in Comparative Politics argues that until such a time when those who manage the country become politically accountable to Cameroonians, justice, peace and socio-economic development will remain elusive.

His words: “…These are sovereigns who are politically accountable to some other quarters apart from Cameroonians. How can such a burning issue which has threatened the very foundation and existence of this nation be discussed in the absence of these personalities? How national is this Major National Dialogue? The day these people become politically accountable to Cameroonians, we will enjoy Justice and then peace stability and socioeconomic development will follow.”

Cameroon-info.net recalls that President Paul Biya had in a message to the nation last September 10, 2019 convened a major national dialogue “to seek ways and means of meeting the high aspirations of the people of the North West and South West Regions, but also of all the other components of our Nation.”

He said “the dialogue, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, will bring together a wide range of personalities: parliamentarians, politicians, opinion leaders, intellectuals, economic operators, traditional authorities, religious authorities, members of the diaspora, etc. Representatives of the Defence and Security Forces, armed groups and victims will also be invited.”

It is therefore not known why the likes of the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Minister of State, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic stayed away from the five-day peace talks at the Yaoundé Conference Centre that opened Monday, September 30, 2019.

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