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Opening Session : Eldest MP Ignores  Anglophone Crisis

Hon Koa Mfegue Mbede opening March session

Hon  Koa Mfegue Mbede opening March session

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Some Honourable Members of the Cameroonian Lower House of Assembly have decried the inability of the eldest MP to call the Government to solve the Anglophone Crisis.

During the solemn opening session of the 2022 Legislative period, the Eldest Member of the House, Hon. Laurentine Koa Mfegue completely ingored the Anglophone Crisis that has claimed thousand of lives and was rather talking about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, calling on both sides to exercise restrain.

Her address at the plenary session has been blasted by MPs like Cabral Libii of PCRN Party. Hon. Cabral Libii observed: “…The opening address was void of certain issues that are touching the lives of Cameroonians. She completely ignored the Anglophone Crisis because she was supposed to go to the roots, not just the mere words”

The PCRN MP added: “Cameroon is also experiencing an increase in the price of basic commodities and she ignored it. The death of a teacher in the Far North was also ignored …”

Apart from addressing what others termed issues not touching Cameroonians, she equally urged the Government to do everything possible to quell cholera and other diseases.

“…In the same vein, it is not superfluous to recall here the resurgence of Cholera in some localities of the Republic. I urge the Government to do everything possible to quell this other health concern,” Hon. Koa Mfegue said.

The eldest MP appealed to the responsibility of the different parties in the context of the upheavals ochastrated  by teachers.

“In the same way, I appeal to the responsibility of the different parties in the context of the upheavals observed in the world of teachers. The National Representation welcomes the prescriptions made by the Head of State to this effect and wishes that the consultations engaged … between the Government on the one hand, and the teachers’ collectivities and unions, on the other hand, continue. It is a question of finding concrete and rapid solutions to the concerns raised by the teachers and that the school year, which is nearing its end, be preserved,” she said.

Concerning the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Hon. Koa Mfegue appealed to the two leaders to call for a ceasefire and to open negotiations to do the needful in the interest of their respective countries.

“As for our compatriots who are trapped in the war in Ukraine, they should rest assured that we share their pain and do piously hope that the Government of Cameroon will do everything to get them out of their present predicament,” she added.

Concerning the National Youth Day as well as the Women’s Day celebrations, Hon. Koa Mfegue appreciated the way the days were commemorated.

“As a sign of the times, beyond the two institutional events that we have just mentioned, another very popular event was PROMOTE 2022. The International Trade Fair for Business, SMEs and Partnerships was back in action.

“Add to this the popular atmosphere of the end-of-year celebrations and Yaoundé en fête, YAFE, last December. A profusion of activities that certainly translates that the situation is under control in Cameroon regarding the Coronavirus pandemic. Beware! This should not make us relax. Let us remain vigilant and continue to respect the barrier measures,” she stated.

The Eldest Member of Parliament also congratulated the Indomitable Lions for making Cameroonians proud during the just ended TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

“…The Indomitable Lions, you made it and even very well. You threw yourselves into the battle, body and soul. You did it with fair play. You didn’t make it to the final round, but you didn’t lose.

“Certainly, we would have liked to caress the continental trophy a sixth time. Unfortunately! But your course was honourable. So, we will always be behind you for the upcoming events. The Members of the National Assembly say to you, GO LIONS! One word: continue,” she said.

The March session of Parliament is dedicated to the election and implementation of a new bureau in the House. The election of the new bureau will pave the way for debates at the National Assembly.

MPs Reactions After Opening Session

“I am happy the session is beginning and I have a lot of hopes that a lot of things will be discussed in the house during this March Session. Looking at the political and economic plan, it is going to be an opportunity for Parliament to discuss the topic. The ongoing teacher’s strike, as well as the Anglophone Crisis, are some of the issues I think will be on the table this session.”

Hon. Adamu Youmo Koupit, UDC party.

“…The opening address was void of certain issues that are touching the lives of Cameroonians. She completely ignored the Anglophone Crisis because she was supposed to go to the roots, not just the mere words. Cameroon is also experiencing an increase in the price of basic commodities and she ignored it. The death of a teacher in the Far North was also ignored.”

Hon. Cabral Libii, PCRN party

“I want to express here and thank the Head of State for his prompt action over the situation of teachers. As people’s representatives, all of us have passed through teachers and we are thankful to the Head of State. We are praying that it will not end with the teachers, but will go the police and medical corps among others. Those are areas in life that need to be handled with care.”

Hon. Lawson Tabot, CPDM party

The MP spoke elaborately about several things that have happened. I happen to be a teacher and you heard of teachers crying. The Head of State has reacted. We think that some little things will come to the Assembly for adjustment to see how the problems of the teachers can be handled. The speech gives us the enthusiasm to think that many more things are in the pipeline coming.

Hon  Adamu Eduard, MP, Donga Mantung East Special Constituency

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