Biya Fires Eight Militants from CPDM

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Eight Militants of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, have been dismissed by the party’s hierarchy, a press release from the party’s general secretariat has revealed. The release signed by Communication Secretary, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, states that CPDM national president, Paul Biya had signed a decision on September 11, 2014, approving sanctions by an adhoc committee set up to handle cases of indiscipline identified during the September 30, 2013 elections.
According to the release signed this Monday, September 15, eight militants of the party from the Mungo South (six) and North (two) sections were definitely sacked from the party. Those dismissed include Djouogou Jean Blaise, Ewang Martin, Sinkat Andre Salomon, Kingue Soppi Helene epouse Ngollo, Kono Antoine Depadoue, Mboula Henriette epouse Essame, Kounou Nkolo Christine epouse Mbelle Ndocki, Ngalson Henriette.
Forty-two others, according to the decision, were issued 18months temporary suspensions, while one militant from the South Nkam and another from the Haut-Nyong sections were served 12months and six months each respectively.
The communique notes that 165 members of the party appeared before the displinary committee that was chaired by Peter Mafany Musonge. Of these, 08 were dismissed from the party, 35 served queries – amongst them, central committee member, Charlemagne Messanga Nyamding and former parliamentarian, Blondeau Tala Tala. 19 militants were acquitted of charges levied against them.
Accusations against a militant of the Mefou and Afamba South section, Justin Amougou were considered unfounded and the accused was instead served a letter of encouragement for his services in the party.
The sanctions applied by the disciplinary committee are a provision of article 33 of the party’s statutes. The impromptu disciplinary committee was set up on December 05, 2013 and the committee accomplished its mission on April 30, 2014.
Four other decisions signed on September 11; by Paul Biya make provisions for the creation of 167 new sections of the party across the nation, to add to the 227 sections already existing. Among the newly created sections is one in Italy and the other in Chad. All regions are involved except the North West.
The decision also creates divisional and regional delegations of the party and coordination units in conformity with article 28 of the party’s statutes.
The CPDM national president’s decision to create new sections is in line with reforms announced at the 3rd ordinary congress of the party in 2011. The decision is expected to create fresh impetus within the ranks of the party and create proximity, cohesion and interaction between party hierarchy and grassroots militants

By Jude Fuhnwi

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