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86-year-old Cameroon President Biya prepares to run again

Paul Biya

There have been mixed reactions in Cameroon following President Paul Biya's announcement that he will run for re-election. Biya has been president for 36 years and if he wins another mandate he will be 92 years old by the time his term ends.

The decision by Biya to contest the October 7 presidential poll is dominating political discussions in Cameroon. At the entrance to the University of Yaounde 2 campus, students argue that by choosing to run, the 86-year old Biya has again indicated he wants to be president for life.

Twenty-four-year-old sociology student Albert Ndze said he is more preoccupied with his studies than an election, but that his wish is for peace to return to troubled areas in Cameroon.

"What I care is that the person going in should do what we the youths want so that peace can be in the country," he said.

Cameroon is dealing with attacks by Boko Haram militants in the north, separatist movements in two English-speaking regions and a spillover of violence from the Central African Republic.

Biya's close aide, Jaques Fame Ndongo, said the president is responding to overwhelming calls for him to run. He said Biya remains the best choice for Cameroon because he is a legalist who strictly respects republican institutions, is highly engaged for peace to return to troubled spots, and supports the country's development to become an emerging economy.

Shortly after the announcement, a coalition of 20 opposition political parties announced support to Biya. One of them, El Hadj Lawan Bako of the United Democratic party, said "active forces of this country have said, 'Mr. President, we have renewed our confidence in you, be our candidate for this election because you have the experience, you know where the shoe pinches.'"

"President Paul Biya is the right person and the real person to handle the anglophone problem," he added. "And the economy of this country should move further so that we enjoy the fruit of our labor."

But Jean Jacques Ekindi of the Progressive Movement party said Biya is paying off some opinion leaders and members of the civil society to stand by him. Ekindi said he is running for president to stop such manipulations.

He said since Biya became president, Cameroon has been sailing from one crisis to the other, like the crisis in the English speaking regions that has claimed hundreds of lives, the Boko Haram insurgency, and many other economic, social and political crises.He says all right-thinking Cameroonians expected Biya to shut up and step down.

Cameroon has dropped from a middle income country when Biya took over in 1982 to a low income country today.A quarter of its 23 million citizens earn less than $2 a day.The average life expectancy is under 60.

Biya got rid of constitutional term limits in 2008, allowing him to run indefinitely. He is now the second longest serving ruler in Africa, behind Equatorial Guinea's leader, Teodoro Obiang.

Comments

0 #11 Akot 2018-07-18 14:00
Quoting Phalanch:
Such creatures are nothing but a curse to Africa .


Agreed, yet,

I's Africans who live so poorly, die below 60 years, but ruled by monsters of +60 years, that should put this inhumanity to an end & stop the old heartless goons destroying them!
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0 #12 Akot 2018-07-18 14:09
Quoting Mubiru:
...

Gadafi and Mugabe just to mention only two used to be "re-elected" by 99.9% of voters. That's how they rated their "popularity"


Thanks!

UNITY for common purpose brought an end to Gadhafi/Mugabe!

UNITY of Ugandans will force army/police to chose sides: with Ugandans or go with Museveni to his tribal land!

Ugandans must now know only their UNITY & coming out to block Museveni will force him out; not only out of State House, but out of Uganda too, like Amin!

Whether it will be Reformation of the Republic or Independent Tribal States as tribal leaders don't want to stand down, it will be in peace because the common enemy/comm├žon Chief tribal leader Musevnei, has no tribal land in Uganda to have base in to fight back!
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0 #13 Akot 2018-07-18 14:11
Quoting juwait kali:
If you don't fight them of course they will enjoy the ride on your back.


Agreed, yet,

Ugandans don't have to fight Museveni, but just UNITE & block him!

To whom does Uganda formed by tribal lands, belong?

Which tribe will fight which if ALL TRIBES UNITE against Museveni?
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0 #14 Akot 2018-07-18 14:19
Odongkara,

You forget Mubiru joined Akot a long time ago to sing Ugandans to UNITY against Museveni!

This time, it's another African self styled god & the situation is not different from ours: Ugandans could learn from this folding situation in Cameroon & not just pretend it does not concern them while demons lure people to hell!

From living poor/oppressed in shithole countries to hell - what is the difference if not just death is more peaceful than living under Museveni, Biya...?
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0 #15 Akot 2018-07-18 14:25
Quoting Rodger:
Africa! Who has cursed Africa? I am beginning to think oil money is a form of curse to us Africans.

See what is doing in our own country now; old man of the clan even proudly calls it "my oil"


Thanks, yet,

The oil, as Uganda is tribalistically ruled by a former asylum seeker wothout tribal land in the country, that oil belongs to the tribal land & it's people!

All land riches on tribal lands belongs to tribes & not to Museveni!

Tribal leaders helping Musevnei own Uganda will be the first to be got rid of when the demon is in full control of the country!

EVERY Ugandan is a loser with Museveni!
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0 #16 Akot 2018-07-18 14:29
Quoting WADADA rogers:
Its a pity, this amount of greed is typical of African leaders, imagine even molds have started growing in his face to show its time to retire


Agreed, yet,

He believes he is the only one to rule for yet another 36 years!

But of course, it's "the people" who bring change of leaders through UNITY, right?

If Africans don't wake up, they will be destroyed forever by old demons!
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0 #17 Mubiru 2018-07-18 14:30
But it was Biya not Museveni about whom the article was written. We should be relevant despite the ingrained hatred we may harbour against others
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