Cameroon: Parliament Hails President Biya For Successful AFCON

The eldest members of both Houses showered the encomiums on the President of the Republic during opening plenaries last Friday to kick off the March session of parliamentary business

The eldest members of the National Assembly and Senate on Friday pouredpraises on the President of the Republic, Paul Biya, for masterminding the successful hosting of the 33rdedition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The continental football jamboree, recall, ran from January 9 to February 6 with the presidential couple attending both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olembe Stadium.

Hon Laurentine Koa Fegue epouse Mbede of the National Assembly and Senator Isabelle Tokpanou made the remarksthey set the ball rolling for the first ordinary session of the National Assembly last Friday in the presence of top officials of the other arms of government, among them, Prime Minister Dr Joseph Dion Ngute.

According to the doyennes of the both chambers, the AFCON organised in Cameroon was one of the best ever on the continent thanks to the efforts of the number one sports man of the country, Paul Biya, as well as the constant support of First Lady Chantal Biya.

Speaking earlier during the opening of the National Assembly, Hon Koa Fegue also praised the Indomitable Lions for a great showing at the tournament, andexpressed the wish to see such great showing continue in future competitions especially with the election of a new president of the Cameroon football Federation, FECAFOOT, Samuel Eto’oFils, and the appointment of a new Lions coach, Rigobert Song.

Notwithstanding the bright side of AFCON, the lawmakers expressed regrets over the stampeded of January 26 during the round of 16 match between Cameroon and the Comoros Islands which claimed eight lives left over 40 others with different degrees of injuries.

Other Issues At the National assembly

Following up with sad events, the eldest member of the National Assembly also bemoaned killings and continuing violence in the North West and South West regions as a result of the armed conflict in that part of the country. For example, she cited the incident in Ekondo-Titi in which the Divisional Officer and Mayor of the town as well as five other persons lost their lives after falling into an ambush laid by separatist fighters operating in the area.

She also commented about a couple of recent happenings in the country which, she described as successful. Among them, she mentioned the Youth Day which was an opportunity for young people to once more restate their patriotism for their fatherland, the International Women’s Day, the recent teachers’ strike and the measures prescribed by the Head of State to address the situation, the successful unfolding of PROMOTE as well as the end-of-year trade fair in Yaounde dubbed YA-FE.

Concerning the recent wave of cholera in the country, which has caused many deaths and affected many regions, the eldest member urged government to continue with its riposte strategy against the epidemic before it degenerates into a major health crisis.

Other issues mentioned by Hon Fegue included her remarks about the conflict in Ukraine in which she called for dialogue to end the stalemate, her satisfaction with the pace of construction work on the new National Assembly building, words of congratulations to some of the National Assembly peers who participated in some international meetings and events.

At the Senate

Apart from mentioning the AFCON 2021 success, the eldest Senator also talked about other issues. She praised President Biya for his stewardship and called on Cameroonians to rally behind the President so that he can continue to execute the daunting task bestowed on him.

Like at the National Assembly, Senator Tokpanou also spoke about the main business of the March session which is the election of a new bureau. In this regard, she urged her Senate colleagues to demonstrate a spirit of discipline and patriotism when the time shall come for them to participate in the election.

The chamber didn’t fail to observe a minute of silence in memory of two senators who died in January. They are Senate Vice President and former government minister Sylvestre Naah Ondoua who died in Paris as well as Senator Henry Kemende of the Social Democratic Front party, SDF, who was brutally killed in Bamenda by men believed to be separatist fighters.

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