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CPDM Dissidents Face Imminent Expulsion 

By Yerima Kini Nsom

CameroonPostline.com — Some CPDM party members who openly opposed the outfit during last year’s twin polls may be out-rightly expelled after their Chairman, President Biya, finishes studying proposals on sanctions to be meted out to the dissident militants. The proposals are contained in a report the disciplinary committee of the party submitted to Biya recently, The Post learnt.

Although it is not officially known what the content of the report is, party insiders told The Post that the report carries recommendations on proposed sanctions to some supporters who misbehaved during the elections. The report was reportedly submitted to Biya before he went to his Mvomeka village more than a week ago.

“It is difficult to predict if the Chairman of our party will subscribe to everything the report has recommended. But, what is clear is that some people will be sanctioned. Certainly, heads will roll,” a source told The Post. While installing the 17-man committee led by former Prime Minister, Senator Peter Mafany Musonge, last December 13, the Secretary General of the CPDM, Jean Nkuete, said dissidents would be severely sanctioned, ranging from warnings to outright expulsion.

While many party officials are of the opinion that Biya will fully hearken to the recommendations of the disciplinary committee report, others say the President will take no action. Meanwhile, Labour and Social Security Minister, Gregoire Owona, speaking to the press in Yaounde last week, cried out against the upsurge of indiscipline and laxity in his Ministry. He said many senior officials come very late to work despite the fact that they have been given administrative vehicles to facilitate their movements.

The Minister added that some of them do not care to come to work at all or come only when they like. Owona, who doubles as the Deputy Secretary General of the CPDM, said some officials simply switch off their official phones or refuse to pick calls from him. There is a public outcry about inertia and corruption in almost all Government ministries.

This scenario is at variance with President Biya’s earlier promise that people would no longer be traveling from the regions to Yaounde to “chase files”. But the exact opposite of that promise now obtains unperturbed. The press is awash with reports on open bribery and corruption in the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms, but no one seems to care.

First published in The Post print edition no 01498

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