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Friday, September 14, 2018

Election 2018: Paul Biya no longer wants Philemon Yang

Candidate Biya, faithful to his unpredictability, has just set up his campaign machine. First curiosity: the name of the Prime Minister Head of Government does not appear anywhere.This seems to draw his departure and thus an upheaval if the incumbent is re-elected.

The customary practices in the previous presidential elections, we believe that Paul Biya entrusts his campaign to his men of confidence. Thus, in 2004, it was the Prime Minister (Pm) Peter Mafany Musonge who had masterfully directed his campaign. In 2011, the charge went to Philemon Yang, also Prime Minister. This year, 2018, curiously, here is no longer a PM but the Minister Director of the Civil Cabinet to the presidency of the Republic, Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, who has the confidence of Paul Biya. How to understand this reversal of the uses of Paul Biya? At least two strong clues are needed for political analysts' understanding. The end of Yang's prime ministerial and the narrowing of the presidential trust. We dwell here on the first point.

The end of the yang era?

There is no doubt that the native of North-West arrived at the end of his long stay at the Star Building. Persistent rumors have repeatedly been made that this affable and courteous man wished or asked the Head of State to relieve him of his responsibilities.

The structuring of the State's administrative apparatus, with its inconsistencies and bottlenecks, wanted or not, is not made to make it easier for the Head of Government. He must fight to exist. There are two bottlenecks that inhibit the fluidity of government action.

The first is the conflict of competence between the PM and the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic (Sgpr). In fact, many observers believe that the real head of government is Etoudi and not the star building. Because of its posture as a direct collaborator of the Head of State, the Sgpr can give instructions to any minister without going through the PM, except that he imposes himself on it himself. This situation is very uncomfortable and leads to the second source of humiliation of the PM. The latter has, within his government team, ministers delegated to the presidency. These ministers have the annoying habit of wanting to report directly to whom by right and especially not to the head of the Government. The situation is so well known and practiced that even the secretary general of the PM services, according to the entrances he has to the palace, does not feel obliged to be held by the power of his direct hierarchy. We remember this PM who thus affublait Secretary General of "Bad Boy. "

This has lifted a veil of the vicissitudes experienced daily by the PM who is actually in Cameroon, the first of the ministers. The reality of the government administration lies in the presidency of the Republic. Paul Biya would in fact duplicate only what he himself experienced under the regime of his illustrious predecessor.

The boss of Amadou Ahidjo, from 1975 to 1982, used to swallow all snakes. The native of Mvomeka supported him patiently, stoically, trained at the good school. This did not prevent that he would later become the second President of the Republic, preferred by Ahidjo to all those who complicated his life.

After Yang

Would the departure of Philemon Yang mean the end of the primacy in the hands of the English-speaking community? Very difficult to answer in the affirmative to such a question at a time when Cameroonians on the other side of the Mungo River, for those who demand and fight for the partition of the country, invoke, among other reasons, the under-representation of Anglophones in within the strategic apparatus of the State. Clear and crisp information If Yang is no longer PM, and a Cameroonian from the eastern part is appointed to the prime minister, this would involve a shake-up at the top of the state. In this case, the Prime Minister would return to the far north as Paul Biya practiced from 1982 to 1992. For 10 years, the Far North occupied the Star Building.

It would be a game of musical chair, where the English would return to the National Assembly, where they left in 1992 under the present regime with the departure of Fonka Shang Lawrence, in post from 1988 to 1992. It goes without saying that this post had fallen to them since June 14, 1973, thus under Ahidjo, with the arrival of Salomon Tandeng Muna at the perch. This reality could, of course, facilitate the effective implementation of decentralization, by the various pressures on the Government and the various laws that surround it or reinforce it in its implementation.

Indeed, that this can constitute a view of the mind because in the current state of affairs, it is the President of the Republic alone who distributes the cards, at his convenience and at his own pace.