Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Buea: the successor of Patrick Ekema finally revealed

A stormy right-wing session of the Buea Council held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, allowed to elect David Mafani Namange as new mayor of the administrative capital of the Southwest region following the victory of the CPDM list in the municipal elections February 9, 2020.

So far very discreet in Buea's politics, the banker, lawyer, longtime CPDM resource person and section president has triumphed over mayoral candidates like Dr George Mafany Teke, journalist Kange Williams Wasaloko and Dr Amos Namanga Ngongi, all from Buea. 

After intense negotiations with the aforementioned aspirants under the leadership of Dima Gabriel and Motanga Gerald of the CPDM Central Committee, Mafani Namange tipped the scales in his favor. 

The man who became president of the Fako III section of the CPDM in 2015 with a mission of change and renewal won 39 out of 40 votes. The Buea council has 41 advisers. One of them organized a walkout demonstration against the overbearing precepts of the Party's Central Committee. The party had opted for investitures rather than primaries to choose municipal officials. 

Mafani Namange is currently the South-West regional director of the Cameroon housing bank, Crédit Foncier du Cameroun, after having served in the institution in various capacities in Buea, Bamenda and Douala for more than 20 years. 

He was recently sworn in as a lawyer and is currently pursuing a doctorate in international law at the University of Buea. The soft-spoken politician is married and a father.

Deputy mayors of the Buea council were also elected. The Buea council is composed as follows: 

- First deputy mayor, Akawoh Minerva Epse Molinge; 

- Second deputy mayor, Mosoko Edward Motuwe; 

- Third deputy mayor, 

- Head of HRM, Marcus Motove Etonge;

- Fourth deputy mayor, Enjema Mbonde Magdalene epse Vevanje. 

Mafani Namange replaces Ekema Patrick Esunge who gave up the ghost at IDIMED Polyclinic, rue Koloko Bonapriso in Douala Sunday October 27, 2019 after a malaise. The former mayor of Buea is said to have suffered a heart attack.