Sunday, March 22, 2020

Attack on the convoy of Hon Mbah Ndam: this is what happened on that day

The convoy transporting officials and election materials to Batibo before the resumption of the legislative elections on Sunday was attacked on Saturday March 21, 2020, leaving several wounded.

According to well-introduced sources, armed secessionists opened fire on the convoy targeting the Hon. Mbah Ndam Joseph Njang, outgoing MP for Momo West (Batibo). 

"At least four people were injured in an attack by alleged Amba boys on the armored convoy carrying the Hon. Mbah Ndam for the riding of Batibo. He was on the verge of preparing for the resumption of the legislative elections planned for this region, ”reported local media. 

Other sources, however, suggested that four members of the Cameroon defense and security forces were injured while repelling the attackers. Two agents of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) were reportedly injured. Hon. Mbah Ndam is said to have escaped unharmed after soldiers managed to inflict heavy losses on the armed secessionists. 

As was the case during the municipal and legislative elections on February 9, 2020, the separatists swore to disrupt the ballot. 

The electorate of Momo West as well as those of ten other electoral districts of the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon elect 13 deputies this Sunday March 22, 2020 in new elections.

The resumption of today's elections follows Decision no. 29 / SRCER / G / 20 of 25 February 2020 to cancel the election of deputies in the following constituencies: North-West region - Menchum North, Bui West, Mezam South, Bui Center, Bui South, Mezam Center, Momo East, Menchum Sud, Momo Ouest and Mezam Nord - and Sud-Ouest - Lebialem region. 

The resumption of elections in the above-mentioned constituencies will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 6 p.m., in accordance with a presidential decree. 

We understand that the partial cancellation of the result of the parliamentary elections of February 9, 2020 came after the Social Democratic Front (SDF) of opposition seized the Constitutional Council by invoking irregularities which violated the laws relating to the elections in the country . 

The lawyers and the candidates of the SDF had asked the Constitutional Council to partially cancel the elections for insecurity and the creation of polling stations which deprived their voters of their rights. 

Political experts say the rerun could help improve the fortunes of the opposition SDF which emerged from the February 9 twin municipal and legislative elections with its worst performance ever - winning only five seats. They won 18 seats in the 2013 elections.

President Paul Biya's Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) won 139 of the 167 seats declared in the February 9 elections. 

Hon. Mbah Ndam, a graduate of the University of Yaoundé and a member of parliament since 1997, was born on February 28, 1955 in Batibo, Momo Division in the then northwestern province. He has been a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the SDF since 1991. 

In addition to being a politician, he was a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Yaoundé from 1988 to 1992. Since 1992, he has been legal counsel and judicial of the National Financial Credit Bank and president of the Union of the cultural and development association of the Momo division. He is a practicing Protestant Christian and married with four children. 

His Batibo home was burned down by armed separatist fighters on Sunday, December 15, 2019. They now want to deprive him of the parliamentary seat he has occupied since 1997.