Saturday, April 18, 2020

Cameroon Survival: Cavaye Yéguié violently attacks Kamto

As usual, the speech of the President of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, was the highlight of the closing plenary session of the regular session in March this Saturday, April 18, 2020.

The distinguished guests, including members of the government, were alongside the deputies this Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the hemicycle of Ngoa-Ekelle for the closure of the March 2020 session. 

For the first time in the history of parliament in Cameroon, not all deputies were able to sit in the hemicycle during plenary sessions due to the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted the government to ban all meetings of more than 50 people. 

An unprecedented situation which led the President of the National Assembly to mention in his goodbye speech that the session held from March 20 to April 18, 2020 was one of the most trying sessions in the history of the lower room. He took the opportunity to salute the response strategy put in place by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, not without denouncing "the smear campaign orchestrated by foreign media interposed which aims to convince the opinion of the weakness of national response plan and the deficit in presidential communication, ”said the President of the National Assembly. 

Cavaye Yeguie Djibril also denounced speculators who want to take advantage of the health crisis to get rich. "I denounce the propensity of others, charlatans and speculators in power, who do not hesitate to reap benefits on the back of honest citizens, while the excitement is general among our populations" 

The President of the National Assembly did not fail to shoot Maurice Kamto, president of the MRC and all the other leaders who organized fundraisers outside the solidarity fund created by the Head of State in the part of the fight against Covid-19. “I would like to remind them that His Excellency PAUL BIYA, President of the Republic, democratically and massively elected, has set up a National Solidarity Fund, the only legal framework, able to receive support intended for the fight against the Coronavirus. Any other initiative aimed in particular at appealing for funds, without the approval of the public authorities, will be considered a scam and will be treated as such. Laws exist in Cameroon for such cases ”warned the third personality of the Republic. 

Below, the speech of the president of the august chamber: 

CLOSING ADDRESS OF THE RIGHT HONORABLE CAVAYE YEGUIE DJIBRIL, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF CAMEROON 

- Mr. President of the Senate; 

- Mr. Prime Minister, Head of Government; 

- Mr. President of the Constitutional Council; 

- Mr. First President of the Supreme Court; 

- The Attorney General at the said Court;

- Mr. President of the Economic and Social Council; 

- Ladies and Gentlemen Members of the Government; 

- Excellencies Ladies and Gentlemen Ambassadors and Representatives of International Organizations; 

- Honorable Deputies and dear colleagues; 

- Distinguished members of Civil Society; 

- Dear Guests; 

- Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen; 

The National Assembly of Cameroon has just hosted one of the most difficult and even the most trying sessions in its history. 

Indeed, and as we all know, the first ordinary session of the 2020 legislative year took place and ends in a context of unprecedented health crisis in Cameroon and in the world. The Coronavirus, since it is about this pandemic, continues to sow death and desolation, mourning thousands of homes in the five continents. 

On behalf of the National Representation, I would like to express here our solidarity and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to all the patients, victims of the Coronavirus, still interned in hospitals and other structures created for the occasion. 

- Excellencies; 

- Honorable Deputies and dear colleagues;


- Ladies and gentlemen ; 

In a burst of total compassion, in order to honor the memory of compatriots and other citizens of the world, like the Cameroonians MANU DIBANGO and WEMBE Samuel or the Senegalese PAPE DIOUF, torn from our affection by the terrible virus, in order to '' also honoring the memory of one of our former colleagues, the Honorable JOSEPH MBAH NDAM, who has just left us, please rise to observe a minute of silence. 

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Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Continuing my remarks, I would like, from the top of this podium, to salute the response strategy put in place by the Cameroonian public authorities under the Very High impulse of the Head of State, His Excellency Paul BIYA, to bar the road to the spread COVID-19 in our country. 

The creation by the President of the Republic, of a National Solidarity Fund with an initial endowment of one billion CFA Francs, sufficiently illustrates, all the interest and all the importance that His Excellency Paul BIYA attaches to the fight against this global pandemic. 

The National Assembly thus and strongly denounces the smear campaign orchestrated at this time by foreign media interposed. A campaign that aims to convince public opinion of the weakness of the national response plan and the deficit in presidential communication. 

I would like to say as much to all the detractors, that it is not with flowing speeches that we will overcome COVID 19. It is by acting collectively, in solidarity, all backed by a well thought out communication , organized, relevant and controlled. 

I should point out that, faced with the threat posed by COVID-19, the initiative of the Head of State has boosted the action of donors who are becoming more and more numerous. On behalf of the Cameroonian people whom we represent in this Chamber, I would like to say to these donors, our sincere gratitude. I hope that many other actors follow their example. 

Mr. Minister of Public Health, I would also like to express my satisfaction to you after your appearance before the National Representation last Thursday. The exchanges with the Deputies have, without doubt, sufficiently edified the Elected representatives of the nation, not only on the pandemic itself, but also on its impact and on the government's response strategy. 

As for your collaborators, health personnel, all orders and ranks, they who work hard, often at the cost of many sacrifices, I would like to send them all my encouragement and those of my colleagues here present. 

-The Honorable Deputies and Dear Colleagues,

I just said, we are the Representatives of the Cameroonian people. As such, we must be concerned about the well being of the latter. This means that blocking the way for the spread of the Coronavirus is a battle that challenges us at the highest point. 

This is a great challenge for us at the start of this parliamentary term. I therefore urge you to fully involve yourself, body and soul in this fight. After discussions with the Minister of Public Health, better than anyone else, we must be aware of the issues at hand because, the impact of this pandemic could significantly jeopardize the daily lives of the Cameroonians we represent, the stability of the fabric national economic, worse, mortgaging the implementation of the Great Opportunities policy, the workhorse of President Paul BIYA for the current seven-year term. 

Also, in addition to a contribution to the war effort, for those who can sacrifice there, we must make sure to make respect around us all the measures of restriction and hygiene intended to slow down the propagation of the epidemic in our country. This fight has no political color. He does not bear any denominational stamp and hardly comes under the jurisdiction of any tribe. It's a fight for life. Our common life. 

-Excellences; 

-Ladies and gentlemen ; 

I would like to take this opportunity to castigate the unconsciousness of some of our compatriots who deliberately violate the measures decreed by the public authorities. Just as I denounce the propensity of others, charlatans and speculators in power, who do not hesitate to reap benefits on the back of honest citizens, while the excitement is general among our populations. 

I do not forget the authors of the fake news. Intoxication and disinformation thus flood social networks. A real epidemic in the epidemic. Such behavior is criminal and deserves the most severe sanctions. Ignoring government directives is an attitude of mistrust vis-à-vis the state. This is all the more serious as we are in a context of crisis and potential danger. Taking advantage of the compatriots' gullibility or overbidding on the market in such painful circumstances is absolutely unpatriotic. 

I therefore appeal to the wisdom and good citizenship of all. On behalf of the National Representation, I invite the Government to crack down firmly, unceremoniously and without exception, against any offender, professionals of illicit profit and intoxication. 

What about these leaders of political parties who take advantage of the current situation to rebuild their virginity. Instead of being integrated into the saving response strategy put in place by our public authorities, they rather exploit the fears and resentments of the compatriots, promising mountains and wonders. They even set themselves up as the saviors of a Cameroon they say is on the brink of apocalypse. 

Who do they hold such a mandate from? I remain convinced that it is by sensitizing the populations on hygiene and restriction measures, that these people could then win the sympathy of Cameroonians. 

Finally, I would like to remind them that His Excellency PAUL BIYA, President of the Republic, democratically and massively elected, has set up a National Solidarity Fund, the only legal framework, able to receive support intended for the fight against the Coronavirus. Any other initiative aimed in particular at appealing for funds, without the approval of the public authorities, will be considered a scam and will be treated as such. Laws exist in Cameroon for such cases. 

-Excellences;

-Ladies and gentlemen ; 

Open on March 20, 2020, the first ordinary session of the National Assembly for the current legislative year ends today. Despite the restrictive context of confinement and restrictions, just out of the ballot box, your elected officials got down to work. They thus examined and voted on four draft laws including that governing the Postal Activity in Cameroon. 

At the same time, our Chamber welcomed 13 new parliamentarians from the by-elections of March 22nd. I would like to extend a warm welcome to them in this hemicycle and send them the warm greetings and the sincere congratulations of the National Representation. With their arrival, the National Assembly of Cameroon finally fills up with its 180 seats. Once again, Dear Colleagues, welcome to join us. 

Furthermore, I would like to point out the appointment on April 14, 2020, of a new Secretary General of the National Assembly in the person of our former colleague Mr. Gaston KOMBA. He was installed in office last Thursday. Congratulations. 

With this, I declare closed the work of the first ordinary session of our Chamber for the legislative year 2020. 

-Live the National Assembly 

-Live Cameroon and His Illustrious Chief, His Excellency PAUL BIYA, President of the Republic, Head of State. 

Thank you. / -