Some Cameroonians have lambasted President Paul Biya’s recent appointment of Francophone administrators to the Anglophone regions, saying it goes against the people’s proposals during a recent national dialogue in the country.By Njodzeka Danhatu
President Paul Biya, on October 7, appointed Secretaries General of several regions, Senior Divisional Officers and Divisional officers across the country — some of those assigned to English speaking zones are Francophones.
During the just ended Major National Dialogue, participants proposed that a special status be given to the two Anglophone minority regions, which could let them have some level of autonomy — including choosing their leaders, some assume.
Mr Biya signed a decree on Monday, October 7, replacing and appointing new D.Os across regions in Cameroon.
To that effect, some critics have questioned the seriousness of the dialogue’s recommendations calling the reduction of the powers of supervisory authorities.
During the National Dialogue in Cameroon’s capital, Yaounde, it was recommended that the crisis ravaged Anglophone regions be given a special status, though the dialogue’s Rapporteur did not divulge further details on how the special status will work.
In an interview with EboniGram, Historian and Social Critic, Ndifor Richard decried the fact that Francophones are still being appointed to lead in Anglophone regions.
He believes that the appointment has nothing to do with the recommendations. To him, President Biya has just maintained the status quo.
The historian added that, if the special status of which no one knows the content was to be applied, Anglophones should be able to elect their local and regional leaders.
The president might be doing this while waiting to implement the special status according the national dialogue, he says.
To others, Mr Biya was not supposed to appoint any administrators for the North West and South West regions.
Some English speaking citizens also reacting on the appointment, have qualified the dialogue as a sham, cosmetic and waste of resources.
That not withstanding, some think it is another step to foster bilingualism and multi-culturalism in Cameroon.
This is because, the president also appointed Anglophones in Francophone regions.