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SDF barks over media reports of being funded from the Cameroon treasury

The SDF's decision not to be part of this year's National Day has attracted a media campaign, a move which the party's scribe Senator Jean Tsomelou has described as attempts to destabilize the party.

The socialist movement is accused of eating from the same plate with the regime. Monday's editions of French dailies, "L'independent" and "Le Soir" carried stories on the SDF with claims that the party had received over 6.5 billion FCFA during the 2011 Presidential and the 2013 Municipal, legislative and Senatorial elections.

 

In the midst of this scandal, the Secretary General of the SDF has lashed out at attempts from some people to tarnish the image of the party. In a communique released yesterday, Senator Jean Tsomelou argues that these French dailies are being sponsored by a cabal to hit the party. He doubts how many publications will work on a story, treat it similarly at the same when it was not a press conference.

He says the party will reserve the right to take to court these media organs and journalists for defamation.

Observers however say if would be difficult for the SDF to claim it has never received money from the state since MPs, Senators and recently mayors all receive some form of remuneration from the state. Beyond party assistance it is also alleged the SDF chairman,  John Fru Ndi had received assistance from the state purse during the death if his wife. And that millions were spent for in the build up to the historic meeting between President Paul Biya and John Fru Ndi in 2010. But whether such money received implies that the state is financing the party is the bone of contention.

SDF says the law of 2012/001 of 19 April 2012 modified and completed by law number 2012/017 of 21 December 2012, gives room for political parties not only SDF to receive funding from the State and not a gift from State. And such subventions doesn't mean that the party is funded by the regime. However critics say such legislation gives room for political "blackmail" and political parties should be able to auto finance themselves and stop receiving subventions from the state.

If What the SDF says is True,why then did the Newspapers Attempt to SET such an AGENDA at this moment.
 

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