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CPP leadership divided over National Day participation, Government's black hand suspected

The National President of the Cameroon People’s Party (CPP) Edith Kahbang Walla and his Vice President are on war path over the party’s decision to boycott May 20th celebrations.

Kah Walla recently signed a press release, indicating that her party will not take part in this year’s National Day celebrations, following the callous management of the Anglophone crisis by the Biya Government.

“We cannot participate in official festivities when we do not agree with the current management of the Anglophone Crisis. No celebration of national unity in exclusion, violation of fundamental rights and repression,” the CPP President wrote.

Kah Walla had informed the CPP militants not to partake in the festivities because the national unity which Biya’s song birds were singing was just an illusion, while the country was gradually plunging into a civil war because of bad governance.

She advised Cameroonians to use this year’s National Day to reflect on how to unite and look for   a way forward.

“Instead of participating in this superficial ceremony that increasingly resembles a personality cult, we should instead come together to define ways to build a nation truly united, strong, just and prosperous,” Kah Walla said.

Meanwhile, after issuing her press release, the CPP executive was stunned on, May 16, when the State-owned broadcaster (CRTV) read a communiqué purportedly signed by the CPP Vice National President, calling on militants of the party not to respect the President’s boycott call.

In his release, the Vice President said the National Day boycott decision was unilaterally taken by the National President and was contrary to the vision of the party which stands for nationalism and citizenship.

On his part, the Secretary General of the CPP, Frank Esi, issued a disclaimer, deflating the Vice President’s release. Esi also accused CRTV of manipulation in a bid to cause division in the party.

 

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