The 377 sections of the Democratic Rally of the Cameroon People Democratic Movement, CPDM, celebrates this March 24, 2022, the anniversary of the creation of the party, within a backdrop of crises.
Persistent security crises in the North-West, South-West and Far-North, Covid-19 and Cholera health crises, social tensions linked to corporates demands, cost of living crisis and persistence of corruption, are some of the issues tabled that darken the celebration of 37 years of the party of the burning torch.
Despite the democratic progress made in the country under the rule of this party, major social problems remain. Difficulties in accessing drinking water, excessive power cuts, youth poverty and unemployment, underdevelopment, infrastructure deficit and others continue to characterize the country.
Driven by a system plagued by bad governance, corruption, inertia and favoritism among others, the country is struggling to take off. The crises multiply with the slogans “trop c’est trop or on a trop supporte’’
However, this does not prevent activists from taking a break. In most sections on this day March 24, the demonstrations are punctuated by section conferences and meetings in support of the CPDM and its founding president, Paul Biya.
Such protests did not occur in March 2020 and March 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2022, the celebration regains its splendor and solemn character. Moreover , many estimate it is a birthday worth celebrating, going by the challenges the Party has overcome and the progress it has made since its creation in Bamenda.
The hopes expressed by Basic organ executives to see pump and pageantry return after a marked decline of the Corona virus pandemic have been quelled as the circular states that “the disease has not been definitively defeated and the Government has not yet completely lifted the measures prescribed to combat this Pandemic. We must therefore continue to be responsible on the occasion of the 37th Anniversary of the Party”.
The party nonetheless has many recent things to celebrate and be thankful for amongst which is the remarkable mobilization of CPDM militants during the AFCON 2021 tournament.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Let us mobilise more behind the National President, President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, in order to ensure the specificity of our country in the relentless peace building, unity, solidarity and progress, in a nation resolutely turned towards shared emergence”.
Hopes remain high that the morose health and crises context that hampered celebrations these past years is almost over and that militants will gather to blow the candles of the anniversary cakes in various localities.