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Cameroon: House Speaker takes swipe at Bishop Kleda for criticising Biya’s re-election

Cavaye Yeguie House Speaker

The Speaker of the National Assembly has taken a thinly veiled swipe at the President of the National Episcopal Conference for his critical comments following the re-election of Paul Biya on October 7.

While opening the third ordinary session of the National Assembly on Friday November 2, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril criticised men of God who have been spreading messages that go against the values of the nation.

To him, men of God have to preach the values of peace, unity and harmony amongst Cameroonians so as to build a strong nation.

“Men of God have the duty to preach peace and not sow seeds of discord. They have the duty to teach the people to love and tolerate each other,” Cavaye Yeguie said while adding that the voice of the people is the voice of God so the outcome of the October 7 Presidential election must be respected by all.

The House Speaker’s comments come in the wake of questions raised by the President of the National Episcopal Conference Archbishop Samuel Kleda who questioned the results in favour of Paul Biya in conflict zones like the Far North, South West and North West regions of Cameroon.

Samuel Kleda said it was difficult for Paul Biya to get landslide victories in these areas where the people are suffering and also frowned at the Constitutional Council for rejecting all petitions filed by opposition candidates to cancel the election on grounds of fraud.

However, the Archibishop of Yaounde Jean Mbarga rather praised the conduct of the October 7 Presidential election calling on Cameroonians to rally behind the winner to build a stronger nation prompting questions of a division within the Catholic Church in Cameroon.

The position of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon on the conduct of the election is still awaited given that two key figures are already sending conflicting signals.


Published on 05.05.2023

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