Yaoundé (National Times)-All is set for the inauguration of Cameroon’s President-elect, Paul Biya, for a 7th mandate.
Cameroon’s political capital is teeming with an armada of troops. Members of Cameroon’s Upper and Lower Chambers of Parliaments, Government Ministers, Heads of Parastatals and diehard sympathisers of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) have begun trooping into the National Assembly to witness the event.
The event will be taking place under tight security, given that militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) of Professor Maurice Kamto had promised to stage a protest today over what they termed the stolen victory of their candidate.
This explains way the Central town of Yaounde is practically under military lockdown with water cannons and anti-riot troops position is strategic junction of the town to quell any eventually.
Before today, the road which goes from the Presidential Palace through the Bastos Roundabout, Warda, Prime Minister’s Roundabout, the Central Post Office, the Military Hospital and headquarters and ends at the National Assembly had been systematically renovated to please the President’s eyes.
Besides the road which had been renovated, the street lightening system was reinforced, and road signs upgraded.
Just at the end of the aforementioned road is Paul Biya’s Alma mater, General Leclerc High School, which had also received a fresh coat of paint.
This year’s inaugural ceremony will coincide with Biya’s 36 anniversary celebration as Cameroon Head of State. Biya has been ruling Cameroon for 36 years, since taking over from pioneer President, Ahamadou Ahidjo, on November 6, 1982.
By the time Biya completes is seven years’ mandate, he would have ruled Cameroon for 43 years.