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CAF 2019 AFCON Withdrawal: Cameroon’s House Speaker Calls For Calm, Insists Cameroon Is Ready

Yaoundé (National Times)-  after receiving the devastating news that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has stripped Cameroon of her 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) hosting rights, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibri, has called for calm among Cameroonians, but reiterated that Cameroon had invested a lot in infrastructure and the country was ready to host the games.

Addressing the lawmakers during the November 1, 2018 closing session of Parliament, the House Speaker said: “The People’s Representatives have taken note of this decision. We are asking the Cameroonian people to remain calm and continue to go about their activities with serenity”.

Hon Cavaye Yeguie Djibril added that the November session witnessed the swearing in of President Paul Biya who during his speech reaffirmed the country’s commitment in hosting the soccer jamboree.

He explained that the November session was characterised by the adoption of eight bills including the Finance Bill of the State for the 2019 financial year with special attention to the 2019 AFCON preparation.

“The session was marked by the scrutiny and adoption of eight bills including the Finance Bill of the State for the 2019 financial year that contained the draft State budget that stands at FCFA 4,850.5 billion with so much funds allocated for the 2019 AFCON,” he lamented.

The House Speaker saluted the recent outing of the United Kingdom High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division with regards to the on-going unrest in the two speaking Regions for declaring itself incompetent to overturn the United Nations Plebiscite of February 11, 1961.

It should be noted that the Ambazonia Governing Body had petitioned the UK High Court of Justice to revisit the Plebiscite decision which took place in February 1961.


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