Yaoundé (National Times)-There was total confusion in Yaoundé on Thursday, January 10, 2019, when the ceremony for the New Year wishes to the President of Cameroon’s Senate was moved from his office to his residence in an unprecedented manner.
The ceremony which took place this Thursday, January 10 was taken from the seat of the Senate at the Yaoundé Congress Hall to the private residence of Marcel Niat Njifendji in the Bastos neighbourhood of Yaoundé.
Sources close to the Senate say it is because of his ill-health which is why the event was moved from the office to the comfort of his residence.
Moreover, being the second personality after the President of the Republic it was imperative that he follows suite without delay after best wishes were said to President Biya on Wednesday.
Niat has been suffering from an undisclosed illness which has made it impossible for the 84-year-old politician to walk upright. He only returned to the country in December after spending about two months in a Parisian hospital.
The November session of the Senate took place in his absence including the swearing in of the Head of State for another seven year mandate.
Even though discharged from hospital, Niat is still not on top form and on Wednesday during the presentation of New Year wishes to the President, the CPDM baron could barely walk as he could be seen counting his steps.
It is the first time an official ceremony is taking to the private residence of a State personnel of his calibre. New Year wishes are always done in the offices of State authorities and never in their residences.