Supporters of Cameroon’s President Paul Biya in Mefou-et-Afamba have donated 61 million FCFA towards his upcoming October 2018 presidential campaign. Cameroon Tribune, a state run newspaper, reported that Senate vice President, Sylvester Naah Ondoua, Minister of Commerce, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, and Celemtine Ananga Messina attended the meeting.
The meeting was held at Hotel Mfou. The President’s supporters contributed 61,800,000 FCFA to the Party coffers. While Paul Biya is yet to declare his candidature, most Cameroonians expect him to stand in the upcoming elections. The President has received widespread support among his party base. The meeting in Mfou-et-Afamba is part of a nation-wide organized effort by CPDM barons to influence community views of Biya and garner grassroots support for President.
Speaking at the meeting, Clementine Ananga Messina, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said “we must gather the electorate in all our villages so that no voice is missing in the final count.” Minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana called on residents in Mefou-et-Afamba, a division of 89,809 inhabitants, to rally behind Biya. Describing Biya as “the ideal candidate” in the upcoming elections.
Biya’s supporters do understand the challenges faced by the President. Unemployment rates in Cameroon remain stubbornly high amid perception of widespread corruption and poor governance. Security in the country has deteriorated especially in the Anglophone regions and in the Northern part of the country.
The President in past elections has boosted of maintaining peace and security across the country, amid instability in neighboring countries like Nigeria and Central Africa Republic. This time, Biya will have to find a new issue, possible maintaining the country’s unity.