Most Members of Parliament in Cameroon have insisted to adopt financial bill amid adversities.
Even after the Social Democratic Front (SDF), disrupted a parliamentary session last week, because they wanted the Anglophone Crisis to be discussed by the parliament, most of the members who walked out during the process have bounced back.
Since 14 November 2017, a majority of members of parliament in Cameroon made up of the ruling party and some opposition leaders have met at the National Assembly to adopt the 2018 financial year budget without the main opposition party’s Members of Parliament.
The reason why the SDF is boycotting is because the government has neglected the concerns of Anglophones and Anglophone regions. In sessions held both at the National Assembly and the Senate, Members of parliament from the SDF parliamentary group were absent from seats usually attributed to them in both houses.
The meetings however went on with the SDF being ignored. Reports say it is definitely not the first time the SDF party performs such a move.
Fire rips through Cameroon parliament
An investigation is under way after the main parliament building in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé was badly damaged by a fire which ripped through five floors.
Firefighters put out the blaze before it could reach the debating chamber. But the main opposition party’s offices were completely destroyed.
There were no casualties and no one knows yet the cause of the blaze. However the minister of Communications; Issa Tchiroma Bakary, informed that it could be an accident. During that week’s session, the national assembly had been discussing the budget.
However after the incident, the parliamentary sessions continued in the debating chamber which was not affected by the fire.
Protesting Anglophone MPs disrupt parliament in Cameroon
Lawmakers predominantly from Cameroon’s Anglophone region on Thursday disrupted parliamentary proceedings in protest over the crisis in their region.
Members of Parliament from the main opposition Social Democratic Front (SDF) party threatened that there will be no business in the house till the ‘Anglophone crisis’ was tabled for debate.
Amid chanting of slogans and singing, the protesting MPs asked how many more people were going to be killed by the Paul Biya-led government, also reminding the government “today may be the last day.”