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Cameroon/National Dialogue: Decentralization ministry transfers competences to councils and city councils

As talks are still ongoing in Yaoundé for solutions to the Anglophone crisis, which has affected the English speaking regions of Cameroon for about three years, the ministry of decentralization and local development has already transferred competences from the central government to the local government in the country.
In a tweet, the decentralization ministry said, “talking about decentralization, all competences provided for by law have been transferred to the 360 councils and fourteen city councils.”
Following the convening of the major national dialogue, a commission for decentralization and local development was created alongside eight other commissions to seek solutions for the ongoing crisis.
Observers say creating a commission like this before the dialogue meant a platform will not be given for participants to discuss the form of the state.
The head of the commission is Ngole Philip Ngwese, a politician and a university lecturer.
The eight Commissions of the Major National Dialogue are expected to submit their proposals and recommendations on how to restore peace in Cameroon’s two English speaking regions on Thursday, October 3, to be adopted by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, chairperson of the National event.
According to Article 55 of the Constitution, which lays down the general guidelines in matter of decentralization in Cameroon, the State is supposed to devolve power to regional and local authorities.
This decentralisation law passed in 2004 in Cameroon have local development and governance as their main thrust. The new law was meant to create an environment that represents an irreversible step forward for the process of decentralisation but are in need of completion by the passing of legal instruments of application for them to effectively accelerate the pace of the decentralisation process and good governance.
The process has been hampered by financial constraints on local authorities and limited capacities of the actors and beneficiaries of devolved powers.

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