(NewsWatch Cameroon)-The Members of Parliament for Donga Mantung Centre (Ndu and Nkambe), in the North West region of Cameroon, Hon. Ngala Esther and Hon. Awudu Mbaya Cyprian have called on their constituents to bury the differences registered during the September 30, 2013 twin elections and work hand in glove for the interest of all.
|SDO (in white) and MPs-Picture from The Eye|
In separate receptions for the MPs in Ndu and Nkambe on Saturday December 14, 2013, the political couple that was coming home officially for the first since their election on Sept. 30 told the population that “we have offered ourselves to serve the population of Ndu and Nkambe and if need be, we will die for you”.
According to Hon. Awudu who was reelected Questor at the lower house of parliament, the people of Ndu and Nkambe chose him and Hon. Ngala Esther to be their representatives at the National Assembly for the 9th legislative period. “And we have come back to say thank you”, he added.
They called on those on whose toes they stepped during the campaigns to forgive them and revealed that they had also forgiven those who wronged them before, during and after the elections.
The Donga Mantung Centre representatives at the lower house of parliament called on the four MPs of the division to come together and work as a team for the division to emerge.
Reacting on whether the Donga Mantung Centre, Ndu and Nkambe should be separated, Hon. Awudu indicate he was not opposed to such a proposal but pointed out that it was not by error that President Paul Biya decided that the (wi) Mbum people of Ndu and Nkambe should remind a united force after carving out Ako-Misaje and Nwa as special constituencies.
“We are hoping that with the coming of the Savannah Region, Ndu, Nkambe, Ako, Misaje and Nwa will all be upgraded into full-fledged Divisions, with Wat, Tabenken and Binka having their own councils”.
Welcoming the MPs earlier at the Ndu grandstand, the mayor of Ndu council Bunyui Emmanuel said the civic reception was a mark of the beginning of a new era in the life of Donga Mantung Centre Constituency. The mayor noted that politics is not meant to antagonize families and friends. He thus called on all the politicians to close ranks and forge ahead for meaningful development given that there is “neither SDF road nor CPDM water”.
Opposite camp reacts to call
Upon being contacted, the mayor of Nkambe council, Ngabir Paul Bantar said the MPs did not invite him to the reception. “I had an invitation from Mr Mangoh Jones Tanko, a notable of Nkambe town to attend the reception of the MPs”, he said. He explained that he was served an invitation that carried neither his name nor his position as mayor by the district chairman of the SDF. “The MP had to invite me in his name; he decided to play down on me. The DO and SDO had invitations signed by the MP himself; the mayor should have as well had his own. I represent an institution, so if I am not recognized, I will not be there”, the mayor said.
The mayor complained that after playing down on him during the reception, they still looked low on him during the opening of gun-firing for the funeral of the Fon of Njap on December 17.
“Though the mayor was not included in the program, the SDO refused to speak unless the mayor welcomed them. That is how the program was adjusted for me to speak there”. The mayor wondered why the MP who is saying he has forgiven all and is calling on them to join hands and work for the development of the municipality should still be engaging in intrigues. “At his reception, he ridiculed me; in Njap he did the same and then calls for reconciliation. The MP and I were the main actors during the campaigns - it is neither the notable who invited me nor the district chairman who has to reconcile us.”
By Ndi Eugene Ndi