Mrs. Winifred Samba was voted by her colleagues at an extra-ordinary council session in Nkambe on Friday December 18, 2015.
Though the lone candidate for the position, Mrs. Winifred Samba got ‘just’ 28 of the 38 valid votes. Eight (8) of the councilors present at the session did not vote in her favour while two others chose to cast empty ballots.
Two other councilors; Mrs. Nchuwa Monica Yuki and Mr. Michael Kimbi Mangeh aka ‘Dr. Bob’ stayed away without proxies. This reporter couldn’t independently confirm allegations that the duo was vexed haven both unsuccessfully attempted to run for mayor in 2013.
HRH Councilor Ngorake Valentine Nfor (also Fon of Wat) nominated Councilor Nforgwei John Tamfu from Mbabi-Wat who had nursed ambitions of running for the coveted first deputy mayor position but his nomination wasn’t seconded as required by law.
The new first deputy mayor replaces Mr. Shey Emmanuel Yunwe who died on October 4, 2015 at the Yaounde University Teaching Hospital (CHU) former CUSS.
Mrs. Winifred Samba has become the second female in the five-man executive of the Nkambe council joining Hajara Danjuma.
The session was chaired by the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga Mantung, Ngone Ndodemesappe Bernard who immediately decorated the elected first deputy mayor with the green-red-yellow sash.
Report by Ndi Eugene Ndi in Yaounde with inputs from Marcel Abanda in Nkambe