The creation of the National Commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism by H.E. president Paul Biya is a move that was applauded by many peace loving Cameroonians who saw the action by the head of state as a means to promote Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Cameroon; in a bite to consolidate national Unity, Peace and stability in a nation with divers cultural heritage.
The January 23, 2017 presidential decree creating the National Commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism to CPDM loyalist and other political parties was considered as a fire extinguisher to the ongoing Anglophone crisis, who are of the opinion that, the commission will speak the language with Cameroonians from different political parties by consolidating national peace and unity by promoting Bilingualism and multiculturalism nature of most Cameroonians who for quite some time have cried about the suppression of the Anglophone culture and English language .
The Head of State in his benevolent nature explained to Cameroonians that commission will be in charge of promoting Bilingualism and multiculturalism and with a view to maintaining Peace and unity above all consolidate national unity as shown below.
The same decree went further to highlight that the commissioners shall refrain from any behavior that may affect the dignity of their functions reasons why all of its members appointed by the Head of State had to resigned from their different political parties to obtain neutrality which will enable them to speak the language of all Cameroonians void of political affiliation as shown below
The members of the commission to effectively perform their duties have to apolitical and keep away party affiliation so as to enable the public to have confidence in them and their activities.
Ever since the members of the commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism were appointed many Cameroonians are yet to come to terms with some of them especially as they have continue their political activities regardless of what the law creating the commission states .
Peter Mafany Musonge Political Activities in S.W.R a destabilizing Force for CPDM in South West Admits Anglophone crisis as Senatorial Election draws near?
When the head of state appointed former senator Peter Mafany Musong as chair of the National Commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism many people from the South West Region rejoiced knowing that he is a square peck in the square hole in helping the head of state resolving the Anglophone crisis.
Reasons why when he was appointed he resigned from his Senatorial position as stipulated by the presidential decree which stated that the commissioners “shall be bound to reserve and professional secrecy and shall refrain from any behavior that may affect the dignity of their functions”.
But instate, the former head of government Peter Mafany Musonge now President of the commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, has decided to stay on course in promoting his party agenda in the South West Region as he goes about coordinating the senatorial list of candidates ahead of the March senatorial elections for militants in the South West Region.
The question many are asking is that, has the commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism now become a political institution? Or did the Head of State H.E. Paul Biya lie about the commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism?
This is because many people in the South West Region admits the Anglophone crisis who thought that commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism is apolitical and is trying to consolidate national unity; are looking at the political activities of the President of the commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism Peter Mafany Musonge in the South West Region as being unconstitutional and a violation of the January 27 2017 decree.
To them the CPDM party has hijacked the Bilingualism and Multiculturalism and are using the body to promote their party agenda instead of trying to solve the Anglophone crisis.
In an vox pop with some inhabitants of Buea they expressed their frustration about the political activities of the president Bilingualism and Multiculturalism
TNN “What do you think about the role of the president of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in CPDM affaires in the South West Region ahead of the upcoming senatorial election?”
Ikome Joel Lyonga “I think he should instead focus on trying to provide solutions to the ongoing Anglophone crisis than involving himself in CPDM affairs. For he is not supposed to be involved in politics his preoccupation now should be to provide solution to the ongoing Anglophone crisis”
Lyonga Susan “ I am a CPDM militant seeing the president of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism commission putting his mouth into our CPDM matters I feel like we are going the old way by not respecting our republican constitution. So to me his presence in the party especially as a coordinator of Senatorial list will put the party into problems as opposition parties will capitalized on it”
Eyong Peter “ How can someone appointed to provide solutions to the ongoing Anglophone crisis be seen as waging towards one political party CPDM it make no sense to me. It has shown that the commission is just a window dressing because he is to be apolitical”
Emilia Ngoe “I use to think that the something good can actually come out from the Bilingualism and Multiculturalism commission not until I saw the president of the commission who by virtue of the decree creating the commission distanced him from politics coordinating senatorial list in South West? To me the commission is now political and is control by CPDM”
Ayurk Ashu “seeing the President of the National Commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism actively taken part in political activities in the South West Region makes me see that the head of state lie to us if not why should Peter Mafany Musonge participate actively in CPDM senatorial affaires? It makes no sense to someone who by virtue of his position as president of the National Commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism is supposed to be apolitical”
To most CPDM militants Peter Mafany Musong should take the back seat and allow CPDM militants in the south west to run their affairs and concentrate on the commission of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism commission