By Kini Nsom
The Chairman of the ruling CPDM party, President Paul Biya, April 4, appointed new officials of the Central Committee of the party.
The decision that was broadcast on CRTV, appointed Rene Emmanuel Sadi as the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the CPDM. Sadi, who hails from the Mbam and Kim Division in the Centre Province, replaces Joseph Charles Doumba who has been hampered by many years of poor health.
The appointment of Sadi, who was the Deputy Secretary General at the Presidency, lays to rest persistent speculations that cropped up after the party's extraordinary congress in July last year when ailing Doumba read his speech in total difficulties with trembling lips.
Biya maintained his confidence in Gregoire Owona by leaving him on the seat of the Deputy Scribe of the Central Committee. Owona, who hails from Ngomezap in the Nyong and So'o Division of the Centre Province, is also the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Relations with the National Assembly.
He had been the one calling the shots at the party's Secretariat as Doumba battled with his health problems.After Biya nodded him out of Government on December 8, 2004, Hamadjoda Adjoudji came back to public life last Wednesday as the second Deputy Scribe of the Central Committee. By dint of his appointment, he relinquished his functions as the party's Treasurer.
Gilbert Tsimi Evouna, who is the Government Delegate to the Yaounde City Council, was appointed the Treasurer General. He hails from the Mfoundi Division in the Centre Province.
Ibrahim Talba Malla, CPDM elite from the Far North Province, was appointed the Organising Secretary of the Central Committee, while Rose Zang Nguele, who hails from the East Province was appointed the deputy Organising Secretary.
Higher Education Minister, Prof. Jacques fame Ndongo, who hails from the South Province, was given the post of Communication Secretary. He is assisted by the former Minister of Communication, Prof. Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, who hails from Nkam Division of the Littoral Province
The CPDM Chairman also chose the Minister of Agriculture, Jean Kuete, as Secretary in charge of Economic, Social Affairs and Employment. He hails from the West Province. Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, who is the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of Commonwealth Affairs, was appointed his deputy. A law scholar, Dion Ngute is a native of Ndian in the Southwest Province.
The Minister of Scientific Research and Innovations, Dr. Madeleine Tchuente, who hails from the West, was appointed Secretary in charge of Culture, Education and Environment. Badel Ndanga Ndinga was appointed her assistant while former Youth and Sports Minister, Bidoung Mkpatt, was appointed Secretary for Special Occasions.
Njiemnou Mama was appointed his assistant. Jean Pierre Fogui was appointed Secretary in charge of International Relations.Biya also appointed former Minister and Board Chair of the University of Dschang, Hon. Bochong Francis Isidore Nkwain Wainchom, as Commissioner in charge of Conflicts. He hails from Njinikom in Boyo Division of the Northwest Province.
The CPDM Chairman also bestowed his confidence in Haman Adama who is Minister of Basic Education and hails from the North Province while Dieudonne Oyono and Fabien Monkam were appointed as advisers.
Given that time is drawing nearer to the upcoming Parliamentary and Municipal elections, observers say Biya's appointment of new movers and shakers of the Central Committee of the party was aimed at strengthening the party against major challenges. Critics had hitherto referred to the Central Committee as an outfit made up of dead wood.
Besides appointing new officials into the CPDM Central Committee, Biya in his capacity as Head of State, named some officials at the Presidency of the Republic.In this regard, Joseph Charles Doumba was appointed Roving Ambassador at the Presidency. Former Prime Minister, Peter Mafany Musonge, was appointed the Grand Chancellor of National Orders.
He walks into the shoes of Hon. Effom Orock who hails from Manyu Division. Meanwhile, Joseph Anderson Le, a journalist, was appointed the Deputy Director of Civil Cabinet of the Presidency.