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Minister’s Interference: A Threat to Political Party Autonomy and Democracy in Cameroon

by Atlantic Chronicles

I feel compelled to share my views on the recent move by the Minister of Territorial Administration regarding the recognition of Cabral Libii as the president of the PCRN party. The actions taken by the minister display a concerning level of interference in the internal affairs of a political party, which raises several alarming points that need to be addressed:

Firstly, the role of the minister should primarily be to authorise the functioning of political parties, ensuring they adhere to legal requirements and regulations. However, it is not within their jurisdiction to dictate or influence the internal dynamics of a party. The minister’s actions clearly exceed their mandate and encroach upon the autonomy of the PCRN party.

Secondly, while Mr. Kona may have founded the PCRN, it is important to recognise that a political party is a public institution governed by its own internal rules and regulations. The selection of party leaders is a matter that should be determined by these established procedures, not by external interference.

Moreover, in cases of conflicts or disputes within a political party, it is the role of the courts to act as impartial arbitrators. By unilaterally imposing his own decision on the leadership of the PCRN, the minister undermines the principle of judicial oversight and the rule of law.

This incident is not an isolated one, as it follows a previous instance where the minister interfered in the internal affairs of the CPP party. This pattern of interference raises serious concerns regarding the minister’s respect for the autonomy and independence of political parties. Such actions set a dangerous precedent and erode the democratic values that should underpin our political landscape.

In light of these circumstances, it is essential for all citizens to unequivocally condemn the minister’s interference in the internal affairs of political parties. The freedom of political parties to self-govern and select their leaders in accordance with their own rules is a fundamental democratic principle that must be protected. Upholding the integrity and independence of political parties is crucial for the healthy functioning of our democracy and the preservation of citizens’ rights.

Ndifor Richard,

Political and Civil Society Activist

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