Cameroonian President Paul Biya, who has ruled his republic since 1982, was during this week announced to run again for yet another term. The 7th Official Presidential Term if he was to win this in October 2018. Which he most likely is, even if he is residing in some posh hotel in Switzerland, where he usually is hanging out and spending his vast fortune.
This is the same President that only have held on Council of Ministers in October 2015 and March 2018. While the rest of his majesties decisions are made and done by Presidential Decree, therefore, the roles of the cabinet is very free and not so much transparency of what they really do as public officials.
There are other candidates in the Presidential Elections in this October 2018, but don’t expect them to win. The whole government are run by his decree and will not change with time. The government have already hired a lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs, this agreement is made now and lasting until June 2019.
We know this isn’t really a strong or real elections, as of mid-July 20 Opposition Parties was supporting the candidacy of Biya. Everyone except for the Social Democratic Front (SDF) are really not there other for show. They might say so, but that is the real opposition of Biya. Joshua Osih is the main candidate, but like his predecessor John Fru Ndi will struggle to beat him.
What I am expecting of the 85 year old man, is that he might write an op-ed for New York Times in the weeks ahead of the polls, a few Youtube Video Clips with a positive message and some articles of fashion. Maybe even a beautiful written manifesto, which the President have no plan of finishing or even trying to do. As it is a sales pitch to still have support from Paris and Washington D.C. not being shunned by the Western Powers who boast his army.
That Biya is a cruel man who is living in Switzerland is that the Anglophone crisis continues with ghost-town, killings and destruction of villages. This is happening as the Francophone part of Cameroon are going against the English speaking citizens. Biya is even worse, as he has recently hired soldiers from Chad to destroy and kill own citizens in region. Still, no one question this mandate or use of foreign soldiers within the territory. This is happening as the President preparing his rallies and his campaign for another term.
We can expect most of it happening only or by decree. If he want to spoil the public, there will be video-clips from his post hotel room and not from any official building in Yaounde. Not that he would do that, even if he owns luxurious cars there and has a mansion awaiting him.
He should vacate and become a Swiss citizen, instead of running, because I am awaiting slogans on WhatsApp and Viber, this man is not running an ordinary campaign. He is just hammering it through and hoping nobody cares, while his army is spewing havoc in the anglophone region. Peace.