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Cabinet reshuffle rumour hits the charts in Cameroon




Cabinet Reshuffle Rumour Hits the Charts in Cameroon

By Moki S. Mokondo in Buea, for Fako News Centre

In the last couple of months, most newspaper columns have hit the news stands with headline stories purporting a possible cabinet reshuffle in Cameroon. Some of the stories go as far as forecasting cabinet members who are going to be sacked and their possible substitutes.


However, many Cameroonians have come to reason it out that the brain behind these stories is smart-alecks who are taking advantage of the present situation of the country to announce the eventual reshuffling of some cabinet members.


Of the cabinet positions highly speculated is the post of Prime Minister. It seems as if most Cameroonians have lost interest in the post of Head of State, and consequently, the only highest position possible is the post of Prime Minister. Most of the articles argue that the post of Prime Minister has been long overdue for change its stay in Fako Division and that it is time for other divisions to have their own share of the national cake by one of theirs heading the post. They claim that two elites from Fako Division have held this position since 1996, that is, Peter Mafany Musonge and presently Ephraim Inoni.


Astonishingly, the authors of these news articles report as if they got first hand information from the horses own mouth. They as well quote confidential information the Head of state, Paul Biya, gave to some “French visitors” during his stay in New York while attending the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.


On the 28th  September, the 2008 edition of Jeune Afrique, a weekly news magazine in the column “confidential” reported that there are possibilities of cabinet shake-up in Cameroon by the end of 2008. This article also claimed that the number of cabinet portfolios might be reduced and a “re-formation” of the government done.


Notwithstanding, some Cameroonians have begun questioning such articles as they lack concrete sources. However, the increasing number of news articles striking the news stands in Cameroon in relation to possible cabinet reshuffling has pushed the Minister of state, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon, Laurent Esso, who on Friday 3rd October 2008 signed a press release to distance the institution of the state from incarnates of such information he described as unfounded.


Mr. Esso also states clear in the release that such claims are baseless. Wherefore and why all these speculations have become the greatest question in the minds of most of those who border to read the news articles. One thing for sure is  that there is “no smoke without fire”, and that if Cameroonians take a quiet moment and make close observations, then they are eventually going to find out where the fire is hiding.

It is yet to be understood why journalism attitude in Cameroon today has been adopted to that of speculations and diffusion of rumours.


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