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National Assembly bureau voted amid SDF riots against Wirba’s arrest warrant

MPs of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, rioted and repeatedly blocked the election of a new executive bureau of the…

MPs of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, rioted and repeatedly blocked the election of a new executive bureau of the National Assembly last night, in protest of parliament’s lukewarm attitude towards a warrant issue for the arrest of Hon Joseph Wirba who is protected by parliamentary immunity.

The MPs on March 21, blocked voting in the National Assembly for some time and were prepared to exchange blows on government’s plans to lift Joseph wirba’s immunity and other parliamentarians who have been vocal on the Anglophone problem.

Hon. Wirba, SDF Member of Parliament and one other MP, Martin Oyono, may have their immunities lifted in this session. The two Members of Parliament according to official sources have committed wide-ranging offences which are at variance with the standing orders of the national assembly. While Hon Wirba is said to have defied the orders of House Speaker, Cavaye Djibril to deliver a close to 12-minute speech on the Anglophone problem during the November session of the Assembly in which he stated without mincing words that Anglophones who are advocating separation from French-speaking Cameroon were right, Hon Martin Oyono for his part, we are told, has been demonstrating acts of insubordination.

In what is now believed to be a springboard that catapulted him to prominence, Hon Wirba had taken the National Assembly ‘hostage’ on December 2, 2016 to deliver a speech on the Anglophone problem despite several calls to order by the House Speaker. Cavaye Yeguie after vain attempts to interrupt Wirba later watched helplessly as the SDF MP from Jakiri delivered his emotional presentation at the hemicycle.

It would be recalled that in 2006, Parliament lifted the Immunities of two CPDM members. The Bureau of the National Assembly had unanimously agreed to strip Hon. Edouard Etonde Ekotto and Hon. Booto  Ngon of their immunities who were being prosecuted for embezzlement of state funds.

Effective work at the national assembly is expected to begin soon following the election of the permanent bureau for the 2017 legislative year during Tuesday’s plenary sitting of the House.  All the 23 outgoing members of the bureau were maintained in their positions with House Speaker, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril being re-elected in a uninominal vote with 147 votes and 20 void ballots.  The senior vice Speaker, Hon. Hilarion Etong was re-elected with 141 votes and there were 17 void ballots.



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