The Cameroon National Episcopal Conference has a new leadership at its helm. The new leaders were elected during the 44th Annual Assembly of the conference that is ongoing in Yaounde. His Lordship, Bishop Abraham Kome of the Diocese of Bafang has been elected as the new President of the Conference. He takes over from His Grace Samuel Kleda, Archbishop of the Douala Metropolitan Archdiocese who while opening activities declared that he would be glad to be replaced by another bishop after serving his mandate and will not change the constitution in order to remain at the helm of the conference.
The new leader of the conference who originates from the Mbam and Inoubou division in the Center region was born on July 2, 1969 in Loum, Littoral region of Cameroon. He was appointed on May 26th, 2012 as the Bishop of the Diocese of Bafang in the West region of Cameroon.
His Lordship Andrea Nkea Fuanya of the Mamfe Diocese was equally elected as the new Vice President of the Conference. Bishop Andrew Nkea who hails from the Lebialem division in the south west region was born on August 29 1965 in Widikum, Archdiocese of Bamenda.
He was ordained into the Priesthood in 1992 in the Diocese of Buea by Bishop Emeritus, His Lordship Pius Suh Awa. He was later appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Mamfe on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 by Pope Francis. He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law which he obtained at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.
During the assembly, the Bishops through their outgoing President expressed their dissatisfaction over the government’s refusal to take into consideration their views on the sociopolitical state of the country. They say they have requested on several occasions to meet with the Head of State to discuss about the deepening Anglophone crisis and the tensed sociopolitical atmosphere in Cameroon but the regime of Mr. Biya has remained silent over their requests.
They also reiterated the need for an urgent solution to be provided to the Anglophone crisis as it has become a major problem to the economic and political growth of the country.