The Minister of Territorial Administration in Cameroon, Paul Atanga Nji has signed an order dismissing a third class traditional ruler of Mesakuba in Yaoundé 3 district of Cameroon.
According to the order, the traditional ruler whose name we got as Paul Marie Biloa Effa is said to have been dismissed for the following reasons:
- Incitement and instigation to insurgents in Cameroon.
- Insubordination towards administrative authorities in Cameroon.
- Active participation in forbidden public manifestations.
The traditional ruler who is also an executive member of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) of Prof. Maurice Kamto has described the decision as a violation of the law. While talking to the press, Chief Biloa Effa explained that according to the law, in such a situation, a warning and call to order must first be given to the person concerned. If not followed, then a three months suspension is issued. If this still doesn’t work, then the last option would be relieving the person in question from their duties as all previous warnings have been ignored.
According to Chief Biloa Effa , he did not receive any warnings nor a suspension from the Minister who decided to relieve him of his duties as traditional ruler of that part of the City of Yaoundé.
In Africa and in Cameroon in particular where the rite of succession is most often than not hereditary, traditional rulers are expected to be held in very high regard. The minister’s decision , therefore, comes as a surprise to many who hitherto did not know that African traditional rulers considered Custodians of the tradition and believed to be chosen by God (the gods), can be dismissed or even designated.