The Night of the Long Knives
By Ernest L. Molua and Ben Nakomo, with photos courtesy Bright Lokenge
Presided over by the Senior Divisional Officer of Fako Division, Mr Benard Okalia Bilai, the First Ordinary Session of the Council of the Buea Municipality held on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 in the Buea council hall. The sole agenda of the session was the election of City Mayor. Following the landslide victory of the Cameroon’s People Democratic Movement, CPDM in the July 22, 2007 twin municipal and parliamentary elections, the CPDM party defeated the SDF and a bandwagon of disorientated and poorly managed 250 political parties. According to the law in the management of councils, newly elected councilors meet on the First Tuesday following elections to vote for the Mayor.