Cameroon - Elections 7 October and the Anglophone Crisis

La Catholic Church proposed in an episcopal letter to the "people of God who are in Cameroon, to all Cameroonians".to vote in the next elections, 'candidates capable of dealing with the socio-political crisis' that Cameroon is going through.

In the same letter from VOA Africa obtained a copy, the Cameroon bishops also proposed that Cameroonians should only choose those who are able to 'promote the unity of the country, its true independence'.

To this end, Bishop Samuel Kleda, who signed the letter, in his capacity as president of the Cameroon National Bishops' Conference, urges Cameroonians to take an interest only in political programmes that "bring real solutions to the problems that plague the country. ".

Among these problems, Samuel Kleda, Archbishop of Douala, cites 'corruption, loss of a sense of the common good, the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions, social inequalities, youth unemployment, the fight against Boko Haram, challenges in the judiciary, health, education, infrastructure, ... etc.'.

The bishops' letter is also a call for a massive participation of the people in "exercise its sovereignty by freely, peacefully and responsibly choosing its leaders". . However, the Catholic Church urges its faithful and people of goodwill to make choices that do not conflict with their Gospel-inspired beliefs.

The Catholic Church also calls through the channel of the bishops 'for free and transparent elections'. Statistics show that 38.4% of the Cameroonian population is of Catholic obedience.

Under the auspices of an influential member of this church, the former Archbishop of Douala, the Cardinal Christian Tumi, to be held on 21-22 November 2018, the Anglophone General Conference that aims to find solutions to end the crisis North-Western and South-Western Regions.

The Catholic institution is the only player able to 'promote dialogue between the insurgents and the government', said the International Crisis Group last April

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