Cameroon: Ex PM to head commission for bi-linguism, multi-culturalism
Peter Mafany Musongue, a former Prime Minister of Cameroon has been designated as chairman of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (CNPBM).
His appointment comes after a decree to that effect was issued by President Paul Biya late on Wednesday.
Currently a senator, Musongue will head a 14-member team, including government officials, civil society leaders and clergymen appointed for a five-year renewable mandate.
The CNPBM, which is placed under the purview of the country’s president, is an autonomous consultative body created on January 23, amidst the turmoil in English-speaking regions of Cameroon where claims of discrimination and calls for secession have been rife in recent months.
The commission’s mission is to maintain peace, consolidate national cohesion and strengthen the desire of Cameroonians to live together as a single nation.
It will oversee the implementation of constitutional provisions making English and French the official languages of equal value in Cameroon, including their use in all public services, parastatals and an organization open to government officials.
The CNPBM may conduct studies or launch investigations and come up with measures likely to strengthen the bilingual and multicultural character of Cameroon and prepare and submit draft texts on bilingualism and multiculturalism to the head of state.
It is also mandated to receive complaints about linguistic discrimination which it may report to the president while initiating mediation.