This looks like a surrealist story told on social networks since 14 May 2017. But it is true. “Bassileken Georges Magloire, Mbanga permanent Ministerial Representative, wants to force a SDF town Councillor to take part in the 20 May 2017 parade”, one can read on Facebook.
After verification, the Mbanga permanent Ministerial Representative or “chef de terre” as are known those working for the territorial administration indeed wants to force Mr. Tedjouteu, town Councillor belonging to the opposition party SDF (Social Democratic Front) to attend the National Unity Day parade.
In an official correspondence of which we obtained a copy, the representative writes: “On 16 May 2017, you kindly sent to me for information a memo from the National President of the SDF addressed to his followers and in which he called for a non-participation in the activities for the celebration of the 45th National Unity Day. Following that, it is my pleasure to advise you that as the elected representative of the people, your presence at the public ceremonies is a republican obligation (ref. Decree n° 76-424 dated 16 September 1976 setting the rules for protocol in terms of public ceremonies)”.
The Ministerial Representative continues: “Your tendencies must not let you lose sight of your status as an elected representative of the people which compels you to respect republican requirements which your political commitments should in no manner shadow”.
Consequently, rebounds the Ministerial Representative, there is no possible exemption to duty of attending official holiday celebrations. “I highly value your presence alongside established corporations during the 45th National Unity Day”, demands the Ministerial Representative.