Cameroon’s ruling party, Rassemblement démocratique du peuple camerounais (Rdpc), has decided to maintain the schedule of its 35th anniversary, despite the current coronavirus pandemic. In a note signed March 18, Secretary-General Jean Nkuete instructed the party's leaders “to proceed in their respective political units to the celebration, on 24 March 2020, of the 35th anniversary” of the party.
This celebration is placed under the theme of the loyal support for President Paul Biya, “for the continuation of the process of restoring lasting peace in our country and strengthening the quality of living together.” Jean Nkuete said that this celebration, which takes into account “the national and international health situation marked by the spread of the coronavirus,” should be held “in strict compliance with the measures instructed by the Prime Minister.”
However, one of the measures announced by the Prime Minister, Joseph Dion Ngute, at the end of a crisis meeting held on 17 March 2020 in Yaoundé, prohibits groups of more than 50 people. Therefore, some members of the party doubt that it is a good idea to maintain the celebration.