Former Cameroonian Prime Minister Philemon Yang is now the Grand Chancellor of the National Orders. The presidential decree appointing this high-ranking state official was signed on April 17, by President Paul Biya.
Philemon Yang replaces Peter Mafany Musonge, another former prime minister, who was appointed several months ago as chairman of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (CNPBM).
The latter, who chaired his last session of the Council of National Orders on April 14, in the framework of the 48th National Unity Day, had been in office since 2007.
Philemon Yang has been the Head of the permanent delegation of the Central Committee of the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (CPDM) for the North-West and regional chairman of the party during the campaigns for the 2018 presidential and senatorial elections as well as the legislative and municipal elections of February 9, 2020.
He indicates he does not currently know what is expected of him in this new position. “I will know more about it in the coming days,” he says.
According to the provisions of the decree of 26 December 2019 on the reorganization of the Grand Chancellery of National Orders, the Grand Chancellor chairs the Councils of Orders and Commissions, administers Orders and Medals, proposes to the Councils of Orders and Medals Commissions the disciplinary measures to be imposed on members of the various Orders and Medals. The Grand Chancellor is responsible for the organization of the Orders and Medals Commissions and the management of the Orders and Medals.
Philemon Yang, a native of Oku locality in the Bui Department (North-West Region), is a magistrate who graduated from the National School of Administration and Magistracy (Enam) in 1975. He first joined the government in 1975 as Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration.
In 1979, he was appointed Minister of Mines and Energy, a position he left in 1984 to become Cameroon's Ambassador to Canada. He remained there until 2004 when Paul Biya recalled him to the Unity Palace as Deputy Secretary-General.
On June 30, 2009, the magistrate, who is reputed to be discreet, replaced Ephraim Inoni as Prime Minister, where he stayed longer than any other Primer Minister.