Cameroon: March Plenary Sitting - MPs Urged to Promote General Interest

The opening plenary was chaired by the eldest member of the House, Koa Mfegue Laurentine epse Mbede.

Members of the National Assembly have been called to safeguard general interest in the course of deliberations at the House. The call was made by the eldest member of the House Koa Mfegue Laurentine epse Mbede as she chaired the opening session together with the two youngest members of the provisional bureau. The eldest member also called the lawmakers to represent the interest of the population throughout their mandate at the National Assembly. In her opening statement, she told Members of Parliament (MPs) being elected into the National Assembly calls for work at all times. She equally called for the respect of opinion during deliberations, instating general interest should be given preference. Differences in opinions, Hon. Koa Mfegue said, should be accepted but objectivity and tolerance should be given the pride of place. "That said, we should safeguard general interest," she stated. The eldest member equally called on MPs to henceforth meticulously represent the aspirations of those who voted them into the National Assembly. "The forces of circumstances, our constitutional and legislative stipulations have, once availed me the opportunity to chair, in the same capacity as eldest member, the opening sitting of the March ordinary session of the National Assembly as it was the case on March 10, 2020 during the inaugural sitting of the statutory ordinary session of the 10th legislative period. We now have the full powers to exercise our duties of representing the people," she stated, adding MPs need to at all times in the course of their mandates ensure the interest of the common man is represented. Hon. Koa Mfegue said a permanent bureau for the legislative year shall in the coming days be elected as stipulated by law. Going by the Constitution, Parliament meets in ordinary session three times a year (in the months of March, June and November) with the first session of the year (in March) being chaired by the eldest member before elections of the bureau of the House are organised.

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