Vol. 6, Issue 3 (2019)
Traditional Rulers’ Representation in local government legislatures, 1952-1974: Exertions of the colonial and west Cameroon governments
Author(s): Protus Mbeum Tem
Abstract: The paper examines efforts made by the governments of Southern (West) Cameroon in resisting attempts at disbanding the privileges enjoyed by traditional rulers as local government legislators. It holds that though efforts were made by the colonial administration at democratising the local government system, traditional rulers did not lost the preponderant role accorded them in these institutions. The surge in nationalism and quest for their departure from the political scene after World War II was not heeded to as they were maintained as ex–officio members. Upon independence and reunification of Cameroon, they continued enjoying this role and attempts at disbanding this special status by the federal government met with stiff resistance from the State government of West Cameroon government. However, this status was lost with the enactment of a new law on local government and centralisation of power after unification.