The Senior Divisional Officer for Fako Division in the South West region, Zang III has signed a prefectural order suspending the elective General Assembly previewed for today February 17 and 18th at the Limbe City Council hall.
The decision comes following an appeal by host constituency, Fako which argued that the current executive of the South West Chiefs Conference is violating the constitution of the body by imposing conditions for them to choose their leader. Going by the constitution, Chiefs of Fako Division are supposed to present their candidate who will automatically become the next President of the South West Chiefs Conference.
After an electoral process last year, HRH Njombe Johnson won the elections and was presented as candidate for the top position which had suffered postponement. By some strange happenstance, a group of first class chiefs objected that a third class Chief like Njombe Johnson of Wokaka village cannot head the institution that has paramount traditional rulers as members. This eventually generated a kind of political tension within the South West Chiefs conference with camps formed to fight for the post of president.
According to Njombe Johnson, SWECC should not meddle into the internal affairs of the Fako chiefs. He has maintained his candidacy for the post of president which according to the internal rules and regulations will simply be validated because he is the candidate from Fako division. The new date of the elections has not been determined.