Wum Municipality

The Wum Council is headed by a MAYOR in the person of Mr. Dighambong Anthony MVO, and he is assisted by Two Deputies. The First Deputy Mayor is Mr. Hamza Umaru and the second deputy Mayor is Mrs. Achuo Fabiola Alima Epouse Akwo.

  1. Council executive : task distribution between mayor and deputy mayors;-

The Wum Council has 25 councillors (8 females and 17 males). The task distribution is written out. There is the position of the Lord Mayor, First and Second Deputies then technical committee chair persons, vice, secretaries and members with an average of 5 persons per committee with TOR on how the committees should function.

  1. Municipal council : number of sittings held per annum, role played in the management of council affairs, role played in the orientation and control of use of council budget, information flow (from council to population and vice versa), nature of information (information on politics, development etc) ;-

In 2014 two council sessions held one to adopt the budget and the second to adopt the administrative accounts. The Mayor has programmed four Council sessions for 2015, the administrative accounts session in February, two sessions in June and September respectively  for other issues and the budget session in November 2015. The councillors do not demonstrate a good understanding of their role in the management of council affairs. They are more into the management of personnel rather than in the functioning of the technical committees. Their role in orientation of the council development process and in the control of the use of the budget is weak. The ideal for Information flow from council to population and vice versa by the councillors and the nature of the information that should flow is not well known, this necessitates training seminars for the Councillors. Committee meetings are held prior to a Council session.

  1. Municipal councillors: sex ratio, age groups, socio-professional categories, clans or lineage, traditional rulers; -

32% of the councillors are female and 68% are male. Information on the councillors is not available in the council. To this moment information sheets are still to be designed and circulated to this effect to the councillors to provide basic information about themselves for them to  fill and return. It has thus not been possible to have data on the councillors so the ages of the councillors are still pending. A majority of the councillors are teachers, then graziers/farmers and a few business men (traders). The main lineages that characterise the councillors – Fulani, Aghem, Bu and what is commonly known as stranger community.

  1. Number of political parties represented in the municipal council ;

The councillors all belong to the ruling Cameroon Peoples’ Democratic Movement (CPDM) party 

  1. Basic education and training received while occupying position of councillor;

 This information is not available. But the process of compiling it has been engaged considering that there is a need to have the profiles of councillors. They too need to carry out a former training .
But we are informed that a majority of the councillors have not received any form of training upon becoming councillors. For those who have, it is training that has merely exposed them but is not tailored to directly enhance their capacity to function properly as councillors.

  1. Perception of their role as councillors (are they active?, level of impact, are their opinions considered? etc) ;

Generally there is a poor perception of their role and very few are active especially those in executive positions. Technical committee meetings are held only prior to Council sessions and where they hold the issues discussed do not reflect the role of a councillor. The possibility is there for the councillors to make their opinions on actions known, however little evidence of councillors actually making use of this.

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