By Sandrine Akeabeh, in Buea
Magistrate Malomba Esembe, 34 year-old CPDM candidate for Member of Parliament for Buea Urban has promised to use his youthfulness to bring change which the local people are yearning for.
He made the promise to vendors, buyers and passersby during his campaign at the OIC market in Buea on Tuesday January 28.
The would-be parliamentarian and his campaign team were surrounded by many people who were shouting and praising the young political aspirant, while they fought for a bottle of water.
“Yes we go vote for you ma pikin. We want na young people like you so for lead we. We no want old people them again” a fruit vendor shouted in Pidgin-English. Loosely translated into English, the woman threw her support, saying “Yes, we will vote for you my child. We want young people like you to lead us. We no longer want old people.”
Malomba’s team has been on various media outlets for the past days rallying support and talking to the people, giving them reasons to vote their candidate. He is up against Barrister Ngongi Ikomi of the opposition SDF party.
Malomba is married and a father of 3. He holds a first degree in English Private Law and Postgraduate diploma in Business Law from the University of Soa, Yaounde.
From 2012 to present, he has served as Magistrate at the Administrative Court, Southwest region, Buea. From June 2006 to September 2008, he was Litigation Officer at the Ministry of SMES, Social Economy and Handicrafts. From April 2000 to June 2006, he served as Registrar at High Court, Ocean division, Kribi.
Malomba Esembe and other candidates for the February 9 twin elections are campaigning at a time when the Anglophone crisis is still severe, with calls of boycotts from several quarters.