There is no Succession crisis in Baligham, says new Fon

May 25, 2012                                 

Elvis Samkit Gahyam II, The new Gah of Baligham, a village in Santa subdivision has said there is no succession crisis in his village. He spoke to BamendaOnline in his palace on May 24.

“If there was any succession crisis you would have seen barricades as you drive into and around the village” he said. “ I can assure you that all is well and it is a legitimate right for each of the 25 male children of the 75 children my father had to aspire for the throne” he continued.

The entire village and beyond was thrown into a shock, after their leader, Fon MST Galabe II went missing last April 25, 2012 after 54 years on the throne.

Farming and commercial activities in the village have almost grounded to a halt as kingmakers and notables go through the traditional and administrative process to find the missing fon.

Tita Nyahgang a notable and close aid to the fon of Baligham, explains that “after the disappearance of a fon, the Ngumba and kingmakers are informed. The 7 makers then sit to examine the situation. If the missing form had informed them of a choice they would also examine it alongside other possible candidates” he said.

The kingmakers he said “have the powers to decide on a choice that is deem good for the people”  he added”

That choice has fallen on Elvis Galabe, a son that worked closely with the missing fon as a close aide for the last decade.

Renamed Elvis Samkit Gahyam II, the new Gah of Baligham is still to be confirmed by the administration of Mezam.

A communique signed by the Mezam SDO, Marche Njouonwet Joseph Bertrand on May 16, states that “consultative talks with the kingmakers would be held on May 29, 2012 to choose the new Gah of Baligham”

While awaiting the administrative confirmation of the kingmakers’ choice, the traditional council has already planned a thanksgiving service on June 28, traditional enthronement and funeral rites on June 29, and the public presentation of the new Gah on June 30, 2012.

The missing MST Galabe II was born in 1927, first got married in 1957, and then became Gah in 1958. He leaves behind 5 of his 7 wives, 75 children, 126 grand children, 38 great grand children and 15 great great grand children.

By Abongwa Fozo and Ngam Eustace in Baligham

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