Marcel Niat Njifenji (born 26 October 1934) is a Cameroonian politician who has been President of the Senate of Cameroon since June 12, 2013. A member of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (RDPC), he previously served for years as Director-General of the National Electricity Company, and he was also a minister in the government during the early 1990s.
With 82 CPDM Senators in the Senate,a win for the party was eminent,his name as the opposition revealed had already been printed in the ballot paper,the elections was just a mare process to tell the public that democracy exist SDF senators commented on Cameroon Calling,a popular English program on state media CRTV.
When former prime minister Peter Mafany Musonge nominated Niat,it came from the partys choice,he was seen reading from a paper.The Minority SDF Senators as usual grumbled over spilt milk-too, late.
Born in 1934 at Bangangté, located in Cameroon’s West Region, Niat Njifenji worked as an engineer of roads and bridges. Eventually he became Director-General of the National Electricity Company (Société nationale d’Electricité, SONEL), the state-owned electricity company from May 1974 to April 1984 and again from September 1989 to July 2001. He served in the government as Minister of Planning and Territorial Administration from 7 September 1990 to 26 April 1991 while continuing to serve as Director-General of SONEL. He was later appointed Deputy Prime Minister for Mines, Water, and Energy from 9 April 1992 to 27 November 1992. During his second stint in the government, he continued to serve as Director-General of SONEL, and he remained in that post throughout the 1990s. He was elected to parliament in 1992 but did not serve his term since he was already Vice-Prime Minister while still in post as General Manager of SONEL. Eventually the company was privatized and Niat Njifenji left his post at the company in 2001. In 2002, Niat Njifenji was elected Mayor of Bangangte in the West Region of Cameroon. He served until 2007.
President of the Senate.
In 2013, after years of delay, the Senate was established to serve as the upper house of Cameroon’s Parliament; previously only the National Assembly existed. President Paul Biya appointed Niat Njifenji to the Senate in May 2013. He was one of 30 senators to receive their seats by presidential appointment; the other 70 senators were indirectly elected. Biya appointed three senators for each region, and Niat Njifenji was one of the three to come from West Region.
Niat Njifenji was elected as President of the Senate on 12 June 2013. In the 100-member body, there were 86 votes in favor of Niat Njifenji; no senators voted against him, although 14 senators cast spoilt votes. As President of the Senate, Niat Njifenji would, according to the constitution, succeed President Biya if the latter were to die in office; he would lead the country until a new presidential election could be held, and he would not be permitted to stand as a candidate in that election.