Joseph Charles Doumba

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Joseph Charles Doumba
Secretary-General of Cameroon People's Democratic Movement
In office
10 March 1992 – 4 April 2007
Succeeded by Rene Sadi

Joseph Charles Doumba (2 February 1936[1] – 5 March 2017[2]) was a Cameroonian politician. First appointed to the government of Cameroon as Minister of Information and Culture in 1974, Doumba was Secretary-General of the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC) from 1992 to 2007.

RDPC Secretary-General[edit]

Doumba was designated as Secretary-General of the RDPC, the ruling party, on 10 March 1992.[3] He was viewed as strongly loyal to President Paul Biya.[4]

Doumba and RDPC Deputy Secretary-General Gregoire Owona had a poor relationship; by 2003 they had reportedly not been on speaking terms for years, and Biya was said to primarily work with Owona, while largely ignoring Doumba. Doumba's health was poor by that time, and he was often in France for medical treatment; he also faced discontent within the party due a perception that he was aloof from the party at the local level, and he was accused of ignoring the Central Committee. Rumors in May 2003 suggested that he had tried to resign but that Biya had refused to accept his resignation.[5]

Doumba's poor health was highlighted by the visible difficulty he had in giving a speech at an RDPC extraordinary congress in July 2006. Due to the state of his health, party affairs were largely managed by Owona[6] until Biya, in his capacity as National President of the RDPC, appointed Rene Sadi to succeed Doumba on 4 April 2007. On the same occasion, he appointed Doumba as Roving Ambassador at the Presidency.[4][6]


  1. ^ "Biographie de M. Joseph Charles Doumba" Archived 2006-01-17 at the Wayback Machine., Cameroon government website (in French).
  2. ^ Romulus Dorval Kuessie (6 March 2017). "Cameroun : Joseph Charles Doumba n'est plus" (in French). 237 Online. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "L'ère de la concurrence", RDPC website (in French).
  4. ^ a b Junior Binyam, "Rdpc : Biya offre le repos à Doumba", Mutations, 5 April 2007 (in French).
  5. ^ Asong Ndifor, "CPDM in crisis: Has Charles Doumba resigned ?", The Herald (Cameroon), 25 May 2003.
  6. ^ a b Kini Nsom, "Biya Overhauls CPDM Machinery, Appoints New SG", The Post (Cameroon), 10 April 2007.