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Musonge Resigns As Senator

By Bouddih Adams Peter Mafany Musonge, former Prime Minister who was appointed in 2013 to the first and current Senate in Cameroon by President Paul Biya, has resigned as Senator. The resignation was announced on July 5 during a special plenary session of th
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Musonge Resigns As Senator

By Bouddih Adams Peter Mafany Musonge, former Prime Minister who was appointed in 2013 to the first and current Senate in Cameroon by President Paul Biya, has resigned as Senator. The resignation was announced on July 5 during a special plenary session of the Senate chaired by the Senate President, Marcel Niat Njifenji, to whom the resignation was addressed. According to the President of the Senate, the resignation is in conformity with Section 7 sub 2, which states that the position of Senator shall be incompatible with duties including a non-elective office. Also, in line with the statutes of the National Commission on the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, NCPBM, to which Musonge was appointed in January this year, he was supposed to give up the post of CPDM Group in the Senate. He is likely to be replaced with a son of Manyu, Senator Nfor Tabetando. Also, Gabriel Dima of Limbe in Fako, who is his Alternate, had reportedly sent his file to the Senate to replace Musonge as Senator. Considering the insistence that the post of President of the NCPBM is incompatible with any other post, Musonge may also be replaced as the Grand Chancellor of National Orders. He may also be replaced as Southwest Regional Coordinator of the CPDM. Meantime, Musonge’s political weight seems to waning as the Commission has been observed as a paper tiger, because it’s statutes of observing and reporting to the Presidency of the Republic, therefore, it will not achieve anything concrete for Cameroon. The Presidential Decree No. 2017/013 of January 23, 2017, that created the NCPBM, states clearly that the Commission is an advisory body to the Head of State and the Government in making recommendations. It is, thus, not a problem-solving Commission and wields no powers.

Gov’t, Catholic Church On Warpath Over Bishop Bala’s Death

By Isidore Abah & Sylvester Atemnkeng Contradictory reports about the real cause of the death of the Bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Benoit Balla, seem to have landed the Government and the Catholic Church on warpath. The Bishops of the National Episcopal Con
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Gov’t, Catholic Church On Warpath Over Bishop Bala’s Death

By Isidore Abah & Sylvester Atemnkeng Contradictory reports about the real cause of the death of the Bishop of Bafia, Jean Marie Benoit Balla, seem to have landed the Government and the Catholic Church on warpath. The Bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, NEC, had in a press conference in Yaounde on June 14, stated that Bishop Bala did not commit suicide, but was brutally murdered. The Bishops had called on the Government to hasten up with the publication of the report of its investigation on the tragic death of the Prelate and bring the culprits to book. However, after the Bishops pronouncements, Government swung into action to determine the cause of the Bishop’s demise. In conformity with the Bishops demand, the Government through the Attorney General of the Yaounde Appeal Court, Jean Fils Ntamack, on July 4, issued an official statement, contradicting the Episcopal Conference June 13 press release that Mgr. Balla was brutally murdered. The Yaounde Appeal Court Attorney General’s statement is based on an undisclosed autopsy report, allegedly conducted on the remains of the fallen Bishop by experts from Europe. In the statement, Jean Fils Ntamack, stated that “After initial examination by two teams of local medical doctors on June 2 and 22, 2017, the decision was taken to resort to international expertise through INTERPOL. The forensic medical doctors sent by INTERPOL for that purpose, namely Professor Michael Tsokos, Director of the Berlin Institute of Forensic Medicine in Germany, and Doctor Mark Mulder, Coordinator of the Disaster Victim Identification Unit of INTERPOL, arrived Cameroon on June 29, 2017. After close examination, they noted the absence of any traces of violence on the body of the deceased and concluded, in this light, that drowning was the most probable cause of the Bishop’s death.” Though investigations as to the circumstances under which the Prelate died are still on-going, his remains have been handed over to the National Episcopal Council for burial,” he added. The statement of the Attorney General has however left many in the wondering aloud. Many unanswered questions have been raised such as; where was the autopsy report? Why did they refuse a press conference to publish the results of their findings? As medical ethics prescribe, results of medical examinations are almost all the time presented by medical examiners, why is it that in this case, the Yaoundé authorities refused the medical practitioners from releasing their findings themselves? News of Government findings took many Catholic Christians in the Southwest Region by storm. Speaking to The Post, one of the Christians said “what were you expecting from the Government that is at the centre of this assassination case? Of course the Government officials will only try to defend themselves. You cannot be a player and a referee at the same time,” he stated. According to our source, the death of the Bishop is not unconnected to the plethora of disagreements, which the Prelate had with one highly placed Government officials. Another Catholic Christian said; “we already knew the outcome of the so called findings before they were even made public. The fact that Government objected to an independent inquiry commission from the Holy See was an indication that something was amiss. You don’t expect one to admit to his- own crime in the market place.” However, Catholic Christians are unanimous that something urgent needs to be done to avert the brutal killings of ecclesiastical authorities in Cameroon.

UB Fake Certificate Probe: Investigations Show Buea Mayor Entered UB Through Back Door

By Bouddih Adams Following the allegations that the Mayor of Buea surreptitiously entered the University of Buea with one A-Level GCE paper, we engaged an investigation that took us to other towns and many GCE centres to garner the hard facts and figures. Ou
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UB Fake Certificate Probe: Investigations Show Buea Mayor Entered UB Through Back Door

By Bouddih Adams Following the allegations that the Mayor of Buea surreptitiously entered the University of Buea with one A-Level GCE paper, we engaged an investigation that took us to other towns and many GCE centres to garner the hard facts and figures. Our findings showed that a candidate in the name of Ekema Patrick Esunge sat for the GCE seven times. He started sitting for the exam in 1995 and failed. In 1996, he sat again for the exam at the Molyko External and passed in one subject; History D with an ‘E’ Grade. After that, he made several attempts every other year, changing combinations comprising Economics, History, Geography and French at different times, and in the different centres to wit: Molyko External, Muea External, Kumba External. He gave up sitting for the exam after the 2007 session which was the 7th and last time he sat. Back Door Admission In the 2007, having immersed himself in politics, he picked up the one ‘E’ he got in 1996, used his political position and influenced a political ally of high standing in UB to be admitted in the varsity which prides itself as the “The Place To Be”. UB is known to have rejected, outright, applications for admission with even two ‘E’ Grades at the ‘A’ Level. Ekema was given a 1st Degree in History in 2000 and also a job as one of the support staff of the university. He then proceeded to get a Masters Degree, also in History. It is alleged that he recently engaged a programme for a PhD in one of the State Universities in Yaounde. Fake Certificate Saga Reports say when the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the UB requested for funds for the salaries of support staff and the Minister of Finance saw the whooping amount and the number of support staff, he was scandalised and asked for documents to justify the figures. It was discovered that about 70 of the support staff faked certificates to get employment. The Government ordered that they should be fired. It is held that when Ekema got wind of the expulsion of support staff with fake certificates, he quickly went and resigned. He apparently was still keeping the job after becoming Mayor, contrary to the regulations. Accordingly, he would not continue the PhD programme when it has been found that the threshold from which he did graduate and post-graduate studies is fake. Mayor Ekema Calls PhDs Pigs The stage was the Buea Town Hall. The date June 16, 2017. The unfolding drama was the first ordinary session of the Buea Council for 2017. Councillors had answered present and the business of the day was supposed to commence at 9.00am. But they had to wait for the Supervisory Authority, the SDO for Fako. It was not until 12-noon that the SDO, Zang III, cruised in. The Councillors heaved a sigh of relief. The Mayor then took the boss to his (Mayor’s) office. They would spend close to an hour. The Councillors waited as if for the white smoke during the election of Pope. When the two authorities emerged from the inner chamber, the aroma of the finest blends of hot drinks trailed the Mayor as he sauntered to the high table to take his seat, after his boss. After the cosmetic salutations and the traditional payment of homage to fatherland, the Mayor opened his 32-page speech, in which he had engraved following his name, his latest title harvested at last May 20: “Knight of the Cameroon Order of Valour” (the ‘Knight’ is spelled by Mayor Ekema as ‘Night’ (darkness)). When the speech was given out, someone observed that, maybe, he does not know the spelling of his new pet title, which he compels people to pronounce to beget his mayoral service or attention. For instance, if one wanted some document signed, one must address him: “Please, Lord Mayor, Knight (or night) of the Cameroon Order of Valour, Mr. Patrick blah-blah-blah. ‘Night of Valour’s’ Nightingale Song The speech, which he apparently enjoyed like a song of nightingale, lasted close to an hour. In it, he referred to supporters of the Anglophone Crisis as “prophets of doom” and accused some Councillors who, he averred, “have opted to relinquish the missions they owe their constituencies and seem to be rubbing shoulders with supposed external elite who actually fuel the crisis, being enemies of the State in disguise.” As part of his achievements he stated that; “we hatched and executed plans to frustrate the move of SDF Members of Parliament … to stage a march in Buea in support of the Common Law lawyers and Anglophone Teachers’ cause. He also mentioned how he bought taxis to frustrate the ghost town operation. He lambasted some workers who have been carrying on protest after protest for non payment of their salaries due to the fact that they belong to “The Mbella Moki Camp”. After the Council session, the Mayor described some of the Councillors and elite who are PhD holders, that their doctorate degrees are golden rings on the noses of pigs. He also referred to an elite as an occultist and to an MP as a menopausal inconsequential. Meantime, some Councillors and local politicians, a week after that, reportedly filed a motion for a vote of no confidence on Mayor Ekema to the Secretary General of the CPDM in Yaounde.

Hon Wirba Raises Alarm: ‘Gov’t Is Hatching Plans To Arrest Or Eliminate Me’

By Yerima Kini Nsom Hon. Joseph Wirba Mbiydzenyuy, the MP who took the National Assembly by storm to articulate the Anglophone Problem, says Government is hatching new plans for his arrest and possible physical elimination. The MP for the Jakiri Special Const
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Hon Wirba Raises Alarm: ‘Gov’t Is Hatching Plans To Arrest Or Eliminate Me’

By Yerima Kini Nsom Hon. Joseph Wirba Mbiydzenyuy, the MP who took the National Assembly by storm to articulate the Anglophone Problem, says Government is hatching new plans for his arrest and possible physical elimination. The MP for the Jakiri Special Constituency raised the worry in a strongly worded letter he sent to some Western diplomats in Yaounde on July 3. The two-page letter is titled “Grave concerns for my safety” Hon. Wirba who went on exile for six months after Government issued a warrant of arrest for him, says he is no longer safe after his return. Hear him: “I do not feel safe, and I am not safe. My phone is hacked. I am trailed everywhere I go and to make things worse, reliable sources informed me that there are new plans underway for my arrest or possible physical elimination at anytime. My source of this sensitive information is the same source that informed me on the December 19, 2016, that I was going to be arrested on December 20, 2016.” Hon. Wirba told the diplomats that it is more difficult for him to continue living a normal life under such circumstances. He said “Consequently, since the Constitution that protects me has been waved aside by my own Government, I therefore plead with you to help protect and keep me safe through your high office”. He says as a Parliamentarian for the nation, protected by the constitution of Cameroon, he spoke out for the voiceless English-speaking people on December 2, 2016. Going by him, he was shocked that the Government quickly put the Constitution of the nation aside and ordered for his arrest. Following such a development he had to escape to safety. “After weighing all the options for my people while in hiding, I concluded as a patriot, who wants a better nation for his people, that I must come back to stand by my people despite the dangers involved. It is this same patriotism that pushed me to talk to some Ministers some 12 years ago when I was not yet a Member of Parliament, indicating that our people were being hurt and that the Government approach could push people to rebellion,” he narrated. In one of the copies of the letter that was addressed to the British High Commission in Yaounde, the MP began by highlighting the Anglophone Problem. Hear him: “Your Excellency, as you are well aware, the core issues related to the problems of the English-Speaking people of Cameroon, are very profound indeed. This, to my humble opinion is as a result of the abject disrespect and neglect for our people and our culture. There is a complete lack of goodwill to dialogue with our people that dates back to 1961, when the union was formed between East and West Cameroon”. He says the English-speaking people of Cameroon have been oppressed, abused, and their human dignity trampled upon for too long. To Hon. Wirba, Government policy towards English-speaking Cameroonians is directly threatening the unity of the nation. Says he: “This is because Government cannot shoot down our children who demonstrate in protest against abusive neglect, torture university students and rape some, beat up and drag lawyers and teachers to jail, subject others to all forms of indignities and still expect these same people to like the same Government or have a sense of belonging. This has helped to push many of our people to the extreme.” The MP, The Post learnt, forwarded copies of his letter to the French, US, German Ambassadors and the British and the Canadian High Commissioners to Cameroon. After audaciously articulating the Anglophone Problem at the National Assembly last December, Hon. Wirba has become a strange phenomenon and enemy of the Government. This explains why the authorities violated the Constitution, trampled on parliamentary immunity and issued him a warrant of arrest last January. After he was hinted, he smartly voted with his feet, beat the security and went into hiding for many months. While in hiding, Wirba wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly, calling on him to ensure his protection. The National Assembly was raked with commotion when the MP appeared unexpectedly and continued with his vocal pronouncements about the Anglophone Problem at the National Assembly. Observers hold that Wirba’s return to the country poses a very big trap and temptation for Government that would like to jolly well have him in goal.

Angry PCC Christians Want Those Behind Missing Church Funds Unveiled

Christians of Presbyterian Church Nsimeyong in the East Mungo Presbytery want those behind the missing FCFA 7million unveiled. But the Secretary of the East Mungo Presbytery, Rev. Emmanuel Massok has appealed to them to remain calm as investigations to unvei
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Angry PCC Christians Want Those Behind Missing Church Funds Unveiled

Christians of Presbyterian Church Nsimeyong in the East Mungo Presbytery want those behind the missing FCFA 7million unveiled. But the Secretary of the East Mungo Presbytery, Rev. Emmanuel Massok has appealed to them to remain calm as investigations to unveil those behind the disappearance of the congregation’s fund continue. Rev. Massok was speaking on Sunday July 2, during a worship service in Yaounde. According to him, Christians should be calm because it is the money that has been stolen and not their blessed hands. “You need to calm and pray for God’s intervention. It is the money that has been stolen and not their hands that are blessed. Your hands are still there. Your blessings are there and the Almighty God will still continue to bless them,” Rev. Massok stated. The Presbytery Secretary said the church took the matter to court because the church is an institution under the State, and it was very necessary to avoid the unforeseen. To him, social pressure should not supersede the case. In addition, Rev. Massok said, the outgoing pastor, Rev. Denis Kang, failed in his responsibility and duty as the Church Pastor because he was supposed to control his workers, especially the treasurer. His action, Rev. Massok went on has totally gone against the constitution of the church. Going by Rev. Massok, if NATCOM sends in their query and the Pastor is found guilty, he could be scrapped off from his duties and administration. Meanwhile, the suspects, (the treasurer, cleaner, sound system technician and the guard) are on bail, given that; the case was already in court. Furthermore, membership cards of Christians have been collected for control. The Post gathered that there is tension around the church since the missing FCFA 7million from the congregation was discovered. While investigations are going on, The Post learnt that the treasurer’s wife is quoted to have said that, “If the gods of Nsimeyong have let her down. Let the God of TB Joshua and John Chi save her.” The child of the of the treasurer is also said to have attacked the Pastor’s wife. Meanwhile, the church on Sunday July 2, also sent-off their Pastor but report indicates that a number of Christians walked out of the service claiming that the Pastor is an accomplice to the money that has gone missing. Auditors from the Synod are still going on with their exercise. The exercise comes on the heels of another audits carried out onJune 21 by the East Mungo Presbytery team. By Eulalia AmaboNchang& Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo

Suspect Killer Of Girlfriend Arrested

By Basil K Mbuye A murder suspect was arrested in Muea, Buea, on suspicion of strangling a 24-year-old final year female student of Linguistics at the University of Buea, UB. Betchem Armel Ghizlain was apprehended by the Buea Council Police on June 29 and han
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Suspect Killer Of Girlfriend Arrested

By Basil K Mbuye A murder suspect was arrested in Muea, Buea, on suspicion of strangling a 24-year-old final year female student of Linguistics at the University of Buea, UB. Betchem Armel Ghizlain was apprehended by the Buea Council Police on June 29 and handed over to Government security officers. Betchem allegedly strangled Elise Adele Ekale to death on Sunday, June 25, before dumping her lifeless body a few metres from the victim’s home at the Bakweri Town neighborhood in Buea. The story goes that, after having been spotted in her neighborhood with Betchem on Sunday June 25, Ekale did not go back home. Efforts to know her whereabouts didn’t yield any fruit until on Tuesday, June 27, that her dead body was found in a nearby bush in the neighbourhood beside their family residence. On June 28, a day after Ekale’s dead body was found, Betchem got onto her Facebook wall unraveling the mystery behind the incident and also clarifying doubts regarding his true identity. He also revealed that he has known Ekale for five years and they have been dating now for a year. Hear him: “My name is not Armel Bilo but Betchem Armel Ghizlain. I have never been violent towards her. I never planned to kill her. I loved her and will always love her and I love her every day. Five years of friendship and a year of relationship; do you think I’m a cold monster? A heartless murderer? I have been thinking whether I should surrender or I should take away my own life.” However, after his arrest, according to reports, Betchem said Ekale died of cardiac arrest. This, he said, he had to run away and, since then, he has not been at peace with himself. He averred that he made a series of attempts to end his own life, but to no avail. While Betchem is in police custody and investigations are ongoing, the results of the autopsy will ascertain the true cause of the death of the young Ekale.

IMF Programme: Salary Cuts, Heavy Taxes Haunt Cameroonians

By Yerima Kini Nsom Cameroonians will soon be grappling with another wave of salary cuts and heavy taxes when Government fully bows to the nitty-gritty of another Structural Adjustment Programme, SAP, with the International Monetary Fund, IMF. If Government f
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IMF Programme: Salary Cuts, Heavy Taxes Haunt Cameroonians

By Yerima Kini Nsom Cameroonians will soon be grappling with another wave of salary cuts and heavy taxes when Government fully bows to the nitty-gritty of another Structural Adjustment Programme, SAP, with the International Monetary Fund, IMF. If Government fully gives in to the IMF programme, another slash of civil servants’ salaries will be in the making. The IMF holds that the State wage bill is too heavy for an ailing economy like Cameroon. In 2016, the State wage bill stood at FCFA 955. 2 billion, of this amount, retired personnel take home FCFA 194 billion. According to the 2017 budget, civil servants will take home FCFA 998.5 billion as salaries in addition to the FCFA 205 billion that retired workers are bagging as benefits. Experts hold that a cut in salaries will bring unsound consequences on the economy. They insist that corruption increased three fold when the salaries of civil servants were cut by almost 70 percent in 1993. Besides, the 1993 cuts stirred a dangerous wave with members of the Cameroon Public Servants Union, CAPSU, demonstrating in the streets of some towns in the country for several months. Cameroon is once more under the heat of the IMF SAP. The country is bowing to diktats of the Bretton Woods Economic gendarme in the wake of the ongoing economic asphyxia ailing countries of the CEMAC Sub Region. The move was sanctioned by IMF’s FCFA 390 Billion loan to Cameroon recently. The implication of the loan compels President Biya’s country to fully bow to austerity measures, given that the country is facing a continuous decline in petrol revenue. The IMF is urging Cameroon to widen its tax base so as to increase non-oil revenue. According to IMF’s Deputy Director, Mitsuhiro Furusawa, Cameroon can only get out of the current crisis if it embarks on the stringent management of the State budget by enhancing public investments that will stimulate growth. From every indication, 2018 is a difficult economic year for Cameroonians who, will be hunched with more and heavier taxes. Even President Paul Biya’s directives on the 2018 annual budget are predicated on widening the nation’s tax base. IMF’s rescue plan is one with a heavier taxation burden on Cameroonians. It will be a logical continuation because 30 new taxes were introduced in the 2017 budget. For instance, the increase of special tax on petroleum products increased prices at filling station. A sojourn Tax of FCFA 1000 to 5000 per night was imposed on hotels in the country. With an increase and introduction of new taxes, economists are already expressing fears that it will provoke an outburst of inflation on basic commodities, especially foodstuff. For one thing, the IMF is also advising Cameroon to continue with the privatisation of some State corporations in the adjustment programme. Thus, State corporations like the National Oil Refining Company, SONARA, the Cameroon Telecommunication Corporation, CAMTEL and the Cameroon Postal Services, CAMPOST, are being earmarked for privatisation. The move is coming at a time when Parliament is studying two draft laws aimed at better management of State corporations and public enterprises. The IMF holds that State corporations are so poorly managed that they become liabilities to the State instead of assets for economic growth. For one thing, appointment of managers and recruitment of personnel in such corporations is more often predicted on other considerations, which continued to milk the State dry through the payment of subsidies. According to the Minister of Finance, Alamine Ousmane May, the State paid FCFA 32. 7 billion to State enterprises by June 2017. This is an indication that servicing Cameroon’s debts that stand at a circa FCFA 5000 billion will be an uphill task. The logical beginning of Cameroon’s march to the IMF adjustment programme was on December 23, 2016, when President Paul Biya chaired an extraordinary meeting of CEMAC Heads of State. The meeting was to address the declining economic situation in the Sub Region. The continuous fall of the prices of petrol in the world market as well as some internal crisis had put CEMAC countries in a difficult situation. The IMF Director General, Christine Lagarde, who attended the meeting in the company of the French Minister of the Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, insisted that CEMAC countries must bow to certain measures in order to survive. The choice was that between the devil and the deep sea for they were asked to choose between the IMF structural adjustment programme and the devaluation of the FCFA. The CEMAC countries chose the former. It is for this reason that Cameroon is hearkening to the IMF programme with all the unsound consequences. The programme compels the country to cut its coat according its size by way of the stringent management of public finances and by inflicting a heavy tax burden on the people. Despite the huge wage bill, it is reported that shady deals in which ghost civil servants continue to receive salaries, are still very much alive. Measures the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reforms has taken to rid ghost workers from the civil servants pay roll have not been able to fully eradicate the phenomenon. Corruption and complicity of some officials have made it possible for civil servants who abandoned their jobs and travelled for greener pastures abroad, to continue to receive their salaries. Even the civil servants census a few years ago, did not help matters.

Letter From Buea To Yaounde

Dear Ngwa Why is it that each time people the react to Cameroonian authorities wrong-doing, they would say the people are being influenced by some people? University of Buea, UB, authorities are again trying to shed responsibility for the recent strike actio
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Letter From Buea To Yaounde

Dear Ngwa Why is it that each time people the react to Cameroonian authorities wrong-doing, they would say the people are being influenced by some people? University of Buea, UB, authorities are again trying to shed responsibility for the recent strike action that resulted in hundreds of students arrested, tortured and whisked into detention. There are reports of female students raped. UB Vice Chancellor, VC, Dr. Nalova Lyonga, has resorted to the same excuse that has been employed over the years and now sounds like a broken record. Whenever university authorities falter and students react, the authorities would claim that the students are being “manipulated” either by opposition political parties or by movements like the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, which is fighting against the marginalisation and subjugation of Anglophone Cameroon or the Southern Cameroons. This is usually done to seek the sympathy of the CPDM Francophone authorities in Yaounde to come to their protection. In 1995, when the students got restive over what they termed the high handedness of the then VC, Dr. Dorothy Limunga Njeuma, it was alleed that they were being manipulated by an opposition party. The student leader, Ebenezer Akwanga, and others were suspended, Akwanga was hounded by security forces until in 1997; he was arrested, charged with terrorist activities and sentenced to 27 years in the Kondengui Maximum Security Prison in Yaounde. In 2005, when the students went on strike against inadequate infrastructure they were accused of being sponsored by the SCNC. The Vice Chancellor and then Southwest Governor, Ejake Mbonda, claimed that the SCNC had brought guns and hidden around the bushes at the university and were using the students to destabilize the institution and incite armed insurrection. Due to the allegation a military helicopter was sent by Yaounde authorities with combat ready troops hat combed the university area and the entire Buea municipality, but tracked down no arms. IN the confirmation with the stone-throwing students, the troops shot and killed two students and wounded many others. The University of Buea Student Union, UBSU executive that led the strike, like Walters Angwere, were blacklisted and witch-hunted by university authorities and local administrators. In 2006, UBSU organised a strike against the short-changing of the list of successful candidates in the exam for admission into the Medical School, by Yaounde authorities. Two people were shot by the troops brought into campus and in the neighbouhoods of the university- one of them a student. The leaders of the strike, Donatus Asu Wanobi, Ashu Kingsley, were hounded until they escaped to Nigeria to avoid being arrested and tried in military tribunals on trumped charges. During the strike of 2009, the students were again tagged with manipulation by the SCNC. The leaders; Abia David, Nguve Fred, Tabogo Eno-Jah, Bara Mark, were arrested, tortured and sentenced by kangaroo courts. Their family homes were often stormed and siblings beaten. Because of heavy police presence on campus targeting the student leaders, they were forced to abandon their studies and go into hiding. Some, like Ayuk Tang, Wabi Frankline, Kenyu Serge Herve, Tata Kwami Mbinglo, Tchaumou Marie Loue, fled neighbouring countries like Nigeria, Chad and Equatorial Guinea. Just like others before them, their names entered the black book of the administration and each time they are around, they are picked up and tortured and locked up in prisons without trial, in a bid to extract information on their mission. In 2013, UBSU organised a strike predicated on the handling of the association’s dues. Yet the authorities said they were being manipulated by the lecturers’ union. Abia David, UB student leader; Pente Raphael, former student activist of Yaounde I University and of Catholic University of Central Africa, and others, were charged with vandalism. Pente was hunted right to his native Batibo village. The student union was emasculated and replaced with the Students Representative Council now answerable to the authorities. This time around, in 2016 the student who spelled out their demands clearly that they wanted FCFA 10.000 penalty for late registration cancelled and the presidential grant of FCFA 50,000 paid to them, are again said to have been manipulated by the SCNC. During the clamp down on the students, the homes of both past and present leaders were stormed and occupants beaten and some (non-students) carried into detention. Persons found in the streets near such homes and university hostels were also arrested (whether students or not), and ferried into detention. The police and gendarme cells in Buea were full until some were transferred to the SONARA Gendarmerie Brigade in Limbe – some 30km away. Hundreds of the students were detained in overcrowded sails and under horrible conditions where there were subjected to torture, frequent molestation, sexual abuse. Six of the suspect leaders are still detained awaiting trial and imprisonment. Meantime, those picked along the streets or in the neighbouhoods, who are not students of UB, are the categories of people the university authorities are now brandishing as having infiltrated the ranks of students and staged the strike. It is feared that such people, as usual, will be tried and jailed. And the security authorities who arrested them are not helping matters by stating the circumstances under which these persons were arrested so as to clear their names. It goes without say that when the computers promised university students by President Biya will come and, for one or the other reason, they are not distributed, […]

Football Stars Converged For Ndip Tambe’s Gala Match

By Basil K Mbuye Ndip Tambe Gala match was a one to remember for the local fans who had turned out to watch pure footballing spectacle as Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe took on Southwest Selection at the Middle Farm Stadium on Friday, June 30. The two Indomitab
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Football Stars Converged For Ndip Tambe’s Gala Match

By Basil K Mbuye Ndip Tambe Gala match was a one to remember for the local fans who had turned out to watch pure footballing spectacle as Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe took on Southwest Selection at the Middle Farm Stadium on Friday, June 30. The two Indomitable Lions players, Sebastien Siani and Robert Ndip Tambe were on target as the Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe outplayed Southwest selection at the Limbe Middle Farm Field, on Friday June 30. The encounter that pulled out a huge crowd of the Limbe football lovers in particular and around the region, was full of fire and steam and also entertainment from both ends of the field. Picking the ball back from their net after some 20 minutes of play, Friends of Ndip Tambe made up of professional players like Sebastien Siani (K.V. Oostende, Belgium), Ketu Jih kalvin (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid),Joseph Yanki Agbor (MAS Fez, Morocco), Ernesten Rubis Lavsamba(Elche CF Ilicitano, Spain), Pierre Kunde Malong (Atlético de Madrid ), Otia Keukang Nombo (Atlético de Madrid), Marcus Mokake among others, had to come from behind to win the game 2-1. With just some few minutes into the end of the first segment, it was Sebastian Siani who leveled tally after converting a superb cross from Ndip Tambe from the left flank to make it 1-1 before both size go on recess. Just like the first segment, play will resume with the local players showing some determination to carry the day. However, their will to win the game was subdued when indomitable Lions’ striker, Robert Ndip Tambe gave his side the lead after scoring from a close range. His goal eventually gave his side a 2-1 victory over the local selection. Speaking after the game, Ndip Tambe expressed his gratitude to the Limbe population and lovers of football who came from far to be part of the gala match. “The purpose of this game was to bring my friends together and also the population of Limbe. Seeing the turnout today for the encounter, I am very happy and satisfied. It was also so much joy playing alongside other professionals who started their career in the Southwest Region just like I did,” Ndip said.

Football Stars Converge For Ndip Tambe Gala Match

By Basil K Mbuye Ndip Tambe Gala match was a one to remember for the local fans who had turned out to watch pure footballing spectacle as Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe took on Southwest Selection at the Middle Farm Stadium on Friday, June 30. The two Indomitab
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Football Stars Converge For Ndip Tambe Gala Match

By Basil K Mbuye Ndip Tambe Gala match was a one to remember for the local fans who had turned out to watch pure footballing spectacle as Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe took on Southwest Selection at the Middle Farm Stadium on Friday, June 30. The two Indomitable Lions players, Sebastien Siani and Robert Ndip Tambe were on target as the Friends of Robert Ndip Tambe outplayed Southwest selection at the Limbe Middle Farm Field, on Friday June 30. The encounter that pulled out a huge crowd of the Limbe football lovers in particular and around the region, was full of fire and steam and also entertainment from both ends of the field. Picking the ball back from their net after some 20 minutes of play, Friends of Ndip Tambe made up of professional players like Sebastien Siani (K.V. Oostende, Belgium), Ketu Jih kalvin (Rayo Vallecano de Madrid),Joseph Yanki Agbor (MAS Fez, Morocco), Ernesten Rubis Lavsamba(Elche CF Ilicitano, Spain), Pierre Kunde Malong (Atlético de Madrid ), Otia Keukang Nombo (Atlético de Madrid), Marcus Mokake among others, had to come from behind to win the game 2-1. With just some few minutes into the end of the first segment, it was Sebastian Siani who leveled tally after converting a superb cross from Ndip Tambe from the left flank to make it 1-1 before both size go on recess. Just like the first segment, play will resume with the local players showing some determination to carry the day. However, their will to win the game was subdued when indomitable Lions’ striker, Robert Ndip Tambe gave his side the lead after scoring from a close range. His goal eventually gave his side a 2-1 victory over the local selection. Speaking after the game, Ndip Tambe expressed his gratitude to the Limbe population and lovers of football who came from far to be part of the gala match. “The purpose of this game was to bring my friends together and also the population of Limbe. Seeing the turnout today for the encounter, I am very happy and satisfied. It was also so much joy playing alongside other professionals who started their career in the Southwest Region just like I did,” Ndip said.

Retired Idenau DO Converts Market Stalls Into Retirement Home

By Francis Tim Mbom The former Divisional Officer, DO, of West Coast Sub Division, Basile Ekomba, is still hovering around Ideanu a week after he was sent on retirement. The Mayor of Idenau startled journalists when he said the former DO has taken up residenc
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Retired Idenau DO Converts Market Stalls Into Retirement Home

By Francis Tim Mbom The former Divisional Officer, DO, of West Coast Sub Division, Basile Ekomba, is still hovering around Ideanu a week after he was sent on retirement. The Mayor of Idenau startled journalists when he said the former DO has taken up residence at the Idenau new Market. The DO is virtually the first tenant to occupy stalls in the new market, which is yet to be given out to business persons. Ekomba was DO of Idenau from 2011 till May 22, 2017, when President Biya sent him on retirement. He handed over the baton of command on June 13 to Stephen Ngong Ngai. Like every other responsible civil servant of his rank and status, it was expected he will quit and move to his retirement home, perhaps in his village of origin in the Littoral Region or wherever he must have built his retirement home. But the Mayor of Idenau, Gabriel Tonde, told journalists that the former DO met him and pleaded that he be allowed to use one of the stalls in the new market to keep some of his belongings. The Mayor said Ekomba told him that he wanted to store some of his things until when he can find some room space somewhere before he can collect them. “I said no problem Mr DO if you want to keep your things there. They cannot be left under the rain when the market is not yet operating.” Mayor Tonde said he, thereon, asked some of his council staff to go and open the stall and let Ekomba preserve his things. “But I was surprised when they came and told me that the former DO has instead taken up three stalls and has parked all his belongings inside and that is where he has been living,” the Mayor said. “Even retired CDC workers have never slept in the market,” Mayor Tonde further said. “No one would believe that a DO who used to give orders for people to be locked up will retire and cannot even go back to his village of origin or to any other place where he has built a house…It is really surprising and I don’t know what to say,” the Mayor added. Mayor Tonde said it is difficult to understand the former DO’s predicament because the said new stalls in the market “have no toilets yet, no water and no electricity.” The Mayor said he had to report the matter to the SDO of Fako, who called the DO and ordered him to quit. But the DO is said to be residing at the market while overseeing construction work on his retirement home that has still raised eye brows. The Mayor further revealed that Ekomba apparently sliced off a parcel of State land just besides the DO’s residence at Idenau where he was constructing. The Mayor said the SDO had instructed him to go and mark the said DO Ekomba’s structure for demolition. But The Post gathered that the former DO has threatened to see who will come and put the house down. Some residents of Idenau are of the opinion that the former DO, certainly, know that he cannot not just be pushed away “because he will surely expose the down side of some of the administrators who are still in office and probably, they too are afraid to force him out of the land he has grabbed and is presently constructing on.”

Anglophone Problem: US May Stop Security Aid To Cameroon

By Bouddih Adams A Member of Congress of the United States of America has requested investigation into the brutality and impunity of Cameroon Government security forces. Findings may cause the US to stop assistance to Cameroon. In his letter, Donald M. Payne
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Anglophone Problem: US May Stop Security Aid To Cameroon

By Bouddih Adams A Member of Congress of the United States of America has requested investigation into the brutality and impunity of Cameroon Government security forces. Findings may cause the US to stop assistance to Cameroon. In his letter, Donald M. Payne, Jr. of the House of Representatives of the Congress of the United States of America tells the Honourable Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary, US Department of State: “I am concerned by reports of violence in Western Cameroon where the Government has violently cracked down on Anglophone protests and target this community in various ways. The following allegations are deeply troubling: the disproportionate use of force to disperse demonstrators in Bamenda; the banning of Anglophone activists’ groups; the arrest and criminal prosecution of advocates charged under a broad definition of terrorism; direction by the Cameroonian Government to cut off internet services in the Anglophone Regions for three months, and threats of imprisonment of journalists.” The Congressman observes that the US has been doling significant security assistance to Cameroon, the last one being as recent as in December 2016 of “at least $ 130 million (about FCFA 75 billion) … to help it counter Boko Haram.” He asserts that: “The State Department’s most recent annual human rights report on Cameroon states that; “police, gendarmerie and BIR officials reportedly detained and tortured persons.” He observes that; “The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has implicated the BIR in some of these abuses.” According to the Congressman, the “Leahy Laws prohibit US security assistance to foreign security forces when there is credible and verifiable information that the recipient unit has committed a “Gross Violation of Human Rights” (GVHR). If the State Departments concludes that allegations of GVHR by the BIR and other State security forces are factual, and the Department’s human rights report suggests that it has done so in at least several instances, then, it must suspend US assistance to the implicated units.” The Congressman further requested; “regular updates of steps taken by the US and Cameroonian officials to end security forces abuses and impunity in Cameroon.” Meantime, images of people including students being brutalised in Buea and Bamenda by State security forces abound as they went viral since the peaceful demonstration of students of the University of Buea and Anglophone lawyers and teachers’ strike that has been on for about eight months now. The Anglophones are protesting against marginalisation, oppression and suppression by successive Francophone led regimes in the Cameroons and thus requesting for the statehood they had before unification with French Cameroon.

CPDM Militants Attack Biya Over Non-appointment Of Their Sons, Daughters

By Maxcel Fokwen High ranking members of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, in Meme Division, Southwest Region have expressed worry over the non-appointment of their kith and kin to positions of responsibility, despite their continuous sup
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CPDM Militants Attack Biya Over Non-appointment Of Their Sons, Daughters

By Maxcel Fokwen High ranking members of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, in Meme Division, Southwest Region have expressed worry over the non-appointment of their kith and kin to positions of responsibility, despite their continuous support for the political configuration. Reactions in this light surfaced as the New Senior Divisional Officer, SDO for Meme, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong, toured the Division to acquaint himself with the population of his administrative unit. On June 22, the CPDM Section President for Meme III, George Musima Lobe, raised the issue about Konye Sub Division. Musima told the SDO that though Konye is the bastion of the CPDM in Meme, it cannot boast of any son or daughter appointed to any post of responsibility. The Mayor lamented that ever since the administrative unit was created, the regime in power has won all elections, but Konye cannot boast of a General Manager, Board Chairman, Secretary of State, Minister or an appointee in any high post of responsibility. The Barrister cum politician drew the attention of the administration to the current political configuration of councils in Meme Division to strengthen his argument. According to him, Konye remains the lone Council in the Division with a purely CPDM board unlike others which have a mixture of other political parties. Lamenting over the situation, the Mayor averred that the situation is akin to saying that the people of Konye cast their votes for the CPDM for others to be appointed. In the same line, the CPDM Section President of Meme IC, Isaac Mukwelle Nguba, June 27 decried the same predicament for Kumba III. Speaking on behalf of the elite of Kumba III at the esplanade of the Council Chambers as the SDO came visiting, the medic said sons and daughters of the Sub Division have not been considered for appointment. Mukwelle questioned the reason for the neglect, asserting that if it comes to education, expertise and curriculum vitae, the locals of Kumba III Sub Division are ripe for any such appointments. His worry equally settled on the issue of the lack of Board Chairs, General Managers of State corporations and persons ranking as such. “We are not empowered as a people. No Minister, no General Manager, no Director General…What does it take that we don’t have in the name of Jesus,” Mukwelle wondered. On these occasions, the SDO advised the people of the respective administrative units to shun petition writing. According to Ntou’ou Ndong, each time a son or daughter is appointed even to the position of a headmaster, the same elite will flood competent administrative offices with petitions against that appointee. The administrator charged the elite to shun such behaviours and work towards improving the situation of their brothers and sisters to be given posts of responsibility.

Did Dr. Nalova Contribute To Anglophone Crisis?

By Bouddih Adams When Dr. Pauline Nalova Lyonga was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea on June 29, 2012, almost everyone echoed: “YES!” Why? Having been groomed by the “genuine intellectual”, Professor Bernard Fonlon (she is one of th
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Did Dr. Nalova Contribute To Anglophone Crisis?

By Bouddih Adams When Dr. Pauline Nalova Lyonga was appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea on June 29, 2012, almost everyone echoed: “YES!” Why? Having been groomed by the “genuine intellectual”, Professor Bernard Fonlon (she is one of the first PhDs Fonlon supervised) and having grown up within the University system, everybody, at least those who mind University education, saw her as tailored for the job of heading the Anglo-Saxon varsity. As a stickler for good English language, her body language also portrayed a very strict person, thereby above petty things. Nalova went through the rough and tumble of that university where the National Syndicate of Higher Education Lecturers (SYNES), and the University of Buea Students Union, UBSU, are always claiming their rights. Shortly, while claiming such rights, the students held her hostage in her car resulting in an unenviable experience when they refused her from going to relieve her bladder. She rose from the ashes of that bitter experience to demonstrate her steel and sternum. While the lecturers’ union, SYNES, wriggled themselves through her vice, the students’ Union, UBSU, was squeezed to death. Students’ representatives, answerable to the administration, were put in place. Calm, however, uneasy prevailed on campus. Then came the imposition of a penalty of FCFA 10,000 for late registration, and the students rose in protest. This was on November 28, 2016. While carrying out their peaceful demo in front of the administrative block of the varsity, troops were drafted in. At their sight, the students, amid their demands, chanted: “We don’t want violence! We don’t want violence!” But they were barbarically assaulted: beaten, asked to role in mud. Some were reportedly raped. There were also allegations of death as a result of torture. According to Anglo-Saxon norms, troops don’t enter a university campus. Accosted for sending troops unto campus, the Governor of the Southwest Region played Pontius Pilate. He said it was Madam VC who requested for the troops. The students, parents, teachers and civil society organisations complained, but no one was brought to book for the barbaric acts. They waited even for an apology but it never came. The civil society declared their sympathy and support for the students. The Government security forces rather went on the rampage indiscriminately arresting, torturing and whisking students into detention. Students ran out of the campus and out of town back to their homes and parents. That was the beginning of no school at UB. Since then and every other day, the university authorities give the impression that things have returned to normal. But, yet another day, they would be calling on students to come to school. The public had almost forgotten, when at a Southwest Elites Forum, Dr. Nalova took the microphone and on very loud speakers, sang the song of xenophobia, saying that she was being supported by only two of her brothers (Bakweris) to fight the domination of their university by people from elsewhere. The resolve to hold children back home was further strengthened. The June 26 decree appointing heads of some State universities brought an end the Nalova’s 4-year minus 3-days stewardship at the “Place To Be.” Dr. Pauline Nalova Lyonga, has not be sacked, as prophets of doom were partying about it. She is going on due and well deserved retirement – rest. Will she remember her own ingredient in the porridge of the current unrest, while she assumes her well-deserved rest?

Where Is SCNC Leader, Nfor Ngala Nfor?

By Chris Mbunwe The whereabouts of the firebrand Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, Leader, Nfor Ngala Nfor, is raising suspicious eyebrows in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon. Nfor Ngala Nfor’s last public outing was some three month
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Where Is SCNC Leader, Nfor Ngala Nfor?

By Chris Mbunwe The whereabouts of the firebrand Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, Leader, Nfor Ngala Nfor, is raising suspicious eyebrows in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon. Nfor Ngala Nfor’s last public outing was some three months ago at the Nkwen Baptist Church, where he worships every Sunday. When this reporter visited Nfor Nfor’s residence situated at Ntabessi neighbourhood in Nkwen Bamenda, the place was virtually deserted as only some children were around but would not comment on the where about of their father. Talking to The Post, former SCNC Secretary General, Ngewi Asungwain, who is also being hunted disclosed that Nfor Nfor is operating underground, following the banning of SCNC and its activities in Cameroon by the Government.

Manyu To Showcase Role Models In Glossy Almanac

By Andrew Nsoseka At a time when societal values and norms have been heavily compromised by vices, which look like virtues, a crack team of communication professionals from Manyu, have decided to identify good role models for the younger generations to emulat
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Manyu To Showcase Role Models In Glossy Almanac

By Andrew Nsoseka At a time when societal values and norms have been heavily compromised by vices, which look like virtues, a crack team of communication professionals from Manyu, have decided to identify good role models for the younger generations to emulate. The task to identify positive role models in Manyu, is undertaken by six media personalities from the Division. Their hectic assignment is to produce a mega Almanac aimed at showcasing persons they strongly believe are worthy of emulation as a result of their behaviour and success. The media gurus said “Manyu Division is now at the cross road of its history and socio-economic development. With an International highway in motion, the apparent completion of the Kumba-Mamfe corridor and road works on the Mamfe-Lebialem-Dschang access way, as well as a possible Manyu Region in the pipeline, it is time enough for Manyu to put all ‘hands on deck’”. According to a statement published recently, the journalists drawn from the public and private media organs are all driven by the “Watch Dog” function of the media, which is, to raise issues to the level of debate, in the market place of ideas. Expatiating, the team leader of Manyu Role Model Almanac Editorial Board, veteran journalist, Robert Abunaw, said it is time Manyu Division takes its rightful place with positive role models showing the way forward. To sort out those who will appear in the Almanac, the editorial board shall research to identify Manyu sons and daughters who demonstrate confidence and leadership, those who are unafraid to be unique, communicate and react with everyone, show respect and concern for others, as well as do good things outside their job. The persons must also be credible, “trustworthy and knowledgeable. They must be people ready to learn new things, challenge themselves to come out of their comfort zones and surround themselves with smarter people. Invariably, people who show immeasurable love for their motherland and it socio-cultural and development goals, shall feature in the glossy Manyu Role Model Almanac.” The last time Manyu Almanac was published dates 38 years back. The current effort to revive this historic publication, is not only to showcase Manyu Role Models, but to identify, published and store artefacts for posterity and history.

Prostitutes Hunt Clients At Mortuaries, Funerals

Have you ever attended a funeral ceremony and extended condolences to a sobbing woman thinking she is the widow, only to later discover that she is neither a family friend nor relation of the deceased? That could be a sex worker hunting clients. Prostitutes r
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Prostitutes Hunt Clients At Mortuaries, Funerals

Have you ever attended a funeral ceremony and extended condolences to a sobbing woman thinking she is the widow, only to later discover that she is neither a family friend nor relation of the deceased? That could be a sex worker hunting clients. Prostitutes reveal that this new strategy of theirs is as a result of the drastic drop in business. One sex worker, Sophie Annabelle said; “If Moses cannot go to the mountain, the mountain will come down to Moses.” Given that some clients are no longer comfortable coming to bid prices for their corporal commodity under the electric poll, sex workers have decided to go after the men. These commercial sex workers intimated that they target mortuaries, and dress to kill in sophisticated attires like high heel shoes, expensive black dresses, sparkling lipsticks, earrings and perfumes. Like that, they are most noticed during requiem mass offertory, dropping ‘yellow’ coins many times as possible just to attract the attention of would-be customers. During reception, they are busybodies, serving food and chewables, but with selection and special attention to big men; business magnets, top civil servants and, above all, bush fallers, always receiving very long fake calls. Given that the former method of perching under street spotlights is proving unyielding, coupled with the advent of online sex services and impromptu police patrols; they have adopted this funeral attendance strategy to earn a living. These sex hawkers are ready by hook or by crook to grab aggrieved men and shake off the pain from their heavy hearts. While the bereaved are mourning profusely for their lost loved one, they give you a handkerchief or tissue to dry your tears. With their professional mourning tactics, they are able to draw sympathy from well-wishers and other mourners who tend to console them instead. “If our consoler is a well-to-do man, we increase the crying and loudness, taking time to hug and hold him tighter to heat them up. If no one is focused on us, we extend our touches to some sexually sensitive zones, gradually caressing those areas to arouse the men. “Once we realise that they are sexually aroused, we pretend to lose consciousness as a result of the stress so they take us to a secluded corner for first aid. Then, we seize the opportunity to supply our services on the spot,” another prostitute revealed. Some do a feasibility study of the funeral ground and the characteristics of the attendants. “Once we study and observe that a particular wealthy man cannot keep his eyes off us, we take advantage to make our moves towards them. With our short enticing and tight fitting outfits, we bend down low at every given occasion to reveal our underwear thus setting the ball rolling” More so, other prostitutes who are nursing mothers say they go along some of these ‘business sites’ with their newborn babies, shedding crocodile tears to stir compassion and create connection. Asked how they do to satisfy their customers with a baby in their hands, Annie Laure said they walk and work in an organised manner with their colleagues. Once one gets a client, she instantly signals the other idle prostitute to come and take the baby. Talking to The Post, one prostitute said they do not attend just any kind of funeral ceremony. They track those families that are financially loaded qualifying them from the quality of the casket, the cars, skin texture and accent. “In fact, you do not need the services of a soothsayer to tell that someone lives in affluence,” remarked one Natasha. By Solange Tegwi

New Law Prescribes Heavy Jail Terms For Protesting Soldiers

By Yerima Kini Nsom Soldiers and other military personnel found guilty of acts of insubordination, including protest marches will henceforth receive heavy jail terms at the Military Tribunal. This is one of the main provisions of bill No. 1010/PJL/AN to lay d
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New Law Prescribes Heavy Jail Terms For Protesting Soldiers

By Yerima Kini Nsom Soldiers and other military personnel found guilty of acts of insubordination, including protest marches will henceforth receive heavy jail terms at the Military Tribunal. This is one of the main provisions of bill No. 1010/PJL/AN to lay down the code of military justice. Government tabled the draft law for scrutiny at the National Assembly in Yaounde on June 19. Going by observers, the bill is partly Government’s bid to stem the tides of a growing phenomenon wherein soldiers storm the streets to protest unpaid dues. On June 3, some 30 soldiers of the Multinational Joint Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin demonstrated in Zigue in the Logone and Chari Division of the Far North Region. The soldiers, who complained about unpaid allowances, stirred panic in the area. They were later arrested and transferred to Yaounde for disciplinary sanctions. On September 9, 2015, more than 200 Cameroonian soldiers of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Force for the Stabilisation of the Central Africa Republic ignited fear in the streets of Yaounde when they protested against the non-payment of over eight months of arrears of their allowances. To bring calm within the ranks, President Biya quickly ordered that the allowances be paid immediately, which the authorities did and the matter was laid to rest. Last Monday’s bill that is now being scrutinized by the National Defence and Security Commission of the National Assembly is seen as the authority’s way of deterring any acts of protests within the military. According to Section 39 of the proposed law, servicemen found guilty of acts of insubordination will be punished with an imprisonment term of one to five years. “Any serviceman who refuses to obey or execute a lawful command given by his/her superior shall be punished with imprisonment for from 1 (one) to 5 (five) years. However, obeying a patently unlawful command, as defined in the regulations, shall incur the criminal liability of the subordinate, without prejudice to that of the superior,” partly reads the text. The proposed law also provides that any acts of insubordination in the presence of the enemy or rebels shall be punished with life imprisonment. Section 41 of the bill prohibits any kind of revolt in the military. It partly reads as follows: “Any two or more servicemen shall be considered to be in a situation of revolt when they meet to: (a) jointly refuse, at the first command, to obey orders of their superior, (b) take up arms and act against the orders of their superior; (c) engage in violence, destruction and degradation, or make use of their weapons.”Such cases, according to the bill, earn imprisonment terms of five to ten years. It also states that the instigator of any revolt shall be punished with maximum penalty. The bill adds that when such situation happens off duty, the penalty shall be six months to two years. If the subordinate is not aware that the victim is a superior officer, the penalty may not exceed six months. The draft law also prescribes heavy sanctions on servicemen who sleep on sentry-duty, ignite violence against subordinates and are caught in misconduct. It prescribes six months to five years imprisonment terms for servicemen who, while on duty, issue threats or insults against a superior officer either in writing of through gestures. It further stipulates that any serviceman who fails to pay respect to the national flag shall be punished with imprisonment term of six months to five years. “Any medical officer, military health worker or serviceman who conducts or causes the conduct of medical test on a serviceman without his or her informed consent or discloses the illness or medical status of a sick or infected serviceman shall be punished with imprisonment term of one to three months and fine of from FCFA 100,000 to one million. Whoever, without provocation uses insulting or disparaging language or gestures towards a sick or injured serviceman about an illness or disability, shall be punished with imprisonment term of three months to three years and a fine FCFA 200,000 to two million,” reads section 44 of the draft law. It further warns that any serviceman or member of the defence forces who commits an act of discrimination against a serviceman based solely on the latter’s medical status shall bag an imprisonment term of one month to one year and a fine of FCFA 100,000 to one million. In addition, any serviceman who dissipates or fails to produce a piece of weapon, equipment or outfit, or any other object assigned for use on duty or entrusted to him for service purposes, shall be slammed a six-month to five-year imprisonment term, going by the law. It states that maximum penalty shall be 15 years if the dissipated items were essential for the functioning of the service.

Hon. Wirba Tells Parliament: ‘I’ve Come To Continue From Where I Stopped’

By Yerima Kini Nsom & Sylvester Atemnkeng Hon. Joseph Wirba, MP for Jakiri Constituency in the Northwest Region, surprisingly re-surfaced at the National Assembly on Wednesday June 21 and declared that he had come back to continue where he stopped in the
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Hon. Wirba Tells Parliament: ‘I’ve Come To Continue From Where I Stopped’

By Yerima Kini Nsom & Sylvester Atemnkeng Hon. Joseph Wirba, MP for Jakiri Constituency in the Northwest Region, surprisingly re-surfaced at the National Assembly on Wednesday June 21 and declared that he had come back to continue where he stopped in the struggle against the marginalisation of West Cameroon. Hon. Wirba, who had been on the run since January following a warrant issued for his arrest, challenged those who issued the warrant to come and arrest him even at the Ngoa-Ekele Glass House. “Let them come and get me right here and now,” the MP thundered as the House Speaker, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, tried to hush him down. Many MPs, who expected to see a compromising Wirba, were shocked to meet the same hardliner who said he would never budge as far as fighting against the maltreatment of Anglophones is concerned. “I am back for the same purpose; you cannot shut the mouth of the people forever,” he said. When reporters quizzed him, he said he was not afraid of being arrested. “The most important thing is that I am back and ready for whatever,” said the MP. He said if arresting him is the price he has to pay for speaking out for his people, then he is ready to be imprisoned at Kondengui. When asked what really motivated him to come back from his hide-out, Wirba retorted: “After three months of reflection, I came to a simple conclusion that our people of West Cameroon need me and I need to stand for them.” “So it is now up to the Government to decide the best place for Wirba; Kondengui or an early grave. I have reconciled with both and that is why I am back here.” Wirba said he did not see any reason why his colleagues in Parliament discuss bills for all this time and nothing positive has happened to the ordinary Cameroonian. Said he: “I am back and I want us to go back to issues that have to do with West Cameroon. I am asking Parliament to put the issue of West Cameroon on the table and let us talk about it. That is what I have come for.” The outspoken MP, who did not disclose where he had been hiding, wondered for how long Government would go on humiliating the people of West Cameroon. Hear him: “The people cry out and they don’t listen. More than a million students are out of school for over six months and the National Assembly cannot talk about it. Businesses have been shut down.” Wirba wondered aloud what Government is up to by humiliating Bishops and other church leaders by dragging them to Court. He said he could not recount the number of times Government officials have run down Cardinal Christian Tumi for the simple reason that he spoke the truth on issues of great national import. “Recently, it was all the Bishops and the Moderator of the PCC. The Moderator wept in public and the tears he shed represent 50 years of pain. Somebody has to stand up and say no!” Wirba said. He noted that the humiliations and provocations are just too many that he decided to come back home and fight for his people. Phantom? The MP stirred commotion when he suddenly appeared at the premises of the National Assembly at about 11:00 am. Security guards who were mesmerised by the MP’s presence, fumbled, not knowing how to behave. A group of secretariat staff of the SDF Parliamentary Group led Wirba triumphantly into the House, and there was total euphoria when he met his colleagues. Speaking to The Post, the Parliamentary Group Leader at the National Assembly, Hon. Joseph Banadzem, said they were happy to have their colleague back in their midst, for them to continue the struggle. He said the Group missed Hon. Wirba so much and this explains why they met the Speaker of the National Assembly many times to present his case. Hon. Banadzem said the warrant of arrest that was issued for the MP was illegal in many ways. He said a warrant of arrest ought not to have been issued to an MP whose parliamentary immunity is still intact. To Banadzem, the fact that the warrant of arrest which they later presented to the House Speaker was issued by the Delegate General of National Security is an illegality. He said only the Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals has the competence to issue a warrant of arrest for an MP. Some observers, who thought Hon. Wirba might have negotiated his way back, became even more confused when the MP fired more virulent statements on the Anglophone issue at the National Assembly.

Minister To Sanction Principal Over Missing Examination Money

By Maxcel Fokwen Secondary Education Minister, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, is expected to take disciplinary measures against the Principal of Government Technical School, GTC Nake Bakundu, Mbonge Subdivision over the unexplained disappearance of money
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Minister To Sanction Principal Over Missing Examination Money

By Maxcel Fokwen Secondary Education Minister, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, is expected to take disciplinary measures against the Principal of Government Technical School, GTC Nake Bakundu, Mbonge Subdivision over the unexplained disappearance of money collected from students for the 2017 session of the CAP examination. Reliable sources hinted The Post that Lawrence Enow is likely to face sanctions after a complaint which the traditional stakeholders of the village reportedly addressed to the Secondary Education boss. The stakeholders had expressed anger over the non participation of over 20 students of GTC Nake in the 2017 session of the CAP examination. Reports hold that the money is estimated at FCFA 400,000, given that each student paid FCFA 20,000 as registration fee. The issue is said to be causing panic within the ranks of the Secondary Education family in Meme Division. Minister Bibehe is said to have taken interest in the memo from Nake owing to the scandal that children failed to write an official examination because their registration fees cannot be accounted for. Pressure is reportedly mounting on the school administration to explain the whereabouts of the said money and why the students where never registered to take part in the 2017 session of the technical school examinations. A team of officials from the Secondary Education family is said to have been ordered to dig into the Nake Bakundu situation due to insinuations that the non-participation of the candidates could be the fallout of proponents of the Anglophone crisis. The Post gathered that information on the missing money came to the fore when the students could not be allowed to sit in for the 2017 session of the examinations. It was reported that some other principals raised questions over the issues first when the list of students to take part in the practical phase of the examination did not bear a candidate’s name from GTC Nake Bakundu. The non-registration is said to have compelled officials to remove GTC Nake from the list of examination centres for 2017. Most students wrote the examination this year in Mbonge Marumba. Besides the ongoing investigations into what happened, Secondary Education officials in Meme are also reported to be working on a parallel finding about the situation. The school administration has reportedly been asked to produce circulars announcing the registration for the exercise. In the meantime, there are reports of discrepancies in dates written on the individual receipts issued to students and what the school administration is alleged to be presenting to its hierarchy for justification. Besides the non-participation of GTC Nake Bakundu in the official examination, dust is equally yet to settle over the supposed disappearance of the school’s T-shirts. The school administration at one time is reported to have stated that thieves broke into the administrative block and stole T-shirts printed for the students. It would be recalled that this is not the first school in Meme Division that has found itself in a controversy. In September 2016, GBHS Kumba Up Station came to the public space with the dropping of its principal, Rudolf Nganda Niaba, due incoherence in financial figures that extended even to the management of the PTA. In December of 2016, a supposed letter from the Secondary Education boss ordered for fresh elections into the PTA. The former PTA president is still challenging the Divisional Officer for Kumba I, Charles Douala Fomombod, to show him a copy of the said letter. Also in line with dismissals, is the case of a prominent traditional ruler who served as principal of GBHS Tombel. The said principal was dropped in the heart of the ongoing Anglophone crisis under questionable circumstances. In the case of GTC Nake Bakundu, attempts by The Post to get to the principal of the institution for his comments were unsuccessful.

Newly Appointed MINEPIA Officials Told To Combat Inertia, Corruption

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai Newly appointed officials of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, MINEPIA, have been tasked to fight against inertia, corruption and other deviant and unpatriotic behaviours. The call was made on June 16, at the Y
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Newly Appointed MINEPIA Officials Told To Combat Inertia, Corruption

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai Newly appointed officials of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries, MINEPIA, have been tasked to fight against inertia, corruption and other deviant and unpatriotic behaviours. The call was made on June 16, at the Yaounde Multi-purpose Sports Complex by the MINEPIA boss, Dr. Taïga, while installing the officials into their new functions. During the commissioning ceremony, some personnel of the Ministry were decorated with medals, while others were sent home on retirement. The Minister said he attaches a price to the respect of values such as assiduity, punctuality, rapid treatment of files and provision of free public services. He assured them of his determination to ensure that they succeed in their mission. Dr. Taïga also encouraged the recently appointed to read and digest decree No 2012/382 of 14th September 2012 organising MINEPIA in which their roles as heads of the respective services are outlined, calling on the entire personnel of the Ministry to resolutely adhere to values such as professionalism, integrity and solidarity. According to the Minister, the occasion was a celebration of merit and acknowledgement of work done with endurance, conscience, devotedness and loyalty. “These new officials taking up duties today are women and men, who on a greater part, [and] going by their different professional careers; perfectly know how the house functions. They are experienced and their merit is known to all. Consequently, I am hopeful that with their promotion, the re-dynamisation of the Livestock, Fisheries and Animal Industries sector would be accelerated,” Dr. Taïga declared. He recalled that following April 24 decree, appointed officials into MINEPIA notably Technical Adviser No 2, Andu Walters Ndi; the Director of Veterinary Services, Marcel Casimir Ndongo Kounou and the Director of Development of Animal Productions, Atkam Hamman. In the same vein, and following order No 00010 and No 00011 of 12th May 2017, Dr. Taïga also appointed officials of some structures in the central services.

Spate Of Attacks On Schools Hits Limbe, Idenau

By Francis Tim Mbom The staffroom within the Administrative block of Government High School Mbonjo at Down Beach Limbe, was in the wee hours of Saturday, June 17, razed to ashes by fire. One Ms Martina, a neighbour to the school, told The Post that the instit
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Spate Of Attacks On Schools Hits Limbe, Idenau

By Francis Tim Mbom The staffroom within the Administrative block of Government High School Mbonjo at Down Beach Limbe, was in the wee hours of Saturday, June 17, razed to ashes by fire. One Ms Martina, a neighbour to the school, told The Post that the institution’s night watchman popularly known as Pa Bali, came and knocked at her door at about 1:30 am on Saturday to inform him that there was fire in the school. Martina said she immediately jumped out of bed and alerted other neighbours as they rushed to the school campus. When they arrived, the staffroom block was already up in flames. “So we started the operation to douse the flames manually,” she recounted. She stated that since the room was locked, they had to chisel off some blocks by the door into the room before they could flush in water to quench the flames that had already consumed the desks, ceiling and roof. When The Post got to the school campus, the entire floor of the room was littered with the charred remains of the teachers’ tables, desks, and some documents. The playground of the school was inundated by pools of rain water. According to Martina, “it is from these pools of rain-off that we carried water last night and tried to quench the fire.” The incident at GHS Mbonjo was just the latest in a series of attacks that have hit several schools and other structures in Limbe. The Post also gathered that the Administrative block of GHS Idenau in the West Coast Sub Division was, in the early hours of Friday, June 16, torched by unidentified persons. A few days back, it was the administrative block of Government Nursery School, Mile 1, Limbe that fell under anti-school arsonists. This latest incident only adds to a series of other schools in Limbe that have already suffered from the same fate. The case of the administrative block of GHS Bonadikombo is still very fresh in the minds of Limbe denizens. Over 50 victims of the Limbe Market are still reeling from the huge financial losses they suffered when their stalls and wares were consumed by a mysterious fire. The market incident of March 31, prompted the Government Delegate to the Limbe City Council, the Mayors of the three Councils in Limbe and denizens of Limbe to march against Ghost Towns, the burning of places and other violent acts. Since dialogue between the Common Law Lawyers, Anglophone Teachers Trade Unions and the Government collapsed leading to the arrest and detention of several Anglophones, some unidentified persons have resorted to arsonist attacks on schools and other public structures within the Northwest and Southwest Regions. Many people have tended to condemn the acts as not welcomed and unacceptable because such acts will never lead to any positive change. Such burnings, many argue, are instead helping to drag development within the Anglophone communities backwards.

Governor Stops GTTC Buea Principal From Reporting Land-grabbing

By Basil K Mbuye The Principal of Government Teacher Training College, GTTC Buea, was stopped by Governor Okalia Bilai from reporting encroachment by Buea Council on school land, to the Minister of Secondary Education, Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe. During the Mi
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Governor Stops GTTC Buea Principal From Reporting Land-grabbing

By Basil K Mbuye The Principal of Government Teacher Training College, GTTC Buea, was stopped by Governor Okalia Bilai from reporting encroachment by Buea Council on school land, to the Minister of Secondary Education, Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe. During the Minister’s visit to the GTTC campus on June 15 as part of his tour of the examination centres in the Southwest Region, the GTTC Principal, Stephen Ajong, while taking the Minister on a guided tour of the campus, was stopped from making his point to the Minister regarding GTTC land that the Buea Council has encroached upon. Observers were surprised by the action of Governor Okalia stopping Ajong from laying his complaint when he was about to present it to the Minister. The incident occurred after the Principal had shown classes that were set on fire by unidentified persons. According to Ajong, GTTC has come under such attacks twice, with the last incident taking place on June 6. Answering the Minister’s question regarding the cause of the fire, Ajong suggested that it must have been the work of invaders, since this was happening for the second time this year. He also told the Minister since the campus does not have a fence, it makes it easy for invaders to commit such acts, and also take advantage to encroach on the land. According to reports, since the Buea Council started construction work on the site, despite complaints from GTTC authorities, work is still going on unperturbed. GTTC authorities have petitioned hierarchy and other authorities decrying the encroachment on their land, but nothing has been done. In October 2016, the Principal reportedly wrote a letter to Minister Bibehe informing him of the illegal construction by the Buea Council on GTTC land. Despite the Governor’s action stopping the Principal from reporting the problem, the Minister still made a stop at the site and observed what was going on. Meantime, GTTC Buea students are currently writing their Teacher Grade I Certificate exam which has been going on hitch-free. The Minister later visited GTHS Buea and the GCE Board headquarters. At the GCE Board headquarters, the Minister and his Directors and some school Principals held an in camera meeting, after which the Minister was led in a tour of the premises.

Buea Mayor Says He Frustrated SDF Joining Anglophone Strike

By Andrew Nsoseka …we hatched and executed plans to frustrate the move of SDF Members of Parliament to stage a march [December 5] from the Molyko Omnisport Stadium to the Governor’s Office, which would have provoked untold consequences for the State.” T
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Buea Mayor Says He Frustrated SDF Joining Anglophone Strike

By Andrew Nsoseka …we hatched and executed plans to frustrate the move of SDF Members of Parliament to stage a march [December 5] from the Molyko Omnisport Stadium to the Governor’s Office, which would have provoked untold consequences for the State.” These were the words of the Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge, as he beamed with delight, while presenting his achievements to the Councillors and the SDO for Fako, Zang III, on June 16, at the ordinary session of the Buea Council. Mayor Ekema was speaking in reference to the SDF Chairman and party barons who planned to march in Buea in solidarity with the ongoing teachers’ and lawyers’strike on December 5 2016 . “This occasioned the Members of Parliament belonging to the SDF party to programme a march in Buea in support of the Common Law Lawyers’ and Anglophone Teachers’ cause. It is for this reason that we hatched and executed plan to frustrate the move of SDF Members of Parliament…” he averred. “In this vein, we circumvented the SDF lawmakers at the Parliamentarian Flats Hotel, compelling their plan to culminate in an inconsequential rally at the esplanade of the stadium, after lengthy negotiations with the regional administration,” he boasted. The action referred to by the Mayor, had fell short of resulting in a bloodbath as angry youths who had gathered at the Stadium waiting for the SDF MPs came out to battle with Mayor Ekema’s sponsored group. The explosive situation only relaxed when some SDF MPs rushed down and convinced the charging crowd to calm down. The crowed then took a U-turn back to the Molyko Omnisport stadium where the rally held. When the sponsored “one and indivisible protesters” showed up at the rally ground in Molyko with placards to disrupt the SDF rally,they were met by an irate crowd of youths that seized and destroyed the placards. The fight resulted in the Mayor’s group running for their lives into the quarters. Mayor Ekema’s Version Of UB Strike Paint Students ‘Black’ Talking about the November 28, 2016 students protest at the University of Buea, the Mayor averred that students “went on rampage on account of an alleged instituted late registration fee of FCFA 10,000, as well as the non-payment of presidential grants.” He said: “The students and other vandals crossed the Rubicon and proceeded to exact violence on individuals and their properties off campus.” This, he said, while taking credit for leading an apology march to Governor Okalia’s office, to secure the release of the hundreds of students that were arrested. In his 32-page long speech, Mayor Ekema did not mention the carnage meted on students, as well as the rape of a female student by soldiers or the breaking of students hostels doors by the troops. He, however, claimed that the soldiers were prompted by the students. Mayor Ekema also took credit for organising meetings with taxi drivers and bike riders unions, during which he squashed their determination to join the strike. Releasing impounded bikes and taxi cabs, he said, were also measures taken in an attempt bait them and minimise the effects of the strike in Buea.

Rumour Mongers Demand FCFA 10 Million For Minister’s Tragic Accident

Rumour mongers in Meme Division, Southwest Region, Friday, June 16, went amok, peddling rumours in the neighbourhoods about Basic Education Minister,Yousouf Hadidja Alim. According to them, a supposed telephone number of the Minister, which was reportedly giv
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Rumour Mongers Demand FCFA 10 Million For Minister’s Tragic Accident

Rumour mongers in Meme Division, Southwest Region, Friday, June 16, went amok, peddling rumours in the neighbourhoods about Basic Education Minister,Yousouf Hadidja Alim. According to them, a supposed telephone number of the Minister, which was reportedly given to the family of an eight-year-old, whom the Minister’s convoy knocked dead,last week, was not accessible. Others spent time in beer parloursarguing that the family of the late Antonia Tiguh was demanding a compensation of FCFA 10million from Government. Yet during the burial ceremony at Mabonji on the outskirts of Kumba over the weekend, administrative and political authorities dispelled such rumours describing them as false. Speaking at the funeral, Honourable Martin Atinda, Member of Parliament for Meme West Constituency, expressed regrets over the mishap, but maintained that informationbeing spread about the Minister’s number not going through was false. The MP assured the family and community of the Minister’s readiness and the powers that be to work towards immortalising the accident victim. Atinda told the Mabonji population that he was going to personally see the Basic Education boss on what could be done for the people and the community. Even before the MP could conclude his interventions, mourners shouted that if something of such must be done, it should be the provision of potable water. The mourners bought the idea that since Tiguh died on her way to fetch water, the provision of potable water would be the best thing to give to the community to immortalise her with. A family representative who spoke said they are gradually coming to terms with the fact that it was an accident. He said all things have been committed into the hands of God. He equally appreciated Government’s reaction following the accident. Beside the villagers, a delegation from the Meme administration, the CPDM party and other well wishers answered present at the funeral. Eric Achankeng Akemnda,Technical Adviser at the Basic Education Ministry, represented the Minister. The Inspector General at the same Ministry, Mispa Itoe, was also spotted at the funeral. Among the mourners was the Meme Senior Divisional Officer, Chamberlin Nout’ou Ndong, the head of the Permanent Divisional Coordination Committee of the CPDM for Meme, Benjamin Motanga Itoe. Other CPDM Section Presidents, the Divisional Delegate of Basic Education and Inspectors of Education were also present. Section President ‘Resurrects’ Meanwhile, CPDM Section President for Meme IC, who was equally reported dead by the rumour mill, was presented to the population as a reason to discard social media fabrications. Isaac Mukwelle Nguba, showed himself to the population declaring that he was still alive and kicking contrary to social media reports. In spite of the heavy administrative and political presence at the funeral, nothing was mentioned in terms of compensation to the family. Some mourners who appeared at the funeral in anticipation of getting the figures of money left confused. Many had expected that an announcement would be made of Government’s intervention in an attempt to heal the pain of the family. This didn’t happen and the rumour mills have gone grinding again to make possible calculations and announce figures. It would be recalled that, the deceased was the victim of a Tuesday June 13 road accident involving the Minister’s convoy en route to inspect the 2017 First School Leaving Certificate Exams, FSLC.

Portugal’s CD Tondela Sings Tembeng Abenego

By Basil K Mbuye The Portuguese Primeira Liga side have secured the services of the 25-year-old Cameroonian midfielder in order to boosts their midfield compartment. This information was made public on the club’s website after the player completed a success
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Portugal’s CD Tondela Sings Tembeng Abenego

By Basil K Mbuye The Portuguese Primeira Liga side have secured the services of the 25-year-old Cameroonian midfielder in order to boosts their midfield compartment. This information was made public on the club’s website after the player completed a successful medical to cement the move. However, the transfer fee has not been made public regarding the move. Azongha Tembeng Abenego has signed a two-year contract with Primeira Liga side Clube Desportivo de Tondela that will run from June 2017 to June 2019 after leaving Algerian champions ES Setif. This new move will give the midfielder the opportunity to have a taste of European football for the first time since he started his professional career. The former Les Astre of Douala midfielder, expressed his joy as he will be plying his trade in Europe during the 2017/2018 footballing season. “It is a great move for me and my career. I am so happy. It will also be a great challenge for me which am ready to take,” Tambeng said. Although a midfielder, the versatile player can play in the cetre-back and left-fullback positions. His combative style of play, tight marking of opponents and ability to break down opposition plays will help give his new club shape in the midfield. Tembeng had spells in Aigle Royal of Menoua, Les Astres in Cameroon and in Algeria with MC El Eulma, DRB Tadjenanet, and ES Setif were he won the championship. He was also part of Cameroon’s squad that won the bronze medal at the 2011 All-Africa Games.

MTN Elite 2: Bang Bullet Crashes Out Of Elite 1 Spot

By Basil K Mbuye Newly promoted MTN Elite 1 side, Bang Bullet of Nkambe, failed to maintain their dominance which they showed in the beginning of the championship and thus failed to stay in MTN Elite 1 spot in the first round of the championship. Bang Bullet
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MTN Elite 2: Bang Bullet Crashes Out Of Elite 1 Spot

By Basil K Mbuye Newly promoted MTN Elite 1 side, Bang Bullet of Nkambe, failed to maintain their dominance which they showed in the beginning of the championship and thus failed to stay in MTN Elite 1 spot in the first round of the championship. Bang Bullet ended the first round at the fourth spot with 27 points in 17 games. The boys from Nkambe who seem to be this year’s revelation, have registered seven wins, six draws and have suffered a total of four defeats with two at home. Out of their seven victories, five have been at home and four of their six draws have been away from home. They will need to upgrade their game in order to overtake FC Yaounde II, Avion du Nkam and Renaissance de Ngoumu who are at the top, respectively. PWD Bamenda Stuck In Relegation Battle Since the commencement of the MTN Elite 2 championship, the legendary PWD of Bamenda are yet to replicate the form they had in the hey days. The club’s poor form has sent them into the relegation zone which they have failed to leave in the first phase of the championship. Prayed by many to see their return to top flight football in the country after a long absence of more than a decade, the Abakwa Boys are gradually sinking, and nothing seems to be put in place by its supporters who once prayed for its rebirth. Poor leadership, lack of finance, among others, have been some of the reasons for the club’s poor run of form this season. Unlike in the past, the supporters of the Bamenda darling club have been described by some pundits as ‘armchair supporters”. Presently on the 16th position with 16 points in 17 games, the Abakwa Boys have registered the greatest number of draws than any other club in MTN Elite 2 – that is, 10 draws. They have won just two games, and have lost five after scoring a total of seven goals and conceding 10. They hold the record of the worst attack in the first round but share the best defense with Dynamo of Douala and Panthere Sportif of Nde as they have all conceded 10 goals each. If nothing is done to see the team leave the relegation zone during the second round of the championship, the team will be relegated like it did in 2008 alongside Kumba Lakers, Victoria United.

MTN Elite 1: Limping YOSA Survives Relegation Zone In 1st Phase

By Basil K Mbuye Relegation-threatened Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, YOSA, succeeded in evading the relegation zone in the first round of the ongoing MTN Elite One football. Since the beginning of the 2016/ 2017 footballing season, the lone Anglophone team
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MTN Elite 1: Limping YOSA Survives Relegation Zone In 1st Phase

By Basil K Mbuye Relegation-threatened Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, YOSA, succeeded in evading the relegation zone in the first round of the ongoing MTN Elite One football. Since the beginning of the 2016/ 2017 footballing season, the lone Anglophone team in Cameroon’s top flight football is yet to put on a convincing show to replicate their performance in the previous season. YOSA ended the 2015/2016 season at the third position as they missed out from winning the championship. This season, it seems the boys from Abakwa are fighting a relegation battle instead. Out of the 16 games they have played, so far, with a match in hand away to Coton Sport in Garoua, YOSA are currently on the 13th spot with just three points shy of relegation zone. YOSA have scored a total of 12 goals, conceded 15. They have registered five wins, five draws and suffered six defeats in the first phase of the season. They seem to be the masters of big games this season as they have secured wins against current league leaders, Eding Sport, Canon of Yaounde, Bamboutos of Mbouda and UMS of Loum. Also, they have registered two draws home, three away and have suffered three defeats home and away. Out of their five victories, so far, four have been at home and one away as they continue limping. Despite the inconsistent form of the 2013 Cup of Cameroon champions, the team management still has faith in Coach Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso, despite calls for his departure. Out of 152 games of the 153 to be played in the first round, 255 goals have been scored, so far, with current league leaders, Eding Sport, having the best attacking machinery with 24 goals. They also hold the record for the best defensive compartment as they have conceded just eight goals. As for the worst attacking machinery, it is bottom place Lion Blessé de Fotouni who have scored just four goals in 17 games. Meanwhile, the worst defense in the first round goes to 16th spot New Stars of Douala who have conceded a total of 21 goals. Newly promoted Eding Sport, UMS of Loum and Stade Renard of Melong, occupy the top of the log, respectively. While in the relegation zone are Colombe of Sud, New Stars of Douala and Lion Blessé de Fotouni in descending order.

Law Suit Against Church Leaders, Unite Christians Against Gov’t

By Andrew Nsoseka Christians of the major churches have all united behind their Church leaders, following a law suit against the leaders by a ‘consortium of parents’ that has been discerned as a group sponsored by government. When the matter came up on Ma
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Law Suit Against Church Leaders, Unite Christians Against Gov’t

By Andrew Nsoseka Christians of the major churches have all united behind their Church leaders, following a law suit against the leaders by a ‘consortium of parents’ that has been discerned as a group sponsored by government. When the matter came up on May 5, at the Southwest Magistrates Court, Christians thronged the premises with bibles, peace plants and rosaries in hand, all singing victory songs against their perceived “devilish persecutor”. Even with the barricades placed by armed troops to prevent Christians from moving into the court premises, the crowed soon lined out, shared printed hymn songs and an impromptu choir arose. At the court entrance, the Christian Women Fellowship, CWF of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, in the company of their male counterparts, as well as the Catholic Women Association, CWA and their male folks, flanked each order in song and praise, while some charismatic leaders went on their knees in frantic prayers, with their rosaries in their hands, and faces deep in meditative mood. While the court session was going on, the police were engaged in little confrontations with persons who were video tapping and taking photographs. The police later on gave up, when songs by the Christians became anti-demonic as they sang that the devil will never succeed, and woe on those who fight the church and its leaders. Police Officer Intimidates The Post Reporter With Arrest At the entrance to the court premises, the contingent of troops stationed there stopped reporters from access to the premises. Later on, the police confronted and seized a phone from your reporter, for taking photographs, took him to one of their pick-ups and threatened to take him to a nearby police cell. The officer, whose name could not be got, because they had no name tags, said no one is allowed to take photographs because they will be posted on Facebook. Their senior colleague later on asked for the ID and press card, which he confiscated. A debate on the ethics of journalism and policing started and mediating parties waged in. A female colleague of the police officer, trying to mediate between the reporter and the officer, used a ‘God card’ saying “We are all children of God and should just forgive and forget, as we all make mistakes” The debate steam increased when the officer switched from speaking English, and challenged the reporter to do same by speaking French. But the reply he got was that the working language in Buea is English. The confrontation only came to an end when Rev Sister Awambeng, who is also a journalism lecturer in UB, calmed the situation and took back the confiscated phone, ID card and press badge from the officers. Moderator Weeps After the court session, Christians followed the church leaders to their various offices. At the Synod Office in Buea, the Moderator of the PCC, Rt Rev. Samuel Fonki wept as he thanked the Christians for their support and prayers. He told Christians that their place is in the skies, and that they should not be intimidated by people who downplay them. “Do not allow anyone to make you think that you are not Christian enough,” he told them. The enthusiasm in Christians and praise songs appeared to have influenced the police who, with their water cannons and tear gas, only stared on and avoided confrontations, unlike in previous cases where unprovoked scenes ended in military brutality to subdue peaceful protests. One of the Christians, in a sarcastic tone, asked for the big men in church who occupy the front pews. “You see this country, where are those who always want to occupy the front pews and big positions in church? This government is bad, because of their jobs, they cannot publicly support the church leaders, the devil can never win against God,” the lady said.

Anglophone Leaders Condemn Gruesome Attack On Students In Bamenda

By Basil K Mbuye The Secretary General of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front, SCACUF, Wilfred Tassang, has condemned in strong terms the attack on a female student in the Northwest Region. In a communiqué issued on June 6, a day after t
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Anglophone Leaders Condemn Gruesome Attack On Students In Bamenda

By Basil K Mbuye The Secretary General of the Southern Cameroons Ambazonia Consortium United Front, SCACUF, Wilfred Tassang, has condemned in strong terms the attack on a female student in the Northwest Region. In a communiqué issued on June 6, a day after the attack, Tassang wrote “…SCACUF condemns with all its energy, the gruesome attacks on our children in Bamenda. We distance ourselves from these attacks wholly perpetrated by such agents of LRC. How can children be attacked with such brutality on a campus that is militarised to the last block?” According to reports, on the early hours of Monday, June 5, between 10:00 am to 11:00 am, five unknown men on three bikes, attacked students of Government Bilingual High School Bamenda and hacked a student’s arm on the campus of the school. Before the forces of law and order could come to the scene, the armed men had taken off. The other students on campus, who saw the gruesome action, were said to have been warned not to raise an alarm for they will also be attacked. The girl who was wounded with a machete, was rushed to the Bamenda General Hospital for treatment. It was later reported that due to the critical condition, she was evacuated to the Mbingo Baptist Hospital for intensive treatment. SCACUF in their communiqué blamed the Government for masterminding the act in order to put the blame on Anglophones and to weaken the struggle. “… they are at it again; trying by all means to provoke our people so as to justify the draconian measures they want to impose on us …,” the communiqué reads in parts. Observers have chided the act, calling for an end to violence in the struggle which has seen many people lost their lives and property since the Anglophone Crisis started some eight months ago.

Senator Warns: Anglophone May Never Have A Place In HTTTC Kumba

By Maxcel Fokwen Senator Andrew Otte Mofa, Questor at Cameroon’s Senate has asserted that Anglophones may never have a place at the Higher Technical Teachers’ Training College, HTTTC Kumba in 100 years, if parents fail to re-orientate their children t
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Senator Warns: Anglophone May Never Have A Place In HTTTC Kumba

By Maxcel Fokwen Senator Andrew Otte Mofa, Questor at Cameroon’s Senate has asserted that Anglophones may never have a place at the Higher Technical Teachers’ Training College, HTTTC Kumba in 100 years, if parents fail to re-orientate their children towards technical education. Otte bared his mind to reporters on the syndrome on the sidelines of the graduation ceremony of the pioneer batch of tutors from HTTTC on June 2. According to the Senator, parents of Anglophone extraction take a lot of things for granted. He urged all to come on board and cause more Anglophone children to embrace technical and professional education. “I want parents to re-orientate their children. We should turn towards technical education because this university can be here for 100 years, but, so far as we don’t focus, so far as we don’t turn towards this, we might always have zero entry into that university. So, I am calling on the parents to focus on technical education because, when you look at the various departments that exist, most of them are technical. When we are looking at commercial and general education, it will not help us.” Otte continued that; ”We should focus and make sure that our children embrace technical education. We should do house training and orientation for them because, nothing comes without effort. A child who does not know Mathematics, Physics or Sciences cannot be technical. So, we must do this to see how we too can have a place in this institution.” Asked about the recurrent conflict that greeted the creation of the institution, the Questor remarked that nothing good comes easy. He recalled that the same could be remembered during the early days of the University of Buea. To him, if UB under which HTTTC is placed for now is breathing, it means the institution will survive. The elite averred that, he believes in the HTTTC project which the Head of State created in Kumba and surmised that the story of the school will rise to success just as UB has done in the last decades. On the location of the institution, Otte declared that, the options of Mahole and Mambanda constituting two blocks of 300 hectares of land are the best. He discarded any ill feeling regarding the land pressures surrounding the institution, observing that since the Minister of State Property and Land Tenure sanctioned the announced sites, all is now set for the school to advance to greater heights.

The Post Desk Editor Dedicates Award To Colleagues

By Maxcel Fokwen The Desk Editor of Cameroon’s leading English bi-weekly newspaper, The Post, Isidore Abah, has dedicated an award conferred on him as ‘Best Young Print Media Editor’, to his colleagues of the same media outfit. Abah was, on
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The Post Desk Editor Dedicates Award To Colleagues

By Maxcel Fokwen The Desk Editor of Cameroon’s leading English bi-weekly newspaper, The Post, Isidore Abah, has dedicated an award conferred on him as ‘Best Young Print Media Editor’, to his colleagues of the same media outfit. Abah was, on June 3, honoured in Kumba during an award ceremony staged at the behest of the management of The Scoop Media Group. At the end of the ceremony, The Post Desk Editor said he was humbled to have been singled out with such an award. Abah stated that, if such recognitions are coming his way, the glory must be redirected to the ‘ crack team’ at The Post spread all over the country. He explained that if the workers of The Post were not good at their professional exploits, his own part of the bargain will not have gained such recognition. To him, the recognition is entirely in honour of the staff and management of The Post Newspaper. “It came to me as a surprise. I think this points to the fact that, whatever we do in our small corners, is being examined within the public space. Indeed, I am humbled to have been given this award. I can only assure you of my commitment to keep on doing what we have been doing at The Post as a team,” Abah promised. Besides, he disclosed that if God permits, the award will be unveiled at a suitable time to the management team and staff of the media outfit. The award, he remarked, was the second in his journalism career. The University of Buea Journalism and Mass Communication graduate said the ceremony equally offered a platform for him to share his expertise with other colleagues and discuss some burning issues related to the practice of the profession. According to the Publisher of The Scoop, Larry Esong, the Desk Editor of The Post, Isidore Abah, exudes a lot of humility and respect, despite his show of professional intelligence on the job. Esong said, considering the age and person of the young journalist, Abah remains an indispensible human resource for the future of journalism in Anglophone Cameroon. The same comments and ripples of applause saluted the handing over of the award to the Desk Editor. Many are those who stood from their seat to catch a glimpse of a journalists described in different solemn words through different persons at the occasion.

Who Is Behind The Burnings In Bamenda?

By Chris Mbunwe Since the current Anglophone Crisis took a violent twist, arson has taken hold of either those who are guilty of not respecting Ghost Town calls or what is now referred to in local parlance as ‘Kontri Sunday’. The material damages caused b
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Who Is Behind The Burnings In Bamenda?

By Chris Mbunwe Since the current Anglophone Crisis took a violent twist, arson has taken hold of either those who are guilty of not respecting Ghost Town calls or what is now referred to in local parlance as ‘Kontri Sunday’. The material damages caused by the fire are colossal. Faceless bodies , known as “Ambazonia Fire” “Southern Cameroon Holy Ghost Fire “ who claim responsibilities at times when “night fire” gut business premises for not respecting Ghost Town calls have gone unabated and Government efforts with all the security in place is not producing enough results. These faceless bodies attacking business premises and persons who do not heed Ghost Town calls distribute tracks, warning all violators of Ghost Town that they will be visited by fire, if they don’t refrain from operating on Mondays or any of such days devoted to the struggle in solidarity with those detained in Yaounde. Recently, some travel agencies and mini buses known to belong to violators of Ghost Town have been visited by “Ghost fire or Ambazonia fire. After failed attempts to burn part of the University of Bamenda, UBa, for the massive participation of the students of this university during National Day celebrations, the mobile fire razed Government Bilingual Primary School Attuakom, the UBa medical laboratory, the Bamenda Women Empowering Centre, the Car of the Principal of GBHS Nkambe and countless Off-licenses, security posts to ashes. Security forces have arrested some suspects in connection to these arson carried out between 1:00am and 3:00am as was the case of the Bamenda Food Market. But what took the Bamenda inhabitants aback was the fire incident that gutted Top Star Hotel on Monday The basement of the hotel host other businesses such as a bakery and an off-license .The fire started from below in one of the departments and engulfed the entire building to the chagrin of many because the fire broke out at about 3:00pm. Few occupants, including those who were “rising and falling inside the rooms” took to their heels scaling over the windows and landing on roof tops of nearby buildings. The wife of the Proprietor of Top Star could be seen crying and wailing, but the husband’s composure did not attract any sympathy from the crowd. Though the cause of the fire is still to be established, the Bamenda population has been quick to christen the inferno at Top Star Hotel as “Business Fire” not linked to Ghost Town fires. Ghost Town fire visits only at night. One of the on lookers of the incident retorted “when you find the concern less concerned, it is because the hotel has been sacrificed for more business to flow in few years to come. So why worry when you see somebody visibly not disturbed as his property worth hundreds of millions have been consumed by fire. His body temperature is normal.” Others who hailed from the same Region with the Proprietor of the hotel said the owner of the hotel is simply proving that he is a man who can hold his tears, not like others. As usual, the fire fighting brigades arrived late. Other schools of thought have been quick to link the inferno to electrical short circuit.

Protesters Fail To Disrupt Laying Of HTTTC Foundation Stone

By Maxcel Fokwen A handful of protestors claiming to be owners of land and property failed to unsettle the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the Higher Technical Teachers’ Training College, HTTTC Kumba, on Friday, June 2. The protesters, about eig
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Protesters Fail To Disrupt Laying Of HTTTC Foundation Stone

By Maxcel Fokwen A handful of protestors claiming to be owners of land and property failed to unsettle the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the Higher Technical Teachers’ Training College, HTTTC Kumba, on Friday, June 2. The protesters, about eight in number and who emerged from the Mahole neighbourhood at Three Corners Fiango, claimed they were wrongfully dispossessed of their land and houses within the area allocated to host the HTTC. They came wielding placards when the Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo, was laying the foundation stone. Messages on the placards which soon disappeared, following reactions from security and administrative authorities, decried injustice, discrimination and the non-respect of basic human rights and the rule of law. Some of the placards read: ” Civil servants are not civil masters”, “Cameroon is a State of law and not disorder”, ”We are not against the construction of HTTTC Kumba, we love development and not destruction”, ”Cameroon is one and indivisible with the respect of human rights”, ”No to injustice!” Central Police Commissioner, Wilson Elong, was quick to intervene and stopped the protesters from a distance to where the Minister and his entourage sat. Immediately, police and gendarmes cordoned off the protesters from gaining more attention. Meanwhile, the Divisional Officer for Kumba III, Gilbert Gubai Baldena, collected the placards from the protesters and urged them to be calm while waiting for Government response regarding their plight. The SDO for Meme, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong, also calmed the protestors but expressed surprise at the demonstration, remarking that he received some of the protestors in his office a few days before the ceremony. Ntou’ou Ndong disclosed that issues relating to indemnities have been tabled to the appropriate quarters. He said there was no need for any public demonstration, given that discussions were in progress. Unperturbed by the feeble demonstration, the Minister of Higher Education went on presiding over the foundation laying ceremony. He rather expressed gratitude to the Minister of State Property and Land Tenure, the Meme administration, UB Vice Chancellor, Dr. Nalova Lyonga, and Chief Dr. Gabriel Ebanja of Mukonje Village, for efforts made towards getting the land for academic purposes. For his part, Chief Ebanja said their efforts had started yielding tangible results. “This would remove every doubt from anyone who has been harbouring a negative attitude towards this higher institution of learning,” said Chief Ebanja. “While the University has come to stay, we are praying that this should be the last time an occasion like this is being held on a temporary site. Everything else concerning this University, would, in the nearest future, be done on a permanent site,” said Ebanja. Ebanja, however, said though a majority of the population was happy with the progress the HTTTC has made, they were still disturbed by the present situation in the country whereby the schools in the Northwest and Southwest Regions are not functioning. “Please, without any recourse to force, we are praying to our Creator to guide you to bring a peaceful and permanent solution to the current impasse,” Ebanja told the Higher Education Minister. Protest The expression of disgruntlement by some villagers with regard to the location of the HTTTC had started from the first time the idea was mooted in 2014. On several occasions, Chief Ebanja had been dragged to the chambers of the SDO and the DO as well as the court by villagers claiming land ownership in the Mukonjo Chiefdom. Early this year, some 80 villagers stormed the palace of Nfon V.E Mukete, Paramount Ruler of the Bafaws, decrying threat to life and indiscriminate arrest. Nfon Mukete, who himself has dragged Chief Ebanja to court several times, had said he could not intervene because he is still waiting for a panel to decide on an appeal he took regarding the ownership of the land. While the areas allocated for the HTTTC is known officially to be part of Mukonje Chiefdom, the Bafaw leader is still objecting the decision. During the laying of the foundation of the HTTTC, Nfon Mukete was not present although a seat had been reserved for him.

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