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Bakweri Town Summary Executions: Eyewitnesses Narrate Massacre Of Youths By Military

By Andrew Nsoseka& Derrick Wambo Woteva The people of Bakweri Town, Sandpit area in Buea, on Monday, July 30, experienced one of their greatest horrors in memory, when masked elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) moved into Bakweri Town and m
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Bakweri Town Summary Executions: Eyewitnesses Narrate Massacre Of Youths By Military

By Andrew Nsoseka& Derrick Wambo Woteva The people of Bakweri Town, Sandpit area in Buea, on Monday, July 30, experienced one of their greatest horrors in memory, when masked elements of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) moved into Bakweri Town and massacred youths, took some away and executed them in neighbouring Muea, leaving communities behind wailing and mourning their children and friends. Following the incident, a team from The Post set out tovisit the scene of the killings andget the details from those who witnessed what they described as summary executions. Most of those who witnessed the killings, sought for anonymity, scared of being identified with the story, for fear of being subsequent targets. Account Of A Close Friend One of those who was with the victims, minutes before the soldiers swooped in narrates: “At about 1:45pm on Monday, we stood around the road, nine of us, discussing. One of my friends made a call, and someone was to send him money via mobile money and my phone was used for the transaction. We separated. I went into my house and he crossed the road moving down to where the BIR later came. About five minutes later, those who were still outside called me and I came out. After about five minutes, two BIR Hilux vehicles arrived and branched off at the Executive Hotel Junction. The first BIR vehicle carried BIR soldiers all in black attire. The second vehicle came with soldiers in their normal BIR attire with inscriptions on it. They got into the quarters and we had no idea of where they were going to or what they were going to do. About 10 minutes later, we heard gunshots coming from the direction where some of our friends were, at LalaWotoye. Everyone who heard the shots ran into their houses. We didn’t know what was happening. Some of us thought the soldiers were firing into the air to scare people. After about 15 minutes of sustained gunshots, the guns went silent.Peoplethen came out of their homes. I also came out and we stood by the road, confused about what was going on.The very BIR pick-up trucks came out of the quarters. They drove down towards Sandpit, although they came in from a different direction. As they drove past us, we heard cries from the direction they were coming from. They had shot some boys who were caught smoking. We rushed to the scene and upon reaching there; we saw those who were killed.One of them was my younger brother here in the quarter. He is not an Amba fighter. They are not Amba boys. All they did was smoke. And when you listen to the radio and watch these journalists who have not even come to the scene, you hear them saying, “Amba boys have been killed.” All lies. Let the truth be told, innocent people were massacred.” This account was corroborated by many other eyewitnesses. Another eyewitness narrates how a corpse was later taken away: “Mayor Ekema came in after we had carried the dead bodies from the gutter where they were killed, up to the road, the T-shirt I wore is completely stained with blood. Thank God we got there earlier and even took pictures of the corpse else they would have displayed guns on them and then claimed that they were armed, whereas they had nothing, not even sticks. “I recognised two military officers there, one called Joel, and the Company Commander of the Brigade here in Buea. There was a small captain there, he is of the 21st Motorised Battalion, and he had his own crew. They came here. They all cocked their guns, the Mayor holding his own gun, said he is giving us five minutes to bring the corpses outside. About three boys from the crowd asked him who he expects to remove the corpses and hand to them, and where they are taking the corpses to. The Mayor lifted his gun and trained it on us – a people he calls his own. Finally, they carried the corpses away. Former Quarter-head Who Witnessed Shooting Scene At the area where the boys were surrounded and shot dead, we met an elderly man who has lived there since the 80s and also served for seven years as the Quarter-head. He said the area, under a mango tree, opposite his residence, where the boys were massacredis a smoking joint where many of the youths, about 30 of them, usually come to smoke. He said, sometimes, “even the military officers come there and smoke and we all see them”. “I have advised them like an elder to stop smoking, but they usually come there, it is not new.” Asked what he witnessed on that fateful day, Mola Sam narrated: “I stood outside here, in front of my house, discussing with one of my neighbours who is a Lecturer at the National Advance School of Public Works in Buea. We were discussing what is going on, this Chiefs matter,all of a sudden, we heard: ‘gham, kakakakakaka!’ deafening gunshots, just in front of us. My neighbour, a man, ran down and even missed the road to his house. He just went down straight, instead of crossing the bridge and going to his house. He was confused. I also ran into my house and locked the door with my family and all of us were lying down on […]

Fr Sob’s Killers Are Amongst Us, Bishop Bushu Shocked Mourners

The Bishop of Buea, His Lordship Immanuel Bushu, Friday, August 10, shocked the over 2000 mourners, who had converged on the Regina Pacis Cathedral Small Soppo, Buea to pay homage to Rev. Fr Alexander Nougi Sob. Mgr Bushu left the tongues of mourners wagging
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Fr Sob’s Killers Are Amongst Us, Bishop Bushu Shocked Mourners

The Bishop of Buea, His Lordship Immanuel Bushu, Friday, August 10, shocked the over 2000 mourners, who had converged on the Regina Pacis Cathedral Small Soppo, Buea to pay homage to Rev. Fr Alexander Nougi Sob. Mgr Bushu left the tongues of mourners wagging hysterically when he openly debunked the widespread allegations that were being peddled around that the fallen Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish Bomaka was killed by a stray bullet. According to the Chief Shepherd of Buea, the erstwhile Catholic Education Secretary of Buea Diocese was brutally murdered and assassinated using a silencer. “Fr. Sob was brutally killed, assassinated…. Why on earth he went to Muyuka, I, myself, do not know and the people who know do not want to tell us the truth…Those who said it was a cross-fire are liars and those that killed him are right here with us and their consciences will not let them free,” the Bishop thundered. The Prelate described the fallen Priest as a good teacher, great speaker and a dynamic preacher. Mgr. Bushu denied the stories of Fr. Sob going to see his mother in Muyuka, because, according to the Bishop, the Priest’s mother had already been in Yaounde before his demise. The Bishop said the late Reverend Father was in the company of two other persons at the time he was assassinated. Talking to The Post, Mgr. Bushu emphasised that people should learn to tell the truth and that mourners should forgive those who carried out the heinous act. The more than 2,000 mourners who attended the Requiem Mass comprised of Priests, Seminarians, Religious, Political and Traditional Authorities from all over the country. Presenting the autopsy report to mourners, the Vicar General of Buea Diocese, Fr Bernard Asek Tambe, said the report revealed that Fr Sob was shot by two bullets, one on the left and another on right side of the chest, all at the same level. “The poisoned bullet on the left bore a hole to his heart causing instant death, while the bullet on the right passed through his body to his back.” With the help of the autopsy, it was determined that the shots were carried out by a professional, who used a silencer gun. The shot was taken from the windscreen; from a distance of between 50cm to 70cm away. A Ballistic Expert will be needed to determine whether the two bullets are of the same kind. This is to ascertain whether it was one person or two people of the same height, who fired the shots. Meanwhile, the Head of the Sob family frowned at some media reports alleging that their brother was killed by a stray bullet. She reiterated that Fr Sob was assassinated and prayed the Church to launch an investigation and bring the culprits to face the long arm of the law. It should be stressed here that before his demise, the 45-year-old Priest was a Lecturer at the Catholic University Institute of Brea, CUIB, and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education in the University of Buea. The “Wonder Boy” as he was fondly called by listeners of his radio programme, Bless Line over CRTV Mount Cameroon FM and “Soppi” by students of the Catholic Educational family, will generally been missed by his fans, students and the Christian family of Buea Diocese. By Ernest Ekema, Barbara Epey, Minerva Molinge & Njamilatou Tontang (UB Journalism Students on Internship)

Court Slams Ambazonia Impostors 40-Months- Jail Term

By Maxcel Fokwen Two youngsters guilty of impersonating elements of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, ADF, have been slammed a 40-months- jail term for harassing the population and extorting money. Judges at the Kumba Magistrate Court passed the ruling on August
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Court Slams Ambazonia Impostors 40-Months- Jail Term

By Maxcel Fokwen Two youngsters guilty of impersonating elements of the Ambazonia Defense Forces, ADF, have been slammed a 40-months- jail term for harassing the population and extorting money. Judges at the Kumba Magistrate Court passed the ruling on August 9 as the matter was heard in court. The Post gleaned that the duo pleaded guilty of acts of impersonation, harassment and extortion. Besides the sentences, the duo was equally slammed fines in different amounts. It is reported that the duet were arrested around the Kumba Town neighbourhood recently, attempting to extort money from people under the guise of being Ambazonian fighters. Thursday’s ruling at the Magistrate’s Court comes at a time when unknown youths are harassing city dwellers in Kumba. Reports have emerged daily of unknown individuals requesting for huge amounts of money and other materials as support to the separatists. In the face of the development, security forces have gone on an offensive to unearth such ‘gangs’. On July 18 this year, the Meme administration presented to the public two persons caught in the same practice. The pair, Mark Tebeck, 20 and Thomas Agbor Junior, 38; father of two, moved around Kumba extorting money from a number of individuals. They call and threaten targets through telephone to give money. Tebeck and Agbor admitted having made over FCFA 400.000 from the business which they claim started in the month of May. Tebeck and Agbor are still being detained and are expected to stand trial for their actions in the days ahead. Police arrested them after a tipoff from one of their potential victims. The Senior Divisional Officer, SDO for Meme Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong, has repeatedly challenged the population to denounce such persons at the appropriate quarters for actions to be initiated.

Minister Tells Freed Fako Chiefs: Lure Your Subjects Out Of Bushes

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has tasked recently freed Fako Chiefs to lure their subjects out of the bushes. This was during a reception of four out of the seven freed Fako Chiefs in Yaounde on August 3.
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Minister Tells Freed Fako Chiefs: Lure Your Subjects Out Of Bushes

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai The Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, has tasked recently freed Fako Chiefs to lure their subjects out of the bushes. This was during a reception of four out of the seven freed Fako Chiefs in Yaounde on August 3. Minister Atanga Nji instructed them: “while back in your communities, ask the young people to come out of the bushes.” The Chiefs received included: Johnson Njoke of Wokaka village; Philip Ikome of Wokeka; Thomas Elinge Ndotoh of Ewili and Herman Njombi of Wokwai. A Councillor of the Buea Council, Edward Wokama Ngangue, who was also abducted and later freed, was also part of the delegation that was headed by Mayor Patrick Ekema. Expressing the compassion of the Head of State to the Chiefs, Atanga Nji said President Paul Biya was very touched upon hearing of their kidnapping. “Cameroon is a peaceful country and the President, since 1982, has been working tirelessly to ensure that peace is maintained. But unfortunately, the situation in the Northwest and Southwest Regions is now threatening that peace,” he stated. He thanked and described the Mayor of Buea as “a courageous and an example of a patriotic citizen. Cameroon needs more courageous people like the Mayor in these challenging times,” Atanga Nji noted. He told the Chiefs that as custodians of tradition and President Biya being the Fon of Fons, he (Biya) is supportive of them to guarantee the protection of tradition. According to him, President Biya keenly listened to the demands of the lawyers and the teachers and has thus made tremendous efforts in resolving them. He argued that Biya has given to the Anglophones more than what they expected, pointing to the recent cabinet reshuffle which, according to him, saw Anglophones occupying key positions. “Nothing can justify the terrorism occurring in the country. Government rejects violence in its totality. Cameroon is a State of law and the rule of law must be respected. Statistics show that terrorists have raped 1,280 girls between the ages of 11 and 14…People cannot be asking for development and at the same time burning down public and private properties,” he thundered. He said Government is ready to discuss, but only within the ambit of the institutional reforms of the State. Speaking on behalf of the Chiefs who, The Post gathered were advised not to make any public declarations, Patrick Ekema, told reporters that the rising insecurity in the municipality must end for Buea to regain its status of legendary hospitality. He said following the release of the Chiefs, they were negotiating the last bend. He talked of how the Council stood its grounds to ensure that there was school resumption despite the distortion that was orchestrated by the lawyers’ and teachers’ strikes. He said extra catch up lessons in the form of holiday classes were organised with some 7000 pupils and students attending. Ekema said in the face of such efforts, “Presbyterian and Catholic school Proprietors unanimously decided to side with the ‘terrorists’ to enforce non-resumption of schools. And of course, we stood our grounds and addressed a memo to the Head of State indicating the role of the clergy in the non-resumption of classes,” he disclosed. He recalled that at the beginning of the school year, some parents got angry and took the PCC Moderator and the Archbishop to court. “Somewhere along the line, there was a lot of pressure, they succumbed and opened the doors of their schools. “That notwithstanding, we have been of course ensuring that we animate the city with life. One of the primordial roles of a Council in our country is to ensure the social welfare of our people. Being a Mayor, I could not be indifferent. I have been pushing this course to the latter. “What triggered the last move was the abduction of traditional rulers in my municipality and I could not stay silent. I issued an ultimatum and we are happy it was respected, reason why we are having the chiefs here. I am not going to end at this. We have a wide and an elaborate plan. You heard me say we are negotiating the last bend and I am sure we are going to certainly have a good time to negotiate that last bend,” Ekema stated. Wokama Testifies Meanwhile, Wokama who exhibited wounds resulting from torture said he was kidnapped alone while on his way back from the farm. He narrated that he was accused of being an informant to the Buea Mayor and was thus tortured for 11 hours. He said all plead of his innocence fell on hard rock as he eventually gave a bag of rice. He stated that those who kidnapped him were not mask but unfortunately, he cannot recognise them. He noted that he was set free only when the abductors discovered that his situation was getting very bad as he bled profusely. The Ekema-led delegation of Chiefs and the Councillor were thereafter received in audience that same day by the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang.

Fon Mukete’s Palace Attacked, Royal Artefacts Looted

By Maxcel Fokwen The Kombone Bafaw Palace of Cameroon’s eldest Senator, Nfon V.E Mukete, in Konye Sub-division, Southwest Region has been attacked by unknown men and some royal properties reportedly looted in the process. The incident unfolded in the night
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Fon Mukete’s Palace Attacked, Royal Artefacts Looted

By Maxcel Fokwen The Kombone Bafaw Palace of Cameroon’s eldest Senator, Nfon V.E Mukete, in Konye Sub-division, Southwest Region has been attacked by unknown men and some royal properties reportedly looted in the process. The incident unfolded in the night of Wednesday, August 1, breaking Thursday, August 2. A source in Konye Sub-division, confirmed to The Post that the gunmen stormed the Palace, shattering the windows and making away with valuable material. Our source said the gunmen are suspected to be members of the separatists’ Ambazonia Defence Forces. The Kombone Bafaw Palace of the revered traditional ruler and Statesman is often used for occasional purposes when Mukete sojourns to Konye Sub-division. It is undoubtedly the most expensive house existing in the village located along the Kumba-Mamfe Road axis. A few years back, Kombone Bafaw received a facelift as it hosted the annual cultural festival of the Bafaw tribe tagged ‘Mbum Bafaw’. However, the main Palace of the Paramount Ruler of the Bafaw tribe is found in Kumba. The attack on the palace is not the first in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, since the current social pressures assumed a deadly posture. Across Konye Sub-division, most traditional rulers have escaped their villages citing threats to life. The first arson on palaces was recorded in Etam, Tombel Sub-division. Gunmen attacked the locality early this year setting it ablaze and brandishing a coffin. Months after, similar attacks on secret traditional establishments were recorded in Nguti and across Lebialem Division .As at press time; attempts to get reaction from the Kumba Palace on the incident were unsuccessful.

Biya’s Secret Envoys Tell US, UN: Separatists Are Attacking Unarmed Civilians, Troops

By Bouddih Adams A delegation of members of Government sent abroad on an offensive to counter Ambazonia claims that have exposed and sullied the image of the Government of Cameroon, especially its military, has submitted its report, which The Post procured. T
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Biya’s Secret Envoys Tell US, UN: Separatists Are Attacking Unarmed Civilians, Troops

By Bouddih Adams A delegation of members of Government sent abroad on an offensive to counter Ambazonia claims that have exposed and sullied the image of the Government of Cameroon, especially its military, has submitted its report, which The Post procured. The mission was charged with: meeting the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, Permanent Representatives of member countries of the UN Security Council, Non-Permanent Members of the Security Council, the US Government and Legislators (Senators and Congressmen), Non Governmental Organisations among others. The mission was assigned to give Cameroon’s version of the situation in the country; brief them on the exact situation on the field; arrange for some diasporans to work with the Government, form pressure groups in Washington and New York, et cetera. It comprised Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, Minister in charge of Missions at the Presidency; Paul Ghogomu Mingo, Director of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet; Felix Mbayu, Minister Delegate to Ministry of External Relations (MINREX) in charge of the Commonwealth; Oumarou Chinmoun, Director of American and Caribbean Affairs at the MINREX; and Susan Eyema Elinge epse Ewusi, Research Officer at the Presidency. Resource Documents were: talking points on the special mission to the USA; briefing notes on the situation in the Northwest and Southwest Regions; Government’s response to the 2017 State Department’s report on the situation of Human Rights in Cameroon; comments on the written statement by Felix Agbor Nkongho to the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, by Prof. Victor Julius Ngoh; Government emergency humanitarian assistance plan in the Northwest and Southwest Regions 2018 – 2019; 2016 Report on the situation of Human Rights in Cameroon by the Ministry of Justice; compilation of the actions carried out by Government since the onset of the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions; Compendium of US Government Reports, by Squire Patton Boggs Firm; Cameroon Government’s response to the Amnesty International report titled “Cameroon: credible evidence that army personnel responsible for shocking extrajudicial executions caught on video.” The mission, in its report, stated that, at each audience, it briefed its hosts on: the evolution of the socio-political situation of the country; the atrocities committed by the secessionists on the civilian populations, government officials, traditional rulers and security forces; the violence perpetrated on public edifices and infrastructure as well as on private property. It stated that it was helped in the organisation of audiences by the Cameroon Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tommo Monthe. The mission presented in the reports as remarks and recommendations: “Maintain a direct link between our Government and the UN by constant high-level missions; adopt and adapt an aggressive communication strategy, especially with the Anglo-Saxon press; get our Permanent Mission all documentation to distribute on a permanent basis.” Noting that: “We feel that the US Government is better informed now,” following the mission abroad, the delegation gave as recommendations: “Reinforce our relations with some influential members of the Congress; Promote productive cooperation with the USA [such information missions should be multiplied; Our partners of Squire Patton Boggs should be more proactive; The Ambassador should be more present at the US Congress; We should send to them up-to-date information.” They stated that at the end of the mission, following instructions from the Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic: “We invited Dr. Ekema, retired from the Pennsylvania State University, to start working on creating a coalition of Cameroonians of the Diaspora who are ready to engage in positive and productive relationships with the American authorities, especially on pertinent issues concerning Cameroon.”

Cameroon Human Rights Situation: UN Human Rights High Commissioner Lambasts Gov’t

By Isidore Abah Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has lambasted the Government of Cameroon over numerous reports of gross human rights violations and abuses, especially in the Northwest, Southwest and Far North Region
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Cameroon Human Rights Situation: UN Human Rights High Commissioner Lambasts Gov’t

By Isidore Abah Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has lambasted the Government of Cameroon over numerous reports of gross human rights violations and abuses, especially in the Northwest, Southwest and Far North Regions of the country. The UN Human Rights Chief lashed out on the Government of Cameroon on Wednesday, July 25. According to him, despite repeated appeals made by his office to the Government to grant its staff access to internally and externally displaced persons, especially those of the English-speaking Regions of the country to investigate allegations of human rights abuses, their requests have repeatedly fallen on death ears. “Given the seriousness of violence reports against Cameroonians in the Western part of the country, we have asked for access to these persons to be able to verify allegations made against both security forces and armed elements… We will now need to explore other options, including remote monitoring…,” Zeid asserted. Since the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis in 2016, and the resultant military onslaught, which the Government used to clamp down on peaceful demonstrators, there have been numerous reports about human rights abuses such as: arbitrary arrests, kidnappings, extra-judicial killings, looting, extortion, torture and excessive use of force. As reports of the above-mentioned vices surged in the heat of the Crisis, over 21,000 Cameroonians fled to neighbouring Nigeria, and over 160,000 sought safe sanctuaries in other Regions of the country with some taking refuge in the forests under deplorable conditions. Meanwhile, after close to two years of untold suffering and the loss of human lives, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights thinks that the time to bury the hatchet is now in order to prevent more bloodshed. “To prevent the situation from deteriorating further, I urge the Government to launch independent investigations into the reports of human rights violations by State security forces as well as abuses by armed elements… I condemn the attacks by Cameroonian armed elements, including the ambush on 13 July near the town of Kumba in the Southwest Region on the Minister of Defence convoy. But the heavy-handed security response that the Government appears to have employed since October last year will only make matters worse for the women, children and men caught in the middle.” Zeid further said he was “utterly appalled” by a horrific video reportedly showing members of the armed forces executing a woman, a child and a baby accused of being members of Boko Haram. “The Government of Cameroon has an obligation to investigate this atrocious crime urgently. I am deeply worried that these killings captured on camera may not be isolated cases,” he said.

Biya Has Already Won October 7 Polls-Hon. Nkodo Ndang

By Yerima Kini Nsom The CPDM Section President for the Nyong and Mfoumou North-East in the Centre Region, Hon. Roger Nkodo Ndang, says President Biya has already won the October 7 Presidential Election. “By virtue of the mobilisation of our militants, and b
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Biya Has Already Won October 7 Polls-Hon. Nkodo Ndang

By Yerima Kini Nsom The CPDM Section President for the Nyong and Mfoumou North-East in the Centre Region, Hon. Roger Nkodo Ndang, says President Biya has already won the October 7 Presidential Election. “By virtue of the mobilisation of our militants, and by dint of the fact that the Nyong and Mfoumou North-East Section is voting 100 per cent for their National Chairman, I can say that President Paul Biya has already won the election,” Hon. Nkodo Ndang, who is also the President of the Pan-African Parliament told the press. He was speaking during a rally in Gombo in Nyako Kombo Sub-division in the Nyong and Mfoumou Division on Saturday, July 22. According to the politician, the unflinching support the local militants have for Biya makes the upcoming presidential election a mere formality. To Nkodo, mobilising militants to give a 100 per cent vote to President Biya was not a difficult thing for them because they are constantly in touch with the masses in the field. The MP expressed appreciation to President Biya for supporting his candidacy and blessing him to emerge as the President of the Pan-African Parliament for the second time. He said he has beaten South Africa and North Africa in elections at the Pan-African Parliament four times in 12 years. Nkodo Ndang lauded the presence of the Dean of African Diplomats in Yaounde, H.E. Beti Marace Martial, who is the Ambassador of the Central African Republic and Algerian Ambassador to Cameroon, saying they were true friends. He said militants were overwhelmed with joy that the incumbent Biya heeded the people’s call by declaring his candidacy. He said as far as the upcoming election is concerned, “President Paul Biya is Nyong and Mfoumou North- East, Nyong and Mfoumou North-East is President Paul Biya.” The MP said despite a smear campaign against him, he is waxing strong as President of the Pan-African Parliament. For his part, the Section President of the Mfoumou North, Francis Zibi Samba, said despite the fact that President Biya is 85 years old and has been in office for 35 years, they were going to vote him 100 per cent because he is the voice of the people. He condemned the on-going violence in the two Anglophone Regions, calling on all militants to stand behind President Biya because he is a man of peace. The CPDM Central Committee Permanent Delegate to the Nyong and Mfoumou Constituency, Robert Nkili, lauded the militants for always standing behind President Biya. To him, the militants even ought to show more loyalty to the President for supporting one of theirs, Nkodo Ndong to emerge as President of the Pan-African Parliament. He said the setting of the love affair between CPDM National Chair and the people of Nyong and Mfoumou projects to 100 per cent vote people in the area will give President Biya in the upcoming October 7 election. Taking the floor, the WCPDM President, Regine Mekono Aboudou, the Mayor of Kobdombo, Colin Ze Biwole Mimbama, all praised President Biya for projecting Nkodo Ndong. They equally promised to express their gratitude by voting overwhelmingly for him on October 7. The Youth President called on his peers to stand against the destabilisation of Cameroon and support Biya to fight terrorism that is gradually plunging the country into chaos. The meeting sounded very much like a campaign rally, even though campaigns for the upcoming Presidential poll will be launched officially on September 24. Hon. Nkodo Ndong who organised the meeting was not in that political ruse alone. The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Promotion of the Family also organised a rally in her native Mefou and Akono Division. Various speakers at the occasion called for an overwhelming vote for President Biya.

Cardinal Tumi, Other Clerics Convene Stormy AAC III

Conference To Seek Lasting Solution To Anglophone Crisis Give 2 Tough Conditions For Participation Appeal To Restoration Forces To Down Arms Tells Gov’t To End Military Hostilities, Bring Back Fleeing Population By Nformi Sonde Kinsai & Sylvester Atemnk
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Cardinal Tumi, Other Clerics Convene Stormy AAC III

Conference To Seek Lasting Solution To Anglophone Crisis Give 2 Tough Conditions For Participation Appeal To Restoration Forces To Down Arms Tells Gov’t To End Military Hostilities, Bring Back Fleeing Population By Nformi Sonde Kinsai & Sylvester Atemnkeng Archbishop Emeritus of Douala Archdiocese, His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi; the Synod Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rev. George Babila Fochang, the Imam of the Bamenda Central Mosque, Tukur Mohammed Adamu and the Chief Imam of the Buea Central Mosque, Alhadji Mohammed Aboubakar; have convened an Anglophone General Conference for August 29 and 30 in Buea. The information is contained in an announcement signed by the above servants of God after a meeting in Douala on July 25 on the invitation of Cardinal Tumi. The objective of the conference, it is stated, is to promote peace in Cameroon. Below is the full content of the announcement. “In the name of the Almighty God, the Father and Creator of all of us, we His undersigned servants, met today, July 25, 2018, in Douala at the invitation of His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi, to reflect and pray over the political, social, economic and security situation prevailing in Anglophone Cameroon (Northwest and Southwest Regions). “As we all know, the people of these two regions have suffered enough hardship in the nearly two years since the present crisis erupted in October 2016. We believe that the moment has come to put an end to the conflict through a frank, inclusive and comprehensive national dialogue on the Anglophone Problem. We therefore, fervently appeal to the President of the Republic, Head of State, to organise such a dialogue as soon as possible. “We recognise that absolute necessity for the people of the Southwest and Northwest Regions to hold a preparatory general conference in order to agree on the issues to be examined at the national dialogue on the Anglophone Problem and to freely designate their representatives at that dialogue. “Accepting our moral responsibility to promote peace and harmony among all God’s children, we hereby freely take the initiative to constitute ourselves into a college of conveners for the purpose of summoning the required General Conference of the people of the Southwest and Northwest Regions. To this end, we hereby convene an Anglophone General Conference (AGC) to be held in Buea on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30, August 2018. “The Anglophone General Conference will be organised by a broad-based conference organising committee comprising representatives of traditional and religious authorities, civil society leaders, professional associations, women and youth groups, trade union organisations, etc. Participation in the conference will be open, and limited to all Cameroonian citizens living in Cameroon or abroad who fall in one of the following two categories: i) Those whose ancestral origins are within one of the 13 Divisions of the territory that today constitute the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon; or ii) Those whose parents or grandparents, not having their ancestral origins in one of the 13 Divisions of the Southwest and Northwest Regions, settled permanently in this territory as at 1st October 1961. “The Governors of the Northwest and Southwest Regions shall be invited to attend the Anglophone General Conference in person or through their designated representatives. “We hereby designate Dr. Simon Munzu, a well-known Civil Society personality and the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, as spokesperson, Adviser to the Conveners and Coordinator of the Conference Organising Committee. “We call upon the Government of Cameroon and the various armed groups that now operate throughout the territory of the Northwest and Southwest Regions, to declare an immediate end to military hostilities in these two regions and thus create favourable conditions for finding a peaceful and lasting solution to the Anglophone Problem and to ending the Anglophone Crisis in our country through dialogue. “We pray the Government of Cameroon to create favourable conditions for the participation of all qualified individuals in the Anglophone General Conference by discontinuing all criminal proceedings and ordering the release of all persons currently detained in connection with the Anglophone Crisis as well as facilitating the return of persons who have been internally or externally displaced as a result of the Anglophone Crisis since October 2016, including those on exile and refugees. “We call upon all the people of the Northwest and Southwest Regions living at home and abroad to make the sacrifices necessary, even in these difficult circumstances, to attend the Anglophone General Conference massively, and thus contribute directly to collectively search for a final, lasting and satisfactory solution to the Anglophone Problem and Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon. “We request public authorities at local, sub-divisional, divisional, regional and national levels as well as the friends of Cameroon in the international community to support our initiative and thus contribute to the success of the Anglophone General Conference as a necessary first step towards a national dialogue on the Anglophone Problem. “Finally, we urge all Cameroonians to continue to pray for peace and harmony in our land.” Done in Douala this 25th Day of July, 2018. Signed: His Eminence Christian Cardinal Tumi; Rev. Babila George Fochang – Synod Clerk, Presbyterian Church in Cameroon; Imam Tukur Mohammed Adamu – Bamenda Central Mosque, Northwest Region; Imam Alhadji Mohammed Aboubakar – Chief Imam, Central Mosque, Buea, Southwest Region.

Human Rights Defender Advocates Peace, Reconciliation In Cameroon

By Sylvester Atemnkeng& * Isaac NgongKum A Human Right Defender, Barrister Michael Techoukwi Lekelefac, says peace, love and reconciliation are a panaceato the Cameroon’s fraternity. The legal mind was speaking during a press conference at the Catholic
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Human Rights Defender Advocates Peace, Reconciliation In Cameroon

By Sylvester Atemnkeng& * Isaac NgongKum A Human Right Defender, Barrister Michael Techoukwi Lekelefac, says peace, love and reconciliation are a panaceato the Cameroon’s fraternity. The legal mind was speaking during a press conference at the Catholic University Centre in Yaounde, on Monday, July 16. During the press conference, the Advocate called on all Cameroonians to correct the mistakes of the past and forge ahead as a one and indivisible country. The Anglophone Crisis, according to him, is a resultant effect of the mistakes made by Cameroon’s former President, Amadou Ahidjo, who he said, unilaterally changed the National Day celebrations date from October 1 to May 20. “This was a grave mistake as it made the English speaking Cameroonians to feel like strangers to what we now celebrate as National Day. The original date of October 1 should be brought back to mark the day Cameroonians West of the Mungo happily rejoined their brothers East of the Mungo after years of painful separation by their colonial masters,” he said. He described May 20th celebrations today as mere idol worship, during which, Cameroonians blindly chant the praises of President Paul Biya, who cares very little about the plight of citizens slaughtered in the North West and South West Regions of the country. In the midst of this oblique crisis, the human rights advocate still believes that there is hope for the country to come out stronger and more united than ever before. “If Cameroonians, irrespective of their linguistic origins turn to God, have respect for human life and restrain from hate speeches and pride with the full understanding that God alone gives life and no one has the right to take it away from another, then we can overcome this evil.” He called on all Cameroonians to choose “the path of peace, love and reconciliation against hatred, division and arms barbarism.” He equally urged all the Fons and Chiefs of Lebialem , who have taken refuge in different lands, to return home. “Senatorial seats, Parliament and other juicy positions are not meant for traditional rulers. Their place is in the palace and I am sure things are escalating in the Lebialem due to their absence,” he explained. The Barrister also prayed for the fighters in the Anglophone Regions, both military and separatists to see one another as brothers and sisters instead of seeing each other as animals only good to kill. To him, mistakes are human but the evolution of every human society lies in the correction of the mistakes committed by the predecessors. “We must correct the mistakes committed by our forefathers today or else, our children will inherit these same mistakes with their grave consequences.” *(ASMACJournalism Student On Internship )

2018 Presidential: Osih, SDF Candidate, Finally Deposits File At ELECAM

By Joe Dinga Pefok The Social Democratic Front, SDF, candidate for this year’s Presidential election, Joshua Nambangi Osih, accompanied by the party’s National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, deposited his file at the ELECAM Littoral Regional headquarters in D
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2018 Presidential: Osih, SDF Candidate, Finally Deposits File At ELECAM

By Joe Dinga Pefok The Social Democratic Front, SDF, candidate for this year’s Presidential election, Joshua Nambangi Osih, accompanied by the party’s National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, deposited his file at the ELECAM Littoral Regional headquarters in Douala, on July 18. The deposition of the file of the candidate of the frontline opposition party has brought relief to its supporters who had been worried, because, the election was called while he was abroad. Osih returned to the country and thus deposited the file more than 24 hours before the deadline of July 19. Candidates battling for the Etoudi Palace had begun depositing their files with the election managing body, Elections Cameroon, ELECAM, as the July 19 deadline drew near. The file of the incumbent Paul Biya, was deposited at the ELECAM Headquarters in Yaounde on Friday, July 13, by a delegation led by the CPDM Secretary General, Jean Nkuete. This came barely a few hours after President Biya announced his candidature on twitter rather than the traditional State-owned CRTV. After the CPDM deposited Biya’s file, Dr Alain Fegue of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, also deposited the file of the party’s flag bearer, Prof Maurice Kamto. The Post leant that Paul Biya’s file was the third file to be deposited at the ELECAM’s headquarters in Yaounde. The first candidate to deposit his file at the election management body was Beboro Kekomo, a strange name on the Cameroon political scene. He reportedly deposited his file as an independent candidate. It remains to be seen when ELECAM would have examined the file, whether the said Kekomo fulfilled the conditions to be an independent candidate. The second candidate to deposit his file at ELECAMwasBertinKisob, of ‘Parti de la Justice Sociale’. Meanwhile,most of the Presidential aspirants are all expected to deposit their files this week, before midnight on Thursday, July 19 at the National or Regional headquarters of ELECAM. Before President Biya convened the electorate on October 7, over a dozen candidates had declared their intention to challenge him at the poll. The candidates include:Hon Joshua NambangiOsih of the SDF, Barrister AkereTabengMuna of the NOW platform, Cabral Libii of PartiUniverse, Serge EspoireMatombaof PURS, FranklineAfanwiNdifor of NPPC, Paul Eric Kingue, Bernard Njonga, HilaireKamga of ‘Offre Orange and Barrister Emmanuel AshuAgbor, of the Reform Party. More Candidates Meanwhile, following the convening of the electorate, more candidates are coming out. For example, the Douala based former MP of Wouri Centre Constituency, Jean Jacques Ekindi, who has been the National President of ‘Mouvement Progresssistes’ since its creation has announced his candidature. This, will however, not be his first participation in a presidential election. Ekindi aka Lion Chaser, ran in the 2011 presidential election,scoring 0.381 percent of votes. However, observers are waiting to see if Dr Adamou Ndam Njoya of the CDU and Fritz Ngo of MEC will compete in the 2018 presidential election or if they will rather emulate the example of Ni John Fru Ndi and handover the baton to a younger comrade. Political scientists, meanwhile, are also closely watching the likes of Albert Dzongang of ‘Dynamique’, Garga Haman Adji of ADD, OlivierBilé of UFP among others. It would be recalledthat 23 candidates participated in the 2011 presidential election, after ELECAM had rejected some aspirants. No Foreign Funding Of Candidates According to ELECAM officials, the file each presidential candidate must contain a declaration of his candidature, a letter of investiture by a legalised political party or proofs of required 300 signatures for an independent candidate, certificate of national to prove that a candidate is of Cameroonian nationality, and proof that the candidate has been resident in the country in the last 12 months. The candidate must be at least 30 years of age, while there is no maximum age limit. Also, a candidate for the presidential election in Cameroon must not be funded by any foreign country or foreign interest. This was a pretext that the regime recently tried to cause to disqualifythree opposition candidates: Joshua Osih, Maurice Kamto and AkereMuna, when some pro-regime media organs reported that the US Embassy has given the three candidates over FCFA 2 billion to fund their election campaigns. After the news was published, Hon Robert BapoohLipot of the UPC, called for the disqualification of the candidatures of the trio.

Warring MANIDEM Refuses To Invest Candidate For 2018 Presidential

By Joe Dinga Pefok The Pioneer National President and former Presidential flag bearer of MANIDEM, Anicet Ekane, says his faction will not be investing a candidate in the 2018 Presidential election. He made the declaration to the media in Douala on Tuesday, Ju
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Warring MANIDEM Refuses To Invest Candidate For 2018 Presidential

By Joe Dinga Pefok The Pioneer National President and former Presidential flag bearer of MANIDEM, Anicet Ekane, says his faction will not be investing a candidate in the 2018 Presidential election. He made the declaration to the media in Douala on Tuesday, July 17, as political parties battled to meet ELECAM’s July 19 deadline for the submission of the files of all Presidential hopefuls. During the July 17 press conference, Ekane bemoaned that the opposition parties are going into the 2018 Presidential poll in splinters, instead of forming a coalition to challenge the incumbent. He also asserted that the escalating Anglophone Crisis necessitates the postponement of such an election. However, political observers in Douala were quick to brush aside Ekane’s reasons for not partaking in the 2018 presidential race. According to them, Ekane shouldn’t use the absence of an opposition coalition or the escalating Anglophone Crisis to back out of the poll. They said the erstwhile MANIDEM National President has never bothered about the aforementioned issues. According to the political scientists, Ekane, has over the years, been against MANIDEM joining any political alliance with any opposition party in Cameroon under the pretext that they have ‘neo-colonial ties. This, they said, explains why MANIDEM has never been part of any opposition coalition in Cameroon since its legalisation in 1995. As regard the Anglophone Crisis, it is an open secret that Ekane is one of the few politicians who has persistently refused to accept that there is an Anglophone Problem in Cameroon. He said as a ‘UPCist’, there is nothing like Anglophone or Francophone in Cameroon. Investiture Problem Meanwhile, to the political observers, the real reason why Ekane has hesitated to compete in the 2018 Presidential election is the fear that the Constitutional Council will reject his candidature, over the issue of investiture in MANIDEM. This is because the legal National President of MANIDEM, Dieudonné Yebga, had vowed to challenge Ekane’s candidature at the Constitutional Council, if he sends in his file as MANIDEM’s candidate. This is further compounded by the fact that one of the important documents that a Presidential candidate of a political party is supposed to include in his file is a letter of investiture by the party, signed by its National President. Ekane knows that if he signs his own investiture letter as National President, Yebga will petition ELECAM and the Constitutional Council. Yebga, who like Ekane is one of the founding fathers of MANIDEM, was elected at the party’s congress in May 2015, as the new National President of the party. The Ministry of Territorial Administration was formally notified of the change of leadership in MANIDEM. In February 2016, the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, René Emmanuel Sadi, officially took note of the change of leadership in MANIDEM and Yebga’s mandate as National President has not yet ended. Meanwhile, the MANIDEM faction led by Yebga is also not sending in a candidate for the presidential election. A few months ago, Yegba declared that it makes no sense for MANIDEM, which has never won a Council or Parliamentary seat since 1995, to continue sending in a candidate in the presidential election. Rather, he said MANIDEM should get into an alliance to support the candidate of an opposition party or group, with the understanding that the group will support MANIDEM at Legislative and Municipal elections in some localities. It is alleged that Yebga’s faction of MANIDEM will join the NOW Movement to support the candidature of Akere Muna.

Anglophone Crisis : AU Commission Chair Recommends Dialogue

By Yerima Kini Nsom The Chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has asserted that dialogue is the best way to settle the differences that are fuelling the ongoing Anglophone Crisis rocking the country. He made the remark at the Unity Palac
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Anglophone Crisis : AU Commission Chair Recommends Dialogue

By Yerima Kini Nsom The Chair of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has asserted that dialogue is the best way to settle the differences that are fuelling the ongoing Anglophone Crisis rocking the country. He made the remark at the Unity Palace, on Friday, July 13, shortly after an audience with President Paul Biya. The AU boss, who was on an three-day official visit in Cameroon, condemned violence in all its ramifications. While stating that the Anglophone Crisis is one of the key issues he discussed with President Paul Biya, Faki Mahamat, a Chadian national, said dialogue is the best way through which both parties can settle the problem peacefully. He expressed solidarity with the population of the affected areas, promising to transform his solidarity into concrete actions as soon as he goes back. Faki Mahamat reiterated his organisation’s commitment to promote unity, stability and the protection of the territorial integrity of member States. He lauded Cameroon for its uniqueness, saying the country is a symbol for socio-cultural and linguistic diversity. He called for the promotion of appropriate policies in the national life of the AU member countries so that differences can be better managed to avert the upsurge of socio-political crisis. The AU Chairperson promised to send observers to monitor the upcoming Presidential election in Cameroon. He called on all actors participating in the election to combine their efforts to make the election to be free, fair and peaceful. Faki Mahamat expressed appreciation for Cameroon for contributing enormously to the smooth functioning of the institutions of the AU. He thanked President Biya for Prof. Pierre Mukoko Mbonjo, a Cameroonian resource person responsible for the implementation of the AU reforms. Speaking earlier, President Biya underlined the major role Cameroon has been playing in ensuring that peace reigns in the Lake Chad Basin. He stressed the need for the mobilisation of resources at the continental level to arrest major challenges like Socio-political crisis and terrorism. Such security issues, he went on, have been slowing down economic and social activities and pushing many people to flee their countries. He pledged his country’s support for the implementation of AU institutional reforms. President Biya congratulated Faki Mahamat for his election to steer the destiny of the continental organisation. While fighting terrorist groups, Biya said, Cameroon has remained faithful to international norms, notably; the respect of human rights. “Our principal worry is to bring back peace that will enable the populations to go back to their normal situation,” Biya stated. It is the second time that the AU Chairman was visiting Cameroon. Just after getting to the helm of the organisation in 2017, he was in Cameroon to thank President Biya for his election. During his three-day visit to the country that began on Thursday, July 12, and ended on Saturday, July 14, the AU boss paid a courtesy call to some members of Government, including Prime Minister Philemon Yang.

Buea Chiefs Vamoose Following Abduction Of Chief Njombe, Others

By Andrew Nsoseka Traditional rulers in Buea and environs have reportedly gone into hiding, following the abduction of Chief Johnson Njombe Njoke of Wokaka Village, as well as the alleged abduction of other Chiefs in Buea. Information of Chief Njombe’s abdu
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Buea Chiefs Vamoose Following Abduction Of Chief Njombe, Others

By Andrew Nsoseka Traditional rulers in Buea and environs have reportedly gone into hiding, following the abduction of Chief Johnson Njombe Njoke of Wokaka Village, as well as the alleged abduction of other Chiefs in Buea. Information of Chief Njombe’s abduction filtered to the public on Wednesday, July 11. The news led to fear among traditional rulers, who panicked not knowing which of them could be targeted next. A meeting was reportedly called, following the Buea Chiefs Conference President’s abduction, for the Chiefs to meet at the Southwest Chiefs’ Secretariat in Buea, after which they were going to forward their deliberations to the Governor of the Southwest Region, and then hold other talks with him. On the day of the said meeting, July 13, Southern Cameroons pro-independence activists issued warnings and threats, hinting that they were going to attack and abduct any Chief either on their way to the meeting, during the meeting, or after the meeting. At the planned time, 9.00am, on July 13, the venue of the meeting remained locked and no Chief could be spotted around. At the end of the day, the meeting reportedly did not take place as the traditional rulers allegedly did not want risk their troubled chiefdoms. Though the reason for Chief Njombe’s abduction still remains unclear, Separatist activists accuse the Chief of working alongside the administration to cripple their activities, especially in the Southwest Regional headquarters, Buea. Chief Njombe, who has served as the President of Buea Chiefs, was among those who vied for the post of the President of the Southwest Chiefs Conference, SWECC. His decision to run for the coveted office attracted backlash from other chiefs who challenged him on grounds that a 2nd Class Chief cannot lord over first Class Chiefs, and also that he was morally unfit to stand as their leader. Though faced with a lot of setbacks, Chief Njombe apparently had the backing of the administration, which he had strategically worked with. After several postponements of the SWECC elective general assembly, the acting SWECC executive meeting in Buea in a gathering that was boycotted by Fako chiefs, decided to withdraw Fako Division’s right to host the elective general assembly. This made Chief Njombe and his supporters to declare Njombe as the President of Southwest Chiefs. Though not made official, Chief Njombe of Wokaka has carried himself around as the President of SWECC, until his recent abduction by gunmen. Chief Njombe has also faced resistance from a section of his village that challenged his being Chief. His claims to the throne have been challenged with some villagers purporting that Njombe is not from the royal family, and that his father, who is alive in another village, isn’t of the royal family blood. Land squabbles have also pitted the Chief against his fellow villagers, with a plethora of cases filed against him, accusing him of grabbing and selling their land in complicity with some administrative and judicial officials. At one instance, Chief Njombe, with the help of some administrators, arrested the villagers en mass and detained them for challenging his claim to certain plots and farm lands in Wokaka Village. Following his abduction, some Chiefs in Buea allegedly went into hiding while others have temporally taken up residence in Douala and other towns where they feel safe. Others, who have chosen to hide within the community, have reportedly done away with their traditional paraphernalia and elected to appear unsuspectingly as common men, and going about their daily activities.

Solution To Anglophone Crisis Is Pacified, Open, Visible Dialogue — French Ambassador

By Yerima Kini Nsom The French Ambassador to Cameroon, H.E Gilles Thibault, has reiterated that the solution to the Anglophone Crisis rocking Cameroon now is pacified, open and visible dialogue. “I keep saying that a lasting solution to the so called Anglop
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Solution To Anglophone Crisis Is Pacified, Open, Visible Dialogue — French Ambassador

By Yerima Kini Nsom The French Ambassador to Cameroon, H.E Gilles Thibault, has reiterated that the solution to the Anglophone Crisis rocking Cameroon now is pacified, open and visible dialogue. “I keep saying that a lasting solution to the so called Anglophone crisis can only be reached through a pacified, open and visible dialogue between Cameroonians,” the Ambassador stated. He was addressing guests at his residence in Yaounde during a party organised to mark the commemoration of the French National Day on Saturday, July 14. The event marks the storming of the Bastille (prison) which was the turning point of the French Revolution of 1789. The Ambassador seized the opportunity to reiterate France’s position on the Anglophone Crisis. He said peace can only be brought back to the Northwest and Southwest Regions with the support of elite, traditional chiefs, civil society, religious leaders and all willing men and women of the country. He said the crisis was posing serious security and unity challenges to Cameroon. Said he: “France is, and will remain by their side (Cameroonians), wherever they come from, whatever their religion and, of course, their language. Since I started travelling across this “Africa in miniature” I keep saying that we will spare no effort to ensure that the isolated or peripheral regions which suffer from an insufficient development find loyal support”. Such an endeavour, he went on, is the reason why the French Secretary of State, Jean-Baptist Lemoyne, insisted on going to Douala and Buea after meeting the country’s highest authorities in Yaounde. The diplomat underlined France’s stand as far as the ongoing crisis is concerned. Hear him: “But, let there be no mistake. Whereas our commitment to the rule of law and to the respect of human rights is as strong as it can be, France cannot interfere in the internal affairs of an independent and sovereign nation. However, non-interference does not mean indifference. As I have said numerous times, we cannot accept the violence perpetrated by illegal armed groups, which has already taken a toll on the population. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to all the victims of attack and their families. The security and defense forces, for their part, should commit to humanity and have constantly in mind the wellbeing of the population.” Given the various crisis rocking many countries of the world, he said, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, will organise a security forum in Paris from November 11-13. While harping on cooperation ties between the two countries, he presented an inventory of the many projects that France was carrying out in Cameroon. He highlighted France’s sponsorship of agricultural projects in many areas. He revealed that his country has participated in the construction of youth training centres in Ndop, Bandjoun, Ebebda, Maroua, Douala and Edea. France has equally assisted the Bamenda, Baffoussam, Douala, Bertoua, Garoua and Maroua Urban Councils in their drainage and sanitation programmes. He enumerated other projects that France was carrying out in the domain of health, energy and security. As far as development aid is concerned, the Ambassador said France has offered Cameroon more than one billion Euros in the past 10 years. He lauded Cameroon for showing so much hospitality by receiving refugees from many different countries. He expressed joy that the French national team was going to play the finals of the world cup and highlighted the important role the Cameroonian-born French players, Kilian M’Bappe and Samuel Umtiti, were playing in the team.

Lawyer, Others Interrogated Over Assassination Of Police Superintendent

By Maxcel Fokwen Security and legal authorities in Kumba, Southwest Region, have reportedly questioned Barrister Henry Njeck Teboh and two others, as part of on-going investigations on the assassination of a Police Superintendent in Kumba on July 8. The Polic
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Lawyer, Others Interrogated Over Assassination Of Police Superintendent

By Maxcel Fokwen Security and legal authorities in Kumba, Southwest Region, have reportedly questioned Barrister Henry Njeck Teboh and two others, as part of on-going investigations on the assassination of a Police Superintendent in Kumba on July 8. The Police Superintendent, whose names The Post got only as Tsimi, was reportedly shot dead in the Buea Road neighbourhood around CCAS Junction. Reports hold that the incident happened around 9.00pm that Sunday. Unknown men are reported to have stormed the neighbourhood and attacked the Superintendent. He was reportedly returning home from duty when the assailants struck. Another report holds that the Police Chief was relaxing with friends in the said neighbourhood where he resides, when the attackers surfaced. Barrister Njeck is said to be a friend of the deceased. Both are said to be members of a veteran football club in Kumba. Accounts which The Post could not independently confirm, hold that the man-of-law was in the company of the Police Superintendent when the attack took place. Same is said of the two other persons who have also been questioned over the same issue. As at the evening hours of July 10, the trio was reportedly still giving their statements at the appropriate quarters. Meme lawyers were reportedly fronting to see if their colleague could be allowed to go home. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the lawyer was remanded into custody alongside those questioned. A cross-section of city dwellers has condemned the attack on the police officer. Some have even cursed the assassins for reportedly killing the officer. Some city dwellers argue that no one has the right to take away the life of another human being, no matter the issue at hand. In the face of investigations to uncover the attack on the Police Superintendent, the Meme administration is yet to issue any public statement. Tsimi was attached to the Kumba Central Police Station. The four-star officer was known to socialise with people across the metropolis. As at press time, the lawyer and the other two persons questioned by the forces of law and order, were still in police custody.

Bar Elective General Assembly To Hold In November

-Venue To Move From Buea To Douala For Security Reasons By Joe Dinga Pefok The Elective Ordinary General Assembly, GA, of the Cameroon Bar Association has finally been scheduled to hold next November. The President of the General Assembly of the Cameroon Bar
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Bar Elective General Assembly To Hold In November

-Venue To Move From Buea To Douala For Security Reasons By Joe Dinga Pefok The Elective Ordinary General Assembly, GA, of the Cameroon Bar Association has finally been scheduled to hold next November. The President of the General Assembly of the Cameroon Bar Association, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, disclosed this during a telephone conversation withThe Post in Douala on Wednesday, July 11. Ntumfor Halle disclosed that, everything being equal, he will, toward the end of next month, announcethe date, after which candidates interested in running for the different positions at the elections will submit their application files. He, however, explained that he will not be the one to scrutinise the files, for that will be done at the level of the Secretariat of the Bar Council. The outgoing Bar GA President maintained that he will not run for re-election. Halle who is a former member of the National Elections Observatory and a renowned international election observer, asserted that the Bar elections, which he will oversee, will be free, fair and transparent. “Everybody knows me for transparent elections. There will be no room for any foul play or corruption,” he warned. At the last Elective GA in Yaounde from January 30 – February 1, 2015, Barrister Nico Halle was elected GA President, while Barrister Jackson Ngnie Kamga emerged as President of the Bar Council. They were, in accordance with the Constitution of the Bar, elected for a two-year mandate, renewable once. However, immediately after his landslide victory in the election to the post of GA President, Halle surprised hiscolleagues by announcing that he would serve only for one term. Earlier Decision To Hold GA In Buea The two-year mandate of the leadership of the GA and that of the Bar Council, was supposed to end in early February 2017, with the holding of an Elective Ordinary General Assembly. The GA President decided that the event should hold in Buea, the Southwest regional headquarters. Halle’s choice of Buea was based on the fact that the Southwest has never hosted an Elective Ordinary General Assembly of the Bar. He explained that it was fair that the Region,which has many lawyers, should have the opportunity to host the GA. He then wrote to the President of the Bar Council, and formally informed him of the decision. In the light of the decision, Halle also asked his Representative in the Southwest Region, Barrister John Kameni, to look for an appropriate venue in Buea that would host the General Assembly. Barrister Kameni opted for Chariot Hotel, Buea. In December 2016, Halle travelled to Buea, visited the hotel with Barrister Kameni and gave his visa that Chariot Hotel was the venue. Escalation Of Anglophone Crisis Unfortunately, the Anglophone Crisis, which erupted in October 2016, beginning with a strike by Common Law lawyers and followed by a strike by Anglophone teachers in November, began escalating by mid-January 2017 with the arrests of leaders of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium. The President of the Consortium, Barrister Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla, who was one of those arrested and taken to Yaounde, was also the President of the Fako Lawyers Association, FAKLA. Then came the threats of arrest of several other vocal Common Law lawyers.The President of Northwest Lawyers Association, NOWELA, Barrister Harmony Bobga Mbuton; the President of Meme Lawyers Association, MELA, Barrister Elias Eyambe; and quite a number of other Anglophone lawyers fled from the country. In such a situation, coupled with the increasing state of insecurity in the two Anglophone Regions, it became impossible for the GA to hold at the end of January 2017 in Buea. Due to this ‘Force Majeur’, the GA President was forced to suspend the holding of the General Assembly. He had, however,hoped that the situation would soon ameliorate to make it possible for it to hold. But the Anglophone Crisis instead kept escalating with a steady upsurge in insecurity, thus making it very risky to holdthe General Assembly in the Southwest. A large majority of lawyers showed much understanding why it was continuously delayed. Significantly, no complaint came from any Francophone lawyer. With the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis, Ntumfor Halle, who is also a reputed peace crusader, made a number of trips to the Northwest and Southwest Regions, including to a volatile area like Mamfe, to pray for peace. His trips were appreciated by the people, including several personalities that he met on the ground in the different places. Change Of Venue In the face of the upsurge in the Anglophone Crisis, Nico Halle, while continuing in hispeace crusading mission by praying for peace to return to the Northwest and Southwest Regions, toldThe Post that he finally decided to move the venue of the GA from Buea, due to the continuous security concerns, to Douala. Hesaid, as someone who likes consulting with colleagues before taking a decision, he consulted his Vice President, Barrister Yves Kless Kouanou, and many other colleagues. Halle regretted that the venue had to be moved from Buea, or the Southwest Region, but explained that he could not continue to delay the holding of the GA, especially as it is an occasion to renew the organs of the Bar. He disclosed that he has officially written to the Secretary General of the Bar Council and to the Representative of the President of the Bar Council in the Littoral Region, to officially inform them of the decision to organise […]

Mayor Ekema Plunges Buea Into War

• Allegedly Escapes With Concubine To Nigeria • Fails To Sell, Drive On Ghost Town Day As Promised • Deaths Registered On Civilian And Military Sides By Andrew Nsoseka The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge, after beating war drums and assuring people
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Mayor Ekema Plunges Buea Into War

• Allegedly Escapes With Concubine To Nigeria • Fails To Sell, Drive On Ghost Town Day As Promised • Deaths Registered On Civilian And Military Sides By Andrew Nsoseka The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge, after beating war drums and assuring people that they will be safe in respecting his calls and dictates, was nowhere to be found on Monday, as he allegedly slipped out of town and out of the country with a concubine. In the days leading up to the Monday, July 9 ghost town, Mayor Ekema had made pronouncements and promised that he was going to take over control of his municipality from the ‘handful’ of separatist fighters who are pushing to implant their own rule and influence over the town. During his meeting with traders, transporters and other stakeholders in Buea, the Mayor had boasted that he will be at the Buea Town Market, in person, where he will sell and later on take to the road where he will be driving one of the over 20 taxi cabs which he purchased on behalf of the Council, to fight the ghost town phenomenon that saw fertile ground of adherence with the business and transport sectors of Buea, like in most towns of Anglophone Cameroon. “All council structures must be open, the Buea Market will be operational…. If you want to take me, come to Buea Town Market. I will be there,” he had promised. Though various participants told the Mayor and other officials that their security and that of their properties is at stake, he assured them that the forces of law and order, working alongside Council Police, will ward off any intruders and business will run like on normal days However, when the time came to lead the fight and beat the ghost town, the Mayor was nowhere to be found, he had broken his promise and failed to lead the fight against the ghost town that crippled his town into a near graveyard. Council Taxi Cabs Sold? Meanwhile, none of the over 20 taxi cabs that belong to the Council could be seen plying the roads and picking up commuters who had no means of transport. Some time ago, rumour mills had it that the Mayor sold the cabs after a couple of weeks, when he thought he had successfully won the battle against the ghost town phenomenon. The Mayor reportedly gave out the taxis on a balance-and-take arrangement with the various persons who were employed to drive the cabs. Bloody Ghost Town In Buea On Monday, July 9, the ghost town, unlike in previous cases, was characterised by heavy gun battles between pro-independence Amabazonia fighters and Government troops, resulting in the death of at least one civilian recorded in Muea and a handful on the side of the Government forces. Separatist fighters had promised a showdown if their calls were not respected. Muea residents claim that the boy killed by Government troops, was not one of the ‘Amba fighters’ but a local resident who went out to buy bread. They narrate that the boy was shot in the foot by Government forces and when he fell down and tried to run as he came under fire, he was followed by two BIR officers who drilled a bullet into his head, sending his brains and blood oozing out. He was left in his own pool of blood for the day as the military reportedly idled around, waiting to see who will come for the corpse. Meantime, from the roadside, military pick-ups could be seen speeding past with injured and killed soldiers. However, no official statement has been made on the Monday incident. It is also unclear whether a Separatist fighter was killed or wounded. Unlike in previous cases, no pictures of neutralised gunmen were splashed on social media. At the Mile 17 Motor Park, six buses were burnt down as the fighting raged on. It is unclear who burnt the parked buses. While some people say it was done by Separatist fighters, others point a finger at the military but, so far, none has claimed responsibility. Bilingual Grammar School, BGS, Molyko that served as GCE marking centre also came under heavy gunfire and examiners took cover under school benches. Pro-independence fighters had posted several warnings and messages on social media promising hell on those who won’t respect the ghost town. They maintained that they were also out to prove to the Mayor and other Government officials that they, Separatists, control the town and its activities. Clashes Extend To Tuesday July 10 Clashes resulting from the Monday ghost town spilled over to the next day. Gunshots fired somewhere around Mile 16 and Mile 17 caused commotion in town as, in less than five minutes, the whole town was on a forced lockdown. Business premises in Mile 16, Molyko and Muea, as well as other parts of the town, were completely shut down. As all these was happening, the Mayor whose declarations and press outing had irked separatist fighters, was already out of town, and reportedly scampering in to secure location in Nigeria with a supposed concubine. Social media was awash with a picture of the mayor, flanged by two ladies with one carrying a child, while Ekema himself, clad in a suit he had on during the press conference stood by, concentrating on his phone screen. It has been alleged he is in Abuja […]

Am I A Francophone? Why Are They After Me?-Mayor Ekema

• Troops Should Face Separatists Forces, Stop Threatening The Population • Mayor Threatens To Ban Bikes In Buea If… • Hints He May Drive Taxi On Ghost Town Day .Mayor Ekema Told: People Are Afraid Of Military, Not Amba Boys By Andrew Nsoseka The Mayo
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Am I A Francophone? Why Are They After Me?-Mayor Ekema

• Troops Should Face Separatists Forces, Stop Threatening The Population • Mayor Threatens To Ban Bikes In Buea If… • Hints He May Drive Taxi On Ghost Town Day .Mayor Ekema Told: People Are Afraid Of Military, Not Amba Boys By Andrew Nsoseka The Mayor of Buea, Patrick Ekema Esunge, on Thursday July 5, organised a meeting and press conference to address the ghost town adherence that has resurfaced. At the meeting that brought together Buea inhabitants of all walks of life, the Mayor was told that the population is afraid of the military and not the Ambazonia Defence Forces alias Amba Boys. The Mayor was also told that if military are serious, the people can show them the camps of the Amba Boys to confront them, rather than intimidating and threatening the population that if going on with its daily activities. In his address, Mayor Ekema had hinted that he may ban bikes in the municipality and cancel contracts of shop owners operating in Buea Council structures, if they don’t do as they are told, by operating on Mondays. The Mayor also intimated that he will bring back the over 20 taxi cabs he purchased for the Council sometime earlier for the sole purpose of fighting ghost towns. Mayor Ekema was bitter that bike riders in the municipality are respecting ghost towns and that it is their sector that has been infiltrated by Separatist fighters who mostly use bikes in carrying out their activities. A bike riders’ representative from Sandpit told the Mayor that they cannot begin to run around with their bikes on Mondays, especially when they are no passengers. He equally questioned why the military came and arrested their President on Monday and accused him of orchestrating ghost towns. “If motorbikes don’t respect guides, we are left with no option than to suspend their activities for the time being… In times of crisis, such hard-line measures must be taken to safeguard people and their property.” Ekema said. The Mayor also warned and instructed that all businesses operating in Council structures must be operational on Mondays. He regretted that he could not use the same sweeping authority to oblige those operating in private structures to do as he says. “All Council structures must be open, the Buea Town Market will be operational… I will be there,” he said. People Are Afraid Of The Military, Not Amba Boys! On the issue of collaborating with the military and military relations with the population, a certain transporter, who gave his name only as Mr. Steven, residing in Mile 16, Bolifamba, told Ekema that the people in Mile 16 are afraid of the military and not the Separatist fighters. “People are afraid of the military, not the Amba boys. The boys instead tell people ‘we are not coming for you’. But on the part of the military; they come and target everybody, indiscriminately. The other day, they (military) shot a woman. The boys came the other day after the military had moved their control point to where people live, and told people that they cannot shoot or fight the military [at that point] because stray bullets will kill the people selling and living beside the new control point.” Responding to pronouncements that the people do not face danger from the Separatist fighters, Ekema snapped; “If they say they don’t want you, and they want Ekema, and you want me to get to them… are they more Anglophone than me? Am I a francophone? They say they want to secede from Francophones; Am I a Francophone?” he questioned. On the issue of security forces causing more chaos than arresting the situation when faced with threats or when they are under attack, Mayor Ekema said he will liaise with the authorities so that the Council Police would work alongside the regular military to identify those who don’t pose a threat, so that they don’t suffer from the collective punishment meted by the military. One of the participants, a taxi driver, lambasted the military for causing havoc and even accidents in town and often leaving victims with no compensation. He blasted that when there is an attack, the military take to the road on high speed, during which they stop other vehicles and all commercial activities, “just to rush down and park their trucks at Mile 17, and point machine guns on the people who are going about their daily activities, while avoiding the people they are out to fight.” He went further to say that, if they military is serious, the people can show the camps of the Separatist fighters so that the military can face them, and stop threatening population. The intervention received a long applause which was also saluted with laughter.

Defence Minister Avoids Giving Statistics Of Soldiers, Civilians Killed

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, has repeatedly avoided giving statistics of soldiers and civilians killed in the ongoing Anglophone Crisis in the Northwest and Southwest. During a plena
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Defence Minister Avoids Giving Statistics Of Soldiers, Civilians Killed

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, has repeatedly avoided giving statistics of soldiers and civilians killed in the ongoing Anglophone Crisis in the Northwest and Southwest. During a plenary sitting on July 6 that was dedicated to question and answer sessions at the National Assembly, Joseph Beti Assomo said it is not of prime importance stating the numbers, given that the country is in front of a difficult situation. According to the Minister Delegate, who was answering questions from Hon. Simon Forbi Nchinda, MP of the Social Democratic Movement, SDF, he can’t be precise with the numbers, given that some are in bushes. However, the Minister indicated that four persons have, so far, died in prison. He said two have died at the Yaounde Central Prison and one each in Buea and Mamfe. Concerning those who have been arrested, Beti Assomo stated that a total of 975 persons have been detained with 114 already tried. The Minister Delegate further said that the conditions of arrested persons are good, given that they are treated in accordance with the Penal Code. The Minister Delegate upon answering the question why the military operating in the Northwest and Southwest Regions only speak only French, he said the military constitutes both English and French-speaking Cameroonians and urged the MP not to use such language of differentiation which is intolerable in the military. Hon. Forbi’s worries came after both national and international bodies had condemned the military highhandedness with which the Government is trying to quell the Anglophone Crisis. But Beti Assomo told the lawmakers that whatever is happening in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, both French and English-speaking security forces must take responsibility. In relation to other worries of the SDF MP that more than 2,000 civilians have been killed with 180 villages burnt, more than 120,000 refugees living in nine camps in Nigeria and more than 200,000 internally displaced, the presence of French military as well as the threatening of doctors not to treat patients, the Minister also denied clarifying the situation, arguing that he had only four questions to answer. He added that such claims are the work of social media. Forbi said, in his capacity as the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Beti Assomo is supposed to advise the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, as well as the military because, among other things, the military is not only burning down villages but arresting citizens unjustly and demanding ransom. For humanitarian action to yield fruits, Hon. Forbi said there must be a ceasefire, because, the population is afraid of the military, given that it is alleged that missiles, helicopters, drones are being used to fight Cameroonians. While Forbi and his colleagues looked astonished and embarrassed as to the response from the Minister Delegate, other MPs in the house rather clapped and appreciated the Minister Delegate for ‘wisely’ and courageously answering the questions.

Amba Boys Cleanse Image

By Basil K Mbuye Separatist forces commonly known as the “Amba Boys” have reportedly embarked on a mission around the Buea Municipality trying to cleanse their reputation which they say has been tarnished by some impostors claiming to be Amba Boys and ext
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Amba Boys Cleanse Image

By Basil K Mbuye Separatist forces commonly known as the “Amba Boys” have reportedly embarked on a mission around the Buea Municipality trying to cleanse their reputation which they say has been tarnished by some impostors claiming to be Amba Boys and extorting money from the public. The Separatist forces have reportedly been visiting some localities in the municipality on supposed mission which they allege is to cleanse their reputation which they say has been tarnished by some rogues who have been posing as the Separatist forces. On Tuesday, July 3, in Mile 16, the Amba Boys caught close to 25 impostors who have been terrorising the neighbourhood and giving them a bad name in front of the public. The 25 impostors were given the beatings of their life in front of the population. The impostors had been reportedly going around tying red pieces of cloth on their hands and heads and also extorting money from the population in the name of being Amba Boys. The leader of the impostors succeeded to escape the wrath of the Amba Boys as his other members faced the music. In Muea, some individuals allegedly went around as Amba Boys asking the population to give money to support the struggle. Unfortunately for them, the news got to the Amba Boys who had to react in order to cleanse their image. An impostor whose name we got as Franklin aka Agogo was caught around the Catholic Church in Muea and given the beating of his life by the Amba Boys, for extorting money from the public. Still in Muea, another impostor’s three fingers were reportedly chopped off by the Amba Boys around Black Field in Muea. In Bokwango, an impostor was caught while moving from house to house in the neighbourhood asking the people for money in the name of supporting the struggle. According to observers, these impostors have been going around extorting money from the public and also giving fake threats. The impostors are said to receive money directly from the population with their hands, unlike the Amba Boys who always ask money offered them to be put on the ground before they pick it.

2018 Presidential Elections: Support For Biya’s Candidature Further Splits UPC

By Joe DingaPefok The President and Secretary General of the legalised faction of the UPC have, since last week, bitterly disagreed over whether the party should support the candidature of President Paul Biya, or have its own candidate for the 2018 Presidenti
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2018 Presidential Elections: Support For Biya’s Candidature Further Splits UPC

By Joe DingaPefok The President and Secretary General of the legalised faction of the UPC have, since last week, bitterly disagreed over whether the party should support the candidature of President Paul Biya, or have its own candidate for the 2018 Presidential election. The Secretary General of the UPC, Pierre Beleguel Nkot last week, sparked the open conflict with the President, HabibaIssa, when he publicly declared that the UPC will not send in a candidate for the 2018 Presidential election and that the party will instead support the candidature of President Biya. The next day, the National President of this faction of the UPC, which used to be commonly known as Kodock’s faction, and now officially known as “President de Comité de Directeurs,” went public with a declaration that contradicted that of the Secretary General, by stating that party will have its own flag-bearer at the 2018 Presidential. These contradictory public declarations created both confusion and tension in the party throughout the week. By the close of the week, a former President of the UPC, Victor Onana, who is a member of the current ‘Comité de Directeurs’, disclosed that the committee will have to meet on a date yet to be fixed, to resolve the conflict between the President and the Secretary General. He said the committee will, as well, have to take a definite decision on the 2018 Presidential election. According to the former President, the committee has not yet taken a definite position on the issue of whether the party should support the candidature of President Biya or put up its own candidate at the elections. This also raised questions about the contradictory declarations when the party had not yet adopted a definite position. The former President asserted that the Secretary General of the party does not have the authority to make the declaration he made last week. Onana explained that when the ‘Comité de Directeurs’ of UPC adopts an important decision which the public needs to know, or whenever there is an important announcement to be made by the party, it is the President and not the Secretary General to make it public. Legalised Faction Also In Factions There are over 10 UPC factions in the country and that even the legalised faction is itself today in two factions. One of the factions has as President of the ‘Comité de Directeurs’, HabibaIssa, and as the Secretary General Pierre BelenguelNkot. The other faction of the legalised faction has as President of the ‘Comité de Directeurs’, Baba Garba, while the Secretary General is Hon Robert BapoohLipot. It is not clear as to which of the two factions the Biya regime will choose to recognise when elections come. For now, administrative authorities have allowed the two factions to operate unperturbed. Both have all held their different congresses, and each claims to be the legalised UPC. Meanwhile, political observers hold that it is part of the strategy of the Biya regime to keep all the different factions of the UPC, and even the legalised faction, divided and thus weak; just like in the late 1990s when Kodock started considering himself as the only UPC leader with whom the regime could negotiate any deal. Then, Prof Henri HogbeNlend, apparently with the complicity of the Biya regime, moved into the country from France and caused a split of the legalised faction of the UPC. The then Minister of Territorial Administration, André Tsoungui, amplified the scandal when he recognised the two factions of the UPC faction as UPC ‘K’ (Kodock) and UPC ‘N’ (Nlend). Kodock turned to Biya to cry for help to crush the HogbeNlend faction, but before he realised what was happening, HogbeNlend was appointed into Government while Kodock was kept out. After a few years, HogbeNlend was dropped and Kodock returned to Government and, of course, became very submissive to Biya. The Hunt For Ministerial Posts Political observers hold that the one major issue that regularly creates lots of friction in the leadership of that legalised UPC faction since the passing of Kodock a couple of years ago, is the relentless hunt for ministerial posts by the different personalities. The legalised faction of the UPC formally entered into an alliance with the Biya Government after the 1992 Parliamentary elections. Kodock entered the Biya Government twice. He was last dropped from Government in the cabinet reshuffle of September 7, 2007. Since then, Biya has not appointed any UPC person into Government, despite the fact that the alliance between the legalised UPC and the Government remains. Some officials of the faction are asking whether it makes sense for the party to continue the alliance with the Biya regime when the party has been out of Government for close to 11 years. However, the recent appointment of a Senator from the UPC seems to be regenerating much hope that President Biya has not forgotten the UPC. The declaration last week, by the SG of one of the ‘sub factions’ of the legalised UPC, BelenguelNkot, that the party will support Biya’s candidature, is seen by many political observers as a strategy by him to take credit for it and likely project him for appointment into the Government, if Biya is re-elected. Meantime, the Secretary General of the other faction of the legalised UPC, Hon BapoohLipot, has made a controversial pronouncement, accusing three Presidential candidates of the opposition, Joshua Osih, Maurice Kamto and AkereMuna, of allegedly […]

‘Operation Stoning Vehicles’ Frustrates Kumba-Buea Road Re-opening

*Passengers Charged FCFA 12,000 From Kumba To Buea * But Gov’t Uses Military Might To Restore Circulation By Maxcel Fokwen A new twist is gaining ground along the Kumba-Buea Highway, which was blocked since last weekend with villagers in affected villages a
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‘Operation Stoning Vehicles’ Frustrates Kumba-Buea Road Re-opening

*Passengers Charged FCFA 12,000 From Kumba To Buea * But Gov’t Uses Military Might To Restore Circulation By Maxcel Fokwen A new twist is gaining ground along the Kumba-Buea Highway, which was blocked since last weekend with villagers in affected villages allegedly stoning vehicles attempting to ply the road, The Post has learnt. A traveller, who attested to such developments in Ediki on condition of anonymity, told The Post that, he had opted to travel to Limbe through Bamenda. “This is my fourth day in Kumba. I left Lagos-Nigeria since five days ago. I got to Kumba and I have been unable to go to Limbe. On Tuesday, June 19, I boarded a vehicle which tried to ply the blocked road, but villagers surfaced on the road at Ediki Village with stones,” the traveler narrated. Our source further stated that before their vehicle, another car which forced its way through the angry villagers was attacked and the windscreen destroyed. Asked if there was any reason for such attacks, our respondent said the villagers termed it “operation stoning”. Besides Ediki, a similar outpour of villagers to the road across the once teeming highway has also been signalled. The Post could not independently confirm findings suggesting that the villagers were using the opportunity to protest the destruction of houses and property in their villages owing to crossfire exchanges between the military and separatists. Stranded Families Pray In a last series of tours at travel agencies in Kumba early Wednesday, June 20, scores of families and business persons stranded had engaged in prayers for the military to succeed in opening the road. A military contingent was spotted leaving the Buea Road Gendarme Station early Tuesday, June 19 probably to open the blocked road. The contingent comprised armoured cars, caterpillars, tippers and other security vehicles. News of such military resolve to restore traffic is what the population looks forward to any time soon. In the process of the long wait with most of those caught on transit spending the night in the open, some passengers have opted to chart new courses. The Post spotted many early Wednesday bound for Bamenda through Mamfe. Some of those interviewed said they would alight at Bafoussam and Board vehicles headed for the Littoral and Southwest Regions. Fares for the destinations have witnessed a slight increase. Passengers said they were charged between FCFA 6000 to FCFA 6500 from Kumba to Bamenda. Those headed for Douala pay FCFA 12000 and those who are travelling to Limbe or Buea are charged FCFA 16,000. A lady who said she left Nigeria bound for Limbe lamented over her ordeal. She quipped: ” If I had known the road was blocked when I was at Ekok I wouldn’t have bordered coming to Kumba. Now after four days of waiting I’m forced to drive back through Mamfe to Bamenda and back to Buea”. In the face of the hard decisions, some still remained indifferent complaining of financial constraints. Gov’t Uses Military Might To Restore Circulation Before we went to press, on Wednesday, June 20, our security sources said they had finally succeeded to restore circulation on the highway. Going by him, they had attempted three times to do so but failed. He said the military during Wednesday’s campaign was ruthless as they were more determined to rescue Cameroonians who had been stocked at the various motor parks for close to a week. Going by him, travellers on the highway were very elated and congratulated them for a job well done. Flash Back The new twist of villagers allegedly taking up stones along the Kumba –Buea Road axis is a strange development. At the close of April and in the Month of May this year, sporadic separatists’ incursions triggered a military response. Consequently, hundreds of villagers especially in Ediki fled to Mbanga in the Littoral Region. Some had mustered the gumption to return home in the last couple of weeks. However, having persons believed to be inhabitants of the same villages holding stones against vehicles plying the road is what has put observers in a tight corner of reasoning.

Drivers Decry Police Extortion On Bamenda-Nkambe Highway

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo Drivers along the Bamenda-Nkambe Highway have decried the numerous checkpoints on the stretch of road, which they said, are gradually rendering them jobless, given the widespread extortion on the highway by security operatives. Acco
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Drivers Decry Police Extortion On Bamenda-Nkambe Highway

By Etienne Mainimo Mengnjo Drivers along the Bamenda-Nkambe Highway have decried the numerous checkpoints on the stretch of road, which they said, are gradually rendering them jobless, given the widespread extortion on the highway by security operatives. According to some of the drivers, who elected for anonymity, each day, a driver loses between FCFA 8000 to FCFA 10,000 on the highway to security officers without any explanations. The drivers are irked by the fact that the money collected from them sink into a private pocket and not the State treasury. They made the revelation in an interview they granted to The Post in Kumbo recently. “Settling the numerous control points along this stretch of road is not a new thing to us, but what is sad is the fact that one is subjected to give what the police wants without any explanation,” a driver stated. According to these drivers, security operatives collect as much as FCFA 240,000 for every car that plies the Bamenda Ring Road monthly. “Let us make a simple arithmetic calculation of what these controls take from us in a month. Since they collect FCFA 8000 per day, if you multiplying FCFA 8000 by 30 days, it will give you a total of FCFA 240,000. Take the FCFA 240,000 per car in a month and multiply it by the number of cars plying this road. Let us say there are 50 cars; it means these control points fleece FCFA 12 million from drivers annually,” a driver lamented. Another driver added that, “it baffles me a lot because they do not check our cars. Whether you are carrying weapons in your car or not is not their problem, if you can give them what they want. Even if you have all the car documents, you will still give them money,” he said. “The problem here is that no one is ready to do anything to address the situation. If we complain, we will be called, terrorists, secessionists and troublesome people. As earlier as 4:00 am, these controls are already there, meaning that you can’t escape from falling into their trap,” a driver narrated. The Post learnt that this phenomenon has been ongoing for years. For once, drivers along this road have complained, but their complaints have fallen on deaf ears. Meanwhile, there are over six police controls from Bamenda to Kumbo, headquarters of Bui Division and at each control point, the driver is expected to dole out FCFA 1000. While road control teams are being blamed for promoting the high rate of corruption along the Bamenda-Nkambe stretch of road, observers hold that drivers are also culpable of some the highway misdemeanors. “Most of them ply the road without the required documents. This makes it difficult for them to stand up and denounce the widespread corruption on the highway. Most often it is the drivers themselves who bribe the police officers on duty and these police officers have now legitimized this practice,” a traveler told this reporter. Meanwhile, some passengers on board a bus headed for Kumbo, told The Post that they are aware of what is going on along the Bamenda- Nkambe Highway and that the passengers are the ones who suffer most from the game between the drivers and the police “Drivers now sandwiched passengers in cars just to make up for what they will give the police officers on the way. A car that is supposed to carry only four persons ends up carrying eight to nine people. We are tired of all these things happening in front of us. Those manning the controls don’t even care about our lives, what they only think about is their money. It’s really bad, but what can we do?” a passenger asked rhetorically. However, attempt to get reactions from police officers on the control points did not yield any fruits, as they either preferred to remain silent or insult you to mine your business. Nevertheless, the extortion on the highway is really alarming and many passengers are praying for the Government to step in and put an end to it.

Manyu Chiefs, Elite Appeal For General Amnesty, Urgent Dialogue

By Andrew Nsoseka Chiefs of Manyu Division in the South West Region of Cameroon have appealed to President Paul Biya to grant a general amnesty to all the Anglophones who were arrested in the wake of the Anglophone Crisis. The made the appeal in Yaounde, on S
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Manyu Chiefs, Elite Appeal For General Amnesty, Urgent Dialogue

By Andrew Nsoseka Chiefs of Manyu Division in the South West Region of Cameroon have appealed to President Paul Biya to grant a general amnesty to all the Anglophones who were arrested in the wake of the Anglophone Crisis. The made the appeal in Yaounde, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, during a meeting that also that brought together elites of the Division, who are resident in Yaounde. Besides granting a general clemency to all those imprisoned, the traditional rulers also beseeched the President to convene an urgent inclusive dialogue to stop the spiralling crisis. The information was made public in a press release that was signed by various participants at the meeting. In the release, it was stated that the Chiefs and elite of Manyu Division, met in Yaounde, “under the chairmanship of His Excellency, Victor Arrey-Nkongho Mengot, Minister in charge of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic and Patron of the Manyu Elements Cultural and Development Association, MECDA, to review the socio-political and security situation in their Division of origin, marked by an armed conflict that has disrupted the ordinary course of life in the Division.” After deliberating on the different issues, the participants sent out a number of recommendations and pleas, which they directed to the head of State, as a remedy to the present situation in the region. First amongst the different recommendations, was the call on President Paul Biya, “to consider the convening of an all-inclusive, broad-based dialogue to examine urgent questions of national interest.” It was followed by an appeal to the Head of State to, “extend an olive branch to our youths who have taken up arms and urge them to drop their weapons and return to their respective communities.” To their young people now fighting against State security forces, they urged them to, “contribute to the creation of an enabling environment favourable for the construction of the Mamfe-Akwaya and the Bakebe-Menji-Dschang Roads”. Apeal for Clemency In relation to those already behind bars due to the Crisis, the Manyu elite prayed the Head of State to, “in promoting the spirit of national reconciliation, show clemency to all those imprisoned in connection with the Anglophone Crisis.” The Manyu gathering in Yaounde also appealed to Biya to envisage the implementation of an emergency reconstruction plan to rebuild villages and other infrastructure destroyed during the Anglophone Crisis. They further called on the President to contemplate the urgent creation of a special rehabilitation and reinsertion fund to assist the return of internally and externally displaced persons to their respective communities, and in facilitating the resumption of their normal lives through agricultural and economic activities. The elite concluded their demands, with a pledge of their “unflinching support and attachment to the Head of State President Paul BIYA and the Republican Institutions he incarnates.” The elite condemned what they termed “the manipulation of youths through social media postings emanating both internally and externally, particularly from the diaspora, pushing them towards radicalisation, drug abuse and endangering their lives through armed confrontations with security forces.” They also stated that they “take strong exception to the emerging culture of hate speech which is setting youths and communities against one another.” The meeting of Manyu elite in Yaounde comes after that of other Anglophone elites and traditional leaders who have held meetings and talks out of their communities, to discuss the Anglophone Crisis and called on the population to return to the villages and communities from which they have escaped, owing to the Anglophone Crisis.

Biya Calls For Postponement of Legislative Elections

By Joe Dinga Pefok President Paul Biya on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, wrote to the President of the Senate asking him to convene the Bureau of the Upper House in order to consult them about his intention to postpone the Legislative Elections for one year with e
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Biya Calls For Postponement of Legislative Elections

By Joe Dinga Pefok President Paul Biya on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, wrote to the President of the Senate asking him to convene the Bureau of the Upper House in order to consult them about his intention to postpone the Legislative Elections for one year with effect from 29 October this year. On that June 13, a correspondence was addressed to the President of the Senate and allegedly that of the National Assembly, by the Head of State demanding that both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament take the appropriate measures to permit him to prolong the mandate of the current MPs by one year. Worth noting that the Constitution of Cameroon, gives the President of the Republic the prerogative to prolong the mandate of MPs and councillors including mayors, in a case of a “’Force Majeur’. It would be recalled that the last legislative and municipal elections in Cameroon took place on September 30, 2013, as twin elections. The five year mandate of the councillors as well as the MPs that were all elected in 2007, was actually due to end in 2012. But then their mandate was extended to 2013, following a decision by President Biya to prolong their mandate by one year. Meanwhile, the five year mandate of the MPs and councillors that were elected at the twin elections of September 30, 2013, is due to end in October 2018. Experts on the Electoral Law had stated that, according to the Constitution, President Biya was supposed to announce the date of the 2018 Municipal elections latest June 20, 2018, and the latest date for the President to announce the date of the legislative election is June 21, 2018. They further stated that, in case the President was to decide to postpone the two elections as speculated, he would make it known before June 16. Thus, by addressing the correspondence to the President of the Senate as well as the President of the National Assembly on June 13, about his intention to postpone the two elections, Biya respected the Law. The Post has learnt that the President of the Senate, Marcel Niat Njipenji, and the President of the National Assembly, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, will convene the Bureaus of the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament to respectively early this week, if not today, June 18, to deliberate and take rapid action on the demand by the Head of State for the legislative elections to be postponed. This is apparently the only demand that President Biya makes to parliament that does not raise any type of objection from MPs of the opposition, because it has to do with their self-interest, as their mandate has to be prolonged. On this issue thus, there is always great unanimity in views and votes by both the MPs of the ruling CPDM and those of the opposition. Reason For Postponement President Biya claimed that the main reason for the decision to postpone the two elections is because of the fact that Cameroon’s electoral calendar for 2018 is so crammed up, arguing that it has become imperative to reduce the number of elections scheduled to be organised this year. If the elections are postponed, this will make the task for Elections Cameroon, ELECAM, less cumbersome and, perhaps, enable the organ to organise a hitch free election. Four major elections were, in fact, scheduled to hold this year– the senatorial, municipal, legislative and presidential elections. The senatorial elections took place last April. It should, however, be noted that, comparatively, the senatorial election is unlike the other three elections since it is less costly and less complicated to organise. For one thing the electorates are members of an Electoral College – comprising only councillors. Earlier, government sources had concordantly stated that this year’s Legislative and Municipal Elections would be postponed for security and financial reasons. As regards security concerns, there is, above all, the worsening insecurity in the two Anglophone Regions (Northwest and Southwest), caused by the escalating Anglophone crisis. There is also insecurity in the Far North Region where the war against Boko Haram, the terrorist group from neighbouring Nigeria, has been raging since 2014. In the East Region, the insecurity is caused by gangs from the neighbouring Central Africa Republic. The issue of insecurity is serious because, as it would be recalled, that, during the last senatorial elections, members of the Electoral College in Lebialem Division, for example, had to be transported by military helicopter to Dschang, in the Menoua Division, to vote there, because of the high level of insecurity in the Division. Even then, not all councillors could travel. It is, therefore, easy to imagine how challenging and hazardous it would be when it comes to the municipal, legislative and presidential elections that are by universal suffrage. The financial difficulties the country is witnessing could be a genuine reason for postponing of elections. It is no secret that Cameroon is, once more, plunged in a financial crisis and the country is, again, back at the Breton Woods Institutions, cap-in-hand, for loans. Osih urges Cameroonians To Register Meanwhile, the SDF flag bearer at the 2018 presidential elections, Hon Joshua Nambangi Osih, who just returned to the country from a trip to West Africa, has issued a call via twitter, urging all Cameroonians of voting age, who have not yet registered in the voters’ register, to try to do so as a matter […]

Gunmen Block Gov’t’s FCFA 4 Billion Destined For Lebialem

By Maxcel Fokwen Elite of Lebialem Division, Southwest Region are depressed that Government’s investments through public projects worth FCFA 4 billion in their ancestral land are still at a standstill six months gone into the 2018 fiscal year. The observati
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Gunmen Block Gov’t’s FCFA 4 Billion Destined For Lebialem

By Maxcel Fokwen Elite of Lebialem Division, Southwest Region are depressed that Government’s investments through public projects worth FCFA 4 billion in their ancestral land are still at a standstill six months gone into the 2018 fiscal year. The observation is one of the highpoints of a release the elite made public after a meeting in Buea on June 9 staged at the behest of Minister Delegate in the Ministry of the Economy Planning and Regional Division, Paul Tasong. According to the release, the dire situation which they resolve to handle is a consequence of the challenging security situation in the Division. “They were saddened by the fact that, not a single Public Investment Project, PIP, of the over FCFA 4 billion national budget earmarked for the 2018 financial year is currently ongoing in the Division because unidentified persons threaten workers on work sites and even destroy equipment and ongoing works,” the elites observed. Despite the depressing situation, the 8th commitment in the ‘Lebialem Release’ indicates the will of the elite to “ working very hard with all stakeholders ( including all the people who live in the Division) to get the ever increasing national budget earmarked for Lebialem executed, while lobbying for more especially in the area of road, water, energy and infrastructure. Only by so doing can we enhance the quality of life in our Division.” Besides, the Buea declaration of the Lebialem elite despite decrying the growing disrespect for traditional authorities affirmed to “bring pressure to bear on traditional rulers (fons and their chiefs), elites and other important stakeholders in the Division to immediately engage and extend a fatherly hand to their children (angry youths) to lay down their arms and come out of the bushes for a peaceful and non-violent solution to the Anglophone Crisis.” The same release upholds the wish of the elite to “transmit to the authorities (administrative and military) as far as possible, the people’s wish that a more humane approach should be adopted in the handling of the present crisis”. Among other observations, the release brings forth the will of the elite to ensure the protection of palaces, support the youths of Lebialem in the quest for knowledge, adhesion to non violent procedure, and to relate with the youths to ensure they are gainfully employed. On the electoral front, the calls for renewed education of the people of Lebialem to “enrol on the electoral register and eventually exercise their civic rights by voting whenever and whoever they wish each time the electoral corps is convened,” was also discussed. The same document makes clear an observation that Lebialem youths are reluctant to enrol on the voters’ register. The Buea meeting, going by the release, states the zeal of the Lebialem elite to “Lobby for the creation of a school of agriculture in the Division so that the youth can gain knowledge on modern farming methods to best exploit the natural resources that the Division is endowed with”.

Gunmen Attack Prison, Free Prisoners

By Maxcel Fokwen A reported separatists attack on a prison in Bavenga Village, Muyuka Sub-division of the Southwest Region on Wednesday, May 30, has triggered renewed commotion across the Sub-division. While prisoners are feared to have escape after the attac
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Gunmen Attack Prison, Free Prisoners

By Maxcel Fokwen A reported separatists attack on a prison in Bavenga Village, Muyuka Sub-division of the Southwest Region on Wednesday, May 30, has triggered renewed commotion across the Sub-division. While prisoners are feared to have escape after the attack, villagers in Ikata nearest to Bavenga have fled into the bushes for fear of the unknown. Reports hold that on that Wednesday, unidentified men believed to be adherents fighting for the statehood of former British Southern Cameroons stormed the prison yard. The incident is believed to have happened in broad day light. Reports which The Post could not independently confirm indicate that warders on duty fled following the attack. There are equally fears that the attackers might have made away with guns from the same prison. Villagers told The Post that the separatists had earlier threatened to attack before staging Wednesday’s incident. Despite the varying narratives on the prison incident, the state machinery is yet to make an official statement on the Bavenga incident. The Bavenga Prison is known to mostly host detainees who are nearing the completion of their jail terms. Most of its detainees are believed to be transferred from the Buea Prison. Villagers Flee Since the incident, inhabitants of Ikata Village have fled into the bushes for fear of being casualties in case of any campaign against the authors of the prison break. A few others along the Bafia- Munyenge axis who had mustard courage to return home have also returned to their hideouts. Some told The Post that they are afraid of stray bullets in case of a crossfire exchange between security forces and the suspected separatists. The incident comes after a recent attack on the Muyuka police station. When the General Certificate of Education, GCE, examinations started on May 28, a gun attack in Muyuka forced authorities to relocate the students to Buea.

Thieves Burgle Kumba Credit Union, Homes, Attempt Kidnap

By MaxcelFokwen Separate incidents of theft and an attempt to kidnap a boy were recorded across Kumba last week owing to strange gangs marauding as elements of the Ambazonia Defence Forces, ADF. Only timely security interventions neutralised most of the opera
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Thieves Burgle Kumba Credit Union, Homes, Attempt Kidnap

By MaxcelFokwen Separate incidents of theft and an attempt to kidnap a boy were recorded across Kumba last week owing to strange gangs marauding as elements of the Ambazonia Defence Forces, ADF. Only timely security interventions neutralised most of the operations while a man hunt remains on course for those on the run. Credit Union Raid On Wednesday, May 30, within the hours of 8:00 and 9:00am, a gang of six raided the head office of a popular credit Union in FiangoKumba. The attackers are reported to have sneaked into the credit union, took those on duty at gun point. After finishing their ‘transaction’ from within, the thieves then surfaced on the tar marc, took a biker at gun point and zoomed off. Few minutes after, the population was alerted. As scores of commercial riders pursued the gang, the rider negotiated a bend along Ntoko Street at Hill Top Fiango. They are said to have passed through the Head quarters of the Apostolic Church in Cameroon, TAC, crossed a bridge and landed on the main road again around BICECJunction Kumba. At a bridge around TAC, the thieves fired bullets into the air. This scared away those who were pursing them. While on the main axis, the bike which the thieves boarded was knocked off track. It had a collision with a tipper and the thieves fell to the tar marc before taking on their heels again. In the process, a pistol is reported to have fallen from one of the gang members. They then ran through Fomenky Street; through Alaska Street and headed for the unknown before police intelligence fished them out. Thieves In Search Of Goat On Alaska Street, the thieves ran through several compounds. A woman who encountered the thieves but opened up on condition of anonymity said most of the thieves had wounds on their knees and elbows. Our source said when she saw the first person and inquired, the thief claimed, they were searching for a missing goat. “When I saw the second person and asked what he was doing in our compound, he opened his dress … there was a pistol hanging on his waist. Then he said madam ‘wheti be your problem… we di fight na for wuna good..naweti..?’…Then the third ran through and that’s how they continued running,” our source confirmed. Police Raid Following the incident, police in Kumba conducted a raid. At least four of the thieves were arrested same day while investigations are ongoing. FCFA 1.5 Million Missing At least 1.5 million is said to have beencollected from the credit Union by attackers following the broad day light operation. ‘Fake’ Amba Visit Homes Earlier on Tuesday, May 29, a group of boys claiming to be Ambazonia soldiers raided homes in Pulletin(Meta) Quarters Kumba. The hoodlums are said to have tied red pieces of cloth on their head and arms to appear as separatists. Victims narrated that the supposed separatists carried away household items, phones and other utensils. A group of women who reportedly questioned the gang stating that their manner of operation was contrary to ‘AmbaBoys’ were forced to shut up. The gang told the inhabitants of the Dallas neigbourhood within Meta Quarters that they were fighting for the population.Security moves have been taken in this light. Snuff Poisons Dog In the course of the robbery, the unidentified men who masked their faces used snuff to weaken a dog in one of the compounds visited. The snuff is reported to have jagged the dog of its ability to alert its owners of the presence of the ‘visitors’. Police Thwart Kidnap Attempt Police officers on Thursday May 30, thwarted an attempted act of kidnap on the son of a fish griller along the BueaRoad neighbourhood. The gang took the teenager hostage to an unknown destination. They later returned with the victim forcing him to bring out money from their home. While the boy went inside the house and sat confused, a man who spotted the gang alerted the mother of the victim. The woman alerted the police. The elements of the police stormed the compound on a bike.Two of the members of the operation were arrested. At the moment, they are helping security forces to enhance investigations. Last week’s happenings in Kumba are said to be the handiwork of thieves masquerading as separatists to worsen the pain of the local population. At the moment, police and other security patrols have been stepped up across the Kumbametropolitan.

Camair-Co’s Acquisition Of Bombardier Q400 Aircraft Indicates Assurance

By Joe Dinga Pefok The acquisition of a modern Bombardier Q400 aircraft by Cameroon Airlines Corporation, Camair-Co, has sent another strong message of assurance to the Cameroonian people, that their national carrier, which, for some five years after its inau
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Camair-Co’s Acquisition Of Bombardier Q400 Aircraft Indicates Assurance

By Joe Dinga Pefok The acquisition of a modern Bombardier Q400 aircraft by Cameroon Airlines Corporation, Camair-Co, has sent another strong message of assurance to the Cameroonian people, that their national carrier, which, for some five years after its inaugural flight had disappointedly continued to creep, has not only finally found its wings, but has also found the right path to follow. The Bombardier Q400 bought by Camair-Co arrived Cameroon on May 16 and was received by authorities at the Air Force Base 201 in Douala. It was followed by the official launching with an inaugural flight, Yaounde-Douala-Yaounde, on May 29, presided over by the Minister of Transport, Jean Ernest Messana Ngalle Bibehe, accompanied by the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary. The two members of Government and other dignitaries were received at the Yaounde –Nsimalem International Airport by the Board Chair of Camair-Co, Louis Georges Njipendi Kuoto, and the General Manager of the company, Ernest Dikoum. The Governor of the Centre Region, Naseri Paul Bea, and many other personalities were part of the delegation that flew in the inaugural flight. The Governor of the Littoral Region, Samuel Dieudonné Ivaha Diboua, accompanied by his collaborators, received the delegation and the aircraft at the Douala International Airport. The ceremony was also attended by local municipal, traditional authorities, and other invitees from the private and public sectors who were shown a video of the aircrafts unique features. 78 Passenger Seats The Canada–made Bombardier Dash B-Q400 simply referred to as Bombardier Q400, is only two years old. It has a capacity of 78 passenger-seats, excluding seats for the two pilots as well as 2-3 cabin personnel. The aircraft has a larger space for luggage, made suitable with its ability to carry more kilogrammes of cargo. The Bombardier’s in-built technology gives the aircraft more stability in the air. The General Manager of Camair-Co, Ernest Dikoum told reporters that the Bombardier Q400 has a capacity to easily navigate its way through challenging topography, thus, as regard local flight, is very suitable to fly to places like Bafoussam and Bamenda. Dikoum asserted that the Bombardier is one of the best types of civilian aircraft in the world today. To him, the coming of the additional plane will enable the airline to increase the number of its flights and destinations “This is a happy day for Cameroon”, Dikoum asserted. Important Step In Restructuring Plan Talking to reporters, the Board Chair of Camair-Co, Louis Georges Njipendi Kuoto, said the acquisition of the Bombardier Q400 is in line with the plan for the restructuring of Camair-Co. He said two of the major aspects in the restructuring programme included the acquisition of more aircraft by Camair-Co, and the increase of the destinations of the airline. The Board Chair, said, among other things, the new aircraft will usher in an increase in the number of domestic flights and that it may likely prompt them to launch a daily flight to the Grand North. Njipendi Kuoto went on to say that there are quite a number of passengers in the Grand North, warranting a daily service to the area. He said the management of Camair-Co will soon inform the public on the new changes or modifications that the airline will be introducing. Camair-Co Now Has Six Aircraft The acquisition of the Bombardier Q400 brings to six the number of planes in Camair-Co’s fleet. At take-off, Camair-Co had barely three planes in its fleet. These included the then 10-year-old Boeing 767-300ER, The Dja, which Camair-Co ‘inherited’ from the defunct national carrier, Cameroon Airlines. The other planes were a 5-year-old Boeing 737-300ER, and six year old Boeing 737-300ER, both of which Camair-Co took on a leasing agreement. The Cameroon Government on the instruction of President Biya, a few years later, handed over two Chinese –made MA 60 aircraft to Camair-Co. The two small MA 60 planes were initially ordered by the Cameroon Government for use by the Cameroon Armed Forces. 13 Destinations Camair-Co presently flies to a total of 13 destinations in the country and in the African continent. The local destinations include Yaounde, Maroua, Garoua, Ngaoundere, Bafoussam and Bamenda. The airline is reportedly working on a plan to launch flights to Bertoua as soon as possible. The Bertoua Airport, which had been abandoned for a long time, is reportedly undergoing some rehabilitation work. Outside Cameroon, Camair-Co management is also reported to be working on a plan to reopen the Lagos (Nigeria) and Brazzaville (Congo Republic) destinations, as well as Bamako (Mali). Records show that in 2017, Camair-Co, still with five planes, transported a total of 235,686 passengers.

Defence Minister Cautions Troops: Stop Sacrificing Your Heads As Trophies To Secessionists, Terrorists

By Isidore Abah The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph BetiAssomo, has exhorted the new Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade to instil prudence and discipline in the troops under his command. To him, prudence and disc
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Defence Minister Cautions Troops: Stop Sacrificing Your Heads As Trophies To Secessionists, Terrorists

By Isidore Abah The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph BetiAssomo, has exhorted the new Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade to instil prudence and discipline in the troops under his command. To him, prudence and discipline will deter them from exposing themselves to secessionists and terrorists, who assassinate them and wield their heads as trophies to intimidate other compatriots. Minister BetiAssomo was speaking at the Buea Independence Square, on Saturday, May 12, while commissioning Colonel David Jotsa as the new Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade. Colonel Jotsa takes over from GeneralDonatienMelingiNouma, who was recently transferred to Yaounde as the Inspector General in the Ministry of Defence in charge of Forces. The Defence boss handed down eight tough points, which he said will serve as a compass toColonial Jostsa. The former Littoral Governor implored the new Commander to rally his infantry and get to work immediately. Going by the Minister, all the actions of the troops must be in strict respect of the law in force. Minister BetiAssomo also urged the newly appointed Commander of the 21st Motorised Infantry Brigade to work in synergy with administrative, political, traditional and religious authorities within the Southwest Region to make the Region safe and void of any threats. One of the daunting challenges which was handed down to the 57-year-old Commander was to ensure the effective commencement of work in the two giant agro-industrial plantations namely: PAMOL and CDC, which the Minister said, has been paralysed due to secessionist threats. Going by him, this economic sector needs to regain its verve given the thousands of workers it employs and it importance to Government’s revenue. “You must also work to preserve the territorial integrity of Cameroon, working in synergy with other security and defence forces,” the Minister said. Jotsa was also beseeched to respect his hierarchy and to uphold professional ethics by keeping all military information confidential. To the outgoing Commander, GeneralDonatienMelingiNouma, Minister BetiAssomo thanked him for “mission accomplished” in the Southwest Region and wished him well in his new assignment. Earlier, the Minister extended President Biya’s gratitude to the security forces in the Southwest Region for their professionalism in handling the security challenges posed by those he called “terrorists and secessionists.” He maintained that President Paul Biyahas vowed to crush “these hoodlums and outlaws who have no regards for the unity of Cameroon.” He also conveyed the Head of State’s deepest condolences to all those who have lost their loved ones in the ongoing Anglophone Crisis. “For all our fellow military and civilians who have lost their lives recently, due to the despicable atrocities of secessionists, terrorists and other hoodlums who have no respect for human life, the blood of the elements of our defence and security forces shall be avenged by an outright victory over all these outlaws.” Meanwhile, before the Minister mounted the rostrum, the Mayor of Buea Council, Patrick EkemaEsunge, in his welcome address said the people of Buea have saluted the initiative of President Paul Biya, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces to redynamise the Cameroon military,especially within the prevailing social unrest. This move, the Mayor said,will help in consolidating peace and unity in Cameroon. He thanked the outgoing Commanderand pledged the people’s support for the new Commander in effectively carrying out his assignment in the Southwest Region.

Youths Urge To Take Their Role In Society Seriously

By Basil K Mbuye Youths have been challenged to take their role in society seriously during a seminar that took place in Buea on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Talking to the youths under the topic Leadership and Democracy Series with the theme: “Youth engagemen
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Youths Urge To Take Their Role In Society Seriously

By Basil K Mbuye Youths have been challenged to take their role in society seriously during a seminar that took place in Buea on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Talking to the youths under the topic Leadership and Democracy Series with the theme: “Youth engagement in promoting good governance through dialogue and active participation”, the youths were challenged to be bold in making decisions that will help develop their nation and communities. While the youth should ideally be taught that actions speak louder than words, ground realities in Cameroon are divergent in terms of instilling civic responsibility in the upcoming generation. Considering this uphill negative trend, experts at a seminar organised at the Borstal Institute in Buea enlightened youths about upcoming challenges and role of youth in acknowledging their roles as responsible, democratic citizens. In his keynote address, Prof. Teke Charles talked about the engagement of youth leaders in good governance through dialogue and active participation. He also focused on what the youths have to do to be actively engaged in bringing out the principles of good governance. Looking at it from a holistic perspective, he evaluates the strength and weaknesses of youth leaders and governmental organisations and structures that all militate for the good of the youths. To the organiser of the seminar, Etta Roland Daru/HGC-Initiative, Canvasssity Pan African Fellowship, the essence of the workshop was for him to pass over the knowledge acquired while at the Canvassity meeting in Nigeria. “The Leadership and Democracy Series that we are witnessing here today is a Pass It On engagement I took as a delegate from the Canvasssity Pan African Democracy Fellowship I attended in Nigeria. We are here today to pass on the knowledge to Cameroonian youths,” he explained. He also stressed the fact that they will be doing a follow-up to know how the various participants after the seminar are doing in their respective groups. To him, with the present situation in Cameroon, educating the youths regarding how to make things better is one of their main objectives. With a pre-test and a post-test after the seminar, the organiser believes that it will help them know some of the positions that youths need to be coached on. On her part, Prudence Limunga a participant at the seminar said the workshop had helped her to know so many things that she was never aware of. “I have learned a lot from this workshop. Workshops like this are not usually common to come across. It has reawakened so much in me and also pointed out that youths should know their purpose in life, for that is the only way they cannot go astray,” Limunga averred.

SONARA GM, Workers Celebrate Labour Day In Splendour

By Francis Tim Mbom With the first phase of the Expansion and Modernisation of the National Oil Refining Company, SONARA’s Production Unit having been completed and the Company having taken a shut down for the new unit to be connected to the old one, the La
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SONARA GM, Workers Celebrate Labour Day In Splendour

By Francis Tim Mbom With the first phase of the Expansion and Modernisation of the National Oil Refining Company, SONARA’s Production Unit having been completed and the Company having taken a shut down for the new unit to be connected to the old one, the Labour Day was really an opportunity for the GM and his workers to celebrate such a milestone. “I would like to express to all SONARA workers the joy and happiness which I feel in seeing them in their usual numbers, always enthusiastic, in spite of the constraints of the moment, relating to the Connection Shutdown, within the framework of the completion of the Extension and Modernisation of SONARA, which will step up the Company’s production capacity from 2.1 million tons to 3.5 per year at its maximum speed,” the GM, Ibrahim Talba Malla, said. The celebration began with a march-past at the Manga Williams Avenue at Down Beach Limbe, as SONARA workers joined other workers in Fako Division to commemorate the day. They later converged at the SONARA Club House at Cape Limboh, where speeches, wining, dining and dancing marked the rest of the celebration. In his opening remarks, the GM said: “Permit me to tell you that your collective determination is a guarantee for the success of this transition, bearer of high hopes for SONARA and for Cameroon on this day of the celebration of the International Labour Day,” the GM added. SONARA was opened in 1981. Thus, after some 30 years, the management decided to expand and modernise the production installations and give the refinery the ability to refine both light crude imported from neighbouring countries such as Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea and heavy crude mined from Cameroon. Thus the successful completion of the first phase of the project will give the company just that capacity it needed. The current shut down is to connect the old facilities to the new ones. Thus, both the GM and the workers were very hopeful that the connection phase should go on successfully. The GM thanked his workers for their colourful match past which he said did not only show a sense of patriotism but the distinct display of the different tribal colorations in SONARA drew applause from the population. Talba Malla went on to congratulate the organization Committee for the ingenuity and the savoire faire they displayed in putting forth such a distinct show of style during the match past. The celebration was also an opportunity for the President of two SONARA based Trade Unions, Lembe Francis, President of the Union of Free Syndicates of Cameroon, USLC, and Fako Oil Refinery Workers Syndicate, Mr Samuel Eyango, to thank their GM on behalf of the workers. They pledged their continuous support and readiness to carry SONARA to greater success. They also said they were going to work hard to ensure that the connection of the first phase of the new units to the old ones is a total success. They used the occasion to put across some of the worries of the workers. For instance they called on SONARAto be able to provide assistance to their retired colleagues who happen to die as well as those that take ill. The GM said their grievances will be taken care of progressively as the budgetary means permit. But, in all, he promised his administration will continue to improve on workers conditions and wellbeing. But, he especially, asked the workers to show proof of their professionalism, especially during this period of the shutdown to carry on the connection of the new and old machines within the shortest time possible so as to enable the refinery to continue its operations. The celebrations was marked by the installation of the newly elected Staff Representatives of SONARA by the GM. The event was graced by the presence of the SDO of Fako, Emmanuel Engamba Ledoux and his wife.

Kumba City Council Rejects Minister’s Gift

By Maxcel Fokwen The Kumba City Council, KCC, has returned the gift of ‘Director of Urban Development’ which the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Jean Claude Mbuentchou, offered to the metropolis following controversies over the staff
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Kumba City Council Rejects Minister’s Gift

By Maxcel Fokwen The Kumba City Council, KCC, has returned the gift of ‘Director of Urban Development’ which the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Jean Claude Mbuentchou, offered to the metropolis following controversies over the staff’s output. A few years back, Alima Nsom, a staff in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was appointed to the City Council as Director of Urban Development from Yaounde to help the Government Delegate realise his vision for the City. Yet as the Grand Councillors settled on April 17 to review the administrative and management accounts of the Council, the whereabouts of the Director of Urban Development came to the floor. Kumba III Councillor, John Kona Makia, raised the concern. The Mayor said the Councillors needed clarification on what happened to the city development staff, which was presented to the Board sometimes back. Makia’s observation came following a deliberation from the City Council to a sworn surveyor for the municipality. Setting the record straight, the Government Delegate, Victor Nkelle Ngoh, said he did not intend to discuss the issue. Ngoh said Nsom’s curriculum vitae and the certificates he presented with his output on the field are conflicting. Ngoh Nkelle said the Director of Urban Development could not even draw a site plan. “Every other person would have fallen prey to the impressive outlook of Nsom’s profile on paper,” Ngoh regretted that the output on the field was contrary to expectations. The Government Delegate said with such stalemate, he wrote back to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development, indicating the stand of the City Council regarding the said staff.

Abducted Catholic Priest Released

By Chris Mbunwe Reverend Father William Neba, Principal of St. Bedes College, Ashing Kom, who was abducted while celebrating Holy Mass in the college hall with students on Monday, April 30 morning, at 6.20am, has been released by the so called Amba Forces In
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Abducted Catholic Priest Released

By Chris Mbunwe Reverend Father William Neba, Principal of St. Bedes College, Ashing Kom, who was abducted while celebrating Holy Mass in the college hall with students on Monday, April 30 morning, at 6.20am, has been released by the so called Amba Forces In a terse communiqué issued Wednesday, May 2, by the Director of Communication of the Archdiocese of Bamenda, Fr. Humphrey Tata Mbuy, the Archbishop of Bamenda, His Grace Cornelius Fontem Esua and His Auxiliary, His Lordship Michael Miabesue Bibi, say they are “happy to announce” that Fr. William Neba has been released this day, Wednesday May 2, 2018, and is at Archbishop House.” The Bishops thanked God for bringing this trying moments to and end. The Bishops also thank all the priests, religious, Christians and all people of goodwill for their fervent prayers and concern. They equally thanked all those who collaborated in any way to ensure the safe release of Fr. Neba. The Bishops, the release continues, call on all Christians to continue praying that the present social-political situation, “We are going through may be speedily and peacefully resolved. Reactions Bernard Tossam, Belo Mayor It is very relieving that Rev. Father Neba has been released. When it comes up to the point of kidnapping and killing, it is not good and we are happy he has been released, because, almost everyone was afraid he was going to be killed, and that could have compounded issues. Abudolia Nfor, Health Technician, Bamenda I do not buy the idea of kidnapping and killings on either side. However, this could be a way of sending a message to the Catholic Education Secretary about schools attendance. Kidnapping a Priest and a Principal, for that matter, apparently is a way of sending a message to Rome, The Vatican, alerting the Pope that he should continue to mount pressure on President Biya to solve this problem for once. Charles Awemo, CMF President, PCC Azire, Bamenda It comes as a sign of relief, especially the faithful followers of Christ who, for all these while, have been praying fervently for divine intervention, which finally came true today, Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

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