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Peter Essoka Leads Support For PCC SW Youth Pastor

By Maxcel Fokwen National Communication Council, NCC, President, Peter Essoka, Sunday April 8, was among hundreds of Presbyterian faithful, who witnessed the induction ceremony of Rev. Pius Bah Inobuh, as Parish Pastor of PC Three Corners Fiango. The newly in
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Peter Essoka Leads Support For PCC SW Youth Pastor

By Maxcel Fokwen National Communication Council, NCC, President, Peter Essoka, Sunday April 8, was among hundreds of Presbyterian faithful, who witnessed the induction ceremony of Rev. Pius Bah Inobuh, as Parish Pastor of PC Three Corners Fiango. The newly inducted Pastor doubles as Southwest Regional PCC Youth Pastor. Essoka opened the support session for the vision of the man of God at his new place of assignment with a pledge of FCFA 500,000 to enhance ongoing work at the church premises. According to the ace journalist, the Regional Youth Pastor “is growing and learning” and so deserves every form of support to fulfil his Ministry. Even before the NCC President could utter a few words, hundreds of parishioners shouted spontaneously as the Rev. Bah introduced Essoka as “the President’s interpreter.” Besides Essoka, scores of other Christians drawn from the different places where Rev. Bah has served also joined the support movement to ease the expansion vision of the Pastor in his new parish. Presbyterian English Choir Association, PECA National President, Epey Bissong Nkongho, told reporters that the Christians of PC Three Corners should thank God for giving them a man of vision. Epey said they should be able to make full use of the versatile servant of God, given the exploits already recorded. Rev. Bah is also National Chaplain of PECA. Preach Hope In a sermon at the induction ceremony, the Secretary Committee of the Ministry, Rev. Johnson Bissong, charged the man of God to bring hope to God’s people as he embarks on his assignment. Ministering on the theme “there will be change”, the Secretary Committee of the Ministry charged his colleague to reorganise the spirituality of God’s people and prepare them for the second coming of Christ. The Chairperson of the congregation, Namata Ediage, took delight in the achievements recorded under Bah and appealed for him to be left at PC Three Corners till retirement. Speaking to reporters, the Rev. Bah said the glory for his induction and all the good memories shared of his past exploits at the occasion goes to God. He averred that his focus was on Christ to help him fulfil what he has set him to execute in his new place of assignment. On the charge from his hierarchy, the man of God said the death and resurrection of Christ makes Christianity a religion of hope to those who believe in God. Bah challenged youths to put their trust in God irrespective of the challenges. Bah told The Post that the appeal for him to serve at his present station till retirement is a mere expression of wish from God’s people. Rev. Bah is a Master student at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary, PTS, Kumba, who was born in 1979. He attended St Therese Catholic School Fiango. After primary education, Bah attended Government Technical School, GTC Mundemba then GTHS Kumba before reverting to general education. He would enrol into Ages Comprehensive College Kumba for his advanced level. In 2002, Bah gained admission into PTS and graduated in 2005 with a Theology degree. He has served the PCC in different capacities for 13 years. He is also author of several publications.

SDF Begs Gov’t To Lift Injunction On Market Project

By Maxcel Fokwen The Southwest Regional Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, cum Mayor of Kumba II, Martin Forcha Ndobegang, has appealed to Government to lift an injunction slammed on the FCFA 300 million Kosala modern market project. Ndobegang mad
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SDF Begs Gov’t To Lift Injunction On Market Project

By Maxcel Fokwen The Southwest Regional Chairman of the Social Democratic Front, SDF, cum Mayor of Kumba II, Martin Forcha Ndobegang, has appealed to Government to lift an injunction slammed on the FCFA 300 million Kosala modern market project. Ndobegang made the appeal on April 14 in a chat with reporters at the Kumba II Council chambers on the work that has stopped at the Kosala Market project following an order of the Meme High Court. The Mayor stated that a ministerial decision of February 20, 2017, had declared the said area for public utility. He said the Minister’s decision stated that the Council must utilise the area within two years or the land goes back to the original owners. According to the Mayor, eight months after the Minister’s decision, one of those who own a parcel of land on the site chosen for the market, Kamga Kabiwa Esae, seized the Meme High Court. The Mayor said two months after Kamga engaged legal action, the court placed an injunction order on the piece of land. He said some 40 stalls are supposed to have been constructed on the area. Mayor Ndobegang said, going by the Minister’s order, the said Kamga ceased to be the owner of the piece of land since February 2017. He lamented that, because of the legal order, the Council has lost 14 months out of 24 months during which she is expected to use the land. SDO, Kabiwa In Compensation Battle In a bit to arrest the situation, the Mayor said the SDO for Meme, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong, summoned him and Kabiwa. Ndobegang said Kabiwa refused to collect FCFA 2.71 million which the Minister had instructed in a letter to the Council and the SDO. Ndobegang said Kabiwa asked for FCFA 3 million. The Mayor continued that the SDO then advised the Council to pay the money, considering the threat of losing the FCFA 300 million development credit. Ndobegang said Kabiwa rejected the amount and demanded FCFA 3.5 million. He explained that a few weeks later, the Council brought the money but Kabiwa told the SDO that he was no longer interested in the money since the matter is in court. Contract, Credit As Stake In the meantime, the Mayor said, the contractor expected to build the stalls on the contested parcel of land could be fined. He said 21 days which the project controllers had issued for the work to start have elapsed. Ndobegang said the contractor should be treated with a human face, given that, it is the court order that is hindering work. Ndobegang said, the Council’s creditor, FEICOM, is also threatening to withdraw the money following the delays. The project was awarded to be executed for three months which have elapsed. Politics Versus Development Asked if the twist and turns were politically motivated given that the SDF is an opposition party, the Mayor said: “I don’t want to think it is politically motivated, because, when we were elected in 2013, we promised to talk and do development politics, even though one cannot rule out anything.” But for Kabiwa, the Mayor said, since 2012, a number of other persons have been compensated and their lands under use. Besides the market problem, the Mayor lamented that multiple litigations over land are choking the Council. He said compensation has been done for a Slaughter House, Cattle Market and Health Centres to the tune of FCFA 12 million. He said others are yet to be compensated. Kumba II Council faces acute land shortage with every development project coming at the expense of individuals surrendering land to Government.

EXECUTION OF THE BUDGET AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2017

REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN Paix – Travail – Patrie —————- REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON Peace – Work – Fatherland —————- MINISTERE DES FINANCES —————- MINISTRY OF FINANCE 
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EXECUTION OF THE BUDGET AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2017

REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN Paix – Travail – Patrie —————- REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON Peace – Work – Fatherland —————- MINISTERE DES FINANCES —————- MINISTRY OF FINANCE —————– SECRETARIAT GENERAL —————- SECRETARIAT GENERAL —————- DIRECTION DES AFFAIRES ECONOMIQUES —————- DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS —————- DIVISION DES FINANCES PUBLIQUES —————- PUBLIC FINANCE DIVISION —————- EXECUTION OF THE BUDGET AT THE END OF DECEMBER 2017 During the 2017 financial year, the State budget was implemented within a context marked at the international level by: (i) a global economy that was consolidated throughout the year, with a growth estimated at 3.7% compared to 3.2% in 2016, thanks in particular to the good performance of world industrial production and the recovery of international trade. According to the IMF, this dynamic should continue in 2018, in view of the first indices of the year, with growth expected to be higher than in 2017, between 3.8% and 3.9%, driven by United States and emerging countries. (ii) The low level of world oil prices, despite an increase of more than 20% in 2017 compared to 2016. The price of oil stands on average at $ 60 per barrel. At the national level, the budget implementation context was marked by: (i) a slowdown in economic activity, whose growth rate should be around 3.7% in 2017 against 4.5% in 2016 Economic activity should be revitalized in 2018, with a growth rate projected at 4.2%, driven by the tertiary sector and increased energy supply for secondary sector companies; (ii) the further decline in inflation, the rate of which, according to the NIS, is estimated at 0.6% in 2017 against 0.9% in 2016 and 2.7% in 2015; (iv) the budgetary support obtained from development partners, following the satisfactory implementation of the economic and financial programme at the end of the first half of 2017; (v) the second year of implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), with the inclusion of the so-called second group goods and the doubling of the tariff reduction rate for goods in the first group; and (vi) the fight against insecurity in the North West and South West regions. Overall, the implementation of the State budget in the 2017 financial year was particularly characterized by a good performance of tax revenue and under-achievements in both oil revenue and non-tax revenue, as well as control of budgetary expenditure. The evolution in revenue and expenditure is as follows: I- BUDGETARY REVENUE During the 2017 financial year, total budgetary revenues stood at 4,451.9 billion. They are on the increase by 822.4 billion (+ 22.7%) compared to the previous year. This increase can be seen both at the level of internal revenues and that of loans and grants. Domestic budgetary revenue collected amounted to 3,057.1 billion, recording an increase of 218.8 billion (+7.7%) as compared to 2016, when it stood at 2,838.3 billion. This increase is mainly attributable to non-oil revenue. Borrowings and grants amounted to 1,394.8 billion at the end of December 2017 compared to 791.2 billion at the end of December 2016, showing an increase of 603.6 billion (+76.3%). This increase is mainly due to exceptional resources for budgetary support from development partners, within the framework of the implementation of the economic and financial programme with the IMF, and improved disbursements for project loans. With regard to forecasts, the target of total budgetary revenue for the 2017 financial year set at 4,373.8 billion was exceeded. Achievements stood at 4,451.9 billion, representing a completion rate of 100.8%. This overrun is attributable to loans and donations. In fact, internal budgetary revenues show an achievement rate of 97.3% compared to the 3,143.3 billion annual forecast, while loans and grants have a realization rate of 113.4% compared to the projected, 230.5 billion. By categories of revenues, the evolution is as follows: 1- Oil revenue amounted to 385.9 billion at the end of December 2017, down by 39.1 billion (-9.2%) compared to the end of December 2016, due to the effects of the low level of world oil prices. on the activity of the oil sector. It consists of 319.4 billion of NHC oil royalty and 66.5 billion tax on oil companies. Compared with the 455.1 billion annual forecast, its completion rate is 84.8%. The under-realization is attributable to the tax on oil companies which is affected by the low level of oil prices. 2- Non-oil revenue stood at 2,671.2 billion at the end of December 2017 as compared to 2,413.3 billion at the end of December 2016, representing an increase of 257.9 billion (+10.7%). Compared with the 2,688.2 billion annual target, it is on the decrease by 17 billion, representing a 99.4% achievement rate. The underperformance is observed at the level of customs revenue and non-tax revenue. The evolution and achievements of the main components of non-oil revenue is given below. a)- Revenue from taxes and levies collected during the 2017 financial year amounted to 1,790.4 billion compared to 1,585.6 billion in 2016, representing an increase of 204.8 billion (+12.9%). This increase results mainly from the 195.4 billion (+ 36.4%) increase in VAT, 16.5 billion (+15.6%) in the STPP, and 9.9 billion (+10.5%) registration fees and stamp duty. Non-oil corporations taxes and excise duties, on the other hand, recorded decreases of 32 billion (-9.1%) and 11.7 billion (-5.9%) respectively. Compared to the 1,719 billion forecast for the 2017 financial year, tax revenues are in excess by 71.4 billion, representing an achievement rate of 104.2%. This […]

Afraid Of Amba Attacks: Gov’t Officials Pull-off ‘CA’ From Service Cars

By Chris Mbunwe Most administrative service cars, that were carrying ‘CA’ on their number plates, have, for some weeks now been circulating without such number plates. Most of the number plates have been replaced with chassis number or factory numbers. I
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Afraid Of Amba Attacks: Gov’t Officials Pull-off ‘CA’ From Service Cars

By Chris Mbunwe Most administrative service cars, that were carrying ‘CA’ on their number plates, have, for some weeks now been circulating without such number plates. Most of the number plates have been replaced with chassis number or factory numbers. In our investigations we contacted Regional Delegates of Government services who disclosed that it was as a result of their reading of the prevailing situation in the two Anglophone Regions where Ambazonian Defence Forces have been seizing and burning cars carrying CA on their number plates. Since the Anglophone struggle took a nasty twist, more than 30 CA service cars have been burnt to ashes, most belonging to SDOs, DOs and Regional Delegates. It would be recalled that service cars West of the Mungo, used to carry Federal Cameroon Administration, FCA, which was for officials or institutions run by Federal Government up to the 70s. Vehicles belonging to CCAST Bambili were marked FCA.

Yaounde Military Court Slams Anglophone Activists Heavy Sentences “No Tribunal Can Solve The Anglophone Problem” Accused Tells Judge

By Andrew Nsoseka The Yaounde Military Tribunal has sentenced Terence Penn to 12 years in prison, alongside Benjamin Che, and Andrew Ambeizi who also received a sentence of 11 years in prison. Penn’s sentence was proclaimed with a fine of FCFA 5 million. In
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Yaounde Military Court Slams Anglophone Activists Heavy Sentences “No Tribunal Can Solve The Anglophone Problem” Accused Tells Judge

By Andrew Nsoseka The Yaounde Military Tribunal has sentenced Terence Penn to 12 years in prison, alongside Benjamin Che, and Andrew Ambeizi who also received a sentence of 11 years in prison. Penn’s sentence was proclaimed with a fine of FCFA 5 million. Information made public by Barrister Agbor Nkongho of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, holds that Penn, who was charged with terrorism, secession, group rebellion and incitement to civil war, was found guilty by the military tribunal of; complicity to secession, complicity to financing terrorism, hostility to the fatherland and complicity to incite rebellion. Penn Makes Impassioned Statement Reacting to his heavy jail and that of two others sentenced alongside him as well as those awaiting trial, Penn told the Military Tribunal that their sentences and that of others will not solve the Anglophone crisis. Penn told Court that he is not a terrorist, nor is he a secessionist. After noting that he is for change in institutional laws to benefit the English minority in the country, Penn averred that “Terrorism is an attribute to people and individuals who decry societal injustice and inequality, then, find me guilty again because these are the reasons for which I stand before you today. Where then is the Justice that we seek?”

As Gov’t Inertia Persists: American, French Embassies Seek Solutions To Anglophone Crisis

By Joe Dinga Pefok The American and French diplomatic missions in Cameroon have begun seeking for ways to nib the escalating Anglophone Crisis in the bud. Even though both diplomatic missions have been silent on their recent resolve to finding solutions to en
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As Gov’t Inertia Persists: American, French Embassies Seek Solutions To Anglophone Crisis

By Joe Dinga Pefok The American and French diplomatic missions in Cameroon have begun seeking for ways to nib the escalating Anglophone Crisis in the bud. Even though both diplomatic missions have been silent on their recent resolve to finding solutions to end the Anglophone Crisis, political commentators are unanimous that the involvement of these friends of Cameroon is an indication that the diplomatic missions are not only concerned with the escalating nature of the Anglophone Crisis, but they are also concerned with the manner in which the Biya Government has been handling the Crisis. Also, the decision by the US and French Embassies to encourage dialogue in an attempt to seek solutions to the Anglophone Crisis, instead of the use of force is a clear indication that the two countries do not buy the claims that the Anglophone activists are terrorists. In fact, a senior French diplomat from the French Embassy in Yaounde who was in Bamenda last week, did not only dismissed a spurious rumour that some French military officers were assisting the Cameroon military in the fight against secessionists in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, but he also made it clear that France considers the ongoing conflict in Cameroon as an internal matter and so cannot involve the French soldiers. Yaounde Meeting In the last edition of The Post, we reported that the US Ambassador to Cameroon, HE Peter Henry Barlerin, recently invited some distinguished civil society leaders, the clergy and the representatives of some political parties and human rights organisations to a roundtable discussion at the US Embassy in Yaounde. The meeting was meant for participants to share views and propose ways of solving the Anglophone Crisis. Those invited to the conference were: Christian Cardinal Tumi, Gregoire Owona, Prof. Maurice Kamto and Barrister Felix Agbor Balla among others. French Diplomat In Bamenda Meanwhile, on April 2 to 6, a senior French diplomat, Philippe Lario, Special Adviser at the French Embassy in Yaounde, was in Bamenda, where he held consultative talks with clergymen, members of the civil society and human rights organisations, The consultative meeting was to seek ways on how to end the escalating Anglophone Crisis. The French diplomat who spoke to Equinoxe Radio in Douala did not disclose the names of the personalities he met, but mentioned for example the meeting with Catholic clergymen. However, a source disclosed that the clergymen included the Archbishop of Bamenda, Mgr. Cornelius Fontem Esua, the Auxiliary Bishop of Bamenda, Mgr. Michael Bibi, among others. The French diplomat also met with other persons based in Bamenda and the leaders of the other main stream Churches in Anglophone Cameroon (the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon PCC, and the Cameron Baptist Convention, CBC.) The Moderator of the PCC, Rt. Rev Fonki Samuel Forba is based in Buea, while the Executive President of the CBC, Rev Godwill Ncham Chiatoh, is based in Ndu, where the CBC runs a theological seminary. It would be recalled that the Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference, BAPEC, have since the escalation of the Anglophone Crisis, written to the Government a number of times, tracing the causes of the Crisis, proposing solutions and at times objectively criticising Government’s poor handling of the Crisis. But unfortunately, the BAPEC Bishops were accused of supporting secession and Archbishop Cornelius Fontem Esua, Mgrs. George Nkuo, Immanuel Bushu, Andrew Founya Nkea Agapitus Nfon and Michael Bibi, were dragged to court. Meantime, the US Ambassador and the French diplomat who met in Yaounde and Bamenda respectively, are a sharp contrast to members of the Biya Government, who have been wasting State resources under the guise of looking for solutions to the Anglophone Crisis. Apologists of the regime like Philemon Yang, Peter Mafany Musonge and Paul Atanga Nji among others have on different occasions, led delegations to the field to discuss the Anglophone Crisis. But most often, the aforementioned CPDM barons preferred to meet only people who will tell them what they like to hear. Such persons include: money-minded and politically- partisan Fons and Chiefs, who have since lost the respect of their subjects because of their unbridled quest for money. Others include local CPDM militants, who are scared of speaking the truth for fear of being tagged as secessionists or opposition, some Anglophone Teachers’ Trade Unions leaders, who have become professional ‘gombo grabbers’, hired leaders of biker riders unions among others. The CPDM elite have avoided meetings with clergymen, genuine civil society organisations, human rights organisations and opposition parties that would insist on honesty and stating hard facts that can expedite the peace process. However, with the calibre of persons the US and French diplomats met with in Yaounde and Bamenda respectively, it is clear that both the US and French Embassies in Cameroon have been closely monitoring developments in the Anglophone Crisis since it started in 2016. They have also been taking note of Cameroonian patriots, who have been making objective, rational, realistic and concrete proposals on how the crisis can be resolved.

Gov’t Orders Meme Chiefs To Bring Population Out Of Forest

By Maxcel Fokwen Government through the Meme administration has asked Chiefs of the Division, most of who have deserted their villages for months now to return home and talk their subjects out of the forests. Instructions in this light surfaced Wednesday, Apr
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Gov’t Orders Meme Chiefs To Bring Population Out Of Forest

By Maxcel Fokwen Government through the Meme administration has asked Chiefs of the Division, most of who have deserted their villages for months now to return home and talk their subjects out of the forests. Instructions in this light surfaced Wednesday, April 4 as Meme Chiefs met with the administration in an emergency meeting at the Divisional Office in Kumba. According to the Meme administration, the custodians of tradition should rise to the billing as auxiliaries of the administration and talk to their subjects to return home and ensure a return to normalcy in the villages. Besides, the Chiefs are expected to give the administration on the ground report of houses destroyed in the villages. During the meeting, some Chiefs expressed fear over the security situation in their villages. One of the Chiefs told the administration that the mission is like sending the chiefs to die. Meme SDO assured them of security support but asked the royal fathers to be resolute even in the face of challenges. The SDO cited his own situation wherein he has survived some five attacks from separatists. Chiefs Condemn Killing, Burning Meme Chiefs’ Scribe, Eseme Mbonji Etongwe, declared at the meeting that they were against the burning and killings across the Division Etongwe said the tradition of the people sees such burning and killings as sacrilege. He furthered that such acts must stop irrespective of whichever angle it’s being perpetuated from. Form Of State On the form of State, Etongwe said Meme Chiefs stand for 10 autonomous decentralised states. He reiterated that Government should take measures to fully implement the provisions of the 1996 Constitution. Villagers Divided Days after the conclave, scores of villagers across Meme have read different meanings from the assignment given to Chiefs. Many of them who participated in radio programmes from the bushes reacted differently. Some hailed the initiative given that the farming season is at hand, while others criticised it asking Government to reconstruct villages burnt down and withdraw the military before they can return home. It remains to be seen if the traditional rulers will keep their promise of going home to talk with their people. For one thing, most of them reside permanently in Kumba and parts of Fako Division owing to death threats from unknown persons.

Biya May Rebuild Burnt Anglophone Villages

By Maxcel Fokwen Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya, may take action towards rebuilding scores of villages which have been reduced to rubbles in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, The Post has learnt. The villages are those destroyed within the context o
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Biya May Rebuild Burnt Anglophone Villages

By Maxcel Fokwen Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya, may take action towards rebuilding scores of villages which have been reduced to rubbles in the Northwest and Southwest Regions, The Post has learnt. The villages are those destroyed within the context of the ongoing Anglophone Crisis. Information in this light filtered out of an emergency meeting between Chiefs of Meme Division and the administration on Wednesday, April 4 in Kumba. According to the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Meme, Chamberlin Ntou’ou Ndong, an exhaustive list of houses burnt down across his administrative unit will be forwarded to the President of Republic. The Prefect said once that is done, the high directives of President Biya will be awaited on the issue. Making inference to such presidential help in areas such as Shell Creek, Idabatu in Ndian Division, the SDO said such could be applied to the affected villages if Biya decides. He told reporters that as Prefect for Ndian at that time, he lived the importance of Biya’s intervention that changed the beauty of the sea-site settlement after a mishap. Traditional rulers have been tasked to do the identification in their respective villages and forward it to the hierarchy for onward transmission to the Head of State. However, it remains unclear if such help would be applied to Churches, health centres, business premises and other collective ventures that are now in ruins following the crackdown on separatists across Meme, Ndian, Lebialem, Manyu and Kupe-Muanenguba Divisions.

Appointing Atanga Nji, Nalova Lyonga Ministers Is Provocation Of Anglophones– Fru Ndi

SDF National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, says the appointment of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Dr. Nalova Lyonga as Minister of Secondary Education and Paul Atanga Nji as Minister of Territorial Administration, is an act of provocation
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Appointing Atanga Nji, Nalova Lyonga Ministers Is Provocation Of Anglophones– Fru Ndi

SDF National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi, says the appointment of the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Dr. Nalova Lyonga as Minister of Secondary Education and Paul Atanga Nji as Minister of Territorial Administration, is an act of provocation of Anglophones. He made the observation in an exclusive interview with The Post in Yaounde recently. He argued that Atanga Nji and Nalova Lyonga are the very people who stoked the embers of the Anglophone Crisis by way of false, irresponsible utterances and dictatorial behaviour. Excerpts: The Post: You are one of those who have articulated the Anglophone Problem, SDF MPs were even demonstrating, both at the National Assembly and in the Senate for the Problem to be handled within this institution. Why would you be targeted by secessionists whom you said attempted to burn down your compound? Ni John Fru Ndi: I have absolutely nothing in my bag against the secessionists. I said that they are asking for secession because they’ve been pushed to the wall. If a child cries one, two, three times you don’t do something about it, then what do you expect? You remember that I am the first person who told the students in the Northwest that I support them in fighting for their rights. I also went down to the Southwest and met the students in Buea to tell them that I was with them. When the teachers and the lawyers rose in protest, I supported them. So, for people in diaspora, like your colleague, John Mbah Akuru, who picked on me and rained insults on me. Some of these people are those I protected, prevented from being imprisoned, from being killed. Their problem now is Fru Ndi. For them to leave Biya and focus on me, up to the point that they attempt burning my house is what I cannot understand up till today. Are you saying that there is smoke without fire? They thought that I’ll say something bad against the Anglophones. But the truth is that, there is an Anglophone Problem and it can be resolved in different ways. The people in the Diaspora are doing their own. We are also doing our own the way we started in the 90s. We think that we can change Cameroon through the ballot box, but for people to stand and say Fru Ndi get out of Parliament, get out of Council, get out of Senate, ”No elections in our Ambaland” is not reasonable. Who is a more Anglophone than I? We’re all Anglophones; we were born in Anglophone Cameroon. I challenged them over a BBC interview some few months back. I said if the Anglophone leadership in the Diaspora wants me for a talk with them anywhere in the world, they should tell me and for sure I will meet them there. This will be a chance for them to tell me what they are doing and I will let them also know what I am doing. But for a young man to sit in his taxi in America and say” Fru Ndi I’m telling you.” Who are you to give orders to Fru Ndi? For me to take a position on any issue I sit down with the National Executive Committee, we debate, deliberate and take resolutions. And up till now that I am talking to you, I believe that most of the so called Ambazonians are CPDM agents. Why do you think so? They have come down to attack Fru Ndi and the SDF Mayors and Councillors. Look at the situation in Belo, the entire Kom land. They are kidnapping Councillors or their siblings for ransom. We have CPDM Councillors in Fundong who all voted in the March 25 Senate elections and none of them has been harassed, let alone kidnapped. In Ndu the Mayor’s house was attacked and many things destroyed. When you complain to the administration, they tell you that the Mayor knows the people, he should denounce them. Is that an approach? Are the Mayors the police and army to go and arrest the boys if they know where they are and who they are? So I say that, the present situation has turned to guerrilla warfare where the CPDM people are targeting SDF militants and sympathisers. Can you imagine that in the last elections a camera was implanted in a polling station in Mbengwi? This camera was planted with the intention to see those that were going to vote against the CPDM, so that they will get them killed. We know the CPDM and their tricks. We are watching. For the past two weeks, Minister Atanga Nji, has been going with peace plants, suing for dialogue in the Anglophone Crisis. What is your reaction to this? Well, he is putting the cart before the horse. He would have told Mr. Biya to summon the discussion, to initiate dialogue, to call people in for dialogue. If he does that and Mr. Biya invites people, we can now be talking. The Anglophone children that have been pushed to the bush are merely defending themselves. It is Mr. Biya who declared war on the Anglophones. I remember the Pope came here about three times and Mr. Biya took communion from him directly and for him to be taking the very lips to declare war on the Anglophones is what I cannot comprehend. It’s unfortunate that the same Paul […]

African Martial Arts Festival Brings Jackie Chan To Cameroon

By Joe Dinga Pefok Cameroon is playing host to the African Festival of Martial Arts, known by the French acronym, FADAM,under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya. The festival, which brings together some 400 participants from some 40 cou
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African Martial Arts Festival Brings Jackie Chan To Cameroon

By Joe Dinga Pefok Cameroon is playing host to the African Festival of Martial Arts, known by the French acronym, FADAM,under the patronage of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya. The festival, which brings together some 400 participants from some 40 countries of the five continents, is scheduled to hold in three Cameroonian cities; Douala, Yaounde and Limbe. The FADAM is an initiative of Cameroonian born Maitre Dominique Martin Saatenang, the President of the International Shaolin Black and White Association, and Ambassador of the Shaolin Temple in China. The Chinese call Maitre Saatenang ‘The Black Eagle’. Africans say he is the ‘African Bruce Lee’, while Europeans know him as ‘The Black Chinese’. At a press conference which held at Sawa Hotel, Douala,on April 3, the initiator of the FADAM,Saateneng, and his collaborators,disclosed that he has done a lot of work with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, as well as with some other State institutions, for things to be ready. Saatenangalso stated that, being a festival, the organisers thought it good to introduce other aspects beyond sports: cultural, economic and educational aspects. Talking about the Investment Forum which is the economic aspect of the festival, it is being jointly organised by the Cameroon Chamber of Commerce and the China –Africa Chamber of Commerce. The President of the China-Africa Chamber of Commerce who flew in from China for the event was at the press conference.MaitreSaatenang, who is also a businessman, is currently the Vice President of the Federation of Investors China-Africa, and the Chief Executive Office, CEO, of DMS International Group. Yaounde April 6, Limbe April 7 The hundreds of invited martial arts practitioners from across the world will start effectively participating in the festival on Friday, April 6. A group from France already arrived at Sawa Hotel in Douala in the course of the press conference. Most of the foreign artists (athletes) were expected to arrive in the country on April 4. The FADAM will hold in Yaounde at the Sports Complex, on Friday, April 6, beginning with a general rehearsal from 10.00am -1.00pm, followed by the cultural ceremony and parade of the different delegations, ending with the Night of Martial Arts from 8.00pm – 11.00pm. The festival will move to the Limbe Stadium, on Saturday, April 7 and will start in the early afternoon.The day as well as the festival itself will end in Douala with the Night of the Martial Arts at Canal Olympia Bessengue from 8.00pm-11.00pm. The cultural ceremony will feature a display by the national ballet and performances by several Cameroonian music stars. The Nights of Martial Arts will demonstrate different styles of martial arts from each country (about 30 martial arts disciplines). Spectators will watch displays of Kung Fu Shaolin, Karate, Krav Maga, Taikwendo,Jiu Jit Su, Judo, African traditional fight, and a host of others. As for the social aspect, Saatenang announced that part of the funds raised during the festival, will go to assist in the construction of health facilities and classrooms in the Northern Part of Cameroon that has been hard hit by terrorism. He also announced that he has a plan to open a National Academy of Martial Arts in Cameroon in future. International Invitees Meanwhile, many international invitees are expected; among the big names that confirmed their coming are the famous Actor and Filmmaker,Chan Konsan aka Jackie Chan. Born in Hong Kong in 1954, Jackie Chan studied film acting at the China Drama Academy, where he was also trained in martial arts and acrobatics. He was an actor in many great Chinese films including Operation Dragon where he met Bruce Lee in 1973. Another big name among the international invitees is French born film Actor and Producer, Gerard Depardieu, who also became a Russian citizen since 2013. Another is Abbot Shi Yongxin, the Current Spiritual Chief of the Shaolin Temple in China. Abbot Shi Yongxin is the 13th successor to Abbot Xue Ting Fu Yu. The Shaolin Temple is the most famous Buddhist Monastery in the Western World, thanks to Holly Wood and Jet Li. African Bruce Lee Saatenang aka the African Bruce Lee was born into the royal family of Bafou Village, Menoua Division in the West Region of Cameroon. As a kid he played footballand captained his primary school football team. But when the young prince discovered Bruce Lee and watched “Enter the Dragon”, the movie changed the course of his life by sparking the strong desire to practise martial arts. He started practising martial arts in high school, and joined the school of “Black Tigers”, with his greatest ambition being to go to China, the land of Kung Fu. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Management, Saatenang went to China for further studies and to live his dream. He was admitted into the Shaolin Temple. Chinese martial arts experts later recommended him to the Sport University of Beijing, from where he graduated in Wushu, with an outstanding academic record. He has since been taking part in many high level sporting events and competitions. In 2006, Saatenang grabbed two silver medals at the Wushu World Championship and a gold medal at the Wushu International Festival in Hong Kung. In 2009, he received a medal at UNESCO for his extraordinary history. A certified international judge and referee in Wushu, Saatenang is among the 33 best sportsmen inducted into the National Sports Hall […]

Gunfire, Burnings Wreak Rural Areas After Atanga Nji’s Urban Tour

By Maxcel Fokwen Reports of long gunfire and burnings continue to put hundreds of people in rural Anglophone Cameroon in a fix, barely days after Territorial Administration Minister, Atanga Paul Nji, toured the two restive Anglophone Regions with a message o
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Gunfire, Burnings Wreak Rural Areas After Atanga Nji’s Urban Tour

By Maxcel Fokwen Reports of long gunfire and burnings continue to put hundreds of people in rural Anglophone Cameroon in a fix, barely days after Territorial Administration Minister, Atanga Paul Nji, toured the two restive Anglophone Regions with a message of peace. As Minister of Interior, some critics dismissed the hilarious reception which Atanga Nji got in parts of the Northwest and Southwest Regions as being far from the atmosphere in the interior localities of Anglophone Cameroon. In the Northwest, the Minister demonstrated courage when he visited the restive Batibo Subdivision after holding meetings in Bamenda. In the Southwest Region, the MINAT boss stormed Buea and Kumba, addressed bikers, traditional chiefs, religious leaders, among others. His critics hold that the results of the tour may not be holistic given that, in the Northwest, Atanga Nji, as Minister of Interior, would have touched down on areas such as Kumbo, Jakiri, parts of Donga Mantung, Boyo and Mezam with traces of suspected separatists’ presence. It is same in the Southwest where the Interior Minister did not visit places such as Kwa Kwa, Bole, Mbonge, Ekondo Titi, Etam, Bangem , Ikiliwindi and parts of Manyu. Konye In Gloom Three days after Atanga Nji left Kumba, suspected separatists surfaced in Konye. Unconfirmed reports talk of military casualties. Thus, since the beginning of this week, Cameroon’s defence forces have been combing the subdivision. In the face of these happenings, the population of Konye has fled. Hundreds of people are reported to be seeking refuge in the bushes, while a few others have traced their relatives to some urban areas. In the face of the gunfire exchange between the military and separatists, houses are reported to have been reduced to ashes. Reports talk of such losses in villages such as Dikomie Bafaw. It remains unclear who set the houses ablaze. Since the military reinforcement in Konye, relative calm has returned to the Subdivision, while the separatists are said to have been pushed back. Before now, travellers have narrated instances of how the separatists were making surprise control of identification documents. More Villages Suffer Loses Across Mbonge Subdivision, reports have emerged suggesting that some more villages have suffered from destruction of houses and property. There are indications of such happenings in areas such as Bakumba, Masaka, Ngwandi and others in Mbonge Subdivision. Separatists’ activities in these zones have put the localities in the eye of the storm. The villagers have all fled into safety either in the bushes or with relatives. Ngwandi, for instance, said to be the biggest Mbonge Village in terms of population, infrastructure and other forms of Government investment, is said to have lost its shape in the last few days. In Bakumba, for instance, a structure hosting the integrated health centre went up in flames on March 30. What is left of the health structure now is only a toilet that was attached to it. At the moment, it remains unclear those behind the burning, even as the population continues to grief the loss of property. Military operations across Mbonge Subdivision have been on for months to suppress separatist activities. Military Save Woman In Labour There is the story of a woman on whom military officers stumbled while in labour. Soldiers at the scene are said to have ferried the woman to a health facility in Kumba. The young woman is said to have delivered safely. A military official is reported to have paid all the hospital bills of the woman picked out of the forest.

SW Chiefs, Minister Want Fleeing Anglophones Brought Back Home

By Maxcel Fokwen Traditional rulers of the Southwest Region and Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Nji Atanga, have reportedly agreed on the creation of a commission to bring back home fleeing Anglophones from the Federal Republic o
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SW Chiefs, Minister Want Fleeing Anglophones Brought Back Home

By Maxcel Fokwen Traditional rulers of the Southwest Region and Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Nji Atanga, have reportedly agreed on the creation of a commission to bring back home fleeing Anglophones from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The custodians of tradition and the MINAT head cogitated on the idea as they sat in a closed door conclave last March 28 in Buea during the Minister’s peace mission to the Region. A source which opened up to The Post on condition of anonymity said, the creation of such a commission formed the high point of the Chiefs’ meeting with Minister Atanga Nji. The same source explained that during deliberations, the suggestion for the creation of such a commission came from their peers of Manyu Division. Our source furthered said after deliberations, the Southwest Chiefs and the Minister saluted the idea and opted for the commission to swing into action without delay. The Post gathered that, if the idea gets the expected support, the commission whose members are yet to be made public would visit the Anglophone refugees in Nigeria this April. Reports hold that a host of Manyu elite are expected to be part of the commission geared towards concretising Government’s measures to bring normalcy to the Northwest and Southwest Regions. The proposal came in the wake of calls for traditional rulers, politicians and elite from across the Region to redouble their efforts in bringing peace and order to their communities. In a press outing on March 20 at the UN headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, the Spokesperson of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, Aikaterini Kitidi indicated that the number of Anglophone refugees registered in Nigeria had reached 20,000. The UNHCR holds that since October 2017, Anglophone refugees began fleeing violence into Nigeria and continue to pour into Nigeria’s Cross River, Benue and Taraba States. Of this number registered, women and Children account for four-fifth of the refugees. Reports hold that only five in every 100 of these Cameroonians have proper or independent shelter. The rest are squatting in rooms believed to host between 10 to 15 persons. Three quarters of the children who fled into Nigeria do not have access to school either because their parents cannot afford to pay for books or uniforms. “A political solution to the situation in Cameroon is urgently needed, so that Cameroonians can safely and voluntarily return home. Until then, UNHCR and its partners will continue their efforts to provide assistance and support to this population as long as we are able,”. UNCHR’s Kitidi declared in the March 20 outing. John Inaku, Director General of Nigeria’s State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, in a January 25 publication by Reuters news agency is quoted as putting the number of Anglophone Refugees then at 33,000. Other agencies put the total number of Anglophones who have fled into Nigeria at almost three times the number UNCHR said it has registered. Other Observations Other observations made during the deliberation with Chiefs highlighted the fact that, some elite and politicians have done little or nothing to communicate Government measure to their communities. Some Chiefs are reported to have indicated during the meeting that their elite and politicians are never in touch with their communities. Besides, the traditional rulers are said to have been assured complete security as they return to their communities to pass across the message of peace to their subjects. Among other resolutions reached during the meeting, the Chiefs requested the Government to fast track the decentralisation process. The chiefs used the conclave to salute the recent appointments of sons and daughters of Anglophone extraction in the March 2, cabinet reshuffle.

ELECAM Publication Of Senatorial Lists Sparks Commotion

• 5 Lists Rejected • 36 Validated • SDF Backs Out In Centre Region • Santa Mafia Caused Achidi Achu, JB Ndeh Senatorial Seat • CPDM Central Committee Dumps Motomby’s List By Isidore Abah Cameroon’s election governing body, ELECAM, Wednesday, Mar
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ELECAM Publication Of Senatorial Lists Sparks Commotion

• 5 Lists Rejected • 36 Validated • SDF Backs Out In Centre Region • Santa Mafia Caused Achidi Achu, JB Ndeh Senatorial Seat • CPDM Central Committee Dumps Motomby’s List By Isidore Abah Cameroon’s election governing body, ELECAM, Wednesday, March 7, sent shocking waves down the spines of politicians and political parties vying for the March 25, 2018 Senatorial elections when it made Public the lists of the polls. According to ELECAM officials, five out of the 42 lists submitted by nine political parties that will be contesting the elections were rejected. The lists were rejected for various reasons, ranging from incomplete list of alternate candidates, absence of signature on the candidates’ declarations, absence of certificate of non-conviction, absence of the certificate of payment of deposit and absence of copies of birth certificates among others. From the lists published, the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, of President Paul Biya and the National Union for Democracy and Progress, NUDP, of Bello Bouba Maigari, are the only political parties that will be gunning for Senatorial seats in all the 10 Regions of Cameroon. The Social Democratic Front, SDF, which initially applied to contest in nine out of the 10 Regions of Cameroon will no battle only in five Regions viz: Northwest, Southwest, West, Littoral and Adamawa. The party’s backed out of the Centre Region, it list in the Far North Region was rejected because the documents were legalised without the signatures of candidates and the list of alternate candidates were incomplete. The party’s list in the East Region was also rejected because of incomplete nomination documents. The Union of the Population of Cameroon, UPC, will face up with other political parties in the Centre and Littoral Regions, but the party’s lists have been rejected in the North and Southwest Regions for one of the above reasons. Another party that will be showcasing its political strength in the 2018 Senatorial is the Cameroon Democratic Union of Adamou Ndam Njoya. The party will be flexing its muscles in the West and Littoral Regions. The ANDP, on her part, will compete in the East, Far North, South and Southwest Regions. On the other hand, the National Salvation Front of Cameroon, FSNC, of Issa Tchiroma Bakary, will be struggling to scoop the Senatorial seats in the North Region, while the UMS will be cutting its political teeth in the West Region. Major Upsets The greatest upset in the publication of the Senatorial list is coming from the Northwest Region, where the lists of two CPDM stalwarts, John Begineh Ndeh and Simon Achidi Achu, were discarded by the Central Committee of the CPDM in favour of the list of Regina Mundi, Poli-bureau member of the party. The two CPDM kingpins from Mezam refused to bury the hatchet and form a consensus list for the Senatorial, despite numerous appeals from the North West CPDM Regional Coordinator, Philemon Yang, for them to do so. Mrs Mundi and her list members will be the greatest beneficiaries in the political fight between two CPDM elephants. On her part, the Southwest Region CPDM militants have also had their fair share of humiliation, as the list led by Emmanuel Motomby Mbome, was conveniently discarded into the CPDM Central Committee trash can in favour of the list of the incumbent Senator. The validation of the Tabetando led list by the party and by extension ELECAM, if voted on March 25, will signal the end of the political career of Senator Daniel Matute, who was dropped from the list.

3 Villages Razed In Batibo, 4 Deserted After Bloody Attack *Collateral Casualties Overwhelmed Local Administrators

By Chris Mbunwe Some unidentified gunmen, March 3, reportedly attacked Cameroon security forces deployed in Batibo Subdivision to combat separatist forces, who were already celebrating that they have captured most of the villages in the Subdivision. Talking t
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3 Villages Razed In Batibo, 4 Deserted After Bloody Attack *Collateral Casualties Overwhelmed Local Administrators

By Chris Mbunwe Some unidentified gunmen, March 3, reportedly attacked Cameroon security forces deployed in Batibo Subdivision to combat separatist forces, who were already celebrating that they have captured most of the villages in the Subdivision. Talking to The Post, the Mayor of Batibo, Frederick Tanjoh, affirmed that some deaths were recorded, but nobody is certain as to how many casualties were recorded on either side (military and civilian) “People who were on the Bamenda-Batibo Highway have confirmed that they saw legs of people dangling from a military truck heading towards Bamenda after the March 3 three incident. As we are talking, nobody is willing to give information about the causalities recorded so far and we are only left with prayers. Mass arrests of civilians have been reported in villages in Lower Batibo, with the least population of about 4000 people, who have deserted Korgwe, Effa,Koroko, Ambo and Angie villages. In addition, Gurissen and Kwano Villages of Upper Bafang in Tingto, our neighbours were razed by fire and nobody is claiming responsibility for these acts of arson and destruction,” Mayor Tanjoh averred. According to the Municipal authority, there has been a lot of internal displacement and most of these people in their thousands are either relocating with their relatives in Batibo Town or in Bamenda and other Divisions that share borders with Batibo. For over a month since the unrest started in the village of Ambo, movements in Batibo have been very difficult because the soldiers have waged a war on commercial bike riders. Any bike caught at night or during the day is set on fire. Moreover, the young boys have deserted their villages and are in bushes. It would be recalled that the incident of last Sunday that triggered the numerous deaths on either side at Angie Village before spreading to other areas have brought about untold hardship on people, as businesses, schools and even churches have been shutdown. When this reporter visited Batibo, he noticed that the Fons too have deserted their Palaces and the locals were very scared to talk to him. In Batibo Town, where there is relative peace, it is business as usual, but nobody engages in a conversation freely with an unknown person because the place is flooded with soldiers and plain security men, who eavesdrops every conversation especially in drinking places.

PMUC Signs Convention With Littoral Gendarmerie To Financially Assist Training Of ‘Bendskin’ Riders

By Joe Dinga Pefok The citizen friendly enterprise, Pari Mutuel Urbain Camerounais, PMUC, on March 6, signed a convention with the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion to financially assist in the training of riders of commercial motorcycles in Douala, commonly known
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PMUC Signs Convention With Littoral Gendarmerie To Financially Assist Training Of ‘Bendskin’ Riders

By Joe Dinga Pefok The citizen friendly enterprise, Pari Mutuel Urbain Camerounais, PMUC, on March 6, signed a convention with the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion to financially assist in the training of riders of commercial motorcycles in Douala, commonly known as ‘bendskins’. The venue of the signing ceremony was the conference hall of the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion located at Bonanjo, Douala. On hand to sign the convention on behalf of the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion was the Legion Commander, Colonel Francois Ahanda Abina, while the Deputy General Manager of PMUC, Tatyana M. Eldin, signed on behalf of her enterprise. Speaking before the signing ceremony, the Commander of the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion, Colonel Abina, stated that the signing of the convention between the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion and PMUC, for the former to financially assist in the training of commercial motorcycle riders, is a continuous action that has been going on for some time now. He remarked that the partnership between the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion and PMUC, was initiated before he came to Douala as Legion Commander. What The Convention Is All About The Littoral Gendarmerie Legion Commander started by asserting that commercial motorcycle riders are citizens like other Cameroonians, and that as citizens, they also have the responsibility to respect the law. But he pointed out that it was no secret to anybody in Douala that a bulk of the thousands of ‘bendskin’ riders operating in the town, had not been trained and thus did not have their Category ‘A’ Licence. That they had been operating in violation of the Law. He asserted that the National Gendarmerie, which has as one of its missions to fight against the violation of the law or against law breakers was very concerned with the situation. The Legion Commander stated that the local administration, including the Gendarmerie as a State institution, was engaged in a search for a solution to assist these citizens who are commercial motorcycle riders, to operate in conformity with the law. For one thing, the commercial motorcycle riders were complaining of lack of finance to follow a training course which ends with those who succeed in the test, to obtain the Category ‘A’ Licence, and for which they have to pay for. It was within this backdrop that the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion contacted PMUC and solicited their financial assistance to help pay for the Licences of those bendskin riders who take part in the training programme, and succeed in the driving test. The special training programme, which is carried out in collaboration with the Gendarmerie, is for free to groups of bendskin riders. The last group of commercial motorcycle riders in Douala to be trained by the special programme, completed their course last month, and 200 succeeded in the driving test. The convention that was signed on March 6 between the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion and PMUC, was for the latter to provide money to pay for the Category ‘A’ licences for the 200 commercial motorcycle riders. Riders Predominantly Youths Also speaking at the convention signing ceremony, the Deputy General Manager of PMUC, Tatyana Eldin, said when the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion contacted them to financially assist in the training programme for commercial motorcycle riders in Douala, they, as a citizen friendly enterprise, responded positively. This, considering the important role that the commercial motorcycle sector has come to play in society. The Deputy GM emphasised the fact that PMUC has been more concerned with the situation of the commercial motorcycle sector, considering that the riders are predominantly youths, as well as the fact that the rate of accidents, including ghastly accidents, involving commercial motorcycle riders, had become so alarming. As a citizen friendly enterprise, PMUC could not be indifferent to such a disturbing situation. She said PMUC is happy to be involved in the training programme being organised for commercial motorcycle riders in the nation’s economic capital. Selection For Training Programme Talking to reporters about the special training programme being organised for commercial motorcycle riders in Douala, Wille Kegne, the head of the Wouri Divisional Coordination of syndicates of commercial motorcycle riders that was set up by the former Wouri SDO, Naseri Paul Bea, explained that the only condition is that a rider should be registered with a sub-divisional syndicate where he is resident or where he operates. Kegne said when any of the special training programme is planned, the Wouri Divisional Coordination of sub-divisional syndicates of commercial motorcycle riders, fixes a quota for each of the five municipalities in Douala. This is as regard the number of commercial motorcycle riders, that each of the five different municipalities will through the sub-divisional syndicates, send in for the free training course. This is to ensure that a fair chance is provided to riders in all the five municipalities to take part in the free-of- charge training. Rates Of Bendskin Accidents on The Decline The Commander of the Littoral Gendarmerie Legion, Colonel Abina, disclosed that the Gendarmerie have been observing some decline in the number of accidents involving commercial motorcycle riders in Douala, since the special training programme started. However, considering that there are estimated to be tens of thousands of commercial motorcycle riders in Douala, the Legion Commander stated that there are still thousands of riders operating in the nation’s economic capital who have not been trained. He asserted that the untrained commercial motorcycle riders do not know the Highway Code; reasons for their frequent involvement […]

Cameroonian Artist MenuPounds Drops Video For New Song “Life”

By Basil K Mbuye Afro-pop artiste, Tinefeh Emmanuel, popularly known as MenuPounds, has again taken lovers of music to cloud nine with the release of a new video titled, “Life”. The Cameroonian artist in his usual Jamaican patios and afro music style has
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Cameroonian Artist MenuPounds Drops Video For New Song “Life”

By Basil K Mbuye Afro-pop artiste, Tinefeh Emmanuel, popularly known as MenuPounds, has again taken lovers of music to cloud nine with the release of a new video titled, “Life”. The Cameroonian artist in his usual Jamaican patios and afro music style has captured a number of audiences with his flow with the mic. In this latest hit which is already making wave. The video also has a higher definition of graphics thanks to the expertise of Buea based producer Louizy on the beat, mixed by the famous DijayKarl and directed by Kamer international video director Merlin Caren, it is already causing traffic on social media platforms. MenuPounds flawlessly flows on the mid-tempo rhythm as he harmoniously reveals in the track that life is a journey or a road with people of all walks of life. In the track which is about life, MenuPounds promised this beautiful lady all the luxuries in life just for her to dance till dawn. The dancehall track is already having a trend of admirers online with various listeners dancing to the tune of the beatings. “Life” comes after the release of other tracks by MenuPounds like “Shiny Kolo”, and “Biggest Behind” in 2014. With a Master degree in Social Anthropology, the artist in her tracks brings out a vivid picture of life presently in his country using lyrics. Watch the new single, “Life” below, comment, share and like for more.

Anglophone Crisis: Kah Walla Slams Gov’t For Intransigence

By Basil K Mbuye The President of the Cameroon People’s Party, CPP, Edith Kah Walla, has slammed the Government for its poor handling of the Anglophone Crisis and has also proposed a way out in restoring peace in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. In
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Anglophone Crisis: Kah Walla Slams Gov’t For Intransigence

By Basil K Mbuye The President of the Cameroon People’s Party, CPP, Edith Kah Walla, has slammed the Government for its poor handling of the Anglophone Crisis and has also proposed a way out in restoring peace in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. In an open letter to Cameroonians and to President Paul Biya, the CPP President speaks about the extradition of Ayuk Tabe and other Anglophone leaders from Nigeria to Cameroon – a move she described as “international kidnapping” by the Biya regime, because international norms were not respected. She bemoans the death of civilians and armed forces, the illegal imprisonment, the burning of villages and also the alarming rate of refugees, which, according to her, is now between 15,000 and 45,000 refugees. “The attacks of the armed groups are multiplying every day; the reprisals of the armed forces entail the loss of innocent lives and the destruction of villages. The social and economic effects of these are disastrous. No Cameroonian is exempted. We are all paying and will continue to pay for decades, the price of irresponsible governance that has driven our country to this point. What can we do? Today, we ask you to join your voice and call on the two groups that commit acts of violence in our country and endanger the lives of Cameroonians,” Kah Walla states. She also blames the Biya regime for being responsible for the situation the country finds itself in now. “You are the only group responsible for the situation in our country. Thirty-five years ago, a prosperous and peaceful country was handed to you. For three decades you have led us on the path of poverty and growing conflict. Today, we are on the brink of war, pure and simple. It is time for it to stop. As a plan, you must take immediate steps to ensure that our country does not collapse completely,” she averred. She called on Biya to resign and not to take the country “… further into the war.” According to Kah Walla, for calm to return to Cameroon, a number of things must be done. While criticising the arrest of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and other Anglophone leaders, she advises the State to: “Immediately ensure that these leaders have access to their families and lawyers,” for it is their right guaranteed by the Cameroonian law. “Your continuous violation of the law creates tension and panic among their followers. This situation will lead to further conflicts and bloodshed if it is not repaired immediately,” she advises. The CPP President also urged the State to release all arrested in connection to the on-going crisis in the two Anglophone Regions for they are ” illegally deprived of their basic rights as citizens by denying them a legal process and for subjecting them to torture and inhuman conditions of detention.” Advice To Different Armed Groups In NW, SW Kah Walla advises the different armed groups in the Anglophone Regions to know that their actions are also hurting the same Anglophone people they are fighting for. This, she calls on them to; “agree on the need to end discrimination and to ensure that Anglophones enjoy all their rights as citizens. There is no doubt that the State of Cameroon has consistently used a disproportionate force during the past year in the Southwest and Northwest Regions; “It is clear that the Government of Cameroon has systematically targeted civilians and punished masses of innocent people for crimes committed by a few; There is no doubt that your decision to use violence to fight for your rights has punished and continued to endanger the lives of the Anglophones you fight for,” she observed. She ended her letter by calling on; “all English speakers, be they separatists, federalists or even those who are attached to the current centralised model, to agree on the need to end discrimination and to ensure that Anglophones enjoy all their rights as citizens.”

How Soldiers Looted In Ambo-Batibo: Victims’ Tragic Tales

By Chris Mbunwe Wednesday, January 31, is the day and month that a Batibo man in Momo Division of the Northwest will hardly forget. On this day, soldiers who were chasing a bike and gunman who, as early as 8am, went round town shooting in the air and chantin
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How Soldiers Looted In Ambo-Batibo: Victims’ Tragic Tales

By Chris Mbunwe Wednesday, January 31, is the day and month that a Batibo man in Momo Division of the Northwest will hardly forget. On this day, soldiers who were chasing a bike and gunman who, as early as 8am, went round town shooting in the air and chanting “Ambazonia Oye! Ambazonia Oye, our new country Oye!” and his mystical disappearance when he reached Ambo village, left the soldiers confused and they started venting their anger on the unarmed population. For fear of being arrested, young men and women disappeared into bushes. The whole of Batibo Commercial street was deserted. In order to steal freely, the soldiers went on the rampage, firing guns in the air and the villagers disappeared into the bushes nearby and watched helplessly as their shops, private homes were being broken into, ransacked inside-out and goods carted away in their military vehicles. Over FCFA 4 million, was stolen from stores and goods estimated at FCFA 7 million, carried away by soldiers. When this reporter met the soldiers at the brigade, some of them were still feeding on their booty; bread, smoked meat, fresh meat from restaurants, biscuits, sardines, assorted can foods. Anyone who resisted or tried to prevent the soldiers’ access to stores around was severely beaten. Victims Recount Tragic Tales One of the victims, Mary Ngati, 70, a Widow who is barely eking out life through the sale of food, recounted that the soldiers stormed her home and carted away food and money. “My husband died a year ago and we have been managing this business for a living. Unfortunately for us, this morning, soldiers from nowhere came chasing us out of our homes, shops, and where they could not gain access they smashed the door open and took every franc collected. We sold food for FCFA 24,000, and they carried it away with smoked meat, foot trotters etc.” The CWF Treasurer of Presbyterian Church Ambo, Bridget Mbah, bemoaned the grabbing of church money by soldiers: “The money I brought from Church yesterday and today, about FCFA 125,000, have all been carried away by the soldiers who forced opened my bedroom and went straight for the mattress.” Another victim, Grace Aboh, 67, said: “the soldiers shattered all the louvers of our new house. We were still planning to move into the newly constructed house. I cannot estimate the cost of destruction and the amount cannot be below FCFA 500,000” According to Alfred Tah, whose finger was shattered by a gunshot, the solders got him well beaten because their gunshot aimed at him, didn’t get the target. Hear him: “a bullet aimed at me failed to get me on the right spot, but it shattered my finger. When they forced the door open and got into my bedroom, the soldier shot at me but I immediately fell on the floor and prostrated. He got me up and started beating me with a plank, calling me an ‘Odeishi’. My FCFA 700,000, android phones, whiskies and many things I had in my shop were carted away”. Not even the physically challenged were spared from the military brutality as Milani Anoh, a physically impaired was also assaulted: “I am a disabled and I have only this hair dressing saloon that the military have destroyed for my livelihood. Right now I am so depressed.” Eleve Atout, who is yet another victim who was tortured and fleeced of FCFA 300.000, had this to say: “My finger was shot and I was helpless as the soldiers molested me and collected FCFA 300,000 from my store.” To Divine Mbah, a businessman in Batibo, “It has been a very sad day. All the laptops and other electronics that were in my shop, as well as FCFA 250,000, have been carried away by the uniform men.” The story is not different from that of Ebenezer Nyambod Fon, who was arrested, thoroughly thrashed by the soldiers, his wallet containing FCFA 51500, was seized and he was later released to meet his mates in the bushes. Other victims, Magaret Tendong and her sister, Bridget Anye said the door into their house was smashed and the soldiers ransacked the bed rooms and carted away an unspecified amount of money and jewels. Meanwhile, Grace Nduuh, a bar attendant said the soldiers broke into her off- license and drank some beer and soft drinks to their satisfaction. “The worst thing they did was to break the bottles of beer since they could not carry them away.” However, life has returned to normal in Ambo – Batibo, after the havoc caused by the soldiers.

Gendarmes Murder Suspects After Torturing, Sharing Video Online

By Andrew Nsoseka A video making rounds on the social media, showing Gendarme officers torturing suspected aiders or orchestrators of attacks on officers has reportedly ended with the brutal assassination of the suspects. The video, whose setting could not b
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Gendarmes Murder Suspects After Torturing, Sharing Video Online

By Andrew Nsoseka A video making rounds on the social media, showing Gendarme officers torturing suspected aiders or orchestrators of attacks on officers has reportedly ended with the brutal assassination of the suspects. The video, whose setting could not be deduced, except for the mention of Fundong by one of the suspects under torture, is trending on the social media. Gendarme officers in the video, whose faces were not shown, except for half of their uniformed bodies, could be seen questioning and torturing two handcuffed men. The victims, one of whom was referred to as Samson, dressed in a red T-Shirt and red shorts, wearing dreadlocks, was on the floor with broken and bleeding limbs, beside numerous little brown wrapped papers containing some substance which he (Samson) confessed was tobacco that he sells, but are suspected to have aided or had knowledge about attacks on gendarme officers. In the video, the said Samson was tortured and interrogated on the role he plays in the attacks of gendarme officers and the whereabouts of their guns. The said gun was seemingly not found in the place where he was captured.Several times; he refused any knowledge of the attacks of gendarmes. He also refused ever having or using a gun. He said all he knows and does is selling ‘tobacco’ which were carted from his house and brought out to where he was tortured. His grilling was accompanied by cries in agony as he was being flogged and maimed. Throughout the video, the said Samson denied accusations levelled against him, as he spoke with a mouthful of blood oozing out as a result of the torture being administered on him. In the video another suspect dressed in a red dress and Jean trousers, whose name wasn’t mentioned throughout the video, was shown, answering questions and giving details on the said attacks on gendarmes. He confessed that he knew about the attack and did not participate in it. He went further to say that Samson, the other suspect also had knowledge about the attack and that those who attacked the Gendarmes were four in number. In his own version, Samson’s co-suspect said Samson had earlier boasted that if shot, the bullets wouldn’t penetrate him, because he had a traditionally made talisman that makes him bullet proof. As he narrated his own version with guns pointed over his head, blood in the mouth and streams of clotted blood that ran from his nostrils to his body, he made confessions that tend to incriminate his co-suspect. Also in the video, several gendarmerie officers could be seen, making frantic efforts to videotape the whole process and also threatening to shoot the suspects, if they didn’t tell them what they wanted to hear. The video is preceded by a photograph of the dead suspects, lying in their pool of blood. The gory pictures of the dead twosome has surfaced amongst the pictures circulating on the social media, asking people to identify and take the corpses for burial as they had been abandoned at the Bamenda Regional hospital. It is alleged that the corpses, said to be five in number, cannot be kept in the morgue because of their very bad state. Reports also say the corpses were brought tothe hospital byseven Gendarmes from Belo, a village that came under heavy military assault recently.

Anglophone Crisis Makes Chiefs To Stop Wearing Caps

By Maxcel Fokwen Scores of traditional rulers across Meme Division, Southwest Region, now go about their daily engagements without caps on their heads. This phenomenon is seen as a move to avoid potential attacks and threats to life. The traditional rulers kn
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Anglophone Crisis Makes Chiefs To Stop Wearing Caps

By Maxcel Fokwen Scores of traditional rulers across Meme Division, Southwest Region, now go about their daily engagements without caps on their heads. This phenomenon is seen as a move to avoid potential attacks and threats to life. The traditional rulers known to put on caps that stand them out even in public gatherings now go around the metropolis of Kumba void of their royal caps. Most of them don’t put on any other cap. Their heads are now exposed like ordinary citizens. It looks like some form of camouflage from the Chiefs to fit into the society owing to the commotion and confusion set into Meme from recent developments of the Anglophone Crisis. There is also the noticeableabsence of other royal items worn on the neck and hands. These are no longer part of the daily dress code of Chiefs. Their traditional brooms have also vanished. In the last two weeks, it hasbeen rare to spot a Meme Chief putting on traditional beads. Things associated with tradition or royalty, externally, are absent. A member of the Bakundu Chiefs Conference that The Post approached on the new development, said it is part of individual security measures. The traditional ruler who opened up to The Post on condition of anonymity said: “Things have gone out of hand. We didn’t expect this …. When people, for no reason, begin to target custodians of tradition, then, it means something has gone out of place in the society. Even enemies of some traditional rulers may want to use this current crisis to settle personal scores. So, we are all aware of these things. You see what happened to our colleague of Ngongo … it is sickening,” the traditional ruler lamented. Another Chief interviewed said the war has been shifted into the camp of the Chiefs with threatening messages. “With one Chief already killed, there is no room for jokes,” he averred. Asked if the traditional rulers cannot use charms to fight back, the Chief said the situation is still under consideration. The royal father said, among them, there are Chiefs with powers but they are just being cautious not to enter a realm where the damage might be regrettable. Our sources said, at the moment, even some calibre of politicians are not needed besides traditional rulers. Genesis Of Cap-less Chiefs Fright ripped through the traditional rulers after unknown gunmen assassinated Chief Johannes Ekebe Niongo of Ngongo Village on January 12. Text messages threatening other Chiefs reportedly worsened the situation. A meeting of Meme Chiefs during which a formal petition was expected to be addressed to the appropriate Government quarters over the security of traditional rulers suffered an indefinite postponement. The Post learnt that it is for the same security reason that the meeting suffered an indefinite deferment.

2018 Presidential Polls: Can Akere Muna Finally Break Anti-Opposition Coalition Jinx?

By Joe Dinga Pefok For over two decades, opposition political parties in Cameroon have been unable to create a strong coalition that can challenge President Biya’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, in any election. However, a couple of w
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2018 Presidential Polls: Can Akere Muna Finally Break Anti-Opposition Coalition Jinx?

By Joe Dinga Pefok For over two decades, opposition political parties in Cameroon have been unable to create a strong coalition that can challenge President Biya’s ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, in any election. However, a couple of weeks after Barrister Akere Muna created the Platform for a New Republic in Yaounde to rally support for his 2018 Presidential candidature, many Cameroonians think that the anti-opposition coalition jinx may finally be broken. The President of the Platform is Jacques Maboula Mboya, Mayor of Yabassi in Nkam Division, Littoral Region, while the Secretary General is Alice Sadio, leader of Alliance of Progressive Forces, AFP. The Treasurer of the platform is Chretien Tabetsing, a former SDF militant, who challenged Fru Ndi at the party’s 1999 Elective National Convention in Yaounde, for the post of National Chairman. Even though he was humiliated with a crushing defeat in the election, Tabetsing has bounced back in the political arena. Besides Akere Muna’s movement, a number of political parties and civil society groups that participated at the Yaounde in-camera meeting, excluding the UPC faction, signed a convention that created the political platform. The political parties that created the New Republic are: ‘Front Populaire pour la Developement’, FPD, with headquarter in Ngaoundere, and ‘Parti National des Patriotes Camerounais’, PNPC, with ‘headquarter’ in Bertoua. Others like ‘Bloc pour la Reconstruction de Independence Economique du Cameroun’, BRIC, with ‘headquarter’ in Yaounde, only leapt to the political limelight in 2011. This was when the former General Manager of the National Investment Fund, Esther Dang, struck a deal with the leader of the party and used it for her failed presidential bid. After the 2011 presidential, the party went into oblivion and only resurfaced at the Yaounde meeting. Even the UPC faction led by Habiba Issa that attended the Yaounde meeting is not among the UPC factions that can pull a sizable number of militants. In fact, the only well known name in the political platform to support Akere Muna’s 2018 Presidential bid is Alice Sadio’s AFP. AFP is a party that is close to the Munas. Barrister Ben Muna is a former leader of the AFP. But AFP has never won even one of the 350 councils in Cameroon. Mayor Of Yabassi Meanwhile, there is much talk about the support of the Mayor of Yabassi, Jacque Maboula Mboya, to Akere Muna. Mboya, an old friend of Akere Muna, until his recent declaration of support to Akere Muna’s candidature was a militant of the CPDM. In 2013, CPDM officials, elite and militants in Yabassi were bitterly divided following a controversy created by the CPDM Central Committee Secretariat to impose a list for the Municipal Elections in Yabassi. The list was strongly rejected by many local CPDM officials, elite and militants and vowed to vote against the imposed list. Unfortunately there was no opposition party like the SDF, UPC, MLDC, CPP or MP in Yabassi then to exploit the situation. It was then that Mboya quickly negotiated with the leader of ‘L’Union pour la Fraternité et la Prosperité’, UFP, Oliver Bile, to put up a UFP list for the municipal election in Yabassi. Before then, the party did not even exist in Yabassi. During the election campaign, Mboya and his team pledged their support to President Biya, but said they were against the imposed list. With such campaigns, the disgruntled CPDM militants of Yabassi voted for the UFP list and Mboya became Mayor. But on October 1, 2017, Mboya took part in the CPDM rally and public march in Douala that was organised by the Littoral CPDM Coordinator, Laurent Esso. He was even one of the personalities chosen by Esso to deliver a talk at the occasion. With such political double standard, many doubt if Mboya can really dump the Biya regime for Akere Muna. But many sympathisers of the New Republic are upbeat that Mboya can galvanise a lot of support, given his position as Yabassi Mayor. Force Of Platform Members Meanwhile, many political commentators are asking what each member of the New Republic can bring to the table in terms of support for Akere’s presidential bid. The problem has further been compounded by the fact that no political party West of the Mungo was present at the Yaounde meeting. But members of the platform argued that what happened in Yaounde was just the launching ceremony and that moves were underway to get more political parties and civil society organisations on board. But political analysts are unanimous that the problem is not the number of political parties that Akere can get will on the platform, but rather the weight of the parties. There are over 300 such political parties in Cameroon today, though the facts on the field show there are less than 10 political parties that really exist in the country. The rest in reality exist only on paper. Akere Muna As Presidential Material There is no doubt that the senior and brilliant international legal counsel, Akere Muna, who is also a former President of the Cameroon Bar Council, and is as well perfectly bilingual, has a CV that indisputably qualifies him as good presidential material for Cameroon. He is a distinguished personality, well known at the international scene. But the fact is that CVs don’t win presidential elections anywhere in the world; not even in the United States, France, Britain, Germany or Canada. What matters most is the […]

Infighting, Anglophone Crisis Maintain Nfon Mukete As SWECC President

By Maxcel Fokwen Infighting among traditional rulers of Fako and the lingering Anglophone Crisis have given Cameroon’s eldest Senator,Nfon V EMukete, a firm grip on the Southwest Chiefs’ Conference, SWECC,stool. The Paramount ruler of the Bafaws is also e
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Infighting, Anglophone Crisis Maintain Nfon Mukete As SWECC President

By Maxcel Fokwen Infighting among traditional rulers of Fako and the lingering Anglophone Crisis have given Cameroon’s eldest Senator,Nfon V EMukete, a firm grip on the Southwest Chiefs’ Conference, SWECC,stool. The Paramount ruler of the Bafaws is also enjoying a mandate prolongation as Meme Chiefs’Conference President. Nfon Mukete’s Mandate at the helm of SWECC had long expired. A meeting that would have seen the putting in place of a new bureau headed by a Fako Chief inLimbe in 2017, ran into riots. Confusion within the ranks of the Fako Chiefs as to who is the right choice to head SWECC forced the then Fako Senior Divisional Officer, SDO,George Zang III,to ban the meeting. Since then the fractures in Fako are yet to be healed. In the wake of the infighting, a new development erupted suggesting that the SWECC stool could be shifted to Manyu, while Fako cleans its house. This move earned a rebuttal from Some Fako Chiefs. Months after Chief Johnson Njombe of Wokaka emerged on a contested ticked as the Fako candidate for SWECC. Njombe unilaterally declared himself SWECC President –elect. Since then, there has been no reaction from Mukete-led executive. Last December, both Nfon Mukete and Chief Njombe were part of a Regional administrative and Security Coordination meeting held at the Kumba City Council Chambers. The Post could not figure out if both traditional rules were invited in the name of their Chiefdoms or SWECC ticket. Recent military and separatists activities in Manyu seem to have given the option of moving the stool to Manyu a decent burial. Officially, the Bafaw patriarch still occupies the SWECC presidency. The turn of events prints an atmosphere that will not accommodate any general assembly of Southwest Chiefs anytime soon. Meme Chiefs Postpone Election At the level of Meme,Nfon Mukete still calls the shots. The present security situations directly involving even chiefs indicate that, the statesman may still keep the leadership of the Meme Chiefs for some time. Nfon Mukete leads here on a ticket of Bafaw Chiefs. He may have handed over in December. But a meeting convened for an elective general assembly of Meme Chiefs on Wednesday December 6, 2017, ended in a fiasco. Back then, traditional rulers rejected a verbal authorisation from the Meme Prefect’s cabinet to hold a meeting. On Friday January 19, another Elective General Assembly of the Meme Chiefs suffered an indefinite postponement. The Post garnered that, Meme Chiefs’Conference Scribe, Chief Eseme Mbonji Etongwe, sent last minute text messages to his peers, announcing the indefinite postponement of the elective conclave. It is reported that the current atmosphere in Meme triggered the indefinite postponement of the meeting. Even at this, many see the delay as a blessing for the controversial Bakundu Chiefs’ Conference to put things in order and get a unique candidate to succeed the Nfon.

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