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Oct 17, 2017

Canal 2 journalist, sacked for announcing Akere Muna's candidature for 2018 presidential elections

Cletus, the co-host of a Canal 2 program Jambo, has been asked to be seen no ...
Oct 17, 2017

24 US Congressmen call on the US Mission to the United Nations to hold briefing on Anglophone crisis

Congress of the The United StatesWashington, DC 20515 October 17. 2017 The ...
Oct 17, 2017

Anglophone Crisis : 5,000 Southern Cameroonians Arrive Nigeria as refugees

5,000 Southern Cameroonians Arrived Nigeria as refugees to Escapade ongoing ...
Oct 17, 2017

Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province creates fund for victims of violence

The Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province has announced the creation of a fund to ...
Oct 17, 2017

Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara: Cameroonian politician in detention says Ambazonians should be listened to

Atangana Mebara discloses from his prison cell that he has been following the ...
Oct 16, 2017

Cameroon: Agbor Balla visits victims of police brutality

While visiting St. Martin de Porres Catholic Mission Hospital, Njinikom in the ...
Oct 15, 2017

Cameroon: Ambazonia Governing Council files genocide claims against Biya's government at ICJ

The Southern Cameroons Governing Council officially informs the ICC on genocide ...
Oct 14, 2017

MoRISC releases blistering report of atrocities caused upon the people of the Southern Cameroons

MoRISC releases a blistering and detail 20 page report of the atrocities being ...
Oct 14, 2017

Bamenda: Victim of police brutality convocated for refusing bribe

CAMEROONS: Franco-Cameroun govt agents issue "convocation" order to Lady ...
Oct 14, 2017

Anglophone Crisis : Dead On Arrival

President Biya somehow has become a born again believer in dialogue hence ...
Oct 13, 2017

Liberia: George Weah takes early lead in Liberia’s elections

Partial results from Liberia's presidential election show former football star ...
Oct 13, 2017

Yaounde: Tchiroma Ranting Against Anglophone Bishops Lands Him In Serious Trouble

The Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference, BAPEC, have gone ...
Oct 13, 2017

Cameroon: After Surviving Military Brutality, 93-Year-Old Woman Recounts Tear-Provoking Ordeal

Beautiful eulogies and dirges were already composed for 93-year-old Sarah Apah, ...
Oct 13, 2017

Cameroon: SDF Castigates Biya’s Junta Over October 1 Mass Killings

Cameroon’s frontline opposition political party, the Social Democratic Front, ...
Oct 12, 2017

Anglophone Lawyers Suspend Strike Order Biya Repent Else...

Common Law Lawyers in Meme Division, Southwest Region under the umbrella of the ...

Sports / Games

October 02, 2017
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The 2017 season of the MTN Elite one championship, ended on Sunday 1st October with Eding sport emerging this year’s title holders. Day 34 matches
September 21, 2017
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Dieudonne Happi is prepared to discard the disposed Secretary General of Fecafoot,Blaise Musa. This is because the new caretaker chairman wants to
September 14, 2017
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Defending champions Nigeria, have given the basketball lions their exit ticket after leading with 106-91. {loadposition myposition}   It was a
September 11, 2017
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Cannon’s shock came on Sunday, when they lost to Colombe 0-1. It became official that they are now a second division team with three more playing
September 10, 2017
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Coach Antonio Barbosa and his boys can celebrate for now, after moving one step further than the team did in the last edition of the competition as
September 10, 2017
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Some Cameroonian based professional football players of the MTN Elite One championship, have been nominated for the 2017 awards of the Cameroonian

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October 17, 2017
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5,000 Southern Cameroonians Arrived Nigeria as refugees to Escapade ongoing Genocide . Attached Pictures of new arrivals in Cross River State- Nigeria. Amidst the ongoing massacre and genocide
September 24, 2017
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Last Friday in front of his hotel room in New York, protesters were chanting “Paul Biya must go”. This implies that Paul Biy’s longevity in power is at the centre of the Anglophone Problem. The
September 29, 2017
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 They don't care about their people, all they do is recklessly squander money they have embezzled. All the same,  2 days to declaration of independence in the Southern Cameroons. President Paul
July 14, 2017
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Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique and Camair-Co GM Ernest Dikoum have appreciated the state of preparedness ahead of July 20, 2017 inaugural flight. From the look of things, the Bamenda airport is
"THE INEVITABLE NATURE OF CHANGE" by Barrister Akere T. Muna

Change is part of life. To try to go against change is to try to go against the very essence of the meaning of life. So when I read of high government officials and party apparatchiks, moving to Bamenda and Buea, I listen in to hear what the proposals are. Nothing, but a language that divides and the worn-out chant: ‘all is well’.
If there are thousands and thousands of people marching in the streets, if you feel the need to mobilize and explain, then all cannot be well. If people are being shot, buildings burnt and massive arrests taking place and the rule of law starts becoming arbitrary then all cannot be well. Not with my soul, or the soul of any human being.
In this country we are becoming confirmed experts at reinventing the wheel. Unfortunately this happens every time we are faced with a serious problem others have had to deal with before. It appears to me that the easier thing to do should be just to take a look at what others who have struggled through the same tribulation have done. In our case the most obvious thing would be to seek out Canadian experts or at least read up on what they have done. I am more than convinced that our Prime Minister who spent close to nineteen years in Canada knows what all of this is about. He most certainly must have traced the way ahead and unfortunately found some hawks in his path. So then what happened in Canada?

 
The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-1969) is one of the most influential commissions in Canadian history. It brought about sweeping changes to federal and provincial language policy. The commission was a response to the growing unrest among French Canadians in Quebec, who called for the protection of their language and culture, opportunities to participate fully in political and economic decision-making.
Some of the issues that have always excited public attention in Canada from time to time inter alia have been summarized as follows:
the perception of fairness or unfairness in hiring and promoting speakers of one official language over speakers of the other;
the choice of one language over the other for meetings, documents, and internal memoranda (which are sometimes collectively characterized as the work “environment”);
the promotion of bilingual job candidates over people who only speak only one or the other of the two official languages;
the availability (or lack of availability) of language training for public servants, who cannot advance without the ability to speak both languages;
the costs associated with language-based hiring and promotion practices, including the practice of paying a “bilingual bonus” to public servants capable of speaking both official languages;
the need to provide government services to some Canadians in English, and to others in French.
I am sure all of the above might sound very familiar to many. That is not all. According to Wikipedia’s article “OFFICIAL BILINGUALISM IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF CANADA”. By the early 1960s, the issue of Canada’s seemingly perpetual inability to create an equitable distribution of jobs in the country’s rapidly expanding public service was becoming a key grievance underlying Quebec nationalism. In 1961, a Royal Commission studying the structure of the federal bureaucracy in Canada organized a special committee to study the issue of bilingualism within the Public Service. The Commission’s 1962 report included recommendations that the federal government “adopt active measures to develop bilingual capacities among its employees on a selective basis”, and that it more actively recruit qualified French Canadians who would have the potential to advance to the senior ranks of the federal administration (Canada, Report of the Royal Commission on Government Organization, vol. I. Ottawa, 1962, p. 267).
The Royal Commission’s multi-volume report, published in 1969, recommended a radical redesign of the Public Service of Canada, in order to establish full equality between the two official languages in the federal administration, and a permanently equitable distribution of jobs, at all levels of seniority, between French-speaking and English-speaking Canadians (Canada, Report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, vol. III, The Work World (Ottawa, 1969).

So what is the situation today in Canada? According to Wikipedia, “Today, the built-in barriers to the hiring and promotion of francophones have been overcome. French-speakers ceased to be underrepresented in the Public Service in 1978, and the percentage of public servants who are francophones has been growing steadily ever since. At the management level, French-speakers ceased to be under-represented in 1995. There is now a growing over-representation of persons with French as their first official language in the Public Service. In 2007, francophones occupied 31.5% of positions in the core public administration, and 26.9% in institutions subject to the Official Languages Act, overall.”

 
So if we were to borrow from the Canadians the first step will have been the creation National Commission headed by an Anglophone with an Anglophone majority with a mission to make recommendations come into law to rectify the injustices that are known. The archives of this country are loaded with petitions and statistics on the issues now being raised in the streets of Buea and Bamenda and elsewhere. Talking about “états généraux” which funnily enough does not have a proper English translation is nothing concrete.
I have just returned from the attending the 17th Conference of the International Anti Corruption Conference (IACC ) in Panama City. I was elected Chair Council that runs this Conference in 2014 and my mandate runs till 2020. The IACC is the premier global Conference on Anti Corruption. This Panama Meeting brought together 1800 participants, which included the ICIJ (international Consortium of Investigative Journalist) the group of investigative journalists who leaked what is unfortunately now known as the Panama Papers. The theme of this year’s conference was “Time for Justice, Equity, Security, and Trust”. Yes, the Conference was about corruption, but my mind was totally immersed in the news I was from home. As a consequence, I thought of home through the prism of the theme “Time for Justice, Equity, Security, Trust”. In effect Justice and equity is what the cries in the streets of the English-Speaking regions have been about. As matter of fact the same cry can be heard also in many other regions of the country. Security was not provided for those exercising of the simple right to demonstrate peacefully. Even when this was by students chanting “no violence” they met with the furor of Cameroonians in uniform that exercised incredible violence as if they had a score to settle. So what about trust? We have a Constitution that consecrates bilingualism and provides for the respect of common law legal culture without defining the legal institutions that have to ensure their enforcement. As you know, the 1996 provides for autonomous regions with elected officials. This was an idea conceived to counter the argument that was raging after the AAC and the strong movement for a federation. 20 years after nothing has happened. At the very least, the spirit could have been respected by the appointment of governors to regions from where they originate while waiting for elections. The rise of corruption, caused the introduction of article 66 on the declaration of assets. That has not happened and government appointees continue to steal the peoples’ money at the most alarming rate. Instead of dealing with the root of the problems we face, we struggle away with the symptoms. There is no ground for trust. Consequently any promises made are just taken for what they are: promises. Life is about trusting. Those who have lost trust, will always take the chances that they believe will lead to their happiness.

The problems we now face have been exacerbated by serious governance challenges, tribalism, favoritism, and corruption. A system in which everyone is on the rampage at the expense of the state, the poorest and the powerless has slowly been put into place. The victims of this are francophones and Anglophones. The distortion that is being brought by those who paint the issue as an Anglophone Francophone issue is astute. They are trying to mask a failure of governance and the impending threat of system breakdown following the state capture of our resources by a greedy few. Land grabbing is as rampant in Kribi as it is in Limbe. Lack of roads is shameful in the Northwest as in many other regions. Development in the three northern regions and economic hardship has been cited by international reports as being one of the key causes of the ease with which the youth are seduced by Boko Haram. If repression is the only answer to simple demonstrations by the unarmed then we should brace ourselves for sad times in this country. A list should be drawn of all the graduates from ENAM, FMBMS, IRIC, POLYTECHNICS, and other prestigious schools in the country. That list should be used to determine the parentage of all of these graduates. Then we will understand the level of nepotism in our country. These are facts that respect no linguistic or cultural divide. Between 75% to 80% of Cameroonians are under 25. Cameroonians youths now are hungering for a better future. That is an idea. You can oppress all you want but you cannot kill an ideal. That is the inevitable nature of change. There is a wind blowing and it is slowly turning into a tornado, there is nothing we can do to change the direction of this wind, but we can certainly adjust our sails to reach our destination.

In the final analysis we can blame everything on secessionists or any other person for that matter, even on me, since I have now been openly accused of fanning the flames of secession. The facts will not change. In the words of Tony Robbins, “change is inevitable, progress is optional”.

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Religion / Church

October 09, 2017
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A simple definition of justice is "fairness in the way people are treated." Justice is fundamental to the world. That is why in truly democratic
September 25, 2017
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All church services in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have been moved from Sunday, October 1, 2017, to Sarturday, September 30,
September 14, 2017
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Pascal Boade, who served in the Bafia Diocese as a technician and driver, is reported to have died mysteriously three months after the disappearance
August 29, 2017
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A local private radio station, Radio Balafon based in the Litoral Region, reported an incident which occurred on Monday 28 August. It is about traces
August 28, 2017
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 A renowned Pentecostal Man of God, Archbishop Godfred Anyere Tarh, has warned President Paul Biya and his cronies to hold inclusive dialogue with
August 23, 2017
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Business / Economy

October 17, 2017
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Fourth edition of the forum will take place on November 1st-2nd in Dubai’s Organised by Dubai Chamber, the forum is set to attract over 1000 high
October 15, 2017
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Ovamba Solutions, Inc. and Microsoft have partnered to develop and produce the first African language driven “chat-bot” designed to serve the
September 26, 2017
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The Minister of Finance has threatened to withdraw the licence of the National Financial Credit Bank in Bamenda for closing its doors on ghost town
September 21, 2017
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Last week, the Cameroonian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications launched a call for IT proposals for SUP’PTIC Business Academy in Yaoundé. The
September 20, 2017
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Aliko Dangote at UN General Assembly in New York: “Africa will become the food basket of the world” ; "Five of the twelve million jobs needed in
September 15, 2017
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Camair Co, the Cameroonian public airline, will resume, in the coming weeks, its flights to some African capital cities. These include Libreville in

Health / Medical

September 19, 2017
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An emergency vaccination campaign is getting under way in northeastern Nigeria to prevent a deadly cholera outbreak from spreading to other
September 08, 2017
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ONDON —  At least 1.4 million people uprooted by Boko Haram's insurgency in northeast Nigeria are living in 'cholera hotspots,' prey to an
September 06, 2017
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The Minister of Public Health has appointed Jean II  Dissongo Regional Delegate of Public Health for Littoral, barely 19 months after his sacking.The
August 28, 2017
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A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice of reducing cholesterol —
August 24, 2017
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August 24, 2017
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The world’s largest non-government hospital ship is docked in Cameroon’s commercial capital, Douala. Medical staff and volunteers from around the

Daily / Newsbrief

October 17, 2017
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Cletus, the co-host of a Canal 2 program Jambo, has been asked to be seen no where near any of the media organs's TV sets or studios. This is because
October 12, 2017
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Multiple calls for effective school resumption overshadowed this years Teachers Day celebration in Meme Division.Speaking at the end of festivities
October 12, 2017
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It was a complete scene of hugger-mugger at the Biteng, Yaounde residence of one of LR's Minister. National Telegraph, Cameroon's best Investigative
October 09, 2017
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The Executive President of the Cameroon Baptist Convention, Rev. Ncham Godwill Chiatoh, has set aside Sunday October 15 as a day for all Baptist
October 02, 2017
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Cameroon has been troubled by the Nigerian based terrorist group Boko Haram, for quite some time now, even though their disturbances have reduced.
October 01, 2017
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 Some prisoners are reported to have escaped from the Kumbo principal prison early this morning. This is owing to the fire incident that occured at

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Showbiz / Music

September 27, 2017
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July 15, 2017
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Reports say a documentary on the life of the former captain of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be presented at the Ecrans noirs film festival
July 13, 2017
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The American gospel singer has tweeted after he was reported to be dead by a certain website, HoustonChronicle-TV.com on Wednesday 12 July 2017.
July 01, 2017
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The SDO for Douala 5, Tchakui Nounde Jean Marie, has signed a release banning the controversial Cameroonian musician, Maahlox le vibeur from holding
June 18, 2017
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Cameroonian rapper Mahlox, who is popularly known for his song "ça sort comme ça sort", was reportedly agressed yestersay June 17. He had gone to
June 10, 2017
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A young Cameroonian singer is currently under intensive medical care in Yaoundé after narrowly escaping death in a rather shocking car accident.

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