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May 23, 2017

Dreaded Bamileke masquerades dance groups hijacked May 20th celebrations in Kumba

Despite invasive calls for a massive National Day boycott in Kumba, the May ...
May 23, 2017

Kumba-Cameroon: SDF Mayors defy SDO’s orders, boycott unity march

The three Social Democratic Front (SDF) Mayors of Kumba, May 19 defied the ...
May 23, 2017

Ben Muna lambast, accuses Gov’t of cultural genocide on Southern Cameroonians

The erstwhile President of the Cameroon Bar Council, Barrister Ben Muna, has ...
May 23, 2017

CAF Champions league: Cotton Sport to play against Al Ahly of Egypt

The Garoua based football club will be playing home this Tuesday afternoon at ...
May 23, 2017

Albatross Saga: Inoni and Mebara to appear at the Yaounde Supreme Court

Forty months after former Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni and former Secretary ...
May 22, 2017

At least 19 dead in blast at Ariana Grande concert in British arena

A blast on Monday night at a concert in the English city of Manchester where ...
May 22, 2017

At least 19 dead in blast at Ariana Grande concert in British arena

A blast on Monday night at a concert in the English city of Manchester where ...
May 22, 2017

SDF: Two Mayors failed to respect Fru Ndi’s 20th May boycott call

According to information published by the Cameroon daily, Mutations in its May ...
May 22, 2017

Ghosts Visit Banga Bakundu Gendermarie Brigade

The Gendarmerie Brigade of Banga Bakundu a village along the Kumba road has ...
May 22, 2017

BACC Technique Expected to start today Under disturbing circumstances

Candidates going in for the Technical General Certificate of Examination BACC, ...
May 22, 2017

Ntumfor Nico Halle on bended knees for freedom of Anglophone detainees

Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle has appealed to President Biya to use his office ...
May 22, 2017

Gendarmerie officers hijack illegal fuel business in Southern Cameroons

Some gendarmerie officers who were brought in from Kutaba in the West Region in ...
May 22, 2017

Cameroon: Mysterious Fire Gut GCE Board Office, Troops Caught Napping

Troops and other security agents on duty at the Cameroon General Certificate of ...
May 22, 2017

Southern Cameroons: Ahidjo’s Forceful Takeover

This article is translated from the original that was published in The ‘Le ...
May 21, 2017

CRTV: Charles Ndongo apologises to French community on behalf of Adele Mbala

The Director General of the CRTV Charles Ndongo, has apologised to the French ...

Sports / Games

May 23, 2017
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The Garoua based football club will be playing home this Tuesday afternoon at 4:00pm, against the Egyptian table leaders, Al Ahly. Cotton sport
May 20, 2017
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The head coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon says he has removed Joel Matip from his plans. Speaking to the BBC on Friday, Mr Broos disclosed
May 19, 2017
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The under 23 lions of Cameroon have failed to pick a qualification ticket for the final of the ongoing 4th Islamic solidarity Games in Baku,
May 17, 2017
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The Cameroon Footballers’ Union has begun a programme to offer 700 high-performance boots to players of the professional football league in the
May 16, 2017
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The beleaguered President of the Cameroon Olympic Committee, Colonel Kalkaba Malboum, has sworn to unmask the Judas Iscariots behind his
May 15, 2017
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The Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has issued a communiqué urging the football community in Cameroon and abroad to be vigilant in the face

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Despite invasive calls for a massive National Day boycott in Kumba, the May 20th festivities in the Meme Divisional headquarters recorded relative success, as hired, but dreaded Bamileke masquerades
May 23, 2017
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The president of La Republique signed a series of decrees appointing and dismissing local administrators on Monday.The message,that was read on the lone state broadcaster CRTV, brought tears and joy
May 22, 2017
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A truck carrying sand has crushed two people in  Nyala, in the economic capital of Cameroon, Douala.The incident occurred on Monday, 22.02.2017 at 10:30 a.m.{loadposition myposition}The two victims
March 21, 2017
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The U.N. refugee agency is calling on Cameroon to stop forcibly deporting refugees to Nigeria in violation of international refugee law and a tripartite agreement recently signed by UNHCR, Nigeria,
"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

May 23, 2017
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A pastor in Zimbabwe is making headlines after claiming to have had a conversation with God on phone. According to the BBC, the pastor was reportedly
May 22, 2017
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 Five centuries ago, Martin Luther reformed the Christian church to prevent the marketing of religion. But in Africa, the debate over blending God
May 15, 2017
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Jonathan Mthethwa was killed by three crocodiles as he carried out a religious demonstration in Zimbabwe.  Shocked witnesses said the clergyman
May 03, 2017
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 The meeting conveyed by Arch Bishop Samuel Kleda in Buea ended on an impasse as he failed to convince the bishop in Buea to accept that Catholic
April 24, 2017
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Young teenage girl on Friday April 21, 2017 confessed during a deliverance prayer carried out in a popular Pentecostal Church in Bafoussam that she
April 21, 2017
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Business / Economy

May 18, 2017
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Cameroon has borrowed about FCFA 43.58 billion from the Islamic Development Bank. It was on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia where the Minister of the
May 18, 2017
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The first ever international forum on digital economy has just ended in La Republique Du Cameroun under the patronage of the country’s absentee
May 16, 2017
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The spectacle at the Douala port last night  almost similar to what befell anglophone lawyers last year appears to be crumbling activities at the
May 12, 2017
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During the celebration of May Day, Joël Nana Kontchou, Managing Director of Eneo Cameroon, the company in charge of the electricity sector in
May 11, 2017
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The South African mobile operator giant is back on stage with several packages for Cameroonians. MTN has signed a three-year renewable contract
May 10, 2017
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Cameroon is hosting an international forum on digital economy from 15th to 17th May 2017 with the principal ambition of emerging as “technology

Health / Medical

May 21, 2017
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The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic republic of Congo increased to 29 cases from the previous 21. The World Health Organization says of the
May 18, 2017
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The Cameroon Renaissance Movement is concerned by the Government management of the strike by the Syndicat des Médecins du Cameroun (SYMEC). SYMEC
May 16, 2017
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Activities were paralyzed at the Yaounde center hospital and other hospitals in Cameroon as members of the union of medical personnel began a second
May 15, 2017
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Canal 2 International controversially cancelled a programme which was going to feature the president of the Cameroon Doctors’ Trade Union at the
May 15, 2017
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The lexical gimmick devised by Public Health Minister, Andre Mama Fouda, to trick doctors into calling-off their planned strike action has flopped.
May 15, 2017
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Cameroon doctors are in the second phase of their strike action, which will cover three days (from Monday to Wednesday). The peaceful strike was

Daily / Newsbrief

May 22, 2017
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Candidates going in for the Technical General Certificate of Examination BACC, are expected to begin the practical session today across the national
May 22, 2017
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Some gendarmerie officers who were brought in from Kutaba in the West Region in the wake of the lawyers and teachers strikes to maintain law and
May 21, 2017
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The Director General of the CRTV Charles Ndongo, has apologised to the French community for the false information that the well renowned 8:30pm TV
May 19, 2017
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Dockers at the Douala Sea Port has vowed to ground activities at the port till further notice, if President Paul Biya does not intervene and resolve
May 17, 2017
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Anglophone teachers in Yaounde say they are not marking the Government Common Entrance Exams. The disgruntled teachers complain that marking dues
May 17, 2017
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A famous Nkambe trader yesterday morning lost his vehicle and his trusted driver to a deathly car crash on the Nkambe-Ako road in Donga/Mantung

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Showbiz / Music

April 13, 2017
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Comedian Charlie Murphy, a performer on “Chappelle’s Show” and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, has died at the age of 57. Murphy died on Wednesday
April 04, 2017
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Fai Bawe Henry, a 71 year retired civil servant who seemingly partied hard in his youthful days, yesterday 3 April joint the rest of the world in
March 01, 2017
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February 28, 2016, NEW YORK, NY -- To commemorate the final day of Black History Month, Lorine Chia has partnered with Afropunk to premiere her
December 02, 2016
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If you’re a single young African woman, there’s one question that you’ve come to dread. It comes up at family functions, social events and random
October 29, 2016
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The performance stage of the 2016 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, will come alive on Sunday, November 6 at Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos in Nigeria
October 23, 2016
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Africa’s Starboy Wizkid picked the Artist of the Year, Best Male and Best Collaboration awards at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards on Saturday night

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