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Jan 18, 2017

Cameroon: Consortium member Tassang Wilfred takes refuge at foreign embassy in Yaounde

The Executive Secretary General of the Cameroon Teachers' Trade Unions, CATTU- ...
Jan 17, 2017

Nigerian airforce bombs refugee camp, killing over 50 with several wounded

Nigeria's air force killed 50 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a ...
Jan 17, 2017

Cameroon: CATTU SG Tassang Wilfred Confirms Detention Of Consortium Leader And SG

CATTU SG Tassang Wilfred who is Programs Coordinator of the Banned Anglophone ...
Jan 17, 2017

Breaking News: Biya oders the crackdown on anglophone Consortium, leaders arrested

Consortium President Dr. Balla Agbor and SG Dr. Fontem of the Consortium have ...
Jan 17, 2017

Cameroon: Ghost Town Operation in NW/SW regions turn ugly

As the ghost town declared by the Anglophone Cameroon Civil Society Consortium ...
Jan 17, 2017

AFCON Updates: Cameroon needs to be more focused-Ndip Tambe

Indomitable Lions’ forward Ndip Tambe who ply his trade for Spartak Tmava has ...
Jan 17, 2017

Cameroon: Mbarga Nguele Side-lines Anglophones in Special Police Recruitment

The Delegate General for National Security, Martin Mbarga Nguele recently ...
Jan 16, 2017

Gambian President-elect Gains Support in Leadership Crisis

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow met Saturday in Mali with world leaders ...
Jan 16, 2017

Indomitable Lions start Afcon charge with a draw against Burkina Faso

The Indomitable Lions in their first AFCON game have drawn 1-1 with Burkina ...
Jan 16, 2017

Consortium Urges All West Cameroonians To Be United As Ghost Town Records Resounding Success

As Anglophone Cameroonians observe the ghost town, the Consortium has called on ...
Jan 16, 2017

Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: Common law magistrates urged to join strike

Since Common law lawyers went on strike in November 2016, not even a memo or a ...
Jan 14, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: Consortium declares another Ghost Town, Calls For Referandum In West Cameroon

Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium has cancelled a Press Conference ...
Jan 13, 2017

Breaking News: Teachers have been held hostage in Bamenda to forcefully sign an agreement for schools to resume

Unconfirmed reports coming from Bamenda holds that the leaders attending ...
Jan 13, 2017

Cameroon: Buea Mayor accuses political adversaries of sponsoring smear campaign against him on social media

Even though from all indications the elected municipal head of the Buea ...
Jan 13, 2017

Guinness steps out as main sponsor of Mount Cameroon race

Guinness Cameroon SA, which used to be the main promoter of the Mount Cameroon ...
Jan 13, 2017

Supporters Welcome The Indomitable Lions Upon Arrival In Gabon

Supporters led by Bissay Carnos President of the Organizing Committee to ...

Sports / Games

January 17, 2017
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Indomitable Lions’ forward Ndip Tambe who ply his trade for Spartak Tmava has said the team needs to be focused and push hard for victory in the next
January 16, 2017
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The Indomitable Lions in their first AFCON game have drawn 1-1 with Burkina Faso with experienced players like Charles Kabore, Bakary Kone and
January 13, 2017
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Guinness Cameroon SA, which used to be the main promoter of the Mount Cameroon race of Hope might not be present this year. The partnership that was
January 13, 2017
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Supporters led by Bissay Carnos President of the Organizing Committee to support Lions last evening were at the Leon Mbah International Airport to
January 12, 2017
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CAF President, Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, has reassured that all is set for the kick-off of the 31st edition of Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017.
January 12, 2017
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Cameroon's national football team is trying to rebuild as they head to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon. Thousands of fans of the

Cameroon Today

  • ANGLOPHONE CRISIS
  • PAUL BIYA
  • CAMEROON THISDAY
  • BOKO HARAM
January 18, 2017
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Following the recent tragic arrest of the legitimate anglophone consortium leaders, Dr. Barrister Agbor Balla and Dr. Fontem Neba by security forces of president Paul Biya, Mark Bara and Tapang Ivo
December 17, 2016
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Out of nearly 2,000 temporary staff in the Presidency of the Republic, only half received their monthly salary ranging from 16,000 FCFA to 20,000 FCFA. The transaction was suspended for lack of
January 13, 2017
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This is the Cameroon of today, the Cameroon that is one and indivisible. Take a look under the seat of the scooter of this young  gendarme officer and you will understand the reasons behind his
January 12, 2017
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On 2 and 7 January 2017, the Cameroonian army surrounded again the town of Ngoshe, one of the strongholds of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria, the Cameroonian Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma,
"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

January 17, 2017
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January 04, 2017
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December 22, 2016
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Agbor Gilbert Ebot, the CEO of CAMIFF (Cameroon International Film Festival) has not been indifferent to the riots in recent days in the English
December 11, 2016
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Rescue workers continue to look for survivors in the debris following the collapse of a church roof in southern Nigeria, killing at least 60 people.
December 11, 2016
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The retired Arch- Bishop of Doula who has been an open critic of the CPDM regime has accused Prime Minister Philemon Yang of refusing a frank and
December 07, 2016
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A pastor of a church has been sentenced to one year in prison for convincing a 13-year-old girl to undress in the absence of her parents, to caress

Business / Economy

January 17, 2017
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The personnel of the State of Cameroon will gobble FCfa 998.5 billion in 2017 out of a total budget of FCfa 4,373.8 billion. Thus, close to a quarter
January 17, 2017
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South African based mobile telephone company, MTN, has refuted allegations that it has collided with the government of Cameroon to violate consumers
January 16, 2017
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Cameroon’s Minister of Employment and Vocational Training, Zacharie Perevet says in a bid to combat underemployment and increase economic growth,
January 16, 2017
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The Ridley Thomas, ship in charge of carrying out the ocean floor studies for the laying of a sub-marine cable between the Cameroonian town of Kribi
January 13, 2017
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The public procurement sector in Cameroon showed a better performance during 2016. At least, this is what the Deputy Minister in charge of this
January 11, 2017
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FCfa 1.3 billion. This is the amount unduly collected by approximately 700 Cameroonian civil servants during 2016, in collusion with the IT and

Health / Medical

December 30, 2016
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. Surgical department of the regional hospital Bamenda on strike link to marginalization of Anglophones in Cameroon. Reports says the major surgical
November 24, 2016
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November 07, 2016
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November 02, 2016
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October 12, 2016
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October 11, 2016
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Daily / Newsbrief

January 04, 2017
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Nigerian anti-drug officers found 9.15 kg (20 pounds) of cocaine worth $4.7 million "factory-packed" inside a new pair of shoes that arrived at Abuja
December 24, 2016
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A 22-year-old Cameroonian citizen residing in Nigeria by name, Joel Ludguo, is currently in police custody at the State Criminal Investigation and
December 02, 2016
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November 16, 2016
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November 16, 2016
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The mayor of a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama.
November 02, 2016
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Showbiz / Music

December 02, 2016
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October 29, 2016
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October 23, 2016
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October 18, 2016
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October 12, 2016
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October 05, 2016
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