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May 26, 2018

Cameroon: Seven Anglophone activists sentenced

After the court hearing at the military tribunal in Yaounde on 25 May 2018, ...
May 26, 2018

Anglophone crisis: Black Friday in Pinyin, Santa subdivision

Over 20 persons have been killed in Menka, Pinyin in Santa subdivision, after ...
May 24, 2018

Cameroon: Minister of External relations tells US Ambassador to respect Cameroonians

According to the minister of External relations Le Jeune Mbella Mbella, the US ...
May 21, 2018

Cameroon: Mayor of Bangem abducted by Ambazonian fighters.

The Mayor of the Bangem council, Ekuh Simon and his deputy Enongene Epie Manga, ...
May 21, 2018

20th May: Ghost towned celebrations in English Speaking Regions

The celebration of Cameroon’s National reunification day has been evaluated to ...
May 19, 2018

2018 election in Cameroon: Did US ambassador ask Biya to step?

US ambassador to Cameroon has technically advised President Paul Biya to step ...
May 19, 2018

AFCON Niger 2019: Lions qualify for third round

The U20 lions of Cameroon have qualified for the third round of qualifiers for ...
May 19, 2018

US ambassador accuses Cameroon of human rights violations

The US ambassador to Cameroon has accused the Biya regime of gross human rights ...
May 18, 2018

Anglophone Crisis: Cameroon admits human rights abuses for first time 

Cameroon's defence minister has admitted for the very first time that his men ...
May 18, 2018

Cameroon: Nigerian army to participate in 20th May march past

180 elements of the Nigerian Guard Brigade which is equivalent to the ...
May 18, 2018

A Eulogy to Elah Geoffrey

Death is like the thief that comes to steal or kill those who are their target. ...
May 18, 2018

THE LEGAL ARGUMENT FOR SOUTHERN CAMEROON INDEPENDENCE

SC Workshop “ Bamenda, 11 February 2005   Introduction:   An annexed people ...
May 18, 2018

FIFA rankings: Cameroon moves one place forward

The latest FIFA rankings have been released on 17 May 2018, with Cameroon ...
May 16, 2018

The paradox of living togetherness in LA Republique Du Cameroun

Can two separate and distinct cultures inherited from two distinct Colonial ...
May 14, 2018

Northwest : Prime Minister calls on CPDM supporters to see 20 May as day of pride

The prime minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang has called on members of the CPDM ...
May 12, 2018

North-West governor bans motorbikes in Bafut

Adolf Lele L'Afrique has banned the circulation of motorbikes temporarily in ...

Sports / Games

May 19, 2018
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The U20 lions of Cameroon have qualified for the third round of qualifiers for the AFCON, which will take place in Niger in 2019. This happened after
May 18, 2018
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The latest FIFA rankings have been released on 17 May 2018, with Cameroon moving from the 51st to the 50th position in the world. No major changes
May 10, 2018
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The former captain of the indomitable lions has said he has no plans of playing the upcoming AFCON. {loadposition myposition}   He made the
May 09, 2018
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Cameroon's U20 football team left the country on Tuesday 8 May 2018 for their qualifier match against Uganda which will be played on Saturday.
May 08, 2018
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The university games are now on day 5 and disturbing information from Maroua has it that a Canal 2 journalist has been inhumanely handled for taking
April 20, 2018
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CAF has official sent the logo of the 2019 African cup of Nations to the Cameroon Football Federation. {loadposition myposition}The logo was sent

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After the court hearing at the military tribunal in Yaounde on 25 May 2018, some Anglophone Activists have been slammed jail sentences. {loadposition myposition}   Mancho Bibixy is part of the
February 14, 2018
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African rulers have shown the world that primitivism is still very much alive in Africa and that leadership in most French Africa is still controlled by the monstrous FrancAfrique which is very
May 20, 2018
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Inhabitants of Bamenda and its environs were deceived into drinking gallons of palm oil as precautionary measures against the effects of a purported explosion of Lake Awing in the Northwest Region.
May 12, 2018
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The Minister Territorial Administration came under serious criticism after revealing that he would get help from Mr Paul Biya before getting rid of a broken rock threatening to fall on some
"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 25, 2018
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Some inmates of the Bertoua Central Prison, have received the first Holy communion. {loadposition myposition}   This took place during a
May 25, 2018
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Some inmates of the Bertoua Central Prison, have received the first Holy communion. {loadposition myposition}   This took place during a
February 14, 2018
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Lent is a special moment in the history of the Church that begins every 14 of February to mark one month of fasting and meditation to commemorate the
January 29, 2018
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Fear Pentecostal churches. I repeat, fear Pentecostal churches. My heart aches as I try to articulate my thoughts. Any person of goodwill should be
December 29, 2017
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Dear Bishop Nkea, Each day’s news bring new stories of the desperate – and all too often deadly – plight of refugees in Manyu Division. Shocking
December 10, 2017
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"Be Faithful, Even To The Point Of Death, And I Will Give You A Crown Of Life!" "Nothing Good Comes Easy!" Life has never been a bed of roses; even

Business / Economy

April 04, 2018
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Formerly the managing director of BICEC, Alain Ripert has been promoted to the position of administrator of BICEC and member of the board of CEPAC in
April 03, 2018
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LOME, Togo, April 3, 2018/ -- The upgraded version of Ecobank’s (www.Ecobank.com) revolutionary mobile app has attracted 3 million new customers in
March 16, 2018
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Switzerland disburses CFA3.4 billion to promote renewable energy projects in Cameroon. This was revealed on March 14, 2018, during the first meeting
March 16, 2018
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 Port autonome de Kribi (PAK) has just launched a call for expression of interest to pre-qualify the companies that are willing to operate the
March 13, 2018
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The Hygiene and Sanitation Company dawned their beach duty equipment such as trucks, Caterpillars and general cleaners today, the 12 of March, 2018
March 09, 2018
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Philémon Zo’o Zame, managing director of Cameroon’s telecommunication regulatory agency (ART) took a step further in the agency’s fight against the

Health / Medical

March 20, 2018
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According to the National Cameroon daily, Cameroon Tribune, the Regional Hospital under construction as well as refurbishment shall become functional
March 19, 2018
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From 2018 to 2020, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will provide CFA108 billion to Cameroon to help the country fight against the
March 01, 2018
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On this day February 28, Germany and UNICEF have launched the second phase of the project named "S'attaquer à la malnutrition chez les enfants de
January 29, 2018
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From the 22nd to the 27th of January 2018, Bafoussam was the venue of intensive training of the North West Rapid Response Team (RRT). The team was
January 15, 2018
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Taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked in a small study with a condition affecting male fertility problems. Male fertility is
November 24, 2017
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Coffee may not only give you a morning boost; it also may have significant health benefits. So says a review by British scientists of more than

Daily / Newsbrief

May 21, 2018
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The celebration of Cameroon’s National reunification day has been evaluated to be very poor this year, ranging from participation to merry making.
May 18, 2018
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180 elements of the Nigerian Guard Brigade which is equivalent to the presidential guard in Cameroon, will be taking part in the National
May 14, 2018
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The prime minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang has called on members of the CPDM party in the Northwest Region to celebrate 20 May with pride.
May 09, 2018
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Over 50 shops have been destroyed at the New Deido market by the Divisional officer for the Doula 1 council. {loadposition myposition} Jean Marie
May 07, 2018
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The Mvog Betsi zoo in Yaounde, has lost one of its lions as a result of an infection. {loadposition myposition}   Brenda as the animal used to
May 05, 2018
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The Governor of the Northwest Region Adolph Lele L’Afrifrique has promised hell to all those fighting for the restoration of the Ambazonian State, if

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Showbiz / Music

February 18, 2018
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Between the scissors and the pen, fashion designer Wazal Ayissi makes no difference. His overflowing inspiration led him into writing and narrating
February 16, 2018
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The people of Bambalang -kingdom in Ndop will on Sunday 18th February 2018 exhibit a rich custom at the cultural festival known as SHA'ATANG. This
January 25, 2018
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On Thursday 25th of January 2018, the Miss Cameroon Committee, the President of the Jury for the 2018 edition have been invited this Thursday, 25th
January 17, 2018
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Scandals of such magnitude in Cameroon keep multiplying on a daily basis. How could a young luxuriant beautiful woman without brains be crowned Miss
September 27, 2017
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Reports going round suggest Nigerian duo P Square have split up after a misunderstanding . Peter and Paul Okoye, twin brothers, have reportedly gone
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

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