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Feb 25, 2017

Harmony Bobga Mbuton Returns To The Stream on Al Jazeera

Harmony Bobga Mbuton, president of Cameroon’s North West Lawyers Association, ...
Feb 25, 2017

Dr. JoyceAshuntantang: A fight for freedom is never a programmed activity

A fight for freedom is never a programmed activity. Mistakes are going to be ...
Feb 25, 2017

Cameroon: Government allocate10 billion FCFA to local councils nationwide

The Prime minister of Cameroon has allocated 10 billion fcfa to local councils ...
Feb 24, 2017

Anglophone crisis: Consortium relieves Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo as interim leaders

CATTU Executive Secretary, Consortium Leader, Tassang Wilfred releases video ...
Feb 24, 2017

Cameroonian business mogul launches FCfa 2 billion tourist complex in Western region

The small town of Nkep, close to Bangou, in the Western region of Cameroon, is ...
Feb 23, 2017

Anglophone leaders in captivity: “They have a hidden agenda,” says Issa Tchiroma Bakari

If there is one English expression Cameroon’s Minister of Communication and the ...
Feb 23, 2017

Cameroon: Disvisional Officer For Tiko Orders The Arrest Of Minors For Staying Out Of School

Mark Bareta, interim leader of the Anglophone Consortium in Cameroon reports ...
Feb 23, 2017

Cameroon: Tensions flare in Mutengene after police shot dead a local resident

Mutengene-South West Reion:Youths of Quarter Two got angry Wednesday after the ...
Feb 23, 2017

Cameroon: Judicial Year Opens Amisdt Deep Crisis In The Sector

The opening of the 2017 Judicial year was chaired by the president of the ...
Feb 23, 2017

Cameroon forces deport over 500 Nigerian refugees

Over 500 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram ...
Feb 22, 2017

Cameroon: Two Dead And Two Injured After Boko Haram Suicide Bombers Hit Amchide

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers have attacked the Cameroonian town of ...
Feb 22, 2017

Bamenda snubs AFCON Trophy tour worth 500 million CFA of public funds

The population of Bamenda has responded to the government's provocation tour of ...
Feb 22, 2017

Special Ghost Town Looms In Bamenda As The City Receives The AFCON Trophy

Information coming in from Bamenda indicates today's ghost towns in Bamenda is ...
Feb 22, 2017

Cameroonian medic and health blogger Dr Sea paints the anglophone marginalization

This is for my non-cameroonian family and friends trying to understand what is ...

Sports / Games

February 21, 2017
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After several rumours, Antalyspor striker and Cameroon’s legend Samuel Eto’o is in China to complete his medicals for Chinese club Dalian Yifang.
February 20, 2017
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Christian Bassogog (21) has signed for a Chinese club Henan Jianye.Recently voted as the best player of the AFCON, that was won by the Indomitable
February 20, 2017
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Even without any match played at home in the local professional football championship, Coton Sports of Garoua; Apejes of Mfou and YOSA made it
February 20, 2017
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As we earlier communicated, Gaelle Deborah Enganamouit has concluded her move to Asia. She signed for Chinese based club Tianjin Quanjian. The
February 20, 2017
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 Cameroonian tactician Gweha Ikouam Fils since Saturday has been in Mbujimayi where he is expected to sign a contract as the new head coach of SM
February 19, 2017
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Even without any match played at home in the local professional football championship, Coton Sports of Garoua; Apejes of Mfou and YOSA made it

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February 25, 2017
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Harmony Bobga Mbuton, president of Cameroon’s North West Lawyers Association, returned to The Stream on Al Jazeera this week, just over two months since the show originally explored the protests
January 24, 2017
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While millions of their people live in poverty, these African leaders are heavily loaded in terms of treasures. He is the president of Cameroon and 83 years old. The statesman has an estimated
February 15, 2017
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Roads in Cameroon:Non respect of speed limitation signs in and out of the cities, giant chicken nests in the middle of the road, trucks polluting with no break lights, pedestrian crossings and
February 17, 2017
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Boko Haram terrorists on Thursday killed three Cameroonian soldiers in the country’s far north, a newspaper is reporting. Cameroonian newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, said the three soldiers were
"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

February 02, 2017
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A Zimbabwean pastor’s wife, who has gone seven years without sex, couldn’t withhold her emotions when she appeared before a court and accused her
February 02, 2017
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A Zimbabwean pastor, accused last year of trying to overthrow President Robert Mugabe's government after calling for protests, was arrested at the
January 17, 2017
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News24 - A pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die on October 17 was arrested in Harare on Monday, his lawyer said. Patrick
January 04, 2017
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Presbyterian Church in Cameroon Dear Presbyterians, Dear brothers and Sisters in the Lord. Pastoral Letter: Our God is a God of History We bring
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.

Business / Economy

February 22, 2017
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Simplifying the payment of taxes will still be one of the main guiding principles of the Inland Revenue Service (DGI in French) this year, we learned
February 22, 2017
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The cotton production in Cameroon should drop by approximately 10,000 tons during the 2016-2017 season. Indeed, production forecasts from Société de
February 18, 2017
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With 3 million clients currently connected to its network, Nextell is the 3rd mobile operator in the country in terms of customer base, far behind
February 18, 2017
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Over the 2017-2018 period, the Cameroonian government is planning to surface a total of 1,615 km of new roads, the Minister of Public Works, Emmanuel
February 15, 2017
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Union Centrale des Coopératives Agricoles de l’Ouest (UCCAO – Central Union of Western Agricultural Cooperatives), one of the most important coffee
February 12, 2017
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The Cameroonian subsidiary of South African telecoms operator MTN just bettered its mobile money services by now offering mini-statement on mobile

Health / Medical

February 24, 2017
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Kidney patients receiving haemodialysis treatment at the Yaounde University Teaching Hospital are praying for their lives following the continuous
February 12, 2017
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The National Inter-sector Technical Committee in charge of providing Cameroon with a universal healthcare coverage system, just presented the
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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Diet is a corner stone to the management of diabetes. People with Diabetes have to take extra care to make sure that their food intake is balance
November 07, 2016
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Emmnauel Ugochukwu Michael runs a dating agency in Nigeria for people with HIV-AIDS. He helps them escape from isolation, rebuild their lives and
November 02, 2016
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The Managing Director of Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale (CNPS), Alain Noël Olivier Mekulu Mvondo Akame and the Managing Director of Tunisia

Daily / Newsbrief

February 24, 2017
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On 22 February 2017, the Federal Council of Nigeria approved the project to construct a bridge linking the country with the highest population in
February 21, 2017
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Police in Dubai have taken into custody 10 Cameroonians  who are said to be members of a gang that  robbed Dh3.6 million($1.5million) from a money
February 15, 2017
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Weil immer mehr Gegner sein gnadenloses System aus Korruption, Ressourcenraub und kontrollierten Medien bedrohen, hetzt er sein gutbezahltes Militär
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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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has held true to his promise to leave the United States if Donald Trump won the presidency, announcing Thursday that he

Showbiz / Music

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
October 18, 2016
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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) musician, Koffi Olomide, has asked for forgiveness from Kenyans following three months after he was arrested for
October 12, 2016
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Kreef entertainment & Sam Mobit aka Dj Chick proudly presents Magasco & Daphne, two most talented Cameroonian stars who have caught
October 05, 2016
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The MTV AFRICA MUSIC AWARDS (MAMAs) which is the Biggest Music Recognition Ceremony on the African Continent, has in its 6th Edition, nominated

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