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Jul 24, 2017

Cameroon: Regional governors to begin meeting in Yaounde amid security challenges

Biya's ten regional governors shall be starting a meeting in Yaoundé tomorrow ...
Jul 24, 2017

SW Governor sets Fako SDO on tenterhooks, beware of SNCS activists

Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, has placed the new Fako Senior ...
Jul 24, 2017

After tapping into phones, Gov’t starts spying on Anglophones with Surveillance Cameras

The Biya Government has begun erecting surveillance cameras in strategic ...
Jul 24, 2017

Rescue us from suffocating taxes, unemployment, CPDM youths beseech Biya

CPDM youths have beseeched their National Chairman, Paul Biya, to rescue them ...
Jul 24, 2017

Francophonie games-Ivory Coast: Cameroon grabs first gold medal

It was thanks to Essombe Tiako Joseph Emilienne, who fought against a ...
Jul 24, 2017

Jacque Fame Ndongo: Minister says Biya’s laptops will be arriving by December

The date for the distribution of Biya’s gift has been shifted to December after ...
Jul 23, 2017

Two chiefs dismissed in Bakassi for 'spreading false news'

Two chiefs in the Bakassi peninsula have been dismissed by the Senior ...
Jul 23, 2017

South West Cameroon: Fako Chiefs ostracised from South West Chiefs Conference

Executive members of the South West Chiefs Conference (SWECC) drawn from Ndian, ...
Jul 23, 2017

Restive Biya ban porch cars for Ministers as salary cuts, heavy taxes looms

Cameroon’s octogenarian President, Paul Biya, has outlawed the purchase of ...
Jul 23, 2017

CPDM party uniforms ignite discord among SDF, CPDM militants

Some 400 new CPDM party shirts displayed at the Mbonge Marumba Grandstand ...
Jul 23, 2017

Cameroon: Boko Haram attack in Dabanga leaves two dead

A recent Boko Haram suicide bombing in Cameroon on Friday evening left at least ...
Jul 23, 2017

Afcon 2019: Cameroon will be first Nation to host competition with 24 teams

After the symposium which CAF organised on 18 and 19 July 2017, a number of ...
Jul 23, 2017

French Police wants to arrest Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o

According to information revealed by reliable sources, the Cameroonian Minister ...
Jul 22, 2017

Cameroon: Government spends fcfa 10 billion to renovate conference centre.

  'Wonders shall never end' in mr Biya's country. Members of his tyrannical ...
Jul 22, 2017

Cameroon 'ready' to host enlarged AFCON

The head of Cameroon's FA says his country will be ready to host the 2019 ...
Jul 21, 2017

Cameroon says Amnesty International is 'Boko Haram propaganda tool'

Cameroon's Information Mninister has accused Amnesty International of becoming ...

Sports / Games

July 24, 2017
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It was thanks to Essombe Tiako Joseph Emilienne, who fought against a Senegalese adversary on Sunday 23 July, that Cameroon can boast of a Gold medal
July 23, 2017
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After the symposium which CAF organised on 18 and 19 July 2017, a number of innovations were reached at. One of them was the increase in the number
July 22, 2017
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The head of Cameroon's FA says his country will be ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in spite of the sweeping changes made to the event
July 20, 2017
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Cameroon is one of the nations that will be participating in the Francophonie games scheduled to begin today 20 July 2017 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
July 19, 2017
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The Yaoundé, Olembe sixty thousand seater capacity stadium will be ready to host the 2019 African cup of Nations. Cameroon's sports minister, Bidoung
July 18, 2017
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Anxiety has gripped soccer fans in the city of Bamenda in the North West Region of Cameroon, following reports that the Cameroon Football Federation

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Southwest Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, has placed the new Fako Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) Emmanuel Engamba Ledoux, on tenterhooks over the activities of the Southern Cameroons National
June 27, 2017
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Meanwhile the leader of the gangster regime “papa” Paul Biya is being called upon by his followers from North to South, East to West, and even out of the country to present his candidature for the
July 24, 2017
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A suspected armed bandit has been reduced to ashes in the West Region of Cameroon.The incident happened on Sunday .The man, identified as Charles Fokou, was part of a gang of three.The gang is
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
Op-Ed Column:This is one of the controversial firebrand articles of Barrister Akere  Muna which has landed him into "troubled waters"

Cameroon is One and Indivisible: Which Cameroon? BY AKERE MUNA Published 10 January 2017.

‘Cameroon is one and indivisible’ is a pronouncement that is supposed to have a solemn ring to it. However, there is so much happening in Cameroon today that such a statement now produces more questions than answers. Are we talking about a territory or a people?

As a Territory?
Cameroon as a country, or parts thereof, has been known as:
KAMERUN, SOUTHERN and NORTHERN CAMEROONS, “LA REPUBLIC DU CAMEROUN”, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON, WEST CAMEROON, EAST CAMEROON, THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON and the second “LA REPUBLIQUE DU CAMEROUN”. Only the Constitution of the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON of 1961 describes the territory of Cameroon. This constitution provides in Article 1 as follows:

1. (1) With effect from the 1st October 1961, the Federal Republic of Cameroon shall be constituted from the territory of the Republic of Cameroon, hereafter to be styled East Cameroon, and the territory of the Southern Cameroons, formerly under British trusteeship, hereafter to be styled West Cameroon.

Subsequent constitutions do not define the territories but proceed to change the name of the country. While the 1972 constitution attempts to maintain the notion of two territories getting together and forming a United Cameroon, the 1984 Constitution must be considered as the one that created the greatest confusion in the identification of the territory of the Cameroon. The 1984 Constitution states:

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The United Republic of Cameroon shall, with effect from the date of entry into force of this law, be known as Republic of Cameroon (Law No 84-1 of February 4,1984).

By reverting to the name Republic of Cameroon, already defined by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Cameroon as being East Cameroon, the perennial question has always been: What happened to Southern Cameroons or West Cameroon? So, when one affirms that the Republic of Cameroon is One and Indivisible, does this also concern Southern Cameroons or West Cameroon?

If ever there was a need to change the name of the country, it would be to revert to the German appellation KAMERUN. All the main political parties of Southern Cameroons did, in fact, use the word Kamerun, namely: KNDP (Kamerun People’s Democratic Party), KNC (Kamerun National Party) KPP (Kamerun People’s Part) and OK (one Kamerun). It is clear from this that, while the affirmation of the Southern Cameroonians for a genuine reconstitution of the former colonial entity, based on the two inherited cultures in the form of a federation, the intention of the Republic of Cameroon has been opaque to say the least.

 The constant changing of the name is what has heightened suspicion. The “Anglophone problem”, as it is sadly described, is indeed a Cameroonian problem. We seem to be in denial of our history and our past. All the publications about the Independence of La Republique du Cameroon or East Cameroon commands us to face our history, once and for all, and make the necessary adjustments. Whether it is the book “KAMERUN”, or the recent publications “La Guerre du Cameroun” or “La France Afrique” in which East Cameroun is described as the laboratory of the “France-Afrique” policy, it is clear that there are issues that must be addressed.

 

Some of us still have traumatizing memories of human heads on sticks in roundabouts, as one travelled through the Bamileke region during the years of the fight for independence. I cannot forget seeing the burning down of entire villages of people whose only desire was freedom. UPC, a historic party, struggled through suspicion, humiliation and persecution. A very well known French actor, during this process, actually affirmed that Independence was “given” to those who wanted it the least.

NGO’s in Namibia today are trying to sue Germany; the Kenyans sued the British for the repression in the era of the Mau Mau and obtained compensation. NGO’s in Cameroon are getting ready, in light of the release of the archives of the colonial and post-colonial period by the French government, to sue for compensation. The trusteeship agreements are being re-visited by different groups to see which clauses may have been violated. There is now the whole debate about payments by francophone colonies to France, and people are agitating about the political implications of the CFA franc.

If in the complex maze of this all we can gather is that this is an “Anglophone problem”, which we acknowledge half-heartedly and under pressure, then I am sad for my country. This continuous denial of facing our colonial history must stop. We must discuss it, understand it, and draw the conclusions that will help us chart a future. Simply rehabilitating people and calling them national heroes, without any concrete action to right the wrongs, talking of founding fathers without naming them, is at best a game of ruse. No street names, no national heroes day, no stamps, no monuments, just words of some anonymous folks, will take us nowhere. Furthermore, when a citizen of the country pays homage to a Father of Reunification in the form a statute in Douala, it is broken, pulled down and dragged through the streets of Douala under the nose of thousands of citizens who stare in total stupefaction and bewilderment. The so-called “Anglophone problem” is, in fact, a result of the state of denial we are in.

As a people?
As a people, are we then one and indivisible? It is interesting to read what a reporter for LE MONDE Afrique, Yann Gwet, says in commenting on the President’s 2017, New Year speech. He writes:

“Listening to President Biya, 82 years, talking about this jungle as a “democratic country and a “State of law” and positioning himself as the protector of “the foundations of our living together” solemnly referring to the Constitution, whereas he has been in power for thirty-three years, forcefully reaffirming the unity and indivisibility of Cameroon in reply to the “worries” of striking Teachers and Lawyers in the Anglophone part of the country who are described in the speech as “manipulated and guided extremists” I had the confirmation of what I already know. There are two Cameroons one official and one real.”

If we want to consolidate our unity, it is the real Cameroon we must face. We must talk to one another, frankly, truthfully, and transparently. If we continue to stay in denial, then we will never be united, the divisions will continue, and we will lose the peace we so dearly cherish.

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Religion / Church

July 18, 2017
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In a communiqué signed on 17 July 2017 by Archbishop Samuel Kleda, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, it was revealed
July 13, 2017
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A 56-year-old United States-based Nigerian pastor has been jailed 15 years for raping two teenage girls who were part of his congregation. Aside
July 12, 2017
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Catholic bishops in Cameroon have reasserted that Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala was 'murdered'.This message is contained in a communiqué signed on
July 10, 2017
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The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NEC) Mgr. Samuel Kléda, says the Bishops of Cameroon still stand on their position
July 08, 2017
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The mysterious passing away of the Bishop of Bafia , Jean     Marie Benoit Balla, has remained a puzzle in Cameroon. Controversial declarations have
July 07, 2017
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These pilgrims are waiting for their flights back to their towns; Garoua, Ngaoundere and Douala. Since the feast of the Ramadan ended, these

Business / Economy

July 15, 2017
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La Republique du Cameroun has signed two loan agreements worth FCFA 88 billion with the French Development Agency. The money is meant to support
July 15, 2017
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The president of the African Development Bank Group is expected on Saturday in Yaoundé  on a four-day visit.Dr Akinwumi Adesina was invited by
July 15, 2017
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The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, will make an official visit to Yaounde, Cameroon, from 15 to 18
July 14, 2017
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The Cameroonian government is preoccupied by the delay in construction works of the first phase of the motorway Yaoundé-Douala, which will connect
July 12, 2017
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After rumours on Social media and the press that the value of the FCFA will drop, the BEAC Governor Abbas Mahamat Tolli steps forward to rectify that
July 11, 2017
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On Tuesday July 4th, 2017, The UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, continued on its

Health / Medical

July 23, 2017
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Over 100 kidney patients, Monday, July 17, besieged the Yaounde General Hospital, calling on Government to provide them with dialysis machines and
July 22, 2017
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Plans are underway to create a cancer treatment centre in Cameroon.It was disclosed on Thursday in Yaoundé when the director of civil cabinet at the
July 20, 2017
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Over 100 kidney patients, Monday, July 17, besieged the Yaounde General Hospital, calling on Government to provide them with dialysis machines and
July 14, 2017
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Andre Mama Fouda, the Minister of Public Health made mention of that on Thursday 13 July 2017 while he was chairing a press conference dedicated for
July 03, 2017
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Following manifestations which took place on the 29th of June 2017, by haemodialysis patients who blocked the entrance to the Yaounde General
June 28, 2017
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According to the U.N. AIDS program (UNAIDS), Cameroon has the second highest HIV rate in West and Central Africa, after Nigeria. While an average of

Daily / Newsbrief

July 24, 2017
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The date for the distribution of Biya’s gift has been shifted to December after students have spent their whole school year saturating space in their
July 23, 2017
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Executive members of the South West Chiefs Conference (SWECC) drawn from Ndian, Meme, Lebialem, Kupe-Muanenguba and Manyu Divisions of the South West
July 23, 2017
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According to information revealed by reliable sources, the Cameroonian Minister of Transport Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o is involved in shady deals which
July 22, 2017
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  'Wonders shall never end' in mr Biya's country. Members of his tyrannical government have embarked on a gimmick scheme known as 'rehabilitating
July 20, 2017
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The inaugural flight from the Yaounde-Nsimalen airport to Bamenda in the North West Region, is expected to take place today 20 July 2017. This
July 19, 2017
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The people of Mbengwi in the North West region  are still carrying their hands on their heads in total disbelief and consternation about the

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Showbiz / Music

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.
June 03, 2017
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Some artist decided to boycott a conference for musicians which held in Douala yesterday. According to reports this conference was organized by one

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