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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: The Management Of Diversity And The Cry Of Common Law Lawyers In Cameroon By Akere Muna* ( Nov.2016)

"The time has therefore come for our nation to put into place a new paradigm for the management of our cultural diversity. That is the price we must pay to find the true unity we seek and through it the strength for which we clamor. The legal system of Cameroon is bi-jural constitutionally, politically socially, culturally and intellectually. Disregarding this fact is an assault on the very foundation on which our nation is built. While it is true that diversity might well create ambiguity complexity and even confusion, the danger of assimilation under the guise of harmonization now appears as a time bomb."

Forcing learned gentlemen of the law into the streets robed in their wigs and gowns is something no Government should wish for. Lawyers are the defenders of those without power, and the watchdogs of the rule of law. Citizens, who are witnesses to such a spectacle, will immediately feel fragile, and the existence of the rule of law in any country will immediately be questioned. As pictures of lawyers flooded the social media last November 08, 2016, and as I saw lawyers in the streets of Bamenda armed only with their ideas, their professional paraphernalia and the request for a dialogue, I wondered about the kind of denial that causes a few to think that because they shut their eyes nothing is happening; and that because they close their ears nothing is being said.

The fact that I can relate without any strain to the frustration of the Common Law practitioner convinces me to conclude that, the effects of cultural diversity in a country on the behavior of its citizens are complex and powerful. The time has therefore come for our nation to put into place a new paradigm for the management of our cultural diversity. That is the price we must pay to find the true unity we seek and through it the strength for which we clamor.

From the dawn of the Federation of Cameroon, the biggest challenge that hung over it like the “Damocles Sword”, was and has been the management of our diversity. Passionate Southern Cameroonians who had the vision of a United States of Africa, thought that maybe a United Cameroon was just the place to start. They felt the shackles that were constituted by a legacy of different colonial cultures could not be allowed to stand in the way of the reunification of peoples torn apart and dispersed by a War they did not start and had nothing to do with. A War which caused the colonizer to suddenly discover in Africans the virtue of valuable partners for the purposes of war but at the same time maintaining them as second class citizens for the purposes of colonization. The Federation that was born guaranteed the protection of diversity. It did so through its constitution. A Bilingual Nation, Federated States with their own Parliaments and Governments, a President and Vice President, one from either culture. Inherited laws, practices and customs maintained in either state of the federation and several other guaranties. So the Common Law lawyers had a Bar freely elected and independent, the civil law jurisdictions had no bar and were under the control of the Government whose prerogative it was to appoint lawyers.

Under the seduction of a 100% increase and even more in salaries West Cameroonians made the chant “going federal” their mantra. Yes, salaries were doubled even tripled, and some people moved to Yaounde. Arrears were paid on the new salaries and people carted away ton loads of money. “Federalization” was indeed a misnomer, for what in fact was the path to a centralization that spelt the death of the Federation. Still in good faith, the new form of the Union was given a chance. Dealing with the legal framework meant the organization of the Bar had to be revisited. So a new Law was passed in 1972 creating a Cameroon Bar totally controlled by the Government in which the lawyers were appointed by a presidential decree. The decade that followed was one in which the Bar fought for its independence and that is another story. The point of this article is not to make a pilgrimage into the past, but to reflect on the way forward. Some of those who have made the need to have a homogeneous society their objective, have failed to ensure that it does not become synonymous to assimilation. Any society with a minority that has a specific historical, geographical, and socio-political history must be managed in a manner to allay any fears of assimilation or discrimination and prejudice.



The movement of the Common Law Lawyers today must bring us to admit that diversity in our country has been mismanaged. This has produced, negative dynamics, ethnocentrism, stereotyping and cultural clashes. These negative dynamics over the years have combined with imbalanced structures to create an atmosphere of social injustice. While it is true that diversity might well create ambiguity complexity and even confusion, the danger of assimilation under the guise of harmonization now appears as a time bomb. In such an atmosphere polarization of social groups becomes easy and this ultimately will breed cynicism and resentment and even heighten friction and tension that could all lead to unfathomable consequences in terms of civil and political unrest.

It will be remiss of me to give the impression that there are no other diversities to be managed. Different groups have come up with memoranda about their regions, what is the response? These are the cries of people who feel that they have been left behind or in some cases left out totally. Many international reports have concluded that the economic predicament of the areas attacked in the Central African Region, indeed facilitated the penetration by the terrorists. Thus many regions do face discrimination in many subtle forms, which are slowly contributing to disappointment and anger. When conflict is the unfortunate outcome, the “majority” or the group controlling power will see and treat any incident as “isolated” when in fact the minority just count it as another event in the pattern of oppression and injustice that is embedded in the system.

I must hasten to add that there have been times when I have personally been witness to the clear demonstration of political will to protect diversity and ensure the respect of our constitution . When the very first OHADA laws were promulgated, the then Minister of Justice, Mr. Laurent Esso, delayed the application of the OHADA laws throughout the territory until they were translated and duly gazetted. He did this regardless of the coming into force date as per the Treaty. He insisted to the dismay of OHADA authorities that our nation is bilingual and bi-jural. Further the accommodation of customary law in our judicial system is clear evidence of the fact that diversity can be accommodated.

In the final analysis, we must avoid building a nation where dialogue is assimilated to weakness and the strength of nation demonstrated by the use of force against its own people. We must have a system that builds in horizontal and vertical communication in the management of our diversity. We must unlearn practices rooted in an old mind set, change the way we manage diversity in our nation, shift our culture, revamp our policies, redesign and create new structures and emphasize the fact the ultimate goal of any Government is a better life for it citizens. The Swiss, the Nigerians, the Belgians, the Canadians, the Tanzanians just to name a few have all learned this. It is urgent that a high level Dialogue be initiated. So heed to the cry of the Common Law Lawyers we must, otherwise in the words of Alan Paton in his revered book Cry the Beloved Country “I have one great fear in my heart, that one day, when they are turned to loving they will find that we are turned to hating”. Respecting diversity might well mean CRTV will have a channel or channels in English, Cameroon Tribune reverts to having an English Edition as it once did and the Supreme Court having Common Law Benches sitting as it once was.

The cultural assimilation of a people no matter how well disguised cannot be successful and can ultimately only lead to disastrous consequences for all the concerned. The legal system of Cameroon is bi-jural constitutionally, politically socially, culturally and intellectually. Disregarding this fact is an assault on the very foundation on which our nation is built.

*Akere Muna is a Cameroonian lawyer who is currently the Chairman of the International Anti-Corruption Conference Council. He previously served as the Vice-Chair of Transparency International, and he has presided over the Pan African Lawyers Union and the Cameroon Bar Association.

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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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