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Apr 30, 2017

Anthony Joshua set to hit world record after thrilling Klitschko K.O

Anthony Joshua was hailed as "the biggest star in British sport and the biggest ...
Apr 30, 2017

Nigeria Takes Interest In The Southern Cameroons Crisis

 The Situation in Southern Cameroon: A Call for a Halt to Human Rights ...
Apr 29, 2017

Bamenda: Police beat Southern Cameroonian to death

Wreak-less killing and wanton destruction of lives continue unabated by our ...
Apr 29, 2017

Decentralization is not a solution to the Anglophone Problem in Cameroon

I write this article against the backdrop of popular demand to clarify public ...
Apr 29, 2017

Bilingualism Commisison: When Musonge takes advantage of silence

To many Cameroonians, the creation of the National Commission for the Promotion ...
Apr 29, 2017

Tensions grow between Cameroon and France

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Apr 28, 2017

Female thief caught at the Feu Rouge Neighbourhood in Douala

A woman specialized in the act of breaking into homes and making away with ...
Apr 28, 2017

Military court adjourns case of Anglophone Detainees to 24th May 2017

The case pitting the state of Cameroon against Barrister Agbor Balla, Dr. ...
Apr 28, 2017

Douala: Woman throws acid on husbands concubines face

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Apr 28, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: Lecturer makes history at University of Yaounde I

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Apr 28, 2017

60 year old woman gives birth to twins in Yaounde

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Apr 27, 2017

Just In: Cameroon adjourns case against Anglophone activists

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Apr 27, 2017

Boko Haram insurgents kill four members of a local vigilant group in Northern Cameroon

Four Members of a civilian vigilant group were killed in the locality of ...
Apr 27, 2017

Bamenda, Kumba anti-ghost town marches suffer major backlash

The anti-ghost town marches organized by pro-government forces in Bamenda and ...
Apr 27, 2017

UN calls on Cameroon to ensure minority representation in public service

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Apr 27, 2017

EU delegation blames Cameroon’s underdevelopment on bad governance, corruption...

A European Union delegation in Cameroon declared on Wednesday 26.04.217 that ...

Sports / Games

April 30, 2017
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Anthony Joshua was hailed as "the biggest star in British sport and the biggest star in world boxing" after his exhilarating world heavyweight title
April 22, 2017
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The Buea Catholic University Institute has pulled out of the All University Games in protest for the Anglophone Struggle. The landmark decision
April 19, 2017
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African football legend, Samuel Eto'o re-united with his friends, Peter of Psquare and actor, Osita Iheme in Lagos over weekend.{loadposition
April 13, 2017
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The arrest of the former indomitable lion and gold medalist at the Sidney Olympics 2000, Serge Branco has attracted a lot of criticism from football
April 12, 2017
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wo Indomitable Lion’s player, Benjamin Moukandjo and Karl Toko Ekambi have been nominated for the 2017 edition of the Marc Vivian Foe’s Award.
April 12, 2017
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Some 17 league One and Two referees and their assistants have been sanctioned by the Professional Football League of Cameroon, PLFC. In a release

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 The Situation in Southern Cameroon: A Call for a Halt to Human Rights RepressionsThe ILA (Nigeria) Committee on Justice and Human Rights, acting under the protective mandate of the African Charter
April 29, 2017
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Permit me go straight to the point, is your butt stuck to that armchair? From the womb I saw you sat there, Now I near the tomb, you're still there Grandpa, is that your heritage? Why hold fast with
April 28, 2017
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A woman has been seriously burned with acid by her partner in Garoua, chief town of the North Region. The lady was reportedly caught by her husband red-handed in bed with another man. Reports say one
March 21, 2017
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The U.N. refugee agency is calling on Cameroon to stop forcibly deporting refugees to Nigeria in violation of international refugee law and a tripartite agreement recently signed by UNHCR, Nigeria,
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

April 24, 2017
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Young teenage girl on Friday April 21, 2017 confessed during a deliverance prayer carried out in a popular Pentecostal Church in Bafoussam that she
April 21, 2017
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April 09, 2017
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The adultery scandal involving the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleiman and a Canadian-based musician, Stephanie
March 21, 2017
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Pope Francis has asked for forgiveness for the “sins and failings of the Church and its members” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, saying the violence
March 21, 2017
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Canadian based Nigerian singer  Stephanie Otobo has been re-arraigned by the Nigerian Police alongside one Wisdom Godstime over alleged blackmail and
March 12, 2017
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Popular Lagos writer withdraws support for Apostle Suleiman A Lagos writer and staunch supporter of Apostle Johnson Suleiman has withdrawn his

Business / Economy

April 30, 2017
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The Cameroonian Minister of Public Procurement, Abba Sadou, has just published a list of 334 companies that risk being suspended from public
April 25, 2017
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Mefiro Oumarou has been sacked as the board chairperson of Camair-co after a critical board meeting in Yaounde today.The former chairperson of the
April 24, 2017
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Board members of Cameroon's lone airliner, Camair co are meeting in an extra ordinary board meeting in Yaounde today. Though the agenda has not
April 21, 2017
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The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the non-concessional arm of the World Bank group (WB) will release an amount of
April 19, 2017
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Based on the 2017 edition of the global tourism competitiveness index recently published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Cameroon is among the 17
April 17, 2017
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Bonamoussadi a well-known quarter in the Douala 5 municipality seems to be witnessing a strange outbreak of refuse dumping on roads. It appears

Health / Medical

April 21, 2017
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 Concerns are rising that many diabetic patients in Cameroon could end up dying if they don't get the drug. The government has put the blame on the
April 19, 2017
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GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that unprecedented progress had been made in tackling many of the world's most disfiguring and
April 17, 2017
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The minister of public health Andre Mama Fouda has warned medical doctors planning to begin a strike action today April 17, 2017 to retreat
March 13, 2017
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The syndicate of Medical doctors in Cameroon has announced that medical doctors in Cameroon would be going on a nation wide strike from the 17th of
March 12, 2017
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The Permanent Secretary of the National Malaria Control Programme, NMCP, Dr. Dorothy Ashu, has disclosed that malaria kills at least 4,000 people
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

Daily / Newsbrief

April 28, 2017
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A woman specialized in the act of breaking into homes and making away with valuables has been captured by the elements of the Mbobi Gendarmerie
April 28, 2017
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The population of the Mabanda neighbourhood in Douala was startled yesterday as one of theirs was rushed to a nearby hospital after acid was poured
April 28, 2017
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April 27, 2017
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The population of Edea was yesterday slammed with the macabre discovery of the decaying corpse of one of theirs in an old septic tank. The
April 26, 2017
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The registrar of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education has made shocking revelations yesterday in Yaoundé after a meeting held to launch the
April 25, 2017
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Two children have been found dead in the West Region after reportedly ‘inhaling a toxic gas’ from their mother’s charcoal oven. The two kids are aged

Showbiz / Music

April 13, 2017
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Comedian Charlie Murphy, a performer on “Chappelle’s Show” and Eddie Murphy’s older brother, has died at the age of 57. Murphy died on Wednesday
April 04, 2017
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Fai Bawe Henry, a 71 year retired civil servant who seemingly partied hard in his youthful days, yesterday 3 April joint the rest of the world in
March 01, 2017
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December 02, 2016
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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

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