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Nov 24, 2017

184 killed in attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai

At least 184 people have been killed and dozens injured in a shooting attack ...
Nov 24, 2017

Rwanda offers to take in 30.000 trapped African migrants from Libya

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Nov 24, 2017

Many unanswered questions surround Glass House fire

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Nov 24, 2017

Cameroon: Government budgets CFA50 billion for 2018 Elections

In the framework of the finalization of the draft budget, Cameroon’s government ...
Nov 24, 2017

Slave trade in Libya: Outrage across Africa

Media reports about alleged migrant slave markets in Libya have resulted in ...
Nov 24, 2017

Zimbabwe: Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president

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Nov 24, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: HRH Ntufam Ita Jacques held a meeting in Eyumojock with notables to discuss a way forward

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Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon-Ebolowa: Pastor found dead in well

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Nov 23, 2017

Anglophone Crisis: Cameoun delegation confirms 100+ death-toll to UN committee

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Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon: Opposition MPs disrupt parliamentary session as fearful house speaker avoids to table the anglophone crisis

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Nov 23, 2017

Equatorial Guinea seals off boarders with Cameroun

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Nov 23, 2017

"The people have spoken," says Zimbabwe's new leader

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Southern Cameroons: "When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion"

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Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon: Paul Biya retires 20 diplomats

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Nov 23, 2017

Cameroon rugby federation suspended

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Nov 22, 2017

Slave trade in Libya: Antonio Guterres speaks up

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Sports / Games

November 23, 2017
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Cameroon Rugby Federation has been suspended by Africa Rugby Federation and World Rugby, according to media reports. {loadposition myposition}
November 21, 2017
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CAF officials decided yesterday 20 November that, the German Roland Berger Cabinet will be the ones to audit the infrastructure that Cameroon has for
November 14, 2017
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The indomitable Lions will not benefit from the sum of 8.4 billion Fcfa, which they would have been offered if they qualified for the upcoming
November 13, 2017
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The final round of World Cup qualifying is taking place, and 27 countries are already assured of their places alongside hosts Russia at next summer's
November 11, 2017
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Cameroon's last match of the Russian world cup qualifiers against Zambia has ended in a draw. {loadposition myposition}   The lions found
November 09, 2017
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The Cameroonian professional who plays in Henan Jianye, China, will miss the lions’ encounter against Zambia on Saturday 11 November 2017.

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November 24, 2017
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On Sunday, November 19, the Chief of Eyumojock; HRH Ntufam Ita Jacques called for a meeting in Eyumojock convened a meeting to discuss the sociopolitical situation in Manyu division since October 1,
November 08, 2017
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On Monday, November 6, 2017, CPDM lackeys and sycophants in all the 10 Regions of Cameroon rolled out jubilation drums to celebrate their supreme leader, Paul Biya for reigning for 35 uninterrupted
November 22, 2017
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Reports reaching Cameroon Concord suggest lecturers at the University of Douala have a begun a strike action to decry unhealthy working environment. {loadposition myposition} The lecturers,
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

November 15, 2017
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Retired Archbishop Emeritus of Douala Cardinal Christian Tumi has made another stunning revelation about the status of Southern Cameroonians in a
October 09, 2017
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A simple definition of justice is "fairness in the way people are treated." Justice is fundamental to the world. That is why in truly democratic
September 25, 2017
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All church services in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have been moved from Sunday, October 1, 2017, to Sarturday, September 30,
September 14, 2017
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Pascal Boade, who served in the Bafia Diocese as a technician and driver, is reported to have died mysteriously three months after the disappearance
August 29, 2017
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A local private radio station, Radio Balafon based in the Litoral Region, reported an incident which occurred on Monday 28 August. It is about traces
August 28, 2017
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 A renowned Pentecostal Man of God, Archbishop Godfred Anyere Tarh, has warned President Paul Biya and his cronies to hold inclusive dialogue with

Business / Economy

November 23, 2017
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Louis Berger (www.LouisBerger.com) was awarded a 1.5 million-euro (1.7 million USD) project management and construction supervision services contract
November 15, 2017
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Customs’ national directorate at the ministry of finance will proceed to the sale by auction of 20 containers of wood which were to be exported. The
November 15, 2017
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AfroMillionsLotto, a new online lotto offering the biggest jackpot in Africa, launches today throughout Cameroon. For every lotto ticket sold, a
November 11, 2017
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The European Union has reportedly reached a two-year deal with Cameroon. The EU will grant Cameroon about FCFA 63 billion. {loadposition
November 10, 2017
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In a press release made public today, the telecom company states that it is no longer commercially viable to resume activities in Cameroon. It
November 04, 2017
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There are unconfirmed reports that say gold has been discovered in a  locality called Song Matip near Eseka in the Centre region.Eseka is that famous

Health / Medical

November 24, 2017
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October 20, 2017
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September 19, 2017
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An emergency vaccination campaign is getting under way in northeastern Nigeria to prevent a deadly cholera outbreak from spreading to other
September 08, 2017
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September 06, 2017
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August 28, 2017
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Daily / Newsbrief

November 23, 2017
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The lifeless body of a retired reverend pastor of the Presbyterian church in Ebolowa, has been found in a 7 metre deep well. {loadposition
November 23, 2017
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Authorized sources revealed that Equatorial Guinea’s government closed the country’s border, with Cameroon, located at Kyé-Ossi in Southern Cameroon,
November 23, 2017
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November 22, 2017
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Some 250 Cameroonians who  wanted to cross over to Europe are being flown back home. {loadposition myposition}   They had wanted to pass
November 21, 2017
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November 21, 2017
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Showbiz / Music

September 27, 2017
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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.

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