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Apr 20, 2018

Cameroon: Government refutes claims about closure of Douala airport

The Director of Cameroonian airports has said in a communiqué published on 18 ...
Apr 20, 2018

Football: Is Cameroon to finally host AFCON 2019!

CAF has official sent the logo of the 2019 African cup of Nations to the ...
Apr 15, 2018

SDF partisans say they never wanted to be appointed senators

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Apr 13, 2018

Cameroon-senatorial appointments: Senators vow to fight for Biya's stay in power

Paul Biya, made public on Thursday 12 April 2018, a list of 30 appointed ...
Apr 11, 2018

Commonwealth games 2018: Cameroonian athletes reported missing in Australia

Five Cameroonian athletes taking part in the 2018 commonwealth games in ...
Apr 9, 2018

Cameroon: Agbor Balla condemns kidnappings, calls for release of Justice Mbeng Martin

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Apr 5, 2018

Atanga Nji restricts the sales of arms in six Regions of Cameroon

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Apr 4, 2018

Cameroon: Senatorial election petitions at the Constitutional council.

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Apr 3, 2018

Ambazonian Fighters Arrest Divisional Officer for Wabane in Lebialem Division

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Apr 3, 2018

Cameroon: Former indomitable lion, Onana Eloundou is no more

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Apr 3, 2018

Samuel Etoo not happy with Jeune Afrique for pulling 'April fool' using him

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Mar 31, 2018

CAF office in Yaounde closed and inaugurated in Madagascar

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Mar 29, 2018

Senatorial elections: CPDM denies SDF's victory in the Northwest

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Mar 28, 2018

Senatorial Elections: President of Constitutional council installs vote counting commission

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Sports / Games

April 20, 2018
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CAF has official sent the logo of the 2019 African cup of Nations to the Cameroon Football Federation. {loadposition myposition}The logo was sent
April 11, 2018
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Five Cameroonian athletes taking part in the 2018 commonwealth games in Australia, have gone missing. {loadposition myposition}   The five
April 03, 2018
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The former national team defender, Onana Eloundou, who took part in the 1982 world cup in Spain, is dead. He died on Monday, following an illness.
April 03, 2018
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Cameroonian football professional Samuel Etoo, is very angry with Jeune Afrique and France 24 for using him for their April fool prank.
March 31, 2018
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A new CAF office has been inaugurated in Madagascar on Friday 30 March 2018, after the closure of the one which used to be in Yaounde.
March 26, 2018
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Lionel Bong, a defender who plays for Young Sports academy, and who was called to the national squad ahead of the clash against Kuwait on Sunday 25

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Paul Atanga Nji, Cameroon's Minister of Territorial Administration has told the Fons of the North West Region to stop complaining about upheavals in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon. According
February 14, 2018
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African rulers have shown the world that primitivism is still very much alive in Africa and that leadership in most French Africa is still controlled by the monstrous FrancAfrique which is very
April 07, 2018
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Five deaths have been recorded in a road accident which occurred on the Mbalmayo-Yaounde road axis. {loadposition myposition}   The tragic incident took place on Friday 06 April 2018 at about
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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Business / Economy

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March 16, 2018
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Health / Medical

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