The President of the University of Yaounde 1 choir has refuted rumours that some member of the Glorious Voice fled their hotel in Italy to seek 'greener pastures' in the country. According to the President, Kenneth Tabit Tabot all the 50 choir members travelled back to Cameroon on March 23rd 2017.
The Glorious Voices were welcomed by the administrators of the University of Yaounde 1 upon their arrival from in Cameroon from Italy. An attitude saluted by the Rector of the University who said:
"The University of Yaoundé 1 is proud of its choir who performed before two presidents in Italy. They left 50 and came back 50."
The Glorious Voices travelled to to Italy with President Paul Biya upon the invitation of the President of Italy.
The Regional Council of the Supreme Audit Institutions of French- Speaking Sub-Saharan Africa (CREFIAF) and the World Bank have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to have the World Bank provide grant to the association.
The grant worth 500 thousand dollars is intended to enhance the institution's capacity to carry out financial auditing in extractive industries.
The MOU was signed this Tuesday 28th March 2017 in Yaounde between the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit, Rose Mbah Acha Fomundam and the Country's Director of the World Bank Elizabeth Huybens.
The memorandum of Understanding will cover a period of 3 years
The Regional Council of the Supreme Audit Institutions of French- Speaking Sub-Saharan Africa (CREFIAF) was established in Cameroon in 1997 with its headquarters in Yaounde.
Its executive body is chaired by Cameroon's Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of the Supreme State Audit Rose Mbah Acha Fomundam.
His Excellency The National Chairman SDF Party
7. March 2017
I hope you are in good health knowing that the upheavals in the country even denied you the opportunity to rest after your operation. We are lucky to have such a selfless leader in you who can sacrifice his health to be there for the people. God will continue blessing you for your countless sacrifices you are tirelessly making to serve your people. When the few fall to see your great efforts, the many will see, and that many includes God who sees and knows even what is hidden in every human heart. Thank you for the great work you arc doing for the nation.
The times have been tough on me but I must apologize for the long silence. I was very well aware of what this violent government would want to do to me after what I said and did. The order for my arrest was given on the 20. of January 2017 by Mbarga Nguele on the instructions of the SG at the presidency In collaboration with the minister of Interior. I got the signals on the 19. of January and that same day they came for me. Using the old tactics you taught us from the 90s, I led them in my car to a secure location, parked the car there, went into the building and quickly took care of my safety. They spent that whole day and night waiting by the car before realizing what had happened.
There were friends, militants and relatives who kept reminding me that I had parliamentary immunity_ But I knew Cameroon better from our struggle at the inception of our great Party, in the early 1990s, that laws exist only on paper and the real law of the land, is the absolute authority of the President who rules by the barrel of the gun! With that in mind I took no chances and worked extra hard to stay safe. A week later I finally realized that the telex for my arrest had two names on it: Wirba JOSEPH SDF MP and AYAH PAUL ABINE I
I have attached a copy to this letter.
Your Excellency, as your son and one of those who stood up to be counted at the birth of the SDF, I owe you the truth about how I feel. My truth is that during this very trying moment, you my leader did not stand by me or even speak up for me when I needed it most! I may be wrong my Chairman, but I think that your complete silence on such a capital issue I raised, and which touched every West Cameroonian at home and abroad at heart, encouraged our oppressors to hunt me down with impunity! Your silence made me realize that I was on my own, and being a man who can stand on his own feet, I went ahead to defend our people and myself the best way I could. And thanks be to God the People stood by me, defended me, protected me and kept me safe.
When I took the bold step to cry out against the regime's systematic enslavement of the people of West Cameroon, I knew what the consequences could be; disapproval and rejection from some, jail, exile and even death. I have no regrets at all. if the price i have to pay for standing up for our people my life, then it is a price i stand ready to pay.
Thanks a million Your Excellency and best wishes of good health to you.
The former minister is prosecuted for complicity in embezzlement of public funds of nearly 1.8 billion FCFA
Essimi Menye is now sought after. An arrest warrant has been issued against the former Minister of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development by the Special Criminal Court (TCS). He is prosecuted for complicity in embezzlement of public funds in the amount of F CFA 1,756,570,380.
The TCS accuses the former national financier of having paid this money without consideration to the Cabinet Challenger Corporation belonging to Tchakui François. Facts going back to 2008-2012 when the native of the Lekie division in the Centre region was still at the Ministry of Finance.
The arrest warrant was issued on 14 March 2017 by the investigating judge, Justice Blaise Wo'o Minko. The document instructs any judicial officer or police officer to summon and present Essimi Menye to the Kondengui Central Prison.
Problem, the concerned is not in Cameroon. Dismissed from the government on 2 October 2015, Essimi Menye left the country a few months later thanks to a medical evacuation. The former minister has since recovered and lives in the United States. It is not the first time the senior finance expert has been issued an arrest warrant.
Angry secondary school teachers took their protest into the second day today after a showdown at the Ministry of Finance, Monday March 27. The teachers who are demanding salary arrears and other benefits for up to 60 months were at the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative reforms on a peaceful sit Down strike. Peter Tuesday's showdown comes in the wake of the creation of an inter-ministerial Commission to look into their grievances.
During the conclave late Monday, the minister of secondary education, Jean Ernest Massina Bibehe assured the striking teachers that Government will pay all their dues. When Camcord asked one of the protesters why they stormed the Ministry of Public service , he lamented that; "We went to the Ministry of Finance and they instead sent us back to the Ministry of Education.
We are being pushed back and forth and it's frustrating. All we want is our salary." Another teacher revealed that some of their colleagues have been compelled to stop working due to financial hardship. Most of them can't feed or pay their bills As it stands the protesters have vowed to continue demonstrations till all their demands are met.
"We are mostly the graduate batches of 2012, 2013 and 2014 from the higher teachers training college in Yaoundé. The government usually integrates us and pays our salaries and other service advantages but this has not been the case since we left school whereas we have been working" says an angry unpaid teacher.
Some say the government have posted them into the hinterlands with no roads, portable water and electricity and as if that is not enough has kept them hungry.
"I have been working in remote areas of the country where working conditions are difficult without salary. How the state does want us to continue with this when we cannot help ourselves talk more of our families financially" complains a grumbling teacher.
Other demonstrators say this is not the first time the government has been doing this to teachers especially.
"We have been teaching for so many years and some taught for 5 years without salaries. This problem we are facing started long ago. Seven years back when we were in school our own teachers will not come to teach for a month saying they have not been paid. Today we still face the same problem" says an angry protester.
Government has appealed for calm while solutions are being looked into the matter: As it stands the protesters have vowed to continue demonstrations till all their demands are met. Government has appealed for calm while solutions are being looked into the matter .
An Ivory Coast judge says former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been found not guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Kouadio Bouatchi said Tuesday that Gbagbo was acquitted. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she participated in a committee that organized abuses against supporters of her husband's opponent after the 2010 election.
More than 3,000 people were killed after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat to current President Alassane Ouattara.
Simone Gbagbo still must serve 20 years in prison after being found guilty in March 2015 of offenses against the state.
Simone Gbagbo, in custody since April 2011, has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, but Ivory Coast has refused to transfer her.