Concord Essen http://cameroon-concord.com Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:39:14 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Zimbabwe's President Mugabe finally 'resigns' http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimbabwe-s-president-mugabe-finally-resigns http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimbabwe-s-president-mugabe-finally-resigns Zimbabwe's President Mugabe finally 'resigns'

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda says.

A letter from Mr Mugabe said the decision was voluntary, Reuters news agency reports.{loadposition myposition}

The surprise announcement came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against Mr Mugabe in a joint sitting of parliament.

Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week's military takeover, and days of protests.

He has been in power since independence in 1980.

BBC

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:59:12 +0000
Abidjan hosts the 1st Africa - Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/abidjan-hosts-the-1st-africa-europe-forum-of-local-and-regional-governments http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/abidjan-hosts-the-1st-africa-europe-forum-of-local-and-regional-governments Abidjan hosts the 1st Africa - Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, November 21, 2017/ -- Abidjan, the economic capital of the Republic of Ivory Coast, will host the First Africa-Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments at the Abidjan District Hotel on November 27, 2017.

The Forum will be organized as part of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa - http://AfriqueLocale.org) initiative; the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR- www.CCRE.org); and PLATFORMA (http://PLATFORMA-dev.eu/fr), the European voice of local and regional governments for development, with the support of the European Union, the African Union, the Assembly of Regions and Districts of Ivory Coast (ARDCI- www.ARDCI-rd.org) and the Union of Cities and Local Governments of Ivory Coast (UVICOCI- http://UVICOCI.ci).{loadposition myposition}

This first forum will be held as a side event at the 5th African Union (AU) - European Union (EU) Summit, which will take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, November 29-30, 2017, with the objective to redefine the strategic orientations of the AU-EU Partnership for the years ahead. Local and regional government leaders from Africa and Europe will meet around the theme of rebuilding Africa-Europe relations for sustainable human development in the territories.

The Forum will discuss key issues such as economic development and employment, investment in youth, migration and human mobility, climate change and access to energy. It will also discuss the contribution of local and regional governments to the structural transformation of Africa and the implementation of Agenda 2063, as well as the contribution of these governments to the implementation of the European Consensus on Development and Agenda 2030 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, it will address the issue of the renewal of the cooperation framework between Africa and Europe at a time when negotiations for a new agreement will succeed the Cotonou Agreement, which has structured Europe-Africa relations since the year 2000 and will expire in 2020.

The Forum will adopt the Abidjan Declaration of the Africa-Europe Forum of Local and Regional Governments, which will be presented to the Summit for Heads of State and Governments of the two regions to be held on November 29 and 30, 2017 in Abidjan.

The official opening of the Forum will be chaired by His Excellency Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, in the presence of:

  • His Excellency Mr. Barnabé Dassigli, Hon. Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance of Benin and Chairman of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union regrouping the African Ministers of Public Service and Urban Development, Local Governments and Decentralization (CTS No. 8);
  • Ms. Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs for the Commission of the African Union;
  • Mr. Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Development and International Cooperation of the European Union;
  • Mr. Mpho Parks Tau, President of the South African Association of Local Governments and President of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG);
  • Mr. Stefano Bonaccini, President of the Region of Emilia-Romagna, President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR);
  • Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, President of ARDCI;
  • Mr. Gilbert Kone Kafana, President of UVICOCI.

The national and international press is invited to attend the Forum, notably the opening ceremony scheduled to take place at the Abidjan District Hotel on Monday November 27, 2017, at 9:00 am, as well as the closing ceremony scheduled to take place at the same venue at 06:00 pm.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:52:51 +0000
Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in northeastern Nigeria http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-50-in-northeastern-nigeria http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-50-in-northeastern-nigeria Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in northeastern Nigeria

A suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday in the biggest mass killing this year in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is 50 people, but “there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure.”

Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram militants held territory in 2014, although the insurgents were pushed out of those areas by troops in early 2015.{loadposition myposition}

Boko Haram typically mounts suicide attacks in crowded public places such as mosques and markets.

Tuesday’s attack is the highest loss of life since 56 people were killed in the same state last December, when two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009 in its attempt to create an Islamic state in the region, killing more than 20,000 and forcing around 2 million people to flee their homes.

Most attacks by the group focus on Borno state, the birthplace of the insurgency. The group held a swathe of land around the size of Belgium in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states until early 2015 but were forced out by Nigeria’s army backed by troops from neighbouring countries.

Reuters

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:13:16 +0000
Thieves dig tunnel under Kenyan bank, make away with over $482,000 http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/thieves-dig-tunnel-under-kenyan-bank-make-away-with-over-482-000 http://cameroon-concord.com/daily-news/thieves-dig-tunnel-under-kenyan-bank-make-away-with-over-482-000 Thieves dig tunnel under Kenyan bank, make away with over $482,000

Robbers in Kenya took a rather unconventional mode of entering a bank and making away with cash to the tune of 50 million Kenyan shillings (equivalent to $482,000).

The police confirmed the incident which happened on Monday at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in Thika – an industrial town in Kiambu County, located north east of the capital, Nairobi.

The bank manager told the police that he found that cash had been stolen from two of the bank’s vault early Monday morning. “They broke into two safes…it is believed they used oxy-acytelene flames to drill holes into them,” police said.{loadposition myposition}

Local media reports that the robbers had dug the tunnel which breaks off at a sewer line. Photos shared on social media show part of the tunnel leading into the bank. Some reports say they dug the tunnel over a period of six months. No arrests have so far been made.

Even though customers thronged the bank premises which had been cordoned off by police officers and investigators, the bank assured that depositors money was safe.

“There is no cause for alarm. Customers seeking to transact can do so at any other KCB branch or access services through our mobile and Internet banking platforms,” the bank said in a statement.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Daily Newsbrief Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:08:31 +0000
Updates from Bamenda http://cameroon-concord.com/boko-haram/updates-from-bamenda http://cameroon-concord.com/boko-haram/updates-from-bamenda Updates from Bamenda

As early as 5am this morning gun shots could be heard here and there emanating from Police men and women, most of them novice in artillery operations of such magnitude. It's alleged that the gun battle erupted when three Police officers were shot, two seriously wounded and one seemingly lifeless. Thereafter orders were given that any civilians caught onsite be brutalized and killed.

The questions that hang on the lips of most city dwellers or populace are: Where were these Police officers attacked in the first place. These Police officers have been abandoned to themselves and have resorted to racketeering, looting, kidnapping, raping and armed robbery.{loadposition myposition} This annoying attitude of the Purported Police officers,majority being from the Beti Clan has provoked the desire for revenge. Why has the state of LA Republique Du Cameroun refused to honour its engagement with the Geneva convention tagged Convention Against Torture? Police officers have become the law rather than law enforcement officers in the two Anglophone regions of the North West and South West.

Why has LA Republique Du Cameroun spurned the instructions of the UN to pull out their thugs and militia from the North West and South West Regions of the Cameroon's? Can we say LA Republique Du Cameroun is a law abiding nation in the eyes of the International community? The planned genocide is ongoing and looting and state terrorism keeps growing in leaps and bounds. The purported curfew was only launched so that the fake state of LA Republique Du Cameroun could continue unchecked with its pogrom.{loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) SOUTHERN CAMEROONS|FF0000 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:01:23 +0000
Mamfe: The Shooting Of CPDM Sub Section President-Updates http://cameroon-concord.com/local/mamfe-the-shooting-of-cpdm-sub-section-president-updates http://cameroon-concord.com/local/mamfe-the-shooting-of-cpdm-sub-section-president-updates Mamfe: The Shooting Of CPDM Sub Section President-Updates

BaretaNews can now confirm as reported earlier that Enow Orock who was shot last night is CPDM sub-section president of Okoyong. We gathered information that he traveled to Ekok on the night of 17th-18th Nov in supposed violation of the SW Governor's curfew of no movements at night. He was stop at a checkpoint and money was requested from him. Having on him only 6000frs was not enough and this let to some argument and he was shot on the thigh. His situation is seriouse and is currently in Bamenda for treatment. BaretaNews on speaking on phone with a relative of Enow , she displayed shocked and accuses the military as mad people. {loadposition myposition} 

Let me just state that Enow is just like anyone of us though being a CPDM Sub section President. This barbaric forces everyday in our land are committing grave human right abuses. The maiming, harassment, shooting, of our people continues. The bullet knows no party, these barbaric occupying forces know no party. We must up our game to push them away from homeland. Enow like others, we wish him quick recovery.{loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Local|f6be11 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:26:42 +0000
Anglophone crisis: UN issues strong statement to Biya's regime http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/anglophone-crisis-un-issues-strong-statement-to-biya-s-regime http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/anglophone-crisis-un-issues-strong-statement-to-biya-s-regime Anglophone crisis: UN issues strong statement to Biya's regime

The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) has expressed concerns over the rising spate of deadly exchanges between the Cameroon’s security forces and separatists in the country’s restive anglophone region.

UNOCA head and special emissary of the U.N. chief said the upsurge of violence against civilians and security forces was unacceptable stressing the need for dialogue to resolve deep seated differences.{loadposition myposition} 

“We strongly condemn those acts of violence. Their authors should be identified and brought before a court in accordance with the law,” Francois Lounceny Fall said in a statement on Thursday November 16, 2017.

He also spoke about commitment of the U.N. to the territorial integrity and unity of Cameroon as a nation. He further reiterated calls for calm and restraint and the need for inclusive dialogue to be held, a view advanced by President Paul Biya in October.

The two regions – Southwest and Northwest – have been at the heart of what has become known as the ‘anglophone crisis.’ The security forces have been accused by rights groups of heavy clampdown on people protesting marginalization in the regions.

Separatists have confirmed being behind recent attacks that has so far led to the death of four paramilitary forces – known as gendarmes. Their respective capitals (Southeast – Buea and northeast – Bamenda) have been under curfew following the attacks.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:43:27 +0000
Ambazonia Pioneer leader Gorji-Dinka led a delegation to meet with former Ghanaian President JJ Rawling http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/ambazonia-pioneer-leader-gorji-dinka-led-a-delegation-to-meet-with-former-ghanaian-president-jj-rawling http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/ambazonia-pioneer-leader-gorji-dinka-led-a-delegation-to-meet-with-former-ghanaian-president-jj-rawling Ambazonia Pioneer leader Gorji-Dinka led a delegation to meet with former Ghanaian President  JJ Rawling

The quest for the restoration of the statehood of the Republic of Ambazonia picked up momentum. Ghana's former revolutionary leader JJ Rawlings warmly welcome talks with a delegation during a diplomatic endeavour in Ghana headed by HE HRH Fon Fongum Gorji-Dinka of the Republic of Ambazonia. Both men were born on tbe 22nd of June. Both men the dream of Kwame Kruma to liberate Africa, especially their respective countries.{loadposition myposition}

In 1992 the proclamation of the Bamenda High Court Judgment HCB 28/92 formalized the restoration of the statehood of the Republic of Ambazonia with a government and a head of state, HE Fon Fongum Gorji-Dinka, the head of the revolution and the architect of the name Ambazonia. The quest for the restoration of the statehood of the Republic of Ambazonia picked up momentum and inspiration when Ghana's former revolutionary leader JJ Rawlings warmly welcome talks with a delegation during a diplomatic endeavour in Ghana headed by HRH Fon Fongum Gorji-Dinka of the Republic of Ambazonia.

Both men were born on tbe 22nd of June. Both men share the dream of Kwame Kruma to liberate Africa, especially their respective countries.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:38:59 +0000
What was behind the 1977 demarcation of Southern Cameroons Into Provinces? http://cameroon-concord.com/what-was-behind-the-1977-demarcation-of-southern-cameroons-into-provinces http://cameroon-concord.com/what-was-behind-the-1977-demarcation-of-southern-cameroons-into-provinces What was behind the 1977 demarcation of Southern Cameroons Into Provinces?

Can I know what criteria or criterion that was used in 1977 to demarcate the Provinces out of the erstwhile British and French Cameroon of West and East Cameroon? How could two Provinces or Regions be created out of the defunct West Cameroon having as Divisions like Donga Mantung, Bui, Boyo,Manyu, Meme etc much bigger in size and population than the Provinces or Regions that were carved out from the defunct East Cameroon such as the West, East, South and Adamawa?
Is there any document that warrants the unnecessary ranting of Francophones on this falsehood of Cameroon being one?
There is nobody who does not know that there are two separate entities that came together voluntarily in 1961 and have two distinct historical backgrounds, two Educational systems,two judiciary systems and two administrative systems.
Can anybody with s sound mind admit that two separate entities that only came together to form a platform for effective adminstration and nothing else.
Fraudulent approach can't pass for the correct and just approach because it's peddled by a government. No government can govern a people through the use of brute force and through the overwhelming crack down of people through the use of propaganda and extreme violence.{loadposition myposition}
The strangest thing in Cameroon is that the state unfortunately is viewed lopsidedly by the Francophones as a structure independent of the Citizens and must be preserved more than the citizens . The people who must be crushed and even poured with acids are the people of Southern Cameroon's who are dogs,,gnats, cockroaches, monkeys and junkies.
Can anybody accept this carnage committed against unarmed civilians of Southern Cameroon's as the right approach in solving this crisis?
There is nobody who witnessed this carnage,who can admit reconciling with the Francophones who been maimed, incapacitated,physically and psychologically traumatize, incarcerated without any due process such as warrants of arrest, killed in specialized bunkers meant for the people of Southern Cameroon's and go without being inflamed by the actions of the Francophones.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Editorial Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:59:14 +0000
Zimabwe: Mugabe resisting exit negotiotion http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimabwe-mugabe-resisting-exit-negotiotion http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimabwe-mugabe-resisting-exit-negotiotion Zimabwe: Mugabe resisting exit negotiotion

President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on Thursday, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old former guerrilla a graceful exit after a military coup.

The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a middle-man between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against “criminals” in his entourage, a senior political source told Reuters.

The source could not provide details of the talks, which appear to be aimed at a smooth and bloodless transition after the departure of Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.{loadposition myposition}

Mugabe, still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero, is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa’s most promising states.

Zimbabwean intelligence reports seen by Reuters suggest that former security chief Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was ousted as vice-president this month, has been mapping out a post-Mugabe vision with the military and opposition for more than a year.

Fuelling speculation that that plan might be rolling into action, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has been receiving cancer treatment in Britain and South Africa, returned to Harare late on Wednesday, his spokesman said.

South Africa said Mugabe had told President Jacob Zuma by telephone on Wednesday that he was confined to his home but was otherwise fine and the military said it was keeping him and his family, including wife Grace, safe.

Despite the lingering admiration for Mugabe, there is little public affection for 52-year-old Grace, a former government typist who started having an affair with Mugabe in the early 1990s as his first wife, Sally, was dying of kidney disease.

Dubbed “DisGrace” or “Gucci Grace” on account of her reputed love of shopping, she enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF in the last two years, culminating in Mnangagwa’s removal a week ago – a move seen as clearing the way for her to succeed her husband.

In contrast to the high political drama unfolding behind closed doors, the streets of the capital remained calm, with people going about their daily business, albeit under the watch of soldiers on armoured vehicles at strategic locations.

Whatever the final outcome, the events could signal a once-in-a-generation change for the former British colony, a regional breadbasket reduced to destitution by economic policies Mugabe’s critics have long blamed on him.

Reuters

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 12:53:48 +0000