Concord Newsdesk http://cameroon-concord.com Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:34:13 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cameroon: Autopsy of a sham election and the way forward… http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-autopsy-of-a-sham-election-and-the-way-forward http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-autopsy-of-a-sham-election-and-the-way-forward Cameroon: Autopsy of a sham election and the way forward…

Calls are already growing in some quarters for the Opposition, which for the most part has rejected Biya’s coronation, to pick up the pieces and move on. They are being told to look forward; and be better prepared for the upcoming legislative elections. They are being led to believe that they could make up for this loss by pulling off the legislative elections, if they just focus on future opportunities and be better prepared, rather than sulking over present losses. This is where I agree with Edith Kah Wallah who, from personal experience, long ago realised how naïve and futile this thinking is.{loadposition myposition}

 

Truth be told, this regime will never allow the Opposition to control Parliament. Biya is not as naïve to not realise that the sustainability of the fraud machinery that keeps him in power depends on the CPDM’s control of this body. They need that absolute parliamentary majority to maintain the status quo or reinforce it. What to do then?

If they are unwilling or unprepared to take extra legal measures to effect change, the Opposition needs to stop legitimising institutionalise fraud through participation in shambolic elections--at least before they have exacted true institutional and structural reforms that level the playing field for all parties. Given the current reality, this can only be done through a solid coalition between the Opposition and Cameroon’s international partners—the foreign countries that are a lifeline for the regime through the aid and technical assistance they provide. They need to be pressured to condition further assistance on genuine reforms, not the cosmetic half-way changes Biya has been serving Cameroonians during the last 26 years. We said this before this presidential poll and cautioned against participation. Our position remains unchanged. Taking part in any polls before such reforms only projects—to the regime’s advantage—a false image of a plural political landscape. Cameroon— we all know—is everything but that.

If you boycott the political process, then be ready—some will say— to have mediocres govern you. A system can also be changed from within, I have read and heard too often.

Some 20 years ago, the leading Opposition parties—comprising at the time the UNDP, UPC, SDF and CDU—decided to join the government or go into parliament, following losses at largely rigged presidential polls. They were largely driven by two elements: #fear—the fear of being left out in the cold from the policy making process—and #hope, the genuine belief that they could effect change from within. Fast forward to 2018, the first two parties are defunct, the latter two are largely a shadow of their former selves.

What is the lesson? First, the notion that the Opposition can effect change from within, while true in some contexts, has proven to be largely illusory, if not outright naïve in the Cameroonian context. How is that even possible when most of the time, they will be fighting from a position of weakness against a regime that claims to have an overwhelming mandate to govern as it sees fit? Second, it is important not to underestimate the capacity of this regime to co-opt, compromise, discredit and eventually destroy even political parties or politicians with the best intentions, through manipulation. If you doubt this, all you need is take a look at what happened to the UNDP and the UPC, and what the SDF and the CDU have become.

A bon entendeur...

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 11:54:38 +0000
Cameroon: Paul Biya Wins Seventh Term In Office. http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-paul-biya-wins-seventh-term-in-office http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-paul-biya-wins-seventh-term-in-office Cameroon: Paul Biya Wins Seventh Term In Office.

Biya is 85 years old and has held office for 36 years. Despite his advanced age, ELECAM and the Constitutional Council validated one of the most shambolic electoral exercises in world history.These results were already viral on social media a week before the proclamation of results and were announced over BBC Afrique.  congratulatory messages from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea few days before the proclamation of results.{LOADPOSITION MYPOSITION}

  • Paul Biya : 71,28%
  • Maurice Kamto : 14,23%
  • Cabral Libii : 6,28%
  • Joshua Osih : 3,35%
  • Ndam Njoya : 1,73%
  • Garga Harman : 1,55%
  • Ndifor Frankline : 0,67%
  • Serge Espouse Matomba : 0,56%
  • Akere Muna : 0,35%

Cameroonians both home and in the diaspora are disgruntled with the outcome of the 2018 presidential elections, characterized with fraud and elections mal-practices. Despite the 18 petitions tabled at the Constitutional council to cancel the elections by some presidential candidates were labelled inadmissible. Biya won by landslide victory in the two English speaking regions (North west & Southwest) who are witnessing a crisis for more than a year with hundreds of deaths recorded. These regions boycotted the elections, yet thousands of votes were announced in favour of the incumbent by the Constitutional Council to have voted during the elections.
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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Headlines|FF0000 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:32:53 +0000
Cameroon Presidential Elections: MRC candidate releases Communque http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-presidential-elections-mrc-candidate-releases-communque http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-presidential-elections-mrc-candidate-releases-communque Cameroon Presidential Elections: MRC candidate releases Communque

The MRC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Maurice KAMTO officiel JUST POSTED A COMMUNIQUE OF HIS FACEBOOK IN RELATION TO THE LEAKED ELECTION RESULTS

Information from the National Commission for the Recording of Votes on the results of the last presidential election is currently circulating in social networks. This information shows the victory of candidate Paul BIYA. The MRC and the coalition formed around the candidacy of Maurice KAMTO, categorically reject these results which are the product of minutes manufactured, that false observers of Transparency International, unmasked, were intended to make accept the opinion national and international.{loadposition myposition}

The coalition continues to claim the victory of Maurice KAMTO in this election, according to the truth of the polls on the evening of October 7, 2018.

In addition, the coalition rejects all forms of violence that the regime would like him to endorse. It wishes to inform national and international public opinion of the regime's responsibility in orchestrating acts of provocation to trigger post-election violence that it wants to blame on the coalition.

For illustration :

1) the questioning and hearing by the security forces of some of our activists in various localities of the country;

2) the intimidation of our activists and sympathizers in the neighborhoods by people who seem to belong to a militia;

3) the incitement to ethnic hatred by the distillation of tribalist statements between communities;

4) the spread of hate speech in the public media and some private media;

5) the arbitrary arrest and detention of Mr. Thierry OKALA EBODE, Deputy National Treasurer of the MRC, whose only fault is to have denounced a fraud, constituted by the usurpation of his identity by another voter; the latter having acted with the help of the president of the polling station is curiously protected until now;

6) the expulsion, manu militari, of the representatives of the MRC of most polling stations in the three regions of North - Adamaoua, North and Far North -, as well as in the regions of the East, the South and certain departments Central, Western and Southwestern regions;

7) permanent harassment of coalition members by the security services.

The coalition urges the people to remain vigilant and protect their victory.

(e) Coalition around candidate Maurice KAMTO

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:52:31 +0000
Frenchman Alain Ripert appointed new head of BICEC Cameroun http://cameroon-concord.com/business/frenchman-alain-ripert-appointed-new-head-of-bicec-cameroun http://cameroon-concord.com/business/frenchman-alain-ripert-appointed-new-head-of-bicec-cameroun Frenchman Alain Ripert appointed new head of BICEC Cameroun

Formerly the managing director of BICEC, Alain Ripert has been promoted to the position of administrator of BICEC and member of the board of CEPAC in charge of the overseas departments. The news of his departure was already circulating at the end of BICEC’s board meeting on March 23, 2018, but there was no clarification on where he would land. {loadposition myposition}

Nonetheless, he will manage BICEC until the end of August 2018. The departing managing director is being replaced by Sylvain Faure, the current president for market development of BPCE international, the entity to which subsidiaries such as BICEC belongs. The appointment of Sylvain Faure occurs while the group is implementing an exit strategy in Africa and according to analysts; the operation with BICEC is the most complicated for the French Group. Let’s note that Alain Ripert achieved his goals to put BICEC on track. Indeed, speaking during the launch of the renovation works at the headquarters in Douala, he saluted the work of his collaborators and team to whom the group realized a turnover of CFA60 billion and a net profit of CFA10 billion in 2017.

This performance offers him a glorious exit following the discovery of a fraud scheme, which is still being investigated, within the group two years ago. The bank has not yet published the whole figure of its operation in 2017 so it is difficult to assess the real extent of the performance that year.

BIC

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Business Wed, 04 Apr 2018 04:40:29 +0000
Ecobank mobile app reaches 4 million users milestone in Africa http://cameroon-concord.com/business/ecobank-mobile-app-reaches-4-million-users-milestone-in-africa http://cameroon-concord.com/business/ecobank-mobile-app-reaches-4-million-users-milestone-in-africa Ecobank mobile app reaches 4 million users milestone in Africa

LOME, Togo, April 3, 2018/ -- The upgraded version of Ecobank’s (www.Ecobank.com) revolutionary mobile app has attracted 3 million new customers in just 6 months, taking the total number of users to 4 million.  

The app builds on the core functionality that saw the original version applauded as a game changer for African banking by using digital technology to combat many of the financial inclusion barriers faced by those on the continent. This includes the dearth of rural branches, affordability of products, high transaction costs and minimum opening balance requirements.

Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO, says Ecobank’s strategic mission is built around using mobile banking to deliver innovative, efficient and cost-effective services to those who have typically sat outside of the formal economy, and therefore goes far beyond the reach of the traditional branch and ATM networks. Subsequently, while the app won one million customers in its first year of launch, upgraded features have seen the rate of sign-ups treble in half of the time. So far this year, app usage has been growing at an average 700k new customers per month.  {loadposition myposition}

“Customers can use the app on their mobile to instantly open Ecobank Xpress Account™, which doesn’t have any account fees, paperwork or minimum balance requirements, or to send and receive money across 33 African countries,” he explains. “Therefore, our app not only removes the barriers that have financially excluded so many Africans but offers next generation functionality to help them send money, make withdrawals or pay for goods and services.”

Patrick Akinwuntan, Ecobank’s Group Executive, Consumer Banking, says that Ecobank is committed to providing all Africans with access to financial services, but doing so in a way that conjoins functionality with convenient, accessible and efficient banking channels, such as the rollout of Ecobank Xpress  Point Agents.

“We want to be the digital bank of choice for all Africans,” he said. “Functionality is one thing – giving our customers unrivalled convenience is another. The Ecobank Xpress  Point Agents that can now be found in your local neighbourhood enable you to deposit money into your app-based Ecobank Xpress Account™ and begin to make digital payments on the app using Ecobankpay. You can also withdraw funds in local currency that may have been sent to you from friends or relatives using our innovative instant transfer or Xpress Cash capabilities.”

The Ecobank Mobile App is available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple Store.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ecobank.

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About Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’ or ‘The Group’)
Incorporated in Lomé, Togo in 1988, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’) (www.Ecobank.com) is the parent company of the leading independent pan-African banking group, Ecobank. It currently has a presence in 36 African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group employs over 17,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full-service bank providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to governments, financial institutions, multinationals, international organizations, medium, small and micro businesses and individuals. Additional information on Ecobank can be found at www.Ecobank.com

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Business Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:47:45 +0000
Cameroon: Tension so rife again in the Southern and Northern Regions. http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-tension-so-rife-again-in-the-southern-and-northern-regions http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-tension-so-rife-again-in-the-southern-and-northern-regions Cameroon: Tension so rife again in the Southern and Northern Regions.

French tabloids must as a matter of urgency stop lies telling about what what is happening in the Southern Cameroon's. These incongruous write-ups is part of the cheap state propaganda and cheap blackmail that the state had paid French tabloids to carry out, in order to frustrate the Restorationist.

A French tabloids like Popouli and Messenger attempted in their folly comparing the Restoration forces to Boko Haram insurgents. If I may ask,What is the ideology of Boko Haram and What is the ideology of the Restoration forces of the Southern Cameroon's? Boko Haram insurgents assume that Western styled Education is evil and on the other hand,,the restoration forces have no link with the Boko Haram insurgents. If LA Republique Du Cameroun had accepted the glaring truth that can't be defaced or challenged,that resolution 1608 granting independence to British Cameroon's, this contraptions won't have been taking place.{loadposition myposition}

French tabloids writers have refused to learn historical trajectories and have been blinded by greed and avaricious intentions. The kidnappings that have become rampant and were made dramatic last Saturday have become a new way of obliging LA Republique Du Cameroun to the negotiation table and thus separation of ways. The purported 100 million francs claim has been rubbished and disclaimed by these restoration forces. No amount of money was requested from anybody and French tabloid writers should understand that no military approach can subdue the people of Southern Cameroon's.

Those kidnapped in Fontem, Alou and Lebialem was orchestrated by the obnoxiously, obnoxious attitude of LA Republique Du Cameroun, characterized by clandestinely transporting people to places to deceive public and international opinion. Why were students from Dschang University being ferried to Lebialem to stand and dance, pretentiously welcoming the newly appointed members of government, when they weren't from Lebialem? Prof Lekie Ivo Tambo was released unconditionally and given a letter to the regime. Paul Tasong narrowly escaped being picked up but his home at Alou got razed down by fire. He took refuge in the residence of the Senior Divisional officer for Lebialem Division. The former mayor of Alou, Fogap Pierre was wounded by bullets, when he was attempted clearing the mounted barricades Latter on some classes of the Saint Peter and Paul minor Seminary were gutted by fire.

Fire incidents also occurred in a school in Buea. Whenever fire accidents occurred in the Northern and Southern zones, the fires weren't an accident but acts of vandalism, perpetrated by Southern Cameroon's rebels but this same accidents occurring in French Cameroun, are tagged as electrical accidents caused by short circuits.

According to Ungithoh Zachary Cheikoh,the Senior Divisional officer for Lebialem, one hundred Million francs was requested. This is falsehood and lies telling, so common place with the poorly trained, educated and poorly oriented ENAM graduands. No franc was requested for the liberation of Professor Lekie Ivo Tambo. What caused his liberation is his poor health and advanced age.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:03:50 +0000
Senatorial Elections 2018: The Constitutional council validates the Senatorial list of the CPDM in the West. http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/senatorial-elections-2018-the-constitutional-council-validates-the-senatorial-list-of-the-cpdm-in-the-west http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/senatorial-elections-2018-the-constitutional-council-validates-the-senatorial-list-of-the-cpdm-in-the-west Senatorial Elections 2018:  The Constitutional council validates the Senatorial list of the CPDM in the West.

This was the last list that was hotly contested by the Social Democratic Front and the rejection of the appeal by the SDF puts to question the objectivity and neutrality of the Constitutional council. Rejecting the SDF request for cancellation of the CPDM list, validates the list of the CPDM in the West.{loadposition myposition} 

This puts to rest the contentions at the Constitutional council after the first audience last Thursday. It's worth recalling that the SDF has made a request for the cancellation of the CPDM list in the West Region based on irregularities that were observed on the seventh candidate.

The Outgoing Senator for Bafoussam, Senator Paul Tchatchouang, one of the candidates on the SDF list. The contested candidate by name Joseph Teingnidetio according to him is an unknown whose Birth certificate indicates that he isn't from the West. The rejection of the Social Democratic Front request means that all the list that were validated by the Electoral body, Elecam shall contest in the Senatorial elections in the West come March 25th, 2018.{loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 20:02:38 +0000
African Cup of Nations Tournament 2019: The second Inspection mission of the Confederation of African football is in Garoua http://cameroon-concord.com/list-player/sports/african-cup-of-nations-tournament-2019-the-second-inspection-mission-of-the-confederation-of-african-football-is-in-garoua http://cameroon-concord.com/list-player/sports/african-cup-of-nations-tournament-2019-the-second-inspection-mission-of-the-confederation-of-african-football-is-in-garoua African Cup of Nations Tournament 2019:   The second Inspection mission of the Confederation of African football is in Garoua

The second Inspection mission of the Confederation of African football is in Garoua for the second phase of the inspection tours to Cameroon. This second phase shall span from the 19th of March to 22 and of March 2019. These two experts shall be visiting the stadia in Garoua,,Bafoussam, Limbe, Douala and Yaoundé.

Precisely in Garoua, they are expected to observe the stadium used by Cotton Sportif of Garoua and the training ground at Poumpoumre, the training ground of Cenajes of Garoua, the training ground of Rey-re, the Omnisport stadium of Roumde -Adiia of Garoua and its Annex stadium of Roumde-Adjiia.{loadposition myposition} 

These experts are Jean Louis Romain, an expert from Roland Berger's Cabinet and Ismael Wally,the chairman of the delegation. This second phase or lap is geared at seeing how far the preparations by the Cameroonian government has gone and how far are they respecting the guidelines as well as specificities of the experts.

The Prime Minister, Philemon Yang has gone to the respective stadia to accelerate work on the field as requested by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya. The team that came is expected to crown their visit by meeting with the Prime minister and the Minister of sports and Physical Education.{loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Sports|f6be11 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:59:47 +0000
Cameroon: Military Cooperation and collaboration.. Multinational military exercises taking place in Douala. http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-military-cooperation-and-collaboration-multinational-military-exercises-taking-place-in-douala http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-military-cooperation-and-collaboration-multinational-military-exercises-taking-place-in-douala Cameroon: Military Cooperation and collaboration.. Multinational military exercises taking place in Douala.

As reported by Cameroon Tribune, a large contingent of the African Standby Defence force, shall have joint or combined military training drills, aimed at sharpening their minds as well as preparedness for warfare in an era, marked by sectarian and armed conflicts. This combined military sessions shall go on for two weeks.{loadposition myposition}

The joint multinational military exercise has been code named as " United Focus 2" it's main objective is to be combat ready confront extremism and armed militia as well as terrorism.

Sharpening the operational capacities of the contributing member Countries, especially those of the Lake Chad Basin. Cameroon: Sports, football: Birwe Minkreo is the new Coach for L'Aigle de la Menoua" The erstwhile coach of Cotton sports of Garoua and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon'' under 17 Coach. He has signed a contract with L'Aigle de la Menoua that has a specified duration of 8 months. Birwe Minkreo was sacked as the head coach for Cotton Sports of Garoua after a dismal performance of the club after four days of play.{loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Local|f6be11 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:58:25 +0000
Cameroon: Senatorial Election: All the electoral material is now ready according to Elecam. http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-senatorial-election-all-the-electoral-material-is-now-ready-according-to-elecam http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-senatorial-election-all-the-electoral-material-is-now-ready-according-to-elecam Cameroon: Senatorial Election: All the electoral material is now ready according to Elecam.

The political parties that indicated their willingness to participate in the forth coming senatorial election were at the Elecam office to collect their campaign materials and memorabilia . {loadposition myposition} This is what the 9 political contenders have to collect for now. According to the statistics made public by SOPECAM,there are 50.800 voting papers and 65.500 campaign memorabilia. All of this chunk was printed in two days so as to meet the exigencies of the Senatorial Elections.{loadposition myposition2} 

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 19:57:16 +0000