In 2002 when I was the spokesman for the " Memorandum of the Great North", one of the main points of our demand was the low representation of the people of the northern part in positions of responsibility.
The counter argument we received was based on meritocracy, as if there's ever been a competitive entrance examination to appoint general managers, ambassadors, secretary generals at ministries or better still army generals.
Where the "Memorandum called for a better sharing of the national cake for a better cohabitation", others, more arrogant than never and taking themselves for the only masters of knowledge, acted condescendingly.
Where the memorandum preached the policy of "perfect flow" which entails "wetting all the parts of the human body", some wise individuals whose only argument is their assurance argued that it was counterproductive to encourage mediocrity in a state.
Yes, this "unsoacked" part can revolt if it's being marginalized and neglected persistently, especially in a country where every county celebrates noisily when one of theirs is appointed.
Of course, one would have consoled themselves that every dog has its day. After all, we all are working for the prosperity of our land.
But Cameroon has theorised a concept that gives the upper hand to those who had managed to grab the ladder early enough.
This concept is that of " the policy of acquired positions".
This makes it highly probable for a post to rotate around a given geographical area.
This happened at Camwater with three generations of the sons of Mefou et Akono before the chain was broken recently. It began with Basile Atangana Kouna followed by Jean William Solo and ended with Aphonse Roger Ondoua Akoa.
Even then, the predecessor of Camwater(Snec) was headed by Clement Obouh Pegue, who also hailed from Mefou et Akono.
Whatever their competence, this could only legitimately attract trouble.
The "policy of acquired positions" is so deeply rooted in Cameroon that it's no longer necessary to wear a bit of perfume thereon to distract the people.
It's applied in broad daylight, touching all the compartments of the state, having the 5pm news on CRTV as its main centre of expression.
" This policy of acquired positions " was consolidated on June 8, 2017 following the reading of two presidential decrees.
The first decree replaced Jean Louis Beh Mengue with Philemon Zo'o Zame as head of The Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Both men were from Dja et Lobo, precisely from Djoum Subdivision.
And nobody cared to "mask" the texts [decrees] to make the pill "swallowable". All is well.
The variant of this concept to our leaders is "compensation". This seeks to avoid loss of positions.
After the departure of Abdou Namba and Ousmanou Taousset from Sodecoton, Mayo-Tsanaga was compensated with the appointment of Pierre Kadadak at Campost.
This variant, as much as the concept itself, seeks to preserve some fragile equilibrium as illustrated by the document we are publishing in this 1000th edition.
The gaps you have noticed here have always existed for the past ten years when when we published the first edition of "National Cake". They are still there.
Let the resulting status quo provide some chewing grains to those who continue to scream to be heard, believing that it's the only way to contribute to the edification of this country.
By the way, are they wrong?
Personally, I have not yet seen any citizen of this nation appointed to a high profile position , and they, for the sake of unity, have gone to show their joy anywhere else besides their large political and administrative family.
Am yet to see any section of the governing CPDM mobilise a motion of support to celebrate the appointment of the militant of another party.
With these facts( considered by some as morally wrong, and by others as being indispensable), is the consolidation of our cohabitation not too demanding for our leaders?
The purpose of this document is to bring the powers that be to order. Nobody is gullible.
One of the causes of the Anglophone Crisis is rooted in the distribution of posts of responsibility within the state.
The recent outing of La'akam in relation to the appointment of the Bamileke people which some consider inappropriate,ungentlemanly in a state, demonstrates the growing uneasiness in the country which can neither be concealed by the notion of meritocracy nor hate.
The Great North on its part has been considered by some observers as being silent, inaudible and limited to gazing at the horizon since the 2002 Memorandum. If it's still silent, it's however neither dumb nor blind.
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
NIGERIA COMMITTED TO PEACE, SECURITY IN SUB-REGION – VP OSINBAJO
*We are grateful for Nigeria’s support – Cameroonian Envoy
In continuation of its contributions to regional stability, Nigeria remains committed to the peace, security and territorial integrity of neighbouring countries in the sub region, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this while receiving a Special Envoy of the Cameroonian President, Mr. Rene Sadi, who is also Cameroon’s Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The Vice President said the relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon has continued to grow strong since bilateral relations were established in the 1960s. He added that this was evident in the cooperation between both countries in the war against Boko Haram and terrorism.
“We appreciate the brotherhood and respect between both countries and the leaders. That shared commitment to peace and fighting extremism is one of the reasons for the good relationship,” Prof. Osinbajo said.
He also assured the Cameroonian delegation that the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari will continue to extend its hand of fellowship to the Cameroonian government to maintain the peace and security in both countries which share common borders.
The Special Envoy, who delivered a special message from the Cameroonian President Paul Biya, extended the Cameroonian President’s gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria’s security agencies for its cooperation in the fight against insurgency.
While citing the special relationship between President Buhari and his Cameroonian counterpart, Sadi said the Cameroonian government is grateful for the support Nigeria has provided his country over the years.
He further said, “Following the return to Nigeria of President Buhari after successful medical treatment in the UK, the Cameroonian people share in the joy of their Nigerian brothers and sisters to see him back home to carry on the daunting mission of nation building in very good health.”
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity
Office of the Vice President
15th November 2017
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Sub Saharan African migrants are being bought and sold at modern-day slave auctions in Libya, according to an investigation by CNN.
The news channel found evidence of two separate auctions, held after dark at undisclosed locations in the war-ravaged country, which has become the epicentre of the ongoing migrant crisis.
Footage showed men, the majority from Niger, being auctioned off by local slavers for 600 Libyan dinar each — roughly equivalent to $400 or £300.
Reporters at CNN were given mobile phone footage showing one group of men being sold at an indoor auction, which they said they were able to independently verify.
Later they travelled to Tripoli, Libya, and were directed to an auction which they managed to film in person.
Reporter Nima Elbagir said she saw 12 men sold off in a matter of minutes by a man dressed in camouflage gear, who referred to them as "merchandise."
He reportedly said: "Does anybody need a digger? This is a digger, a big strong man, he'll dig. What am I bid, what am I bid?"
According to the news channel, the victims of the slave trade were migrants from elsewhere in Africa hoping to cross the Mediterranean with the help of people smugglers, and migrate to Europe illegally.
However, increasing efforts by European and Libyan officials to stop the crossings means that increasing numbers of men are getting stuck in Libya with nowhere to go, CNN said.
When they run out of money to pay the traffickers, they are taken as slaves and sold for farm work. At a migrant camp on the Libyan coast, several men told CNN they have been enslaved as well, and were beaten and abused during the process.
Libyan authorities promised to investigate, CNN said. Here is a video report showing more of the investigation.
The speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has made a historic move by chewing a few words in English at the third ordinary session of parliament for the year.
He was speaking in Yaoundé on Tuesday.
Cavaye Yeguie Djibril rounded off his speech with a few words in the Queen's language.
«Let us work together for the peace, the cohesion and the unity of our beloved country," he was quoted as saying by Cameroon-Info.Net.
He has headed the National Assembly for several years already, yet it's difficult to recall the last time he opened his mouth and let go a word in English.
While it's not yet clear if he had been taking his time learning English behind the scenes, some people believe that he might have been moved from his comfort zone by the ongoing Anglophone Crisis.
Zimbabwe’s military seized power early on Wednesday saying it was targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, the only ruler the country has known in its 37 years of independence.
Soldiers seized the state broadcaster. Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby. The atmosphere in the capital remained calm.
The military said Mugabe and his family were safe. Mugabe himself spoke by telephone to the president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, and told him he was confined to his home but fine, the South African presidency said in a statement.
It was not clear whether the apparent military coup would bring a formal end to Mugabe’s rule; the main goal of the generals appears to be preventing Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife Grace from succeeding him.
But whether or not he remains in office, it is likely to mark the end of the total dominance of the country by Mugabe, the last of Africa’s generation of state founders still in power.
Mugabe, still seen by many Africans as an anti-colonial 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.
He plunged Zimbabwe into a fresh political crisis last week by firing his vice president and presumed successor. The generals believed that move was aimed at clearing a path for Grace Mugabe to take over and announced on Monday they were prepared to “step in” if purges of their allies did not end.
“We are only targeting criminals around him (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, said on television.
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
CAREENING OFF A CLIFF
Whatever the final outcome, the events could signal a once-in-a-generation change for the southern African nation, once one of the continent’s most prosperous, reduced to poverty by an economic crisis Mugabe’s opponents have long blamed on him.
Even many of Mugabe’s most loyal supporters over the decades had come to oppose the rise of his wife, who courted the powerful youth wing of the ruling party but alienated the military, led by Mugabe’s former guerrilla comrades from the 1970s independence struggle.
“This is a correction of a state that was careening off the cliff,” Chris Mutsvangwa, the leader of the liberation war veterans, told Reuters. “It’s the end of a very painful and sad chapter in the history of a young nation, in which a dictator, as he became old, surrendered his court to a gang of thieves around his wife.”
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change called for a peaceful return to constitutional democracy, adding it hoped the military intervention would lead to the “establishment of a stable, democratic and progressive nation state”.
Zuma - speaking on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) - expressed hope there would be no unconstitutional changes of government in Zimbabwe as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions.
Zuma urged Zimbabwe’s government and the military “to resolve the political impasse amicably”.
Zimbabwe’s economic decline over the past two decades has been a drag on the southern African region. Millions of economic refugees have streamed out of the country, mostly to neighbouring South Africa.
Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, a leading member of the ruling ZANU-PF party’s ‘G40’ faction, led by Grace Mugabe, had been detained by the military, a government source said.
Soldiers deployed across Harare on Tuesday and seized the state broadcaster after ZANU-PF accused the head of the military of treason, prompting speculation of a coup.
Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in ZANU-PF, a Reuters reporter saw armoured personnel carriers on main roads around the capital.
Aggressive soldiers told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. “Don’t try anything funny. Just go,” one barked at Reuters on Harare Drive.
Two hours later, soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC, the state broadcaster, a Mugabe mouthpiece, and ordered staff to leave. Several ZBC workers were manhandled, two members of staff and a human rights activist said.
Shortly afterwards, three explosions rocked the centre of the capital, Reuters witnesses said.
The United States and Britain advised their citizens in Harare to stay indoors because of “political uncertainty.”
The southern African nation had been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president sacked last week.
In the last year, a chronic absence of dollars has led to long queues outside banks and an economic and financial collapse that many fear will rival the meltdown of 2007-2008, when inflation topped out at 500 billion percent.
Imported goods are running out and economists say that, by some measures, inflation is now at 50 percent a month.
According to a trove of intelligence documents reviewed by Reuters this year, Mnangagwa has been planning to revitalise the economy by bringing back thousands of white farmers kicked off their land nearly two decades ago and patching up relations with the World Bank and IMF.