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Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, says she has decided to discontinue the investigation into WikiLeaks founder.
Swedish prosecutors said on Friday they would drop a preliminary investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, bringing to an end a seven-year legal standoff.

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutors office said in a statement.

 

Assange, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, after taking refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegation of rape, which he denies.

He has refused to travel to Stockholm, saying he fears further extradition to the US over WikiLeaks’ release of 500,000 secret military files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The under 23 lions of Cameroon have failed to pick a qualification ticket for the final of the ongoing 4th Islamic solidarity Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. The junior indomitable lions were defeated by Oman through post penalty kicks 4 goals as against 3. Both teams pulled a virgin draw during the 90minutes regular playing time.

 

Missing out the final, the boys of Coach Richard Towa will take on Algeria in the third position game tomorrow Saturday. Algeria it should be recalled was trashed 2 nil by host nation, Azerbaijan in the other semi final match. The final will pit Azerbaijan against Oman.

On the other hand, the under 17 lions presently taking part in the under 17 African Cup of Nations in Gabon have complicated their chances of moving to the second round of the competition after their 1 all tie with Guinea Conakry in their second group stage game yesterday. In their first group match, the baby lions were lambasted by Ghana, 4 goals to nothing. Cameroon will take on host nation Gabon tomorrow Saturday in their last group stage encounter. In group A, Cameroon is third with one point, Ghana tops the group with six points and has already qualified for the semi final of the tournament and automatically, will take part in the  world junior Championship, Guinea Conakry is second with three points and Gabon has zero point synonymous to elimination. However, if Cameroon must grab a semi final ticket, they must have to trash Gabon 7 nil, a task which is very daunting and seems almost impossible.

This poor performance of the junior selections is blamed largely on the lack of a veritable youth football championship in Mr. Biya’s Country. Football stakeholders spend time and money in courts to settle disputes which have nothing to do with the promotion of the game in the country. Corruption, infighting and struggle for positioning is the order of the day in Cameroon’s football.

Meantime the senior national football team, the indomitable lions’ head coach, Hugo Broos has published a shortlist of 30 players to begin camping on the 28th of this month ahead of their AFCON 2019 qualification match against Algeria on the 10th of June and the Confederations cup come June 2017 in Russia.

The 30 man squad is made up of five new players from European championships and non from the home based championship. The rest are regular faces and the majority of those who won the 2017 AFCON with the lions in Gabon except of the southern Cameroon’s top striker Njie Clinton who has been marginalized and sidelined from the team after their last AFCON competition without any genuine reason.  Another player whose absence is understood is Nichola Nkoulou who has retired from international football.

 

Cameroon has borrowed about FCFA 43.58 billion from the Islamic Development Bank.

It was on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia where the Minister of the Economy, Planning and Regional Development signed the loan agreements.

The money is to be used for two separate projects. The first agreement entails about FCFA `18. 16 billions meant for the Chari-Logone rural development project.

The second amount (about FCFA25. 45billion) is to be used to improve the commercialization of cattle and the development of infrastructure for livestock breeding in Cameroon.

The loan agreements were signed during the 42nd meeting of the council of governors of the Islamic Development Bank in Djeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Louis Paul Motaze signed for Cameroon.

Cameroon is Africa in miniature yet very “poor” and heavily indebted. Its emergence ambition is set for 2035.

Endowed with as much natural resources as God could offer to a people, Cameroon is part of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (a group of 37 developing countries with high levels of poverty and debt overhang which are eligible for special assistance from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank).

SDF Councillors of  Mbanga in the Moungo division are now caught between party discipline and respect for national laws following a decision by the Divisional Officer of the locality insisting  that SDF militants must be  part of the national day celebrations.

Following the May 7 circular signed by party chairman John Fru Ndi, Irene Tedjouteu councillor in the Mbanga municipality sent a correspondence last Tuesday to the D.O informing him of the decision from his  hierarchy.

 But the "chef terre" turned down the move insisting that SDF councillor,be present and mobilise their militants for Saturday's  showdown.



The D.O argued that law No 76-424 of 16 September 1976  prescribes that political parties have a republican obligation to take part in public celebrations . He told the people's representative, " Your obedience to your party should not undermine your republican engagements as representatives of the people"

 He has threatened to sanction any councillor who does not appear at the Mbanga ceremonial avenue on the d-day.

The move by the civil administrator has sent fright to many SDF representatives at the Councils, National Assembly and the senate nationwide who think other administrators could "arm twist"  the law to force them to be present at ceremonial grounds on May 20.

Contacted by phone this morning, Jean Michel Nincheu , the SDF chairman in the Littoral region has urged councillors of the Moungo to stand their grounds and boycott the event as ordered by their party chairman.

 He has described the administrator's move as suppression of expression, wondering why the same man who has been a thorn on the flesh of the SDF in Mbanga should be so concerned by the free will decision of the party to stay away from the National day.

The first ever international forum on digital economy has just ended in La Republique Du Cameroun under the patronage of the country’s absentee president Paul Biya. The event which took place in the nation’s capital Yaoundé  from the 15th to the 17th of May, brought together local and international experts and  entrepreneurs in the domain of information and communication technologies( ICTs), who all exposed their know how and innovations to the general public.  The three days event placed under  the theme; How to achieve successful digital economy, also had rich workshops, B2B meetings, brainstorming sessions, visitation of stands amongst many other activities.

Digital economy implies the use of  ICTs tools including  the internet to develop meaningful sectors such as agriculture, mining, oil and gas, start-up businesses, services of high economic values especially in finance, insurance, industrialization, just to name a few.
Experts have made known to Cameroon that if these sectors are digitalized, the economy will leapfrog and hence, great economic boom. For instance, there is going to be a relative fall in the level of unemployment, heavy dependent on public service reduced, businesses will flourish and Cameroon ‘s dying need for emergence by 2035 can be hoped.


But the huge money pumped in to organize this forum, might turn to be a waste because from past experience, Mr. Biya’s government has always fail to implement recommendations from such high level meetings. The government is characterised by inertia, a lot of  administrative bottle necks, no follow up spirit.

Most young entrepreneurs complain of high taxes, lack of access to credit from banks. The country still operates with an archaic land law which does not give land ownership to persons born after 1974. Thus frustrating young people who want to engage in agriculture. More to that, the legal framework for business is still lacking in many aspects, no clear cut policy to encourage the private sector. Statistics have revealed that only two percent of start-ups succeed in Cameroon, only five million people use internet in Cameroon as against seven million in Senegal. In addition,  the ratio of students per computer in Cameroon is forty students per computer meanwhile countries like Uganda, Kenya and others are at four students per computer.

Above all, the poor internet connection and limited coverage nationwide are some of the burning issues to be handled if Cameroon must witnessed digital economic explosion.  
It should be recalled that Mr Biya and his purposeless government had organised an international economic forum in 2016 which brought together many business tycoons and world class economist to explore all  available investment opportunities in Cameroon so as to attract investors. Shockingly, most of the recommendations that where made, are still in drawers of various ministries with the purported objectives of the forum buried.


The Cameroon Renaissance Movement is concerned by the Government management of the strike by the Syndicat des Médecins du Cameroun (SYMEC). SYMEC brought to the attention of the Government and the public problems which hinder not only the professional development of Cameroonian doctors but also those that limit their willingness to treat their patients adequately.

What the SYMEC is asking the Government is to improve their purchasing power, their working conditions, technical facilities and universal health coverage.

Everything that physicians claim, because of their vital role in society, is ultimately for the well-being of all, those healthy today may be sick tomorrow.



Instead of finding solutions to the legitimate claims of doctors, in its usual arrogance, the Government has roughly attempted to break the strike by parading people presented as doctors who, in addition to proclaiming that there are no problems in our hospitals, called on President Paul BIYA to stand as a candidate for the next presidential election. Faced with the determination of the SYMEC, it has just taken measures of punitive assignment against its officials. Having lost all reason, the Minister of Public Health has, from these punitive assignments which violate union rights, demonstrated that he is willing to sacrifice our health on the altar of the preservation of his position.

CRM supports SYMEC, condemns the decision to assign trade unionists punitively, asks the Prime Minister, the head of the government, to cancel these assignments, which give the regime the image of a resentful power.

CRM calls for the resignation of Mr. André MAMA FOUDA, Minister of Public Health, for vindictive acts and incompetence in the management of a situation likely to seriously damage the effective medical care of Cameroonians already experiencing poverty for most of them.

The Communication Department
16th May 2017

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