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Thursday, 20 July 2017 07:44

Railway line to link Chad to Cameroon

The governments of Cameroon and Chad have signed a convention to construct a railway line linking Ngaoundere in Cameroon with N'djamena in Chad.
This was the outcome of a meeting between officials of both nations on Wednesday in Yaoundé.
The line will cover about 900km, reports say.

The project, according to media reports, could cost FCFA 3 billion.
Visibility studies will soon get underway.
Cameroon and Chad intend to improve their relationships.
Both countries, besides being neighbours, are engaged in the war against the terror group, Boko Haram.

The Yaoundé, Olembe sixty thousand seater capacity stadium will be ready to host the 2019 African cup of Nations. Cameroon's sports minister, Bidoung Kpwatt told the press today in Yaoundé. This reassurance comes to dispel wide media allegations that the Italian company, Piccini charged with the construction of the stadium has stopped works claiming they can't meet up with  delivery deadline.
Minister Bidoung Kpwatt in a usual high tone emphasized mr Biya's desire to see the project realised and his Country host the male  AFCON in his era. As such, he added that, construction materials prefabricated in Italy will begin arriving the country by September 2017 and the foundation will be dug by August next month and above all, the stadium is expected to be delivered by November 2018 two months to the kick off of the biggest continental football jamboree.
This Tuesday's press conference comes at the heels of one which was organised in a mad rush yesterday Monday, July 17 by Piccini in collaboration with the Italian embassy to inform the Cameroonian media men on the evolution of the project hence castigating the negative impression held by many regarding piccini.
 It should be noted that speculations have been rife on mainstream and social media platforms that Morocco has been given the hosting rights since mr Biya's kingdom seems not to be ready due to heavy inertia and severe administrative bottle necks. But this information can not also be ignored since the CAF inspection mission is still to visit the various facilities prior to the competition and only their report shall guarantee Cameroon's full hosting rights.

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say Cameroon is one of the countries on earth with good laws which are never respected. Despite the provisions of the 1999 law which States that, a general manager and his deputy shall be appointed either by a 2/3 members of board of directors or presidential decree for a period of three years renewable twice and not more than nine year in special situations, some Beti indigenes, tribe men of mr Biya still go against this splendid legal framework put in place. The record holder of them all is Ernest Ela Evina, the general manager of the national center for studies and mechanization of agriculture (CENEEMA) in Cameroon.

Mr Ela Evina has been at the helm of this very important center since creation in 1972 giving him 43 years in the same office. Some observers say this is unique in the world even as the center's set objectives are still far from being attained nor matter the noise made by the Yaoundé government that the country has embraced second generation agriculture that entails the use of machines. The unpopular GM, mr Ela Evina received new tractors from the government by year 2000 aimed at boosting the agro sector in the country but to the greatest dismay of all and sundry, these tractors were distributed to ministers and top ranking officials in Cameroon and today, most of these machines are lined up in the packing lots of these top barons and in bad state most of them from the Beti tribe meanwhile these tractors are highly needed in the north west and northern regions for the cultivation of rice and maize.

However, mr Ela who has been forgotten in his post is said to be the remaining official who was appointed by Cameroon's former president Ahmadou Ahidjo. Apart from mr Ela's disturbing record, another GM who has won mr Biya's heart is Adolphe Moudiki, who has been discretely at the head of the national oil and gas company ( SNH) for 24 years. Mr Moudiki is a magistrate and former justice minister.

Amongst others who are actually working in absolute illegality as per the 1999 lwa in its sections 47 sub 1 include; Pierre Ekoule Mouange, GM of the Douala stock exchange market has been in office for 12 years, on his part, Michael Ndoping GM of the cocoa and coffee interprofessional board is still there after 11years, Mekoulu Mvondo another tough Beti mafia has ruined the national social insurance fund ( CNPS) for close to 10 years today with no major results to boost of as the enterprise is rather rocked with terrible scandals of embezzlement. This gross disregard of the law and longitivity in office, is said to be the raison d'être of the heavy inertia that characterises the 34 year old regime of Paul Biya.

A hundred and ninety three gallons of illicit fuel has been impounded from some vendors in a crackdown operation in Bamenda. This fuel is considered by the authorities as a contraband and as such, the sale is carried out in hiding. The famous Zuazua or Nfunge is sited at almost every junction in the town of Bamenda and with its lower price can knockout the fuelling stations from the business in no time.

Authorities also want to put an end to this practice for it is also dangerous to the people around where it is being stored for it is highly flammable thus putting the lives of those around at risk.

Authorities attempted impounding this illicit fuel some couple of months ago but were met by stiff resistance from the motorbike riders who staged a drama by trashing some Gendarmerie officers who attempted confiscating the illicit fuel and destroying the taxi in which they were using to carry out the activity.

Some disgruntled elites of the grand north, confidentially hinted Cameroon Concord that, serious fire works are underground in the region ahead of a second memorandum which is aimed at exposing the ills of the Biya regime towards the majority illiterate populations of the region who have spent over 30 years of their lives voting for an ingrate in the person of mr Biya.

They added, Biya has vehemently abandoned the juicy part of Cameroon where he harvests the greatest number of votes. This highly awaited memorandum which is in gestation is headed by Aboubakar Ousmane mey,( brother to Alamine Ousmane mey, Biya's finance minister) is the second after that of 2002 which was signed by a majority of those who are in government today. According to another reliable source, the document will touch issues related to the abject poverty, socio-economic negligence of the region. Top on the agenda our source added, is the decision by the elites to bring back the corpse of former president, Ahmadou Ahidjo for a befitting burial. It is also scandalous to understand that not even a franc as president Ahidjo's pension has ever been paid to his wife, Germain Ahidjo who is still of the elites lamented.

Another bond of contention is the creation of a single party for the entire region to unseat the Biya hegemony but this idea has been dividing the elites as some of them believe that, there is no civil administrator in this country who will sign such a daring initiative. This move will help foster the unity and solidarity between the elites who are totally against the Yaounde regime regardless of the fact that, Biya works with a handful of some selfish Indigents of the region such as, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, who has been the country's speaker of the National assembly for over 20 years, Ayang Luc, President of Economic and Social council, The famous communication minister Issa Tchiroma, Bouba Bello amongst others work unfortunately so hard to protect their interests rather than those of the population.

It is been said news of this memo is causing severe panic and sleepless nights at Etoudi, coupled with the ongoing Anglophone crisis. A press conference to announce the publication of the pamphlet will be held in the days ahead.

“In October 2016, I fell sick so I asked for permission from my boss, the captain of our unit in Kousserie to go to a hospital in Garoua (CHU) in order to carry out some medical tests. He gave me four days. At the hospital, the doctor asked me to wait for five more days before I could have the results. Looking at the situation at hand, and discovering that I had no means to pay my fare back to my work post and then to the hospital again after five days, I begged my boss to understand the circumstances of my prolonged stay, but he refused.

I had no choice but to wait for those five days. On the sixth day, I took the results and left for Kousserie. On reaching there, the captain had already sent my message to Yaounde for absence from work in times of war. My salary was suspended and I equally had to answer before the military tribunal.

I stayed calm even though I still needed more money for my treatment. I begged for permission again from our head, who refused again. I went to another captain who was not under our unit and explained my situation, then he gave me 15 days. I travelled and I came back when I had to return, in 15 days.

When I came back, the head of our unit was not happy with the fact that I took my problem to another person. I had no place in the office for over a month. After the one month, I was reconsidered but under strict conditions for more than 30 days which I humbly accepted.

In early March 2017, I missed the promotion of Gendarme officers to higher ranks. Frustrated, I made up my mind to go to our boss’s office on Friday to ask him to at least reinstate my salary. All of a sudden he ruthlessly chased me out of his office and even brandished his pistol at me.

I went out quietly and looked for a well loaded AK47. Afterwards, I came back to the office and shot the captain. Going outside, I saw the secretary trying to escape, I equally gave her own dose of bullets. I also shot one of my gendarme mates but before I did that, I told him “my man forgive me, between you and I, there is no problem”.

Somewhere behind the building, two female gendarmes were discussing with a woman who lived beside. I shot the woman. The other two started running. One of them while running, hit an obstacle, fell down and started begging “please don’t kill me I’m getting married in November” she pleaded. Despite that, I hit her with six bullets. Her colleague sought refuge in a nearby police station. I followed her there and asked the authorities to release her to me. They refused saying “this is not a gendarmerie station, go and wait for her at the gendarmerie”.

The reason why I killed the two ladies was because they were the ones fuelling up my situation with the captain. They did not call to inform me that a message about me had been sent to Yaounde and they also spent their time telling the captain everything that I did in town”.

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