Headlines|FF0000 http://cameroon-concord.com Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:58:20 +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: Fake Transparency International Observers & Matters Arising http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-fake-transparency-international-observers-matters-arising http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-fake-transparency-international-observers-matters-arising

Rather than arrest and prosecute them for impersonation and acting under false pretence, the the fake TI election observers have been reportedly whisked out of the country under police protection. But even as the dust is yet to settle over this national embarrassment and international disgrace, certain posers are begging for answers.

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To begin with: why did the gov’t deem it necessary to “invite” fake observers and attribute them to TI? A naïve question right? No. Reason, Atanga Nji in his juvenile reasoning believes the face of any “white man” on national TV praising the organization of the election will confer legitimacy and undercut any eventual challenges to the credibility of the process; if and when the final results are publish with Biya as the winner.
The choice of TI might look naïve on the surface, but Atanga Nji is not naïve. He knows Akere’ Muna’s roots with TI run very deep but he was blind-sided by his lack of education and ignorance on how the world works. It didn’t matter if TI was principally an anti-corruption watchdog; Atanga in his parochialism thought that was the best way to discredit any challenge mounted by the Kamto-Muna camp. The argument would have been: if observers from TI where Akere worked have said the election was free, fair and credible, then any Kamto-Akere challenge could only mean they as sore losers. There is a discernible patter of fraud here.
Recall, Atanga Nji manipulated public opinion with a fake poll by an obscurantist outfit run by his kid brother in Texas, which predicted a landslide victory for Biya. That scheme was exposed after a backlash on social media exposed the outfit as fake.
But even more worrisome is the Israeli angle to this whole saga. By some strange happenstance, all the fake election observers have Jewish heritage with connections to Israel and one cannot help but notice that while “observing” the elections, security for the fake observers was provided by BIR, which is a de facto Israeli para-military force operating in Cameroon, under Israeli supervision. And as if all this was not enough, the gov’t is reported to have spent a whooping FCFA 300 million to “invite” these observers to Cameroon, yet the pugnacious and talkative Communications Minister and CRTV which re-echoed the bogus gratuitous assessment of a hitch-free election by the impostors have maintained a conspicuous silence which is deafening. Surely, nothing like this happens in any country worthy of respect. The gov’t owes Cameroonians an explanation for this embarrassment; and for once, there has to be some accountability.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Ekinneh Agbaw-Ebai) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:26:59 +0000
Cameroon: Biya and Macron’s conversation on phone http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-biya-and-macron-s-conversation-on-phone-2 http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-biya-and-macron-s-conversation-on-phone-2 Cameroon: Biya and Macron’s conversation on phone

The French president Emmanuel Macron, has had a phone conversation with the Cameroonian president Paul Biya, on Saturday 30 June 2018.

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Globally, the two heads of state talked about security, the future of the francophonie and about the African Union summit which is at hand.

From the conversation, cameroon-concord.com gathered that;

In the perspective of his move to Africa for the 31st edition of the African Union summit, the president of France had an exchange on phone with Paul Biya, the Cameroonian president.

They both condemned the attack carried out a day before the call, on a military officer of the Sahel G5 joined force.

In view of president Macron’s planned visit to Nigeria, the French and Cameroonian presidents evoked in particular, the situation around the lake Chad basin and the necessity to ensure Regional cooperation in the fight against the terrorist acts of Boko Haram.

Emmanuel Macron equally promised to support the African Union in seeking solutions to African crisis.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:30:26 +0000
Cameroon: Biya and Macron’s conversation on phone http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-biya-and-macron-s-conversation-on-phone http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-biya-and-macron-s-conversation-on-phone Cameroon: Biya and Macron’s conversation on phone

The French president Emmanuel Macron, has had a phone conversation with the Cameroonian president Paul Biya, on Saturday 30 June 2018.

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Globally, the two heads of state talked about security, the future of the francophonie and about the African Union summit which is at hand.

From the conversation, cameroon-concord.com gathered that;

In the perspective of his move to Africa for the 31st edition of the African Union summit, the president of France had an exchange on phone with Paul Biya, the Cameroonian president.

They both condemned the attack carried out a day before the call, on a military officer of the Sahel G5 joined force.

In view of president Macron’s planned visit to Nigeria, the French and Cameroonian presidents evoked in particular, the situation around the lake Chad basin and the necessity to ensure Regional cooperation in the fight against the terrorist acts of Boko Haram.

Emmanuel Macron equally promised to support the African Union in seeking solutions to African crisis.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 03 Jul 2018 12:30:26 +0000
US Ambassador’s declaration: President Biya demands explanation from special adviser http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/us-ambassador-s-declaration-president-biya-demands-explanation-from-special-adviser http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/us-ambassador-s-declaration-president-biya-demands-explanation-from-special-adviser US Ambassador’s declaration: President Biya demands explanation from special adviser

President Paul Biya,85, has demanded explanation from the special adiviser to the presidency, Luc Sindjoun, following his reported reaction to a statement made by the US Ambassador to Cameroon advising MrBiya to step down.

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The revelation is published in the Essingan newspaper.

MrSindjoun is believed to have said the statement from Ambassador Barlerin was proof of good relations between both countries, a stance which does not seem to get down well with the president.

The US diplomate has raised much dust in Cameroon after disclosing that he recommended Nelson Mandela and George Washington to Biya as good examples to follow. He urged the president “to think about his legacy”.

MrBiya, who has been in power since 1982, is apparently a stark opposite of these two former leaders who set the pace of democracy in their respective nations.

MrBiya’s Minister of External Relations reacted by inviting the ambassador to explain his statement.
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bogus@bogus.com (T.S) Headlines|FF0000 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 07:01:00 +0000
Cameroon: Issa  Tchiroma Bakari gives government’s version of killings in Pinying http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-issa-tchiroma-bakari-gives-government-s-version-of-killings-in-pinying http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-issa-tchiroma-bakari-gives-government-s-version-of-killings-in-pinying Cameroon: Issa  Tchiroma Bakari gives government’s version of killings in Pinying

The governments’ spokesperson, the minister of communication, during a press conference on Monday 28 May 2018, has given government’s version of the massacre in Pinyin.

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Closely assisted by the head of the communications unit of the armed forces in Cameroon colonel Badjeck, Tchiroma gave a version which they said is the right one which comes to clarify doubts.

Communications’ minister said it was a group of terrorists that settled in the locality of Menka with plans of disrupting the 20th May celebrations.

 While in the locality, as the minister explained, they were committing several acts of atrocities, like theft, rape amongst others.

They spokesperson went further to point out that the terrorists took control of a motel in the area, where they kept 15 hostages.

Learning of their presence in the Motel, 30 armed men were sent there where they had exchanges of gunshots with the alleged terrorists, that lasted for two hours and had 22 of the terrorists dead one captured and one member of the military wounded.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 29 May 2018 06:19:19 +0000
Anglophone crisis: Black Friday in Pinyin, Santa subdivision http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/anglophone-crisis-black-friday-in-pinyin-santa-subdivision http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/anglophone-crisis-black-friday-in-pinyin-santa-subdivision Anglophone crisis: Black Friday in Pinyin, Santa subdivision

Over 20 persons have been killed in Menka, Pinyin in Santa subdivision, after indiscriminate firing of guns at a crowd by the military at a Motel in that area.

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The armed forces invaded the area, shooting and killing everyone around the vicinity. Those who fled the compound at that time only came back later on to find lifeless bodies all over the place.

According to what Cameroon Concord gathered, security forces invaded the motel where they were made to believe that Ambazonian fighters were hiding.

It consequently happened that they arrived the compound when the fighters had left as reports have it.

The victims of the shooting were all boys including an 18 year old girl. Others who got injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

In reaction to the killings, Barrister Agbor Balla, president of the Fako lawyers association said “Pinyin, Bali, Batibo our hearts are with you during this painful moment. Seeing images of more than 40 youths dead in 48 hours. We must stand up together as one and reverse this senseless war. The barrister said.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Headlines|FF0000 Sat, 26 May 2018 10:38:55 +0000
Cameroon: Minister of External relations tells US Ambassador to respect Cameroonians http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-minister-of-external-relations-tells-us-ambassador-to-respect-cameroonians http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-minister-of-external-relations-tells-us-ambassador-to-respect-cameroonians Cameroon: Minister of External relations tells US Ambassador to respect Cameroonians

According to the minister of External relations Le Jeune Mbella Mbella, the US ambassador, Peter Henry Balerin, was wrong in making negative statements about the Cameroonian armed forces fighting in the Northwest and Southwest Regions.

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The minister revealed in a declaration which he made on 22 May 2018 that, the soldiers fighting in the two English speaking Regions of Cameroon, are doing their job with professionalism.

He debunked every information that is circulating about the misbehaviour of the security forces in the Anglophone Regions.

Reacting to the accusations against him, the US Ambassador said, his statements were misinterpreted by the press.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 24 May 2018 09:40:57 +0000
Cameroon: Mayor of Bangem abducted by Ambazonian fighters. http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-mayor-of-bangem-abducted-by-ambazonian-fighters http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-mayor-of-bangem-abducted-by-ambazonian-fighters Cameroon: Mayor of Bangem abducted by Ambazonian fighters.

The Mayor of the Bangem council, Ekuh Simon and his deputy Enongene Epie Manga, have been abducted by armed men suspected to be Ambazonian fighters.

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Mayor Ekuh and his deputy are reported to have been taken hostage because they had been trying to convince youths of that area to take part in the 20th May celebrations.

In videos circulating on social media, the two men are seen seated in a forest with their hands tied behind their backs and guns pointing at them.

The abduction took place in the village of Ndibsi in Bangem subdivision, and the kidnappers said no one in that area should take part in the march past, else the two men would be killed.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Headlines|FF0000 Mon, 21 May 2018 10:38:25 +0000