Headlines|FF0000 http://cameroon-concord.com Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:06:36 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cameroon: Patrice Nganang to spend Christmas, New Year behind bars http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-patrice-nganang-to-spend-christmas-new-year-behind-bars http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-patrice-nganang-to-spend-christmas-new-year-behind-bars Cameroon: Patrice Nganang to spend Christmas, New Year behind bars

Cameroonian writer and lecturer Patrice Nganang is to spend all end-of-year feasts behind bars after his trial was adjourned to January 19.

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The outspoken author, who has been taken back to the Kondengui Central Prison, is accused of treating President Biya with contempt.

He is also accused of threatening to send a bullet into the skull of Mr Biya.


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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:37:21 +0000
Anglophone crisis: Commonwealth secretary general in Cameroon http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/anglophone-crisis-commonwealth-secretary-general-in-cameroon http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/anglophone-crisis-commonwealth-secretary-general-in-cameroon Anglophone crisis: Commonwealth secretary general in Cameroon

The secretary general of the Commonwealth of Nations is un Cameroon to discuss the Anglophone crisis.

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She will reportedly meet with President Biya, some ministers, opposition leaders and leaders of civil society groups.

This comes amid heated tension between security forces from Cameroon and armed men reportedly from Ambazonia.

There have been several deaths in recent weeks, reports say.

Many people are expecting Britain and France to intervene as soon as possible because they were at the beginning of the so-called partition and reunification of Cameroon.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:35:34 +0000
African Development Bank to pump in $77 million to link Cameroon and Chad http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/african-development-bank-to-pump-in-77-million-to-link-cameroon-and-chad http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/african-development-bank-to-pump-in-77-million-to-link-cameroon-and-chad African Development Bank to pump in $77 million to link Cameroon and Chad

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will disburse €66 million (more than $77 million) for the construction of a bridge linking Cameroon and Chad. This was announced by AfDB on Monday, December 11, 2017.  

The 620m bridge which will link Yagoua (Cameroon) and Bongor (Chad) will be built over a period of 4 years. It will built across the Logone River which is a natural border between the two countries. {loadposition myposition}

This infrastructure will help boost trade between the two central African countries. "Besides its direct impacts on users and residents of the neighboring villages, the bridge should unlock the economic potentials in agriculture, timber and mineral sectors, in northern Cameroon and in the southwestern region of Chad", Ousmane Doré, AfDB’s Director General for Central Africa Regional Development and Business Delivery Office, said.

This disbursement follows the conclusion of a co-funding agreement signed by the pan-African institution and the European Union in March 2017. The agreement should allow the construction of many cross-border infrastructures in order to boost economic integration in the region.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:48:36 +0000
Panic Grips Yaoundé Denizens, with Increasing Rumors of a Civil War in January, 2018. http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/panic-grips-yaounde-denizens-with-increasing-rumors-of-a-civil-war-in-january-2018 http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/panic-grips-yaounde-denizens-with-increasing-rumors-of-a-civil-war-in-january-2018 Panic Grips Yaoundé Denizens, with Increasing Rumors of a Civil War in January, 2018.

There are increasing indicators that the Biya’s dynasty in La Republique du Cameroun (LRC) and their 56 years of colonial grip over the territory of Ambazonia is gradually, but surely coming to a culmination. The one year and continuous resistance of Ambazonians against the almost six decades long slavery leaves no one in doubts that the strong man of Central Africa and his proxies are gradually falling from grace and falling for good. This is further compounded by the increasing exhaustion of the octogenarian lion man, without a cogent successor plan. The political stage is thus exposed for a possible free for all combat between different geopolitical interests in LRC come 2018. The worst of it, is the fact that General Ivo Yenwo, the secretly deposed Ambazonian born, Director of Presidential Security, is still nowhere to be found after he allegedly disappeared last time with a contingent of troops.

This is creating serious panic and fear among political bigwigs and citizens in public offices in theYaoundé.

Recall that BaretaNews had reported some months back the alleged disappearance of the Nso born military general after mysteriously surviving an assassination attempt purportedly orchestrated by his boss Paul Biya and those around him. Since then, there seem to be no traces of his whereabouts and so, there is serious panic in high places in Yaoundé, with different conspiracy theories that the general is either planning a revenge attack on the limping Yaoundé regime out of the country or he may be the hidden face behind the General XXX of the Ambazonian {loadposition myposition}

Interim Government. With all these, there are very high speculations of heightened political violence all over the Cameroons possibly in January 2018.

Last week, BaretaNews reporter came in contact with a senior administrator in one of LRC’s ministries in Yaoundé, who was parking out the belongings of her children from one of the cozy student hostels in Buea, and transporting them back to Bamenda, her hometown. Upon interrogating why she was doing that when the children have not yet graduated from the university, this administrator asked BaretaNews reporter; “haven’t you heard that January will be hot in the country?”

After some probing questions, she told our reporter that Yaoundé is in panic over the disappearance of General Ivo Yenwo with a group of soldiers, coupled with a fight for political succession between the North and South.

According to her, the issue of General Ivo has become a gossip story in every lip at the various ministries, to the extent that officials or civil servant only discuss about it in hiding and in a group of two. When a third person shows up, the discussion is immediately halted. She stated that there are speculations that he (General Ivo) is training the soldiers in an unknown neighboring destination to come and attack those who purportedly orchestrated his attempted assassination. Therefore, every government official in Yaounde, especially those close the old man, Paul Biya, now live in fear of the unknown.

The senior administrator, further revealed that there is also unsmiling political scheming going on in the background between the Hausa-Fulani North and the Ewondo/Beti extractions, on who to succeed the ailing president Paul Biya. While the North is spitting fire and vowing not to tolerate another mandate of Paul Biya or any one from his center-south extraction come 2018, Mr. Biya’s Kinsmen have sworn to retain the supposed Unity Palace, with or without the presence of their son (Biya) around the scene.

This is happening as Southern Cameroonians too, are insisting on delivering themselves out of the 56 years of LRC colonialism, to the resistance of the colonial master.

With all these schisms, tension and political uncertainties, the lady concluded that nearly every enlightened persons in Yaoundé, with access to information already knows that 2018, especially the month of January shall be bloody across the Cameroons. Consequently, sending her children back home until further notice is a proactive measure, aimed at preventing them from being stranded in Buea, in case of any eventuality.

Whatever happens in January, whether civil war or no civil war; whether General Ivo attacks Yaoundé or not; whether the scheming between the different geopolitical interests in LRC heighten in January or not; all what is in the agenda of Ambazonians is their freedom from 56 years of servitude. If LRC wants to become a failed state after Ambazonia has been freed, that is their own internal political squabble and is not the political business Ambazonians.

Agbor James,

BaretaNews Political Activist

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:34:59 +0000
Zimambwe: Mugabe to contest upccoming presidential elections - Zanu PF http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimambwe-mugabe-to-contest-upccoming-presidential-elections-zanu-pf http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimambwe-mugabe-to-contest-upccoming-presidential-elections-zanu-pf Zimambwe: Mugabe to contest upccoming presidential elections - Zanu PF

Zimbabwe’s 92-year-old president Robert Mugabe could be vying for a further term in office in the 2018 elections. According to the country’s ruling party Zanu PF, Mugabe is certain to be endorsed as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2018 polls.

The party’s secretary general Ignatius Chombo revealed that Mugabe will get the endorsement at the party’s annual conference this week, saying that Mugabe brings “wisdom and unity” to his leadership of Zimbabwe, which is struggling with a dire economic situation that has prompted periodic protests against the government.{loadposition myposition}

This is a confusing twist of plot, coming after Mugabe’s announcement in early November that he would retire. Speaking to a group of war veterans in November, Mugabe admitted that the country’s economy is crumbling and said he would retire. He has previously said that he would die in office,although he said he is open to retirement if asked by his party. He has also dismissed demands by once stalwart war veteran supporters to quit, saying he was in power by popular vote and accusing critics of plotting his ouster with longtime Western opponents.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:53:18 +0000
Germany to grant Ghana $118 million (€100 million) to promote renewable energies http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/germany-to-grant-ghana-118-million-100-million-to-promote-renewable-energies http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/germany-to-grant-ghana-118-million-100-million-to-promote-renewable-energies Germany to grant Ghana $118 million (€100 million) to promote renewable energies

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier signed a multi-million dollar partnership with Ghana on his first trip to Africa since taking office. Germany hopes the accord might help curb migration to Europe.

Germany has agreed to grant Ghana $118 million (€100 million) to promote renewable energies, energy efficiency and vocational training.

The two countries signed the “Investment and Reform Partnership” agreement following talks on Tuesday in Ghana's capital, Accra, between German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and  Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Germany earlier this year signed similar partnerships with the Ivory Coast and Tunisia. "German businesses are happy to go where there is a democracy perspective," the German president said, adding that "Ghana has shown the world over the past 12 months that it is possible to move away from a difficult situation by taking determined action."{loadposition myposition}

The agreement is aimed at attracting private investment, creating jobs in the West African nation and discouraging illegal migration, said Steinmeier, who is on the first leg of a four-day visit to Ghana and The Gambia.

Better opportunities at home

"I am completely convinced that Akufo-Addo is serious about a more investment-friendly environment here in Ghana," Steinmeier said, adding that his visit highlights the strong ties between the two nations. Ghana, he said, has "done well to enhance its business climate and has provided the opportunity for the German companies to invest in Ghana."

The German President is welcomed with military honors in Accra

Ghana is West Africa's second largest economy after Nigeria. In an interview with Ghana's Daily Graphic newspaper, the German president called Ghana "a shining example in the region." 

As one of Germany’s most important trading partners in West Africa, he said, Ghana can "send a signal of encouragement and motivation to set out for new shores that will be heard far beyond the borders of your country."

Discourage economic migration

"We want to help Ghana succeed in offering better opportunities to its young citizens than embarking on the extremely dangerous option of illegal migration," the German President told the Daily Graphic, adding that it was the mutual obligation of European and African nations to warn people of the great dangers of the migratory journey towards Europe.

Pointing out that Germany grants asylum to people fleeing political persecution and conflict, but not to economic migrants, he argued that the partners must "fight together against criminal trafficking networks." He also stressed the importance of coming up with ways of increasing the number of skilled jobs in Ghana to give citizens reasons to stay in the country.

Relations between Ghana and Germany go back more than 60 years, with Germany increasingly evolving as one of Ghana's biggest development partners.

"We are taking great deal of inspiration from the commitment of German leaders in supporting the options the Ghanaian people have taken to assume greater responsibility for their economic development," said Ghana's president, who praised the "fruitful dialogue."

On Wednesday in Accra, German President Steinmeier is scheduled to open a migration advisory center aimed at training young Ghanaians and supporting business start-ups before continuing on to the Republic of The Gambia.

DW

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:40:00 +0000
Cameroon: SDF MPs Rubbish Govt's Claim Of Protecting Anglophones http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-sdf-mps-rubbish-govt-s-claim-of-protecting-anglophones http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-sdf-mps-rubbish-govt-s-claim-of-protecting-anglophones Cameroon: SDF MPs Rubbish Govt's Claim Of Protecting Anglophones

 

Members of Parliament, MPs, of Cameroon's leading opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, SDF, have declared that the claim by govemment of securing the Anglophone Regions of the Northwest and the Southwest is a joke.

The declaration was made on behalf of the SDF MPs by the Scribe, Jean Tsomelou on December 13. at a press conference in Yaounde that was aimed at presenting a balance sheet of the just ending November budgetary session that was overshadowed by calls to include the ongoing crisis in the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameroon in the agenda. Senator Tsomelou reiterated in his preliminary statement that instead of opening up a constructive and inclusive dialogue, govermment has decided to use military force to arrest a crisis that is purely political. "Government can't continue to claim that their attempt of securing the two Anglophone regions is yielding fruits when civilians and soldiers are killed each passing day." Stating a number of steps SDF has taken for government to address the situation and ensure there tum to normalcy, Hon. Tsomelou said there Mated for urgent solutions to be found so as to stop what is considered as a slow pace genocide.{loadposition myposition}

Concerning the just ended November session of Parliament. SDF said their action in the two houses was to draw attention on the ongoing crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions over which government has strangely remained silent. To the party, they were crying for children in detention, children not going to school and for civilians and soldiers who are being killed every day. Although they were happy that the message went across, the SDF Parliamentary Group Leader, Hon. Joseph Banadzem, said shallow minded people saw it as noise making, dancing, and blowing of whistle and vuvuzelas.

While questioning why the debate on the Anglophone crisis could not be discussed in the two houses, SDF said on the other hand, the issue of Boko Haram was introduced onto the agenda leading to debates and contributions of which the SDF gave closed to FCFA 13 million.

Unanimously agreeing that citizens in the two Anglophone are experiencing torture under a militarised structure, members of parliament from the two houses noted that the two regions are being occupied by forces imported from out of the regions with well-defined instructions.

Concerning Hon. Joseph Wirba, MP for Jakiri Special Constituency, it was said that his absence from the seasion can better be explained by him as they Mated that each and every member of a party hes to respect and obey a supreme organ.

According to some MPs, if Hon. Wirba was a simple militant of the party, he would have been sanctioned but since he was elected, he still has his mandate running. That notwithstanding, it was maintained that he will be assessed when his mandate comes to an end.

Reaffirming their stance on federation, the leading opposition party said between now and the next parliamentary session, people's representatives will go back to their constituencies to up-date their people about what transpired during the November seasion. Besides that, the party will permanently be in action, working towards calling for President Paul Biya to summon an inclusive dialogue on the ongoing crisis in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

It should be noted that since the crisis went out of hand in October 2016, President Biya has made only two prenouncements ; on December 31, 2016 and on November 30, 2017. Sadly enough, the President has never extended condolences to the families of civilians killed since the crisis erupted. The press conference was also an opportunity to decry the torture inflicted on journalists in the country. While calling for the media to fight for their rights, the SDF MPs said, for 27 years, they have been fighting and that they will continue to fight for a better Cameroon.

The post Newspaper

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:23:50 +0000
Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimbabwe-s-mugabe-flies-to-singapore-first-trip-since-ouster http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/zimbabwe-s-mugabe-flies-to-singapore-first-trip-since-ouster Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday.

The 93-year-old, who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him when it became clear that his 52-year-old wife, Grace, was being groomed as his successor.

Until recently the world’s oldest head of state, Mugabe had a reputation for extensive and expensive international travel, including regular medical trips to Singapore - a source of public anger among his impoverished citizens.

He left Harare with Grace and aides on Monday evening, the official said. He is expected to make a stop-over in Malaysia, where his daughter, Bona, is expecting a second child.{loadposition myposition}

“He has gone for a routine medical trip to Singapore,” said the official, who has organized Mugabe’s security protection but who is not authorized to speak to the media. “He was due for a check-up but events of the last few weeks made it impossible for him to travel.”

The trip means Mugabe will not be in Zimbabwe when ZANU-PF endorses President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its leader and presidential candidate for next year’s elections during a one-day special congress on Friday.

The security official would not say how Mugabe was traveling although the privately owned NewsDay newspaper said he was on a state-owned Air Zimbabwe plane.

Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured of his safety under his resignation deal, a source of frustration to many Zimbabweans who accused him of looting state coffers and destroying the economy during his time in power.

Another government official told Reuters last month Mugabe had been due to travel to Singapore on Nov. 16 but was unable to leave because the military had confined him to his private home the previous day.

George Charamba, a senior information ministry official, declined to comment.

Under Zimbabwe’s Presidential Pension and Retirement Benefits Act, a former head of state is entitled to perks including limited foreign travel and medical insurance.

“These are very standard features of a retired president,” another government official said, trying to head off any controversy. “You are making a storm out of nothing.”

Reuters

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:29:34 +0000
Cameroon: Biya leaves for Paris http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-biya-leaves-for-paris http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-biya-leaves-for-paris Cameroon: Biya leaves for Paris

President of La Republique du Cameroun has left the country today on December 11, for Paris, France it has been reported.

Mr Paul Biya will reportedly attend the Paris Summit on Climate change organized by French President Emmanuel Macron on December 12.
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Preparations at the Cameroon embassy in Paris are being intensified, reports.Mr Biya and Mr Macron   are yet to have a tête-a-tête.

Pundits are wondering if Mr Biya will drop the journey and handle the Anglophone crisis which is growing more and more wild, of he is using it as a stopover to join his 'terrestrial paradise in Geneva.'

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:50:45 +0000
EU to Netanyahu: Jerusalem Must be Capital of Two States http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/eu-to-netanyahu-jerusalem-must-be-capital-of-two-states http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/eu-to-netanyahu-jerusalem-must-be-capital-of-two-states EU to Netanyahu: Jerusalem Must be Capital of Two States

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday he believes most or all European countries will move their embassies to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel's capital, following a move to do so by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Speaking in Brussels alongside European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, Netanyahu said Trump's recognition of Jerusalem "put facts squarely on the table" and that "peace is based on reality."

"Jerusalem is Israel's capital. No one can deny. It doesn't obviate peace, it makes peace possible because recognizing reality is the substance of peace, it's the foundation of peace," Netanyahu said.

Mogherini said the EU will continue to follow international consensus on Jerusalem until its status is solved as part of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which at this time means not joining the U.S. position Trump announced last week.

"We believe the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on two states with Jerusalem as the capital of both the state of Israel and the state of Palestine," Mogherini said.

She pledged to increase work with partners in the region, including Egypt and Jordan, as well as the Israelis and Palestinians themselves to relaunch the peace process, "even if it seems like difficult times."

Mogherini said the worst that can happen at this time is an escalation of violence and tension, and she condemned "in the strongest way" all attacks against Jews and Israel.

Ahead of his visit to Brussels to meet with EU foreign ministers, Netanyahu had criticized European leaders for what he called their "hypocrisy" in standing against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the city.

"I hear voices from there condemning President Trump's historic statement, but I have not heard condemnations of the rockets fired at Israel or the terrible incitement against it," the Israeli leader said Saturday.

He added Sunday after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron that Jerusalem has always been Israel's capital, and that "the sooner the Palestinians come to grips with this reality, the sooner we'll move toward peace."

Macron condemned attacks on Israel, but said he opposes Trump's decision on Jerusalem. Macron described it as a "breach of international law and a risk for peace. In risk for peace because I believe these statements do not serve security, including the security of Israel and the Israelis."

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Lebanese security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut fired water cannons and tear gas to beat back Lebanese and Palestinian protesters who hurled projectiles at the embassy and burned Trump in effigy, along with U.S. and Israeli flags.

In Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, thousands of protesters mounted a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Jakarta. Other protests occurred in Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt and the Palestinian territories bordering Israel.

Police in the Swedish city of Gothenburg arrested three people for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue. A police spokesman said Sunday the incident is being investigated as attempted arson. No one was hurt in the incident.

Israeli police said a security guard was stabbed and seriously wounded near the Jerusalem bus terminal. His attacker was arrested.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, defended Trump's decision in an interview on CNN. She said Israel already has numerous government agencies in Jerusalem, adding, "Why shouldn't we have the embassy there?" She said Trump "did the will of the (American) people" by making a decision that previous U.S. presidents refused to do.

Earlier Sunday, the Arab League called Trump’s decision "a dangerous development that places the United States at a position of bias in favor of the occupation and the violation of international law and resolutions."

The statement was issued after an emergency meeting of league foreign ministers in Cairo and went on to say that Trump’s decision also strips the U.S. of its role as a "sponsor and broker" in the Mideast peace process.

The resolution also said Trump’s Jerusalem decision "undermines efforts to bring about peace, deepens tension and will spark anger that will threaten to push the region to the edge of the abyss of violence, chaos and bloodshed."

The head of the Arab League called on the nations of the world to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital, in response to Trump's announcement. The foreign ministers also called on the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump’s decision.

The heads of the largest Christian church in Cairo and Al-Azhar University have said they will not meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence when he visits Cairo on December 20. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has also announced he will not meet with Pence, saying "the U.S. has crossed red lines" on Jerusalem.

A spokeswoman for Pence said Sunday it was "unfortunate that the Palestinian Authority is walking away again from an opportunity to discuss the future of the region.''

A statement from the Coptic Orthodox Church called the Trump decision "inappropriate and without consideration for the feelings of millions of people."

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Headlines|FF0000 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:40:36 +0000