Headlines|FF0000 http://cameroon-concord.com Sat, 23 Feb 2019 02:10:00 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cameroon: French parliamentarians put pressure on Biya's regime to release former CRTV GM, Amadou Vamoulké http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-french-parliamentarians-put-pressure-on-biya-s-regime-to-release-former-crtv-gm-amadou-vamoulke http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-french-parliamentarians-put-pressure-on-biya-s-regime-to-release-former-crtv-gm-amadou-vamoulke Cameroon: French parliamentarians put pressure on Biya's regime to release former CRTV GM, Amadou Vamoulké

French MPs and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) participated in a press conference in the  French National Assembly.
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The former head of the Cameroonian public broadcaster [CRTV] is being sued for alleged embezzlement of 4 billion FCFA (6 million euros), for the sole benefit of the media he led between 2005 and 2016.

At the end of January, 9 French parliamentarians had sent a letter to Emmanuel Macron and Jean Yves Le Drian to ask them to use their diplomatic relations to ensure the "immediate release" of the former boss of the state radio and television.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the prosecution has not "provided evidence of the relevance of its action" in this case.

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bogus@bogus.com (MYK) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:14:42 +0000
Two of Dangote's trucks caught transporting weed in Kousserie Cameroon. http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/two-of-dangote-s-trucks-caught-transporting-weed-in-kousserie http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/two-of-dangote-s-trucks-caught-transporting-weed-in-kousserie Two of Dangote's trucks caught transporting weed in Kousserie Cameroon.

Today ,14th February 2019 at about 5am,two of Dangote's trucks caught the attention of customs officers at Dabanga village in situated at Logone and Chari Division in the Extreme North Region of Cameroon.{loadposition myposition}

The two trucks which are matriculated LT  TR 407 and LT TR 973 were heading to Kousserie . Custom Officers during their search found out that there were transporting weed. Drug consumption or trafficking is prohibited, bound with law no.97/019 of the Cameroon penal code issued on October 7th 1997, it goes with a prison term of about 20 years and a fine of about 126,000000 million cfa.

Statistics have proven that more than 12000 youths between the ages 13 to15 consumes weed.it has also been noted that this drug is consumed more than tramol.

To fight against this drug in the midst of youths,the President urges for the creation of a ministerial commission that will fight against drug trafficking and consumption.

During his speech addressing youths on the 10th of February ahead of the 53rd edition of the youth day,the president asked youths to abstain from drugs that might lead them to become nuisance to the society e.g weed and alcohol.He Promise to engage a security unit that will fight against this crime.{loadposition myposition2}

Source:koaci.com

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bogus@bogus.com (koaci) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:35:34 +0000
Cameroon: 4 die of fire, 5 Cars burnt in Kumba District hospital inferno http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-4-die-of-fire-5-cars-burnt-in-kumba-district-hospital-inferno http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/cameroon-4-die-of-fire-5-cars-burnt-in-kumba-district-hospital-inferno Cameroon: 4 die of fire, 5 Cars burnt in Kumba District hospital inferno

Local authorities in Kumba have said four patients who were receiving treatment at the District hospital in Kumba have died after the health establishment went up in flames early this morning.

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At least five vehicles were set on fire while the
Nurses quarters, male medical, male and female surgical, Gen room among others were brought down to ashes.

The incident has left patients and Medical personnel of the affected area stranded.

One of them who can barely walk recounted:
"The amba boys came into the hospital. We were scared of the boys, but instead the boys ask us to move out" recounted a victim.

Another witness on the ground had a contrary oppinion: "The military has been carrying out a lot of operations in civilian attire lately. Amba boys cannot set ablaze a Hospital where they or their relatives sometimes receive treatment. Besides it happened during curfew time when only the military are on patrol."

Earlier today, a Gendarme officer on the basis of anonymity said the hospital was set ablaze by the military because it treats wounded Amba fighters.

As at now, the person(s) or group responsible isn't clear enough.
Lives are now at stake as dialysis services in the hospital has have been interrupted.

Source: Mimi Mefo Info (MMI)

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bogus@bogus.com (Mimi Mefo Info (MMI)) Headlines|FF0000 Mon, 11 Feb 2019 09:58:21 +0000
International Criminal Court: Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo freed http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/international-criminal-court-former-ivorian-president-laurent-gbagbo-freed http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/international-criminal-court-former-ivorian-president-laurent-gbagbo-freed International Criminal Court: Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo freed

Judges at the International Criminal Court will  have ruled on Tuesday over former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s request to be acquitted and released after more than seven years in custody.

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Gbagbo, 73, and Charles Blé Goudé, a close ally and former political youth leader, have been on trial since 2016 for war crimes allegedly committed under Gbagbo’s leadership.

He faced four counts of crimes against humanity, including murder, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts during post-electoral violence in Ivory Coast between December 2010 and April 2011, when Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by rival Alassane Ouattara.

Legal experts say that during the trial, which is now declared  over, prosecutors presented a lot of evidence crimes occurred, but few witnesses could link the ex-Ivory Coast leader directly.

The acquittal is a major setback for the prosecution, stung by defeats in cases against Jean-Pierre Bemba, the Congolese ex-vice president released in June after his war crimes conviction was overturned, and former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who saw charges against him dropped in 2015.

Source: France24

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Headlines|FF0000 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 10:22:45 +0000
Kinsasha: Wind of change as Congo Opposition Leader Is declared Surprise Winner of Presidential Vote http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/kinsasha-wind-of-change-as-congo-opposition-leader-is-declared-surprise-winner-of-presidential-vote http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/kinsasha-wind-of-change-as-congo-opposition-leader-is-declared-surprise-winner-of-presidential-vote Kinsasha: Wind of change as Congo Opposition Leader Is declared Surprise Winner of Presidential Vote

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the surprise winner of last month’s presidential election.

The win confounds expectations that former President Joseph Kabila’s protege, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, would become leader of the world’s biggest cobalt producer. If the Constitutional Court validates the result, it’ll mark the first transfer of power by the ballot box since Congo gained independence from Belgium nearly six decades ago.
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The prospective change of administration may spur optimism among mining investors including Glencore Plc and Barrick Gold Corp. that they can reverse elements of a fiercely disputed new industry code that raised royalties and added taxes.

Tshisekedi, 55, garnered 7.05 million votes, the electoral commission, known as CENI, said in provisional results broadcast on state television Thursday in the capital, Kinshasa.
Tshisekedi “is provisionally proclaimed elected as president,” CENI President Corneille Nangaa said.

Rival opposition leader Martin Fayulu got 6.37 million ballots, while Shadary obtained 4.36 million, he said.

The Kabila family has led Congo for more than 20 years. The outgoing president succeeded his father in 2001 after he was assassinated before winning elections in 2006 and again five years later. Barred by the constitution from seeking a third term, Kabila handpicked Shadary, a loyalist former interior minister, to run for the ruling Common Front for Congo coalition, fueling suspicions the current head of state intended to retain considerable influence over his preferred successor.

Pre-election polling by New York University’s Congo Research Group recorded Shadary trailing the opposition by a large margin -- with Tshisekedi topping a survey in October and Fayulu commanding a strong lead two days before the vote.

Fayulu criticized CENI Tuesday for failing to announce provisional results on Jan. 6 as scheduled and warned against “any attempt to twist the truth of the ballot box.”

Tshisekedi’s party has traditionally been strong in Kinshasa and the central Kasai region. He joined forces with Vital Kamerhe, the head of another major opposition party who came third in the 2011 election, in an effort to boost his popularity in eastern Congo. Kamerhe is set to serve as Tshisekedi’s prime minister under the terms of their agreement.

The influential body that represents Congo’s Catholic bishops said Jan. 3 that results gathered at polling stations on election day by its 40,000-strong observation mission showed which candidate had won, without naming the person. The New York Times cited a senior adviser to Kabila as saying the Catholic group believed Fayulu, rather than Tshisekedi, won comfortably.

Shadary’s campaign and CENI accused the bishops of violating Congolese law and risking a popular uprising.

CENI released the results three days later than scheduled, prompting speculation about how the agency was handling the counting process. SYMOCEL, a group of Congolese civil society organizations which deployed 20,000 election observers, said in a report on Tuesday there had been major irregularities at the results-compilation centers, with numerous cases registered in Shadary’s home province of Maniema.

Hours before the results were released, the Catholic organization urged CENI to honor “its duty to publish only results from the ballot boxes.” A body representing Congo’s Protestant leadership and SYMOCEL co-signed the document.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Headlines|FF0000 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 05:37:58 +0000
Gabon soldiers read message on state radio as shots heard in Libreville http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/gabon-soldiers-read-message-on-state-radio-as-shots-heard-in-libreville http://cameroon-concord.com/headlines/gabon-soldiers-read-message-on-state-radio-as-shots-heard-in-libreville Gabon soldiers read message on state radio as shots heard in Libreville

Soldiers in Gabon took control of the national radio station in the early hours of Monday and read a short statement announcing the establishment of a “National Restoration Council” in the absence of the country’s ailing president, Ali Bongo.

A New Year's address by Bongo "reinforced doubts about the president's ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office," said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.

An AFP correspondent said shots were fired near the radio station in the centre of Libreville, capital of the oil-rich West African nation, with military vehicles blocking access to the site.

In a video circulating on social media, Ondo Obiang is seen in a radio studio wearing military fatigues and a green beret as he reads the statement, which was broadcast at around 4:30 am local time (5:30 am GMT). Two other soldiers with large assault rifles stand behind him.

 

Ondo Obiang called on the military and Gabonese youth to join his movement and occupy public buildings and airports throughout the country.

"If you are eating, stop; if you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours... rise up as one and take control of the street," he said in his radio message.

FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP

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Bongo, 59, was hospitalised in October in Saudi Arabia after suffering a stroke. He has been in Morocco since November to continue treatment.

A spokesman for the presidency told Reuters he would make a statement shortly.

In his speech on New Year's, Bongo acknowledged health problems but said he was recovering. He slurred some of his words and did not move his right arm, but otherwise appeared in decent health.

In his absence, the Constitutional Court transferred part of the powers of the president to the prime minister and the vice president.

The Bongo family has ruled the oil-producing country for nearly half a century. Bongo has been president since succeeding his father, Omar, who died in 2009. His re-election in 2016 was marred by claims of fraud and violent protest.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Headlines|FF0000 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:38:43 +0000
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