The daily Mutations reports that under cover of the Social Democratic Front (Sdf) officials confessed that the party does not yet have the 80 million FCFA to organize the congress. This could explain the fact that this high mass was postponed again last Saturday during the meetings of the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC). In order to raise this money, the newspaper said that the contributions were broken down as follows, 25 million for the party, 36 million for parliamentarians, 13 million for local elected representatives and 6 million for the Regions and From candidates to primary.
The paper also points out that other party cadres indicate that the dismissal of the congress is not due to the ideas of cash tensions within the party. But rather because of the anglophone crisis that is struggling to end. They admit, however, that the question of the organization of the congress was debated at the assizes last Saturday that were held in the residence of the Chairman Ni John Fru Ndi. "We are still discussing it. And I remind you that we held more congresses than the RDPC. What is more important? Make sure that children go to school or choose their leaders, "says the Chairman.
It should be noted that the official reason that was given to justify the postponement of the SDF congress is the English-speaking problem. "The Northwest and South-West are not stable and we have to get everyone from the Regions," says Ni John Fru Ndi.
ROSE NGALA MOKATE DISAPPEARS WITH 175 MILLION FROM CREDIT FONCIER BUEA SAYS THE WEEKLY KALARA NEWSPAPER OF MONDAY MARCH 27
The ex-cashier of this financial institution, Buea's agency, is accused of manipulating client accounts.
According to the weekly Kalara of Monday 27 March 2017, the Credit Foncier du Cameroun (CFC), sues a former employee for alleged misappropriation of the sum of 157 million FCFA. The money in dispute was allegedly distracted from the Buea branch in the south-west region by Rose Ngala Mokate, who until March 2015 held the position of cashier and customer manager.
Indeed, two years ago, the accused had asked permission from her hierarchy for a few days to attend the funeral of her sister. During his absence, the interim cashier, will find that the payments of certain customers, shown on the booklets, do not correspond with the figures mentioned in the machines. After two days of investigations carried out by the management of this agency, which in fact compared the data of all the customers, a difference of more than 17 million FCFA appeared, considered as cash deficit, charged to The accused. She will receive a request for explanation as soon as she returns from her leave.
In response to the request for an explanation, the accused will acknowledge the alleged offense and request a delay in returning the money stolen. What Rose Ngala Mokate will do, whose husband will return the sum total disputed. Unfortunately, a second audit team will stay at CFC Buea, from 3 to 10 March 2015. At the end of this visit, the control report drawn up by the said team will make a statement of more than 157 million FCFA hijacked , In addition to the 17 million FCFA returned. A complaint will be filed against Rose Ngala, followed by her dismissal, reads the newspaper.
While there is some doubt that the accused can succeed in mounting such a scheme without having a few complicities, the Criminal Court (TCS) will do its utmost to ensure that the light is The case. Already, on March 21, the four prosecution witnesses, formerly the accused's colleagues, were heard before the CHT. The next hearing is scheduled for 7 April. Meanwhile, Rose Ngala Mokate, the accused, simply fell into the wild.
This is one of the 16 resolutions adopted by the Executive Committee of FECAFOOT during a marathon meeting on 27 March 2017 in Yaoundé.
FINAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF FECAFOOT OF 27 MARCH 2017
On Monday, 27 March, a meeting of the Executive Committee of FECAFOOT was held at the Hotel Mont Febe in Yaoundé under the presidency of Mr TOMBI A ROKO, President of FECAFOOT.
Fifteen (15) members out of seventeen (17) were present and a quorum was reached, so the Executive Committee could validly deliberate on the items on the agenda.
At the end of the discussions, the following resolutions were adopted:
1st Resolution: The draft agenda was adopted with a few amendments.
2nd Resolution: The Executive Committee of FECAFOOT adopts the minutes of the meeting of the Executive Committee held in Bafoussam on 12 December 2016.
3rd Resolution: Following the report on the state of play of the competitions, the Executive Committee decides: - The date of registration of amateur championship clubs is extended to 30 April 2017 - a capacity building seminar will be organized With the intention of the presidents and secretaries-general of the regional and departmental leagues.
4th Resolution: The Executive Committee adopts the draft financial report of FECAFOOT for the financial year 2016.
5th Resolution: The Executive Committee of FECAFOOT validates the Draft Budget for the financial year 2017 for presentation to the General Assembly for consideration and voting.
6th Resolution: After following the presentation of the Technical Secretariat to the Electoral Commission, concerning the process of setting up specialized leagues, the Executive Committee is satisfied with the timetable thus presented and congratulates the Electoral Commission and the Technical Secretariat.
7th Resolution: The Executive Committee adopts after examination, the Draft General Regulations of the Cameroon Cup.
8th Resolution: The Executive Committee adopts after examination, the Draft General Regulations of FECAFOOT.
9th Resolution: The Executive Committee confirms the following decisions taken by the Emergency Committee of FECAFOOT:
Allocating a special bonus to the players of the Men's National Selection "A", winner of the African Cup of Nations Gabon 2017;
Amending certain provisions of the Annexes of draft statutes for women's football and young football;
Relating to the constitutive assembly of the Specialized League of Women's Football;
Relating to the Constituent Assembly of the Specialized Youth Football League.
10th Resolution : The Executive Committee decides to grant a special subsidy of 280,000,000 (two hundred and eighty million) CFA, to be distributed between the professional and amateur clubs that participated in the championships organized by FECAFOOT, season 2015-2016. This grant will be deducted from the proceeds of Cameroon's victorious participation in the finals of the African Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017.
11th Resolution : The Executive Committee decides on the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to monitor the subsidies allocated by the State for the management of national football teams. This Committee is composed as follows:
Chairman: Hon. KOA Luc;
Rapporteur: Mr MOUSSA Blaise;
- Senator MBELLA MOKI Charles;
-My NGUINI Charles;
- Hon. ZAM Jean Jacques;
- Mr. ABEGA NGUINI Gilles;
A decision of the President of FECAFOOT will formalize the constitution of this commission.
12th Resolution: The Executive Committee decides to refer the draft FECAFOOT procedure manual for proofreading in relation to the FECAFOOT Statutes and Organizational Chart.
13th Resolution : The FECAFOOT objective contract with FIFA will, after validation by the Executive Committee, be forwarded to FIFA.
The projects validated under this contract concern the construction of stadiums in the cities of Bertoua, Ngaoundéré and Maroua.
14th Resolution : The Executive Committee validates the project of the new website of the Cameroon Football Federation.
15th Resolution : The Executive Committee adopts the timetable of the caravan of the President of FECAFOOT for the distribution of the balloons to the clubs.
16th Resolution : On the proposal of the President, the Executive Committee appoints Mrs. AGHA MENGIE Odilia epine CHIN, Administrative Assistant to the President of FECAFOOT with rank of Chief of Service.
Done at Yaounde on 27 March 2017.
THE PRESIDENT OF FECAFOOT: TOMBI A ROKO
THE SECRETARY GENERAL: MOUSSA BLAISE
"The time has therefore come for our nation to put into place a new paradigm for the management of our cultural diversity. That is the price we must pay to find the true unity we seek and through it the strength for which we clamor. The legal system of Cameroon is bi-jural constitutionally, politically socially, culturally and intellectually. Disregarding this fact is an assault on the very foundation on which our nation is built. While it is true that diversity might well create ambiguity complexity and even confusion, the danger of assimilation under the guise of harmonization now appears as a time bomb."
Forcing learned gentlemen of the law into the streets robed in their wigs and gowns is something no Government should wish for. Lawyers are the defenders of those without power, and the watchdogs of the rule of law. Citizens, who are witnesses to such a spectacle, will immediately feel fragile, and the existence of the rule of law in any country will immediately be questioned. As pictures of lawyers flooded the social media last November 08, 2016, and as I saw lawyers in the streets of Bamenda armed only with their ideas, their professional paraphernalia and the request for a dialogue, I wondered about the kind of denial that causes a few to think that because they shut their eyes nothing is happening; and that because they close their ears nothing is being said.
The fact that I can relate without any strain to the frustration of the Common Law practitioner convinces me to conclude that, the effects of cultural diversity in a country on the behavior of its citizens are complex and powerful. The time has therefore come for our nation to put into place a new paradigm for the management of our cultural diversity. That is the price we must pay to find the true unity we seek and through it the strength for which we clamor.
From the dawn of the Federation of Cameroon, the biggest challenge that hung over it like the “Damocles Sword”, was and has been the management of our diversity. Passionate Southern Cameroonians who had the vision of a United States of Africa, thought that maybe a United Cameroon was just the place to start. They felt the shackles that were constituted by a legacy of different colonial cultures could not be allowed to stand in the way of the reunification of peoples torn apart and dispersed by a War they did not start and had nothing to do with. A War which caused the colonizer to suddenly discover in Africans the virtue of valuable partners for the purposes of war but at the same time maintaining them as second class citizens for the purposes of colonization. The Federation that was born guaranteed the protection of diversity. It did so through its constitution. A Bilingual Nation, Federated States with their own Parliaments and Governments, a President and Vice President, one from either culture. Inherited laws, practices and customs maintained in either state of the federation and several other guaranties. So the Common Law lawyers had a Bar freely elected and independent, the civil law jurisdictions had no bar and were under the control of the Government whose prerogative it was to appoint lawyers.
Under the seduction of a 100% increase and even more in salaries West Cameroonians made the chant “going federal” their mantra. Yes, salaries were doubled even tripled, and some people moved to Yaounde. Arrears were paid on the new salaries and people carted away ton loads of money. “Federalization” was indeed a misnomer, for what in fact was the path to a centralization that spelt the death of the Federation. Still in good faith, the new form of the Union was given a chance. Dealing with the legal framework meant the organization of the Bar had to be revisited. So a new Law was passed in 1972 creating a Cameroon Bar totally controlled by the Government in which the lawyers were appointed by a presidential decree. The decade that followed was one in which the Bar fought for its independence and that is another story. The point of this article is not to make a pilgrimage into the past, but to reflect on the way forward. Some of those who have made the need to have a homogeneous society their objective, have failed to ensure that it does not become synonymous to assimilation. Any society with a minority that has a specific historical, geographical, and socio-political history must be managed in a manner to allay any fears of assimilation or discrimination and prejudice.
The movement of the Common Law Lawyers today must bring us to admit that diversity in our country has been mismanaged. This has produced, negative dynamics, ethnocentrism, stereotyping and cultural clashes. These negative dynamics over the years have combined with imbalanced structures to create an atmosphere of social injustice. While it is true that diversity might well create ambiguity complexity and even confusion, the danger of assimilation under the guise of harmonization now appears as a time bomb. In such an atmosphere polarization of social groups becomes easy and this ultimately will breed cynicism and resentment and even heighten friction and tension that could all lead to unfathomable consequences in terms of civil and political unrest.
It will be remiss of me to give the impression that there are no other diversities to be managed. Different groups have come up with memoranda about their regions, what is the response? These are the cries of people who feel that they have been left behind or in some cases left out totally. Many international reports have concluded that the economic predicament of the areas attacked in the Central African Region, indeed facilitated the penetration by the terrorists. Thus many regions do face discrimination in many subtle forms, which are slowly contributing to disappointment and anger. When conflict is the unfortunate outcome, the “majority” or the group controlling power will see and treat any incident as “isolated” when in fact the minority just count it as another event in the pattern of oppression and injustice that is embedded in the system.
I must hasten to add that there have been times when I have personally been witness to the clear demonstration of political will to protect diversity and ensure the respect of our constitution . When the very first OHADA laws were promulgated, the then Minister of Justice, Mr. Laurent Esso, delayed the application of the OHADA laws throughout the territory until they were translated and duly gazetted. He did this regardless of the coming into force date as per the Treaty. He insisted to the dismay of OHADA authorities that our nation is bilingual and bi-jural. Further the accommodation of customary law in our judicial system is clear evidence of the fact that diversity can be accommodated.
In the final analysis, we must avoid building a nation where dialogue is assimilated to weakness and the strength of nation demonstrated by the use of force against its own people. We must have a system that builds in horizontal and vertical communication in the management of our diversity. We must unlearn practices rooted in an old mind set, change the way we manage diversity in our nation, shift our culture, revamp our policies, redesign and create new structures and emphasize the fact the ultimate goal of any Government is a better life for it citizens. The Swiss, the Nigerians, the Belgians, the Canadians, the Tanzanians just to name a few have all learned this. It is urgent that a high level Dialogue be initiated. So heed to the cry of the Common Law Lawyers we must, otherwise in the words of Alan Paton in his revered book Cry the Beloved Country “I have one great fear in my heart, that one day, when they are turned to loving they will find that we are turned to hating”. Respecting diversity might well mean CRTV will have a channel or channels in English, Cameroon Tribune reverts to having an English Edition as it once did and the Supreme Court having Common Law Benches sitting as it once was.
The cultural assimilation of a people no matter how well disguised cannot be successful and can ultimately only lead to disastrous consequences for all the concerned. The legal system of Cameroon is bi-jural constitutionally, politically socially, culturally and intellectually. Disregarding this fact is an assault on the very foundation on which our nation is built.
*Akere Muna is a Cameroonian lawyer who is currently the Chairman of the International Anti-Corruption Conference Council. He previously served as the Vice-Chair of Transparency International, and he has presided over the Pan African Lawyers Union and the Cameroon Bar Association.
The Vice President of the newly-created National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism has promised to learn English so as to promote bilingualism.
Oumarou Djika Saidou admitted his weakness in English when he recently failed to express himself in the Queen’s language on CRTV Ngaoundere.
Saidou, who once worked at the Prime Minister’s office, was unable to make a sentence in English; he got stuck in the middle of his first sentence. Afterwards, he promised that he would rapidly learn English following his appointment as member of the commission to promote bilingualism.
Saidou, who has been on retirement in his native Ngaoundere, exposed his shortcomings when CRTV wanted to get his reaction shortly after the Presidential decree appointing members of the commission was published on March 15.
The former Regional Delegate of Education was appointed as Vice President of the Bilingualism and Multiculturalism Commission by President Biya on March 15.
The appointment of an English-deficient Saidou as Vice President of the commission for the promotion of bilingualism has raised the question as to the criteria that President Biya used to appoint members of the commission.
Prince Aristide Ngueukam, the publisher of the French language weekly, ‘Forum Libre’, has questioned how somebody who is not bilingual could be appointed as Vice President or even a member of a national commission for the promotion of bilingualism.
Human rights lawyer and former President of Northwest Common Law Lawyers’ Association, was on Thursday, March 16 arrested and transferred to Yaounde. Barrister Robert Fon was summoned to the Northwest Governor’s office where he was arrested and whisked off to Yaounde. Close collaborators of Barrister Fon told The Post that no charges have been leveled against him yet. Meantime, most prominent Bamenda lawyers have fled town for fear of being arrested.
One of his colleagues posted the following statement on her Facebook wall after the arrest was made:
Sad to inform you that our Learned colleague, Barrister NSOH FON Robert of Bamenda was this morning arrested and transfered to Yaoundé for reasons yet to be made clear. Unconfirmed information holds that he went to the NW Gendarmerie Legion yesterday to report the fake message circulating about him and others and was requested to report back today. Upon arrival this morning, all seem to have been put in place to arrest and convey him to Yaounde. That's what exactly happened and he's presumably there right now. Join us in prayers that justice prevail over his predicament. HG KEMENDE.