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The Senior Divisional officer of the Ocean Division in the South Region of Cameroon, as published by Le Messager Newspaper on 18 July 2017, signed a release prohibiting the trafficking of children below 14 years in his Administrative setting.
He warned parents who would go against this decision, threatening them with severe sanctions.
The Divisional Administrator makes it clear, “the labour of children below 14 years is strictly prohibited all over the National territory. Every parent is thus called upon not to submit their children to commercial slavery but rather, they should look after them during holidays. Anyone who goes against this will be sanctioned accordingly”.
This decision was not warmly received by a greater part of the population “the SDO is not aware of our realities. My children have to help me prepare to meet up with their school needs. Is he the one who will come and buy their school requirements? I cannot cease from sending them to go and sell. Let him do his worst. If the children are seen and taken off the streets, I will abandon the kids with them and they will be the ones running after me to come and get them” a business woman commented.
While the population is against this move, Associations for the rights of the child, are strongly behind the SDO. They say the administrator should be congratulated for the step taken. “Someone needed to start from somewhere” they added. They further reiterated that, strict measures against child labour should put in place and well respected.
Four employees of the Buea Council, where Ekema Patrick is Mayor, organised a protest on Monday morning of 17 July.
They went to the residence of the Governor of the South West Region to demand 24 months of unpaid salaries. The protesters say they are determined to go to the end of this.
“They want to see where we are going to end. We will prove to them that, we are determined to continue till we obtain what we want. It is our right, it is our money. We don’t know what we will do to send our children to school. The Mayor is building houses everywhere and changes his workers all the time” Hans Manga one of the protesters reacted to Equinox radio.
Mayor Ekema is presently in hot sauce with his fake certificate drama. All of his bad deeds seem to be pouring out in their numbers as he is struggling to come to terms with fact that he is a fraud.
In a communiqué signed on 17 July 2017 by Archbishop Samuel Kleda, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, it was revealed that the dead body of the Bafia Bishop had been presented to the authorities of the Catholic Church at the General hospital in Yaounde.
“Today the 17th of July 2017, We, His Excellency Samuel Kleda Archbishop of Douala and President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (CENC), His Excellency Jean Mbarga the Archbishop of Yaounde, His Excellency Kome Abraham the Bishop of Bafang and the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Bafia, proceeded for the identification of the corpse of Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala, at the Yaounde General hospital.
His remains were brought to our disposal, so that we could start organising the funeral which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 02 and Thursday 03 August 2017 at Bafia according to a program which will still be communicated to the public.
Afterwards, the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon will now forward a case against X for the assassination of His Lordship Jean Marie Benoit Bala.
This document will be sent to a college of lawyers who will represent us henceforth in the search for the truth.
Let us stay united in this pain as we pray for the eternal repose of the soul of Bishop Benoit.” That is the content of the Communiqué that His Excellency Samuel Kleda signed.
Travelling now in Cameroon, especially by road is the highest scare that one can ever imagine. Even those who don’t believe in God, call on Jesus when a car they are travelling in, mistakenly gets into a pot hole.
Eyebrows still remain raised after the ghastly car accident which occurred on Saturday 15 July 2017 on the Yaounde-Ebolowa High way, leaving five people dead among which there was a CRTV journalist. Their car collided with a heavy duty truck. The collision was so violent that every occupant of the little vehicle gave up the ghost instantly.
A question now sets in; what are really the causes of these accidents? The reasons for the phenomenon are not new to anybody as they are sung every given day. Reckless driving, inexperienced adventurers who do not know the high way code, narrow and rugged roads, driving in a drunken state among others account for the exceeding number of cases we have.
Jean Baptist Bokam with his Gendarmerie team have been pretending to carry out road safety campaigns which are never effective, given that those who stand by the road sides to control over speeding and over loading, do not do their job. It suffices for a dishonest road user to give them some banknotes and they can use the road as they like.
During the 21st assembly of the Cameroon Road National Council (CONAROUTE) it was revealed that, 3,088 accidents and 1,102 deaths were officially registered in 2016 in Cameroon. It is equally worth noting that, the United Nations classified the 240 km Douala-Yaounde axis in 2014, as one of the deadliest high ways in the world. Construction works on this stretch of road is moving at chameleon’s speed. The Chinese company which was supposed to deliver in 48 months, has used 32 months of the accorded time but the work is still at 40%.
The accident which occurred with 40 people on board, is reported to have been caused by five trucks that were in the boat.
These vehicles, which were carrying military material, were attached to the boat with chains. At one point, the chains cut loose, turning the vessel over.
Sea waves are said to have been rough when the incident happened. The busy nature caused the chains to get cut.
There are three survivors who are the men that stood outside the boat on surveillance. When the sinking began, they had the chance to jump out meanwhile those who were inside did not notice what was happening immediately to be able to save themselves.
During such journeys, either the military men sleep or are on telephone conversing with their family members. That is one of the reasons why they could not easily be aware of what was going on to quickly react.
A Symposium organised by CAF will take place in the few days ahead, notably on 18 and 19 July 2017. During this meeting, according to information coming from Caf sources, one of the main issues to be discussed will be the increase in the number of Stadiums a host country of the Afcon has to present before they are deemed qualified to organise the competition.
A host country as Cameroon supposedly is, will after deliberations during the symposium obligatorily have six stadiums and not four again to be worthy of the honour.
“Cameroon has to fulfil all of the new conditions that will be adopted in a few days to come. If they are not well equipped, the candidatures of other countries will have to be considered” the President of the Moroccan Football Federation and Vice President of CAF Fouzi Lekjaa, revealed.
Morocco is already well placed to play host to the competition, as they already have six stadiums; Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat, Tanger and Fes stadiums.
“Will Cameroon be able to meet up with the demands? We will know in the coming days.” Fouzi Lekjaa wonders.