Local|f6be11 http://cameroon-concord.com Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:13:19 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Donga Mantung: Former Parliamentarian Hon. JK Ntoi passes on http://cameroon-concord.com/local/donga-mantung-former-parliamentarian-hon-jk-ntoi-passes-on http://cameroon-concord.com/local/donga-mantung-former-parliamentarian-hon-jk-ntoi-passes-on Donga Mantung: Former Parliamentarian Hon. JK Ntoi passes on

Hon. JK Ntoi, former Member of Parliament of the Ako/ Misaje Special Constituency is no more. Hon. JK Ntoi who in 2013 was recognized by The Eye as "Donga Mantung Political Encyclopedia" for his longevity in politics has gone on a journey of no return. Honourable, May Your Soul Rest in Peace. We will always remember you for your trappings as an educationist and career politician.{loadposition myposition2}

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Local|f6be11 Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:24:30 +0000
Cameroon: Fire consumes Bonamousadi market in Douala http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-fire-consumes-bonamousadi-market-in-douala http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-fire-consumes-bonamousadi-market-in-douala Cameroon: Fire consumes Bonamousadi market in Douala

A great part of Marché Bonamoussadi in Douala V subdivision has been ravaged by fire.

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The fire is believed to have stemmed from a  short-circuit.

About ten shops are reportedly destroyed.


The fire was only put out at about 7am, two hours later by firefighters.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Local|f6be11 Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:50:43 +0000
Cameroon: Two Canal 2 journalists targeted by Biya regime http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-two-canal-2-journalists-targeted-by-biya-regime http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-two-canal-2-journalists-targeted-by-biya-regime Cameroon: Two Canal 2 journalists targeted by Biya regime

Jean Bruno Tagne and Rodrigue Tongue Ndeutch are in the claws of the Biya administration.

The programmes, La Grande interview and L'Arene, which they host have been targeted by the regime .

The CEO of the media corporation  Emmanuel Chatue was instructed by the powers that be to censure both programmes because some participants had criticized the Biya government.

To ease the pressure from above, Emmanuel Chatue had decided to edit the programmes and remove the unwanted parts to please the regime. 

But then Bouba Ngomona and Carole Yemekong said it was contrary to the deontology of journalism.

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Actually the order from above was calling for the sacking of the two journalists, which Emmanuel Chatue refused to follow.

Both men are believed to be agents of the opposition...

In fact, since the death of Biya's mother-in-law, Canal 2 has lost much influence on the side of the president. Vision4 has taken the upper hand.

That's why some of Emmanuel Chatue's allies believe that it was a move meant to fire the journalist and have them recruited by Vision4. 

Vision4 is used to recruiting journalists fired by Canal 2.

That's the case of Albert   Mbida who is working with Vision 4 after leaving Canal 2.

Before joining Belinga Amougou's  Vision4, Albert Mbida was a close ally of Emmanuel Chatue, reportedly earning about FCFA 500,000 and tipped to become general manager, before the negotiations failed.

Mbida's frustration was amplified by his not being appointed as general manager of state broadcaster Crtv in spite of his claim of being of the same family as Martin Belinga   Eboutou, director of civil cabinet at the presidency.

Mr Eboutou had reportedly denied him the job on the ground that he[Mbida] "is not like them".

Communications minister Issa Tchiroma has also added salt to Mbida's wound by preferring Felix Zogo and relegating Mbida to the back bench in his ministerial department.

And the frustrated Mbida has been going round telling young girls he is dating that Zogo is Tchiroma's sexual partner.

Albert Mbida is now the right hand man of Belinga Amougou.

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bogus@bogus.com (Tasha S.T) Local|f6be11 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:51:37 +0000
UN Committee tells Cameroon to put an end to torture by security forces in the fight against Boko Haram http://cameroon-concord.com/local/un-committee-tells-cameroon-to-put-an-end-to-torture-by-security-forces-in-the-fight-against-boko-haram http://cameroon-concord.com/local/un-committee-tells-cameroon-to-put-an-end-to-torture-by-security-forces-in-the-fight-against-boko-haram UN Committee tells Cameroon to put an end to torture by security forces in the fight against Boko Haram

Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published today by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International said.

 

The Committee expressed deep concerns about the use of secret torture chambers documented by Amnesty International in July, and its failure to clarify whether investigations were being carried into these allegations, as well as other reports of killings of civilians and enforced disappearances.

 

“With the Committee against Torture now also demanding an end to the use of torture in Cameroon, it is becoming impossible for the world to ignore the widespread practice of torture in the country,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International’s Lake Chad researcher.

 

“The clamour for justice is growing and Cameroonian authorities should respond by taking these reports of torture far more seriously and launching an independent and efficient investigation into these horrific practices.”

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Based on submissions from organisations including Amnesty International, the UN Committee noted that large numbers of people from Cameroon’s Far North region are likely to have been held incommunicado and tortured by members of the military and the intelligence services in at least 20 illegal detention facilities between 2013 and 2017.

 

The Committee also raised concerns that this torture took place with the likely knowledge of senior BIR and intelligence officers at one military base, and that dozens of people may have died following torture and inhuman conditions of detention.

 

In its recommendations the Committee called on Cameroon to publish a declaration from the highest state level affirming an absolute prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment and put an end to the practice of incommunicado detention.

 

It also called for effective, independent and impartial investigations into all allegations of torture, incommunicado detention and death in custody, and for alleged perpetrators and accomplices of such acts, including those in command responsibility, be prosecuted and sentenced in proportion to the seriousness of the offences.

 

Elsewhere in its concluding observations, the UN Committee also echoed concerns raised by Amnesty International and others in relation to human rights violations committed in the Anglophone regions of the country, including by demanding an investigation into the deaths of at least 20 people killed in October in clashes between the security forces and protestors.

 

The Committee criticized the failure of Cameroon to provide information on the number of people still detained following protests in the regions, or whether investigations had been launched into the excessive use of force.

 

UN experts also noted their concerns that journalists such as RFI correspondent Ahmed Abba had been charged under counter-terrorism laws, and that some had been subjected to torture while in detention. The Committee also criticized the regular use of military courts in trials of civilians.

 

“The UN’s anti-torture experts have recognised that there is a major problem in Cameroon, and their warnings should be heeded. There should be no tolerance of human rights violations like torture, and we hope that the Cameroonian authorities and international community will respond to this report with the seriousness it deserves,” said Ilaria Allegrozzi.

 

Background

 

On 7-8 November, the Committee against Torture convened in Geneva, where among other things it completed a two-day review of Cameroon’s fifth periodic report on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture covering the period 2010-2015.

 

The Committee – which is comprised of 10 independent experts – engaged in a dialogue with the Cameroonian delegation which included representatives from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Police, and the Permanent Mission of Cameroon to the United Nations Office at Geneva. Cameroon is among the 162 state parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Essen) Local|f6be11 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 21:12:41 +0000
Anglophone crisis: Paul Biya and Muhamadu Buhari on situation in Ambazonia http://cameroon-concord.com/local/anglophone-crisis-paul-biya-and-muhamadu-buhari-on-situation-in-ambazonia http://cameroon-concord.com/local/anglophone-crisis-paul-biya-and-muhamadu-buhari-on-situation-in-ambazonia Anglophone crisis: Paul Biya and Muhamadu Buhari on situation in Ambazonia

Muhamadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria has affirmed his support to Paul Biya, concerning the Anglophone crisis.

As reports from Cameroon-info.net, quoting Anecdote indicate, the two presidents were recently on phone, and got to discuss about the situation in the two English speaking Regions in Cameroon. In their conversation the Nigerian leader said he will support Biyia to fight against those who are trying to destabilize the country.

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Buhari is reported to have assured Biya to feel free to send his troops across the border, anytime when there might be need for that.

The crisis in the Southern Cameroons has become more than the La Republic leaders estimated. Military men are being killed in spite of the tight security measures that have been taken.

Recent killings in the Southwest Region, led to a conference of  top military officials in the country on 1st December 2017. During this meeting, a strategy was adopted to counter the security threats the members of the armed forces are facing in the two English speaking Regions of Cameroon.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Local|f6be11 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:01:18 +0000
NW/SW killings: Minister Beti Assomo’s declarations in conference as ordered by Biya http://cameroon-concord.com/local/nw-sw-killings-minister-beti-assomo-s-declarations-in-conference-as-ordered-by-biya http://cameroon-concord.com/local/nw-sw-killings-minister-beti-assomo-s-declarations-in-conference-as-ordered-by-biya NW/SW killings: Minister Beti Assomo’s declarations in conference as ordered by Biya

The minister of Defense, Beti Assomo, chaired a meeting in the conference hall of the Ministry of Defense in Yaounde on 1st December 2017.

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This conference was as a result of the killing of members of the armed forces in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon. On reaching Cameroon from Abidjan, where he attended the AU-EU meeting, Paul Biya called for a meeting of top officials in the Military to look into the recurrent slaughtering of military men in Southern Cameroons.

During the conference, the Minister of Defense had this to say “following the president of the Republic,  Head of the armed forces’ declaration after the repeated attacks and killings in the country, that are claimed by secessionist movements, we are expected to arrive at concrete measures for the immediate application of the strategy of the heads in the army. And the process is going to continue till this situation that we are experiencing is eradicated”, the Minister said.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Local|f6be11 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:46:07 +0000
Antoine Marie Ngono: Journalist criticises Biya’s style of communication http://cameroon-concord.com/local/antoine-marie-ngono-journalist-criticises-biya-s-style-of-communication http://cameroon-concord.com/local/antoine-marie-ngono-journalist-criticises-biya-s-style-of-communication Antoine Marie Ngono: Journalist criticises Biya’s style of communication

The style of communication that Paul Biya has adopted when faced with breaking situations in Cameroon,  calls for concern.

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Just like like it has always been in the case of Boko Haram attacks, as well as when the Eseka incident occurred, the President reacted to the killings in the Northwest and Southwest Region only when he arrived at the Yaounde Nsimalen, on his  way back from the EU-AU meeting in Abidjan.

The message which he passes on such occasions appears to be pre-prepared. It is just so solemn that one could even find a flag of the country fly behind the president as he makes his speech. Each word he says is highly calculated, as Antoine Marie Ngono made us to know.

It is a pity that a Head of State is unable to address incidents as they happen. He waits for strategic moments to react.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Local|f6be11 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:23:33 +0000
Agbor Balla: "It is unacceptable that Cameroonians kill themselves" http://cameroon-concord.com/local/agbor-balla-it-is-unacceptable-that-cameroonians-kill-themselves http://cameroon-concord.com/local/agbor-balla-it-is-unacceptable-that-cameroonians-kill-themselves Agbor Balla:

In an interview granted to a local newspaper,  Le Jour,  the lawyer reacted about the escalation of the crisis in the two English speaking Regions of the country.

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Agbor Balla was present at the military tribunal yesterday Thursday, where he acted as a lawyer for the first time since his release. He was there to ensure the defense of the Southern Cameroonians who had been detained in the course of the Anglophone crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Region.

"I am here this 30 November as a lawyer to defend my fellow brothers, who have been detained for over a year now. I equally came to support these youths morally who have been distanced away from their respective families. I was with them in prison and I know how deplorable the conditions of prisons in Cameroon are." Agbor Balla told Le Jour.

The newspaper didn't fail to make the ex-detainee, give his views on the present situation of the Anglophone crisis.  "I strongly condemn the atrocities that have been observed in the country for the past months now, with the deaths of civilians recorded in October and those of the forces of law and order. I continue to say that we can avoid all of that through a frank and sincere dialogue. It is unacceptable that Cameroonians kill themselves,  be they police officers,  gendarmes or civilians" Agbor Balla said.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Local|f6be11 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:02:49 +0000
Anglophone crisis: Minister Gregoire Owona condemns SDF MPs http://cameroon-concord.com/local/anglophone-crisis-minister-gregoire-owona-condemns-sdf-mps http://cameroon-concord.com/local/anglophone-crisis-minister-gregoire-owona-condemns-sdf-mps Anglophone crisis: Minister Gregoire Owona condemns SDF MPs

Cameroon minister of Labour and Social Security has condemned the obstruction of parliamentary session by MPs from the leading opposition party SDF.

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SDF MPs are forcing through talks about the Anglophone crisis in parliament.

Their protest saw the prime minister blocked from addressing the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Minister Owona, who is representing the vice prime minister in charge of relations with parliament, has accused the MPs of disrespecting the rules that govern the National Assembly.

Speaking on Wednesday in Yaoundé, he reiterated that both 'the Senate and the National Assembly are governed by rules, which the SDF has broken.'

He added that however legitimate the claims were, it didn't warrant obstructing the prime minister from speaking.

Gregoire Owona is a staunch militant of the ruling CPDM party, which has an absolute majority in parliament.

It appears parliament is divided along ethnic or regional lines.

Pundits could argue that it's not because SDF is the leading opposition party that it has championed the struggle in parliament.

There are other parties in parliament who don't seem to care very much, probably because they're not from Southern Cameroons.

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bogus@bogus.com (Tasha S.T) Local|f6be11 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:29:07 +0000
Cameroon: Commander of police stripped of his functions following presidential decision http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-commander-of-police-stripped-of-his-functions-following-presidential-decision http://cameroon-concord.com/local/cameroon-commander-of-police-stripped-of-his-functions-following-presidential-decision Cameroon: Commander of police stripped of his functions following presidential decision

 The concerned, Paul Boule, has been stripped of his functions even though without suspension of his pension. This decision was taken on 24 November by the president.

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The text which was signed on Friday by the Head of State Paul Biya, does not give any precisions on why he was asked to step down.

It is just mentioned in the document that the concerned has been relieved of his functions but without suspension of his dues.

Mr Paul Boule who is now 56 years old, worked at the Bankim police station, in the Adamawa Region. The pension for the 33 years that he has worked with government will have to be paid and equally, money for transport which will enable him and his family to travel back to their Region of origin in the West Region.

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bogus@bogus.com (Eyong Orlando) Local|f6be11 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:01:57 +0000