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Jun 22, 2018

Cameroon: Government officially announcies death of kidnapped Batibo DO

After the kidnap of the sun divisional officer of Batibo, during the 20 May ...
Jun 19, 2018

World cup 2018: Tunisia fail to resurrect pride of Africa

Tunisia have been unable to emerge victorious and put a smile on Africa’s face ...
Jun 17, 2018

Russia 2018: Nigeria follow path of African losing nations

The super Eagles of Nigeria have had a very catastrophic game against Croatia ...
Jun 15, 2018

Cameroon-Anglophone crisis: In name of the government,Tchiroma rejects in strong terms Amnesty international report

The Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakari organised a press conference ...
Jun 14, 2018

Southern Cameroons: Deceit of National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Cameroon

Since the 1961 reunification of French and British Southern Cameroons, ...
Jun 14, 2018

World cup kickoff: Role of Cameroon in Russia

The 21st edition of the world cup begins on Thursday 14 June in Russia, but ...
Jun 14, 2018

Anglophone crisis: Agbor Balla calls for international isolation of Cameroon

Human rights lawyer Barrister Agbor Balla has urged the international community ...
Jun 13, 2018

Anglophone crisis: Amnesty International releases report on human rights violations

The latest report on the fighting in Anglophone Cameroon has accused government ...
Jun 13, 2018

Russia 2018: Africa well represented in world cup

The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off from June 14 in Russia. Africa has ...
Jun 9, 2018

Two GCE subjects to be retaken

The Registrar of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board has ...
Jun 4, 2018

Cameroon on the brink of civil war – International Crisis Group

Cameroon could be gradually moving towards a civil war as the unrest in the two ...
Jun 1, 2018

Ex-Minister Biyiti Bi Essam appointed Cameroon’s ambassador to Israel

President Paul Biya has appointed former Communication and Poste and ...
Jun 1, 2018

US Ambassador’s declaration: President Biya demands explanation from special adviser

President Paul Biya,85, has demanded explanation from the special adiviser to ...
May 31, 2018

Jean Baptiste Placca: RFI journalist Says Paul should make way for his succession

Jean Baptist Placa a journalist with RFI, after observing the happenings in ...
May 30, 2018

GCE: GBHS Fundong catches fire, exam scripts reduced to ashes

Unknown men have visited the GCE scripts of the Government Bilingual High ...
May 30, 2018

Football: Dieudonne Happi wants to take responsibilities of FECAFOOT president

Normalisation committee president  in Cameroon is said to be focusing on ...

Sports / Games

June 19, 2018
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Tunisia have been unable to emerge victorious and put a smile on Africa’s face as they lost 1-2 to mighty England. Harry Kane who captained the
June 17, 2018
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The super Eagles of Nigeria have had a very catastrophic game against Croatia who beat them 2-0. They join Egypt and Morocco, all who so far have not
June 14, 2018
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The 21st edition of the world cup begins on Thursday 14 June in Russia, but Cameroon’s indomitable lions are absent, as they failed to qualify.
June 13, 2018
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off from June 14 in Russia. Africa has five representatives in this elite competition: Nigeria, Egypt,
May 30, 2018
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Normalisation committee president  in Cameroon is said to be focusing on matters that are rather meant to be handled by the FECAFOOT president, whom
May 19, 2018
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The U20 lions of Cameroon have qualified for the third round of qualifiers for the AFCON, which will take place in Niger in 2019. This happened after

Cameroon Today

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Since the 1961 reunification of French and British Southern Cameroons, discourses of marginalization, assimilation, “francophonisation”, “frenchification” and internal colonization have emerged in
February 14, 2018
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African rulers have shown the world that primitivism is still very much alive in Africa and that leadership in most French Africa is still controlled by the monstrous FrancAfrique which is very
May 29, 2018
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The first day of writing is reported to have been disrupted in Muyuka by gunmen. {loadposition myposition}   The gunmen stormed the school campus of Government Bilingual High School, Muyuka
June 11, 2018
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Three opposition parties in Cameroon could be on their way to form a coalition group ahead of the upcoming presidential election that could see 86-year-old President Paul Biya win another seven-year
"National-cake policy"

Briba Gatama speaks:

In 2002 when I was the spokesman for the " Memorandum of the Great North", one of the main points of our demand was the low representation of the people of the northern part in positions of responsibility.

 

The counter argument we received was based on meritocracy, as if there's ever been a competitive entrance examination to appoint general managers, ambassadors, secretary generals at ministries or better still army generals.

Where the "Memorandum called for a better sharing of the national cake for a better cohabitation", others, more arrogant than never and taking themselves for the only masters of knowledge, acted condescendingly.

Where the memorandum preached the policy of "perfect flow" which entails "wetting all the parts of the human body", some wise individuals whose only argument is their assurance argued that it was counterproductive to encourage mediocrity in a state.

Yes, this "unsoacked"  part  can revolt if it's being marginalized and neglected persistently, especially in a country where every county celebrates noisily when   one of theirs is appointed.

Of course, one would have consoled themselves that every dog has its day. After all, we all are working for the prosperity of our land.

But Cameroon has theorised a concept that gives the upper hand to those who had managed to grab the ladder early enough.

This concept is that of  " the policy of acquired positions".

This makes it highly probable for a post to rotate around a given geographical area.

This happened at Camwater with three generations of the sons of Mefou et Akono before the chain was broken recently. It began with Basile Atangana Kouna followed by Jean William Solo and ended with Aphonse Roger Ondoua Akoa.

Even then, the predecessor of Camwater(Snec) was headed by Clement  Obouh Pegue, who also hailed from Mefou et Akono.

Whatever their competence, this could only legitimately attract trouble.

The "policy of acquired positions" is so deeply rooted in Cameroon that it's no longer necessary to wear a bit of perfume thereon to distract the people.

It's applied in broad daylight, touching all the compartments of the state, having the 5pm news on CRTV as its main centre of expression.

" This policy of acquired positions " was consolidated on June 8, 2017 following the reading of two presidential decrees.

The first decree replaced Jean Louis Beh Mengue with Philemon Zo'o Zame as head of The Telecommunications Regulatory Agency. Both men were from Dja et Lobo, precisely from Djoum Subdivision.

And nobody cared to "mask" the texts [decrees] to make the pill "swallowable". All is well.

The variant of this concept to our leaders is "compensation". This seeks to avoid loss of positions.

After the departure of Abdou Namba and Ousmanou Taousset from Sodecoton, Mayo-Tsanaga was compensated with the appointment of Pierre Kadadak at Campost.

This variant, as much as the concept itself, seeks to preserve some fragile equilibrium as illustrated by the document we are publishing in this 1000th edition.

The gaps you have noticed here have always existed for the past ten years when when we published the first edition of "National Cake". They are still there.

Let the resulting status quo provide some chewing grains to those who continue to scream to be heard, believing that it's the only way to contribute to the edification of this country.

By the way, are they wrong?

Personally, I have not yet seen any citizen of this nation appointed to a high profile position , and they, for the sake of unity, have gone to show their joy anywhere else besides their large political and administrative family.

Am yet to see any section of the governing CPDM mobilise a motion of support to celebrate the appointment of the militant of another party.

With these facts( considered by some as morally wrong, and by others as being indispensable), is the consolidation of our cohabitation not too demanding for our leaders?

The purpose of this document is to bring the powers that be to order. Nobody is gullible.

One of the causes of the Anglophone Crisis is rooted in the distribution of posts of responsibility within the state.

The recent outing of La'akam in relation to the appointment of the Bamileke people which some consider inappropriate,ungentlemanly in a state, demonstrates the growing uneasiness in the country which can neither be concealed by the notion of meritocracy nor hate.

The Great North on its part has been considered by some observers as being silent, inaudible and limited to gazing at the horizon since the 2002 Memorandum. If it's still silent, it's however neither dumb nor blind.

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Religion / Church

May 25, 2018
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Some inmates of the Bertoua Central Prison, have received the first Holy communion. {loadposition myposition}   This took place during a
May 25, 2018
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Some inmates of the Bertoua Central Prison, have received the first Holy communion. {loadposition myposition}   This took place during a
February 14, 2018
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Lent is a special moment in the history of the Church that begins every 14 of February to mark one month of fasting and meditation to commemorate the
January 29, 2018
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Fear Pentecostal churches. I repeat, fear Pentecostal churches. My heart aches as I try to articulate my thoughts. Any person of goodwill should be
December 29, 2017
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Dear Bishop Nkea, Each day’s news bring new stories of the desperate – and all too often deadly – plight of refugees in Manyu Division. Shocking
December 10, 2017
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"Be Faithful, Even To The Point Of Death, And I Will Give You A Crown Of Life!" "Nothing Good Comes Easy!" Life has never been a bed of roses; even

Business / Economy

April 04, 2018
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Formerly the managing director of BICEC, Alain Ripert has been promoted to the position of administrator of BICEC and member of the board of CEPAC in
April 03, 2018
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LOME, Togo, April 3, 2018/ -- The upgraded version of Ecobank’s (www.Ecobank.com) revolutionary mobile app has attracted 3 million new customers in
March 16, 2018
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Switzerland disburses CFA3.4 billion to promote renewable energy projects in Cameroon. This was revealed on March 14, 2018, during the first meeting
March 16, 2018
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 Port autonome de Kribi (PAK) has just launched a call for expression of interest to pre-qualify the companies that are willing to operate the
March 13, 2018
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The Hygiene and Sanitation Company dawned their beach duty equipment such as trucks, Caterpillars and general cleaners today, the 12 of March, 2018
March 09, 2018
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Philémon Zo’o Zame, managing director of Cameroon’s telecommunication regulatory agency (ART) took a step further in the agency’s fight against the

Health / Medical

March 20, 2018
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According to the National Cameroon daily, Cameroon Tribune, the Regional Hospital under construction as well as refurbishment shall become functional
March 19, 2018
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From 2018 to 2020, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will provide CFA108 billion to Cameroon to help the country fight against the
March 01, 2018
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On this day February 28, Germany and UNICEF have launched the second phase of the project named "S'attaquer à la malnutrition chez les enfants de
January 29, 2018
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From the 22nd to the 27th of January 2018, Bafoussam was the venue of intensive training of the North West Rapid Response Team (RRT). The team was
January 15, 2018
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Taking the common painkiller ibuprofen has been linked in a small study with a condition affecting male fertility problems. Male fertility is
November 24, 2017
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Coffee may not only give you a morning boost; it also may have significant health benefits. So says a review by British scientists of more than

Daily / Newsbrief

June 22, 2018
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After the kidnap of the sun divisional officer of Batibo, during the 20 May festivities, government have finally revealed that he is no more.
June 15, 2018
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The Minister of Communication Issa Tchiroma Bakari organised a press conference on Thursday 14 June 2018, in order to debunk the allegations of
June 01, 2018
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President Paul Biya has appointed former Communication and Poste and Telecommunication Minister Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam Cameroon’s ambassador to
May 31, 2018
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Jean Baptist Placa a journalist with RFI, after observing the happenings in Cameroon, has said the president needs to start seeking ways to organise
May 30, 2018
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Unknown men have visited the GCE scripts of the Government Bilingual High School in Fundong. {loadposition myposition}   During the incident
May 21, 2018
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The celebration of Cameroon’s National reunification day has been evaluated to be very poor this year, ranging from participation to merry making.

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Showbiz / Music

February 18, 2018
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Between the scissors and the pen, fashion designer Wazal Ayissi makes no difference. His overflowing inspiration led him into writing and narrating
February 16, 2018
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The people of Bambalang -kingdom in Ndop will on Sunday 18th February 2018 exhibit a rich custom at the cultural festival known as SHA'ATANG. This
January 25, 2018
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On Thursday 25th of January 2018, the Miss Cameroon Committee, the President of the Jury for the 2018 edition have been invited this Thursday, 25th
January 17, 2018
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Scandals of such magnitude in Cameroon keep multiplying on a daily basis. How could a young luxuriant beautiful woman without brains be crowned Miss
September 27, 2017
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Reports going round suggest Nigerian duo P Square have split up after a misunderstanding . Peter and Paul Okoye, twin brothers, have reportedly gone
July 15, 2017
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Reports say a documentary on the life of the former captain of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be presented at the Ecrans noirs film festival

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