Concord Newsdesk Sun, 08 Dec 2019 02:35:17 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Cameroon: The full text of Biya's rambling monologue on the Anglophone crisis Cameroon: The full text of Biya's rambling monologue on the Anglophone crisis

It is hard to even comprehend Biya's stream of consciousness as he vacillated from one contradiction to the next. The man is tottering on the borders of senile decay. Hear Biya in his own words: "Talking about dialogue per se, the issue has always been, with whom?" And then he goes on to say: "The dialogue, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, will bring together a wide range of personalities: parliamentarians, politicians, opinion leaders, intellectuals, economic operators, traditional authorities, religious authorities, members of the diaspora, etc. Representatives of the Defence and Security Forces, armed groups and victims will also be invited." You really need to read the speech to know that Biya was not addressing Cameroonians; he was trying to placate the international community.

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Fellow Cameroonians,

My Dear Compatriots,
For close to three years now, the North-West and South-West Regions of our country have been going through a crisis that not only jeopardizes the safety and well-being of the population living there, but also has far-reaching consequences for the national community as a whole.

It should be recalled that the crisis was triggered by corporate demands made by lawyers and teachers calling for the translation of the OHADA Uniform Acts into English and the preservation of the specificity of the Anglo-Saxon judicial and educational systems in the two regions.

From the outset, and true to an option that I hold dear, I instructed the holding of dialogue between the Government and trade unions to seek appropriate solutions to these demands. The measures taken by the Government at the end of these consultations went well beyond the initial demands and include:

- the translation into English of the OHADA instruments which are now available in the two official languages;

- the creation of a Common Law Section at the Supreme Court to handle appeals filed against the decisions of lower courts in Common Law matters;

- regarding the training of judicial and legal officers, the creation of a Common Law Section at the National School of Administration and Magistracy. This measure was accompanied by a programme for the recruitment of English-speaking pupil judicial and legal officers and court registrars;

- the launching of the special recruitment of bilingual teachers in secondary schools;

- at the level of the judiciary, the stay of proceedings against some persons arrested in connection with the demands;

- the setting up of a national Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multi-culturalism to, among other things, carry out an in-depth review of all the sources of frustration suffered by our compatriots in the North-West and South-West Regions.

Decisions were taken subsequently to fast-track the decentralization process, with the creation of a new ministry devoted thereto. The upcoming regional elections will complete the process by enabling our compatriots nationwide to fully participate in the management of their local affairs.

My Dear Compatriots,
Despite the efforts made by the Government, radical movements, mainly inspired from abroad, have exploited and distorted the corporate demands. They have thus hatched a secessionist plan to partition our country. In this regard, they have formed and financed armed groups that have caused untold harm to the population of the North-West and South-West Regions.

The whole world has witnessed the atrocities committed by these armed groups: maiming, beheading, assassination of elements of the Defence and Security Forces, administrative authorities and defenceless civilians, destruction of public infrastructure and buildings, and burning of schools, hospitals, etc.

I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to once again extend my heartfelt condolences and those of the entire Nation to those who have lost loved ones in the crisis. I also wish to send a message of comfort to the wounded and all those affected in one way or the other. I want to assure them that they can count on the solidarity of the Government of the Republic and the Nation as a whole.

My Dear Compatriots
The atrocities committed by armed groups have forced thousands of our compatriots to seek refuge in other regions of the country and, for some, in neighbouring countries where they have been reduced to living under precarious conditions.

In the face of these intolerable acts, the Defence and Security Forces have taken energetic measures, often at the risk of their lives, to perform their duty of protecting citizens and their property.

These measures are currently bearing fruits with the improvement of security and the progressive resumption of economic activities in the two regions.

My Dear Compatriots,
Since the outbreak of this crisis, I have spared no effort, with the help of Cameroonians of good will, in seeking ways and means for its peaceful resolution.

In a bid to calm the situation, I even ordered the discontinuance of judicial proceedings pending before military tribunals against 289 persons arrested for offences committed during this crisis.

In the same vein, I extended a hand of peace to members of armed groups by calling on them to lay down their arms and benefit from the process of reintegration into society. A National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Committee was thus set up. Regional Disarmament Centres are gradually receiving many ex-combatants who willingly accept to lay down their arms. We will continue to make the necessary efforts to fully operationalize this process.

At the humanitarian level, I decided to launch a large-scale assistance plan for our affected compatriots of the North-West and South-West Regions. I also established a Centre for the Coordination of Humanitarian Action for its implementation. I wish to thank our international partners for supporting us in this initiative.

My Dear Compatriots,
The supposed feeling of marginalization by the people of the North-West and South-West Regions has often been advanced to justify this crisis. On this score, I wish to remind our compatriots in these regions, but also to those in the other eight regions of Cameroon, that marginalization, exclusion or stigmatization have never guided the work of the various governments I have formed since I became president of our country. Though no human endeavour is perfect and, in a developing country like ours with multiple challenges and limited resources, many needs are still to be met, in all the regions.

With the massive support you gave me during the last presidential election, I intend to work relentlessly, with all the sons and daughters of our country, towards meeting the challenges we are facing in order to improve the welfare of our population, especially in terms of infrastructure, water and electricity supply, healthcare delivery and youth employment.

My Dear Compatriots,
On 4 January this year, I made a vast government reshuffle, particularly with the appointment of a new Prime Minister, Head of Government. As usual, the choice of these officials was mainly guided by their human and professional qualities, their competence and experience. However, I would like to underscore that as faithful as I have always been to the regional balance policy, I chose a Prime Minister who hails from the South-West Region. His predecessor who served in that key position for nearly ten years was from the North-West Region. In fact, since 9 April 1992, Prime Ministers, Heads of Government, have been appointed from among the people of those two regions.

Despite all this, some people will continue to talk of marginalization of the people of these regions. It must be acknowledged that such is human nature and there will never be enough duty posts to satisfy all the regions, divisions, sub-divisions, towns, villages, families and citizens of our country. Any choice that is made will always cause joy whenever one is honoured, and disappointment when one is not.

It is, however, crucial for us to change our mentalities in this regard. Though it is necessary to consider regional balance in new countries with a diverse sociological composition like ours, it should be recalled that ministers and other officials are not appointed to serve only their regions, villages or families, but to serve the entire national community. They must serve the general interest and not specific interests.

That is why since I came to power, I have and will continue to wage a ruthless war against corruption and the embezzlement of public funds, and to promote good governance.

My Dear Compatriots,
Since the outbreak of the crisis in the North-West and South-West Regions, the term dialogue has never been so much talked about, used and even misused.

In and out of the country, people have made proposals and suggestions. Some are realistic while others are clearly less so. There has been a barrage of advice. Some smart, others based on interests. Some people dared to issue injunctions.

There have also been multiple and varied initiatives, most of them made by people of good faith, by countries or organizations that are truly concerned about the future of our country and the well-being of our people. I wish to thank them for their effort and token of friendship.

It is, however, worth noting that the proliferation of such initiatives was sometimes unfortunately based on simplistic and false ideas, born out of secessionist propaganda. Such is the case with the purported marginalization of Anglophones, persecution of the Anglophone minority by the Francophone majority, Government’s refusal to engage in dialogue preferring a military solution to the crisis or even ridiculous accusations of genocide.

Talking about dialogue per se, the issue has always been, with whom? New information and communication technologies, especially social media networks, have unfortunately facilitated the advent of self-proclaimed leaders, extremists of all shades trying to achieve recognition using insult, threat, hate speech, violence and murder.

However, in no country in the world, has the killing of gendarmes or civilians, kidnapping, mutilation, molestation, burning, destruction of public infrastructure, prevention of children from going to school or people from going about their activities in peace ever been a source of legitimacy to represent or speak on behalf of the people, the very victims of such atrocities.

In democracy, only elections confer such legitimacy.

My Dear Compatriots,
The many consultations I have continued to hold on this crisis have enabled me to size up the strong desire of the people of the North-West and South-West Regions to return to a normal life, to be able once again to safely carry out their economic and social activities, to witness the return of refugees and displaced persons, and to see their children return to school. The Prime Minister’s recent tour of the two regions has helped to confirm this feeling.

I therefore strongly believe that the time has come to rally all well-thinking and constructive forces in our country and in the diaspora to make this desire come true.

That is why I have decided to convene, from the end of this month, a major national dialogue that will, in line with our Constitution, enable us to seek ways and means of meeting the high aspirations of the people of the North-West and South-West Regions, but also of all the other components of our Nation.

The dialogue in question will mainly concern the situation in the North-West and South-West Regions. Since it will focus on issues of national interest such as national unity, national integration and living together, it is obvious that it will not concern only the population of these two regions.

The dialogue will therefore rally all the sons and daughters of our beloved and beautiful country, Cameroon, to reflect on values that are dear to us, namely: peace, security, national unity and progress.

It will also focus on issues that can address the concerns of the population of the North-West and South-West Regions, as well as those of the other regions of our country such as bilingualism, cultural diversity and social cohesion, the reconstruction and development of conflict-affected areas, the return of refugees and displaced persons, the education and judicial system, decentralization and local development, the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, the role of the diaspora in the country’s development, etc.

The dialogue, which will be chaired by the Prime Minister, Head of Government, will bring together a wide range of personalities: parliamentarians, politicians, opinion leaders, intellectuals, economic operators, traditional authorities, religious authorities, members of the diaspora, etc. Representatives of the Defence and Security Forces, armed groups and victims will also be invited.

Obviously, it will not be possible for everybody to effectively participate in this dialogue, but each person will have the opportunity to make a contribution.

Prior to the effective holding of the dialogue, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, will carry out broad-based consultations to solicit a wide range of views that will serve as a source of inspiration for the conduct of deliberations. In the coming days, delegations will also be dispatched to meet the diaspora to enable them to make their contribution to discussions on the resolution of the crisis.

In this regard, I am appealing to the patriotism and sense of responsibility of all our compatriots in the country and in the diaspora so that everyone, wherever they are, should seize this historic opportunity to help to steer our country on the path of peace, harmony, security and progress.

My Dear Compatriots,

The propaganda of secessionists has tried to present the recent court decisions taken against a number of our compatriots in the context of this crisis as an obstacle to the dialogue envisaged.

That is not the case. I also wish to use this opportunity to stress that respect for the rule of law and the fight against impunity are pillars in the consolidation of a State ruled by law to which we all aspire. Violating the rule of law and granting impunity to some citizens is paving the way for anarchy.

It is therefore crucial, at this stage, to dispel rumours that one can quietly loot, rape, burn, kidnap, maim, murder, in the hope that a possible dialogue will erase all these crimes and provide impunity to their perpetrators.

As shown by the experience of many countries in the world, such way of thinking will only encourage the perpetuation of violence in the crisis regions and even encourage it in crisis-free regions.

Admittedly, however, in the context of a dialogue, a peace process or national reconciliation, the possibility of pardon may be considered, under certain conditions.

It is equally true that in accordance with our Constitution, the Head of State is empowered to exercise the right of pardon.
It was, moreover, on the strength of this authority that I made a peace offer to members of armed groups during my recent swearing-in ceremony.

I wish to solemnly reiterate this offer today. Those who voluntarily lay down their arms and place themselves at the disposal of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Centres have nothing to fear. Their fellow armed group members who are already there can testify to this. Conversely, those who persist in committing criminal acts and violating the laws of the Republic will have to contend with our Defence and Security Forces and will face the full force of those same laws.

The same applies to promoters of hate and violence who, comfortably settled in foreign countries with impunity, continue to incite murder and destruction. Let them know that sooner or later they will have to face justice.

I am appealing to the countries sheltering these extremists to take action against these criminals if they really care about the situation of the people of the North-West and South-West Regions.

Most of them no longer have Cameroonian nationality, but they spend their time raising funds to carry out terrorist acts in Cameroon, masterminding acts of arson, kidnappings and murder, and issuing calls aimed at preventing children from attending school and fellow citizens from going about their business peacefully.

My Dear Compatriots,
The entire national community has high expectations for the dialogue I have just announced and hopes that this will be an opportunity for our brothers and sisters in the North-West and South-West to close this particularly painful chapter, to forget their suffering and to return to normal life. It also hopes that our country will continue resolutely on the path of progress, through fruitful discussions on ways and means of creating conditions conducive to the optimal exploitation of natural resources and our country's enormous human potential. Therefore, we should all work towards a successful dialogue.

My Dear Compatriots,
Over the years, we have used our linguistic and cultural diversity, the talent of our sons and daughters, and our commendable efforts and sacrifices to build a solid country and a strong Nation. Together we have met many challenges and won uncountable victories. We have proven that united there is no difficulty we cannot overcome and no obstacle we cannot cross. We proved it yesterday. We will prove it again today and tomorrow. The future of our compatriots in the North-West and South-West Regions lies within our Republic.

Cameroon will remain one and indivisible.

Long Live Cameroon!

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Cameroon English Language Newspaper Publishers Association- CENPA Shares Gov't Bribes to Publish Biased Reports! Cameroon English Language Newspaper Publishers Association- CENPA Shares Gov't Bribes to Publish Biased Reports!

Read the below post leaked from the CENPA forum by a member who is disgusted at the meanness of the Cameroon English Language press that has completely lost value, impulsed in the merchant journalism direction by the Publisher of The Guardian Post, Ngah Christian Mbipgo*

"CENPA members,
after due concertations with the President and members of the Exco, we have decided to share what is in the coffers, that is FCFA 2,300,000 to all members of CENPA.
Whenever the pledge from Mayor Ekema comes, it will be kept in the coffers.
We have realised that Movement to yde from GZ may not be possible in the next two weeks.

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Secondly reimbursement of transportation and accommodation for more than 20 members will finish all the money. It also defeats the idea of compensating Publishers who have Published back to school and CENPA activities.
In that case, the Treasurer and Financial Secretary will share from yde by momo.
However, Every one will not have an equal share.
Those who have Published will definitely have more.

On to other matters, we are also compiling documents for MINCOM Aid to media Associations in anticipation of a call to submit.
To that effect, we urge members to get registered according to the Constitution and forward a verified copy of their National ID and Press Cards to the Secreteriat before September 15.

*NB: Journalism is a noble profession meant to protect truth and get public officials and the most powerful of society accountable; journalism should nit be the mouthpiece of evil and an enabler of genocide*.

*The Revolutionary Watchdog*

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Mon, 02 Sep 2019 07:53:05 +0000
Cameroon: The Economic Dimension of the Anglophone Crisis Cameroon: The Economic Dimension of the Anglophone Crisis

From 1972-2018, Cameroon has earned $618 billion from Ambazonia crude oil sales with nothing to show for it. And Biya is killing our people because he wants to continue this theft at all cost. Would Abraham Johnson Batey Batey and sundry ranting SW provincialists and self-elected managers of the SW estate blame the graffi man for these unsettling statistics?
In the early 1990s, during an interview with state-owned CRTV, Jean Assoumou, then General Manager of the National Hydrocarbons Corporation aka SNH said the money from the sale of Cameroon’s crude oil was so complicated that only he and President Biya can understand it. He refused to disclose how many barrels of oil per day Cameroon produced as well as how much oil revenue Cameroon was earning. That was then; now thanks to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Cameroonians now know that from 1972-2018, Cameroon has earned a jaw-dropping $618 billion from crude oil sales. And this oil has come from Ndian Division in the Southwest region of Ambazonia.  {loadposition myposition}

Just think about this for a moment -$618 billion extracted from Ndian, yet the Division looks like an abandoned refugee camp- no roads, no hospitals, no gas station; in effect, nothing to show for all that money that Francophone-led governments from Ahidjo to Biya have expropriated and squandered in hotel bills abroad while the people of Ndian are wallowing in poverty and misery. This is why Francophones want us to continue “living together” for them to abuse the instruments of state power to continue pillaging and plundering Anglophone resources. This is the main reason for Biya's genocidal war against Anglophones. But you cannot fool all the people all the time…Wunna dross di show…

Summary and Breakdown of crude oil production from 1972-2018.

1. Years of Production:1972-1980 (8 years)
1.2. Average Annual Production per day=58,000 barrels
1.3. Average Annual Price in USD: $59/bbl
1.4.Amount of Crude Oil Produced: 58,000 bbl X 365 days X 8 years =162,400.000 barrels in 8 years
1.5. Amount from Crude Oil Sales =162,400,000 barrels X $59/bbl= $9.581,600,000 (Nine billion, five hundred and eighty one million, six hundred thousand dollars.)

2.Years of Production:1981-1990 (10 years)
2.1. Total Production for 10 years: 5,595,450,000 barrels
2.3. Average Price in USD = $147.5/bbl
2.4.Amount from Sales of Crude = 5,595,450,000 barrels X $147.5/bbl=$825.328,875,000.(Eight Hundred and twenty five billion, Three Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Seventy five thousand dollars)

3. Years of Production:1991-2000 (10 years)
3.1. Total Production for 10 years = 4,292,400, 000 barrels
3.2. Average Price in USD: $117.7/bbl
3.4.Amount from Sales of Crude Oil =4,292,400, 000 barrels X $$117.7/bbl=$505,215,480,000 (Five Hundred and Five Billion, Two Hundred and Fifteen Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars).

4.Years of Production: 2001-2010 (10 years)
4.1. Total Production= 2,755,750.000 barrels
4.2. Average Price in USD = $75.4/bbl
4.3.Amount from Sales of Crude Oil = 2,755,750,000 barrels X $75.4/bbl=$20,778,355.000 (Twenty Billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight Million, There Hundred and Fifty Five thousand dollars)

5. Years of Production: 2011-2018 (8 years)
5.1.Total Production=2,186,350,000 barrels
5.2. Average Price in USD=$71.8/bbl
5.3.Amount from Sales of Crude Oil =2,186,350,000 barrels X $71.8/bbl=$15,697,993.000(Fifteen Billion, Six Hundred and Ninety Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand dollars).

Source: US Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Editorial Thu, 29 Aug 2019 08:03:17 +0000
Cameroon: Opening of the Cameroon Business Forum in Douala, a tool for promoting private investment. Cameroon: Opening of the Cameroon Business Forum in Douala, a tool for promoting private investment.

The 10th edition of the Cameroon Business Forum (CBF) opens  today Monday, March 19, 2019 in Douala the country's economic capital, chaired by  Prime Minister  Joseph Dion Ngute.

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At least 400 participants are expected. The 2019 edition is placed under the theme "emergence and development of private investment in Cameroon".

The CBF, the platform for public and private dialogue for the promotion of investments in Cameroon, has become over the years an essential business meeting.

On the menu of the CBF which opens  today in a context where Cameroon occupies the 166th rank of Doing Business, are the debates on the emergence and industrialization of the country.{loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Business Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:51:09 +0000
Cameroon: Government rejects unilateral increase in prices of alcoholic beverages Cameroon: Government rejects unilateral increase in prices of alcoholic beverages

The Cameroonian government rejects the unilateral increase in the prices of beverages decided by the brewing companies.{loadposition myposition}

The Minister of Commerce denounces a violation of the regulations in force.

According to the Government, the brewing companies have not complied with the formalities, "before any increase in prices, the producer must first file with the Ministry of Commerce. No new prices can come into effect if this formality have not been respected. The brewing companies have not filed any price increament, "said Luc-Magloire Mbarga Atanganaa the Cameroonian Minister of Commerce.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Business Wed, 06 Mar 2019 13:26:40 +0000
Cameroonian Elected Board Member of Minority Rights Group Africa Cameroonian Elected Board Member of Minority Rights Group Africa

Cameroonian writer, pan Africanist and Executive Director of AFRICAphonie, Mwalimu George Ngwane, has been elected to the African Advisory Committee of the International Minority Rights Group Africa as member of Board of Trustees.{loadposition myposition}

Ngwane was elected with three other members - Dr Melakou Tegngem from Ethiopia, Ms Evelyne Neisere from Kenya and Ms Juliet Nakoto Odol from Uganda - during a Board meeting that held in Kampala, Uganda from 8th to 9th February 2019. According to the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group Africa Mrs. Agnes Kibajuni, Ngwane’s election into the Board brings a new vision and fresh impetus that would combine practitioner track expertise and academic policy in the pursuit of the objectives of Minority Rights Group International London in general and Minority Rights Group Africa in particular.

Minority Rights Group is an international non-governmental organisation working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples as well as promoting cooperation between communities worldwide. It shall be celebrating its fifty years of existence in April 2019. The Regional Office of the Minority Rights Group in Africa is based in Kampala, Uganda while other offices are located in Brussels, Hungary and Delhi.

Throughout its ten years of existence Minority Rights Group Africa has worked in the areas of land rights (in Cameroon it works with MBOSCUDA), ethnic, indigenous and linguistic minorities within Africa. Of concern to the Board members was the shrinking space of civil society organisations due to political intolerance and government highhandedness.

The Executive Director of Minority Rights Group Africa made an overview of the minority rights situation in Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Ethiopia and South Sudan with a clarion call for the respect of minority voices and views.

It is expected that Mwalimu George Ngwane’s election into the Board of Trustees shall open windows into the minority rights situation especially within the Central Africa sub region.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) CAMEROON THISDAY Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:37:27 +0000
Cameroon says Olembe stadium near completion Cameroon says Olembe stadium near completion

The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Public Contracts Talba Malla visited construction works at Olembe yesterday, March 5, 2019.

It was an exceptional day at the Olembe Stadium construction site yesterday March 5, 2019. The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Public Contracts, Ibrahim Talba Malla, visited construction works at the Olembe Stadium earmarked for the hosting of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. The visit which was the first for the Minister aimed at evaluating the level of work done on the site.{loadposition myposition}

As early as 9:30 a.m. the Minister and his crew were at the site for the inspection work. Immediately after his arrival, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla, accompanied by the Governor of the Centre Region, Naseri Paul Bea, had a guided tour of the infrastructure led by officials of Piccini, the Italian firm in charge of the construction of the 60,000capacity stadium.

Speaking to journalists, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla said the purpose of the visit was to evaluate the level of work and to discuss with the contractors in order to be sure that they will meet the deadline. He said he was impressed with the work that has been done so far and congratulated the workers for the effort. “The level they have reached is acceptable and now we have to push them to go further so that they can meet the target,” he said. Talba Malla said he is optimistic that together with the stakeholders the work will progress because the State and the entire people of Cameroon need the sport infrastructure.

The Controller of the Olembe construction site, Benoit Fabre, said the Minister was presented the stadium, the building for the five-star hotel, the swimming pool and the commercial centre. He said the field is complete and only some finishing touches remaining. He said the stadium is finished what is left is the gravel, the turf and also the technological part which comprises electricity, water, lighting, painting, etc. He said the project can be com pleted in about four months. So far, the seats are already in place and the stadium is covered.

According to him what is still left to be done include technology, dressing rooms, offices, hotel and commercial centre. He noted that about 60 per cent of the work has already been done. After the visit, Minister Ibrahim Talba Malla had a working session with the workers of Piccini. During the meeting, the Minister called on the contractors to ensure that international norms are respected in the execution of the project.{loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Concord Newsdesk) Sports|f6be11 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:17:12 +0000
Cameroon: Elecam working towards 'free and fair' Legislative, Municipal Elections Cameroon: Elecam working towards 'free and fair' Legislative, Municipal Elections

The elections governing institution at the beginning of the year set the objective of 10 million registered voters before the electors are called to the polls.{loadposition myposition}

When the voters registration operation ended in 2018 at the time electors were called to the polls for the October 7, 2019 presidential election, about 6.7 people had enrolled in the electoral registers both back at home and in the Diaspora. The number of registered voters by then, lured Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) to set the target of 10 million registered voters by the time electors are called to the polls for the expected legislative and municipal elections this year 2019.

The Director General of Elections at ELECAM Erik Essoussè said the target was because Cameroon has potential electors who could be more than the number should they enrol their names in the electoral registers. Since the official launching of the operation to revise voters registers, this year, Electoral Board members of ELECAM have been combing all the nooks and crannies of the country to supervise the operation and encourage potential voters to register. Staff of ELECAM Council branches have also been on the field registering the yet unregistered potential voters.

They take advantage of every gathering such as churches, markets and popular road junctions to install the electoral kits and register willing voters. It is in this connection that they had a stand at the just-ended Promote 2019 Business Forum in Yaounde to exhibit ELECAM activities and also register voters. The institution has also stepped up material preparations for the registration operation by acquiring the state-of-the art registration kits that are better adapted to the field as they are less cumbersome to carry around and produce better results in terms of pictures and receipts printed.

ELECAM has been carrying out awareness creation campaigns in the va rious media and in posters put in strategic positions in major cities. Elections Cameroon has been working in collaboration with some political party officials who by law form part of the Joint Voters Registration Commission. According to the Director General of Elections, Erik Essoussè, the involvement of political parties in the voters registration operation is average.

ELECAM continues to en courage political parties to be more involved in the operation considering that political parties are the main beneficiaries in the electoral process. In the present focus, the Director General of Elections at ELECAM throws more light on the steps taken by ELECAM to reach the target registered voters. It also presents the ongoing registration operation in some branches of ELECAM.

Source: Cameroon Tribune

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) CAMEROON THISDAY Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:13:00 +0000
Cameroon: EU mounts pressure on Biya amidst escalating anglophone crisis Cameroon: EU mounts pressure on Biya amidst escalating anglophone crisis

The European Union has called on the government of Cameroon in engage in an inclusive dialogue with all parties as the only solution to the current political and security impasse in the country.{loadposition myposition}


In a statement released by Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU, the body tasked the government of Cameroon to free all the supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement arrested and detained over a month ago.

“The arrest and prolonged detention of several leaders of an opposition party, including its leader Maurice Kamto, and a large number of protesters and supporters, as well as the opening of disproportionate proceedings against them military justice, increases the political malaise in Cameroon. The rule of requires fair justice and the release of detainees against whom (incriminating) evidence can not be presented , ” Federica Mogherini said.

The EU representative also touched on the violence in the North West and South West regions of the country describing the situation as unacceptable.

” The persistence of violence and human rights violations in the north-west and south-west regions of Cameroon has resulted in an unacceptable number of casualties and a heavy impact in humanitarian and economic terms.


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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) PAUL BIYA Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:05:41 +0000
Cameroonian controversial journalist narrates live on air on how to beat your woman without leaving traces Cameroonian controversial journalist narrates live on air on how to beat your woman without leaving traces

The Anglophone Crisis: once more the Cameroonian military has proven beyond dispute that there are by far worse than scouts. How could the Military take armoured cars to the the bridge at Ekom, a frontier locality with Nigeria.{loadposition myposition} 

Professor Enow Orock to Mr Biya: Granting amnesty to all those in jail and sitting on a round table for dialogue, is the only way out of this crisis. Worth Watching!
Video courtesy of HiTV.

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