We continue the updates of what happened while you were away. This time it was your activity which made us proud. The diaspora has never been this afraid. What you did sent shocking waves into the spines of la Republique and shook the core of the Cameroons.
La Republique has always been using football to preach false unity. Like anyone else in the world we all love football but we can't forget where we come from.
On the night when our neighbouring national team was playing the finals of the African Nation cup, the wishes of most of us in the diaspora was that the opposite team should win. The diaspora was afraid what will happen the next day Monday which was ghost town day as a result of the frenzy celebrations. But you Southern Cameroonians Home proved us wrong. You made us to understand that supporting football has got nothing to do with the struggle after all we all support foreign teams and jubilate when a team we like wins a cup such as the Champions league.
We were told that on that particular Sunday when la Republique won the nation cup, there was huge celebrations at night in Southern Cameroons cities. You once again put a smile unto the faces of the regime, the regime thought that was the end of the strike and ghost towns. They deliberately decided not to declare Monday a public holiday so as to test to see if schools and ghost towns will fail as a result of the nation cup. But you good people of Southern Cameroons shocked them. You celebrated on Sunday but got up on Monday with the best Ghost towns ever imagined. Cities like Buea, Mutegene, kumba, Bamenda etc that celebrated the event got up with a dead town. The same was true in all villages and communities.
Your singular action made la Republique panicked. You gave those of us in the diaspora hope. You made us believed in the struggle once again and yes you proved to the world that our struggle is genuine and football cannot make us loose sight of what we want-Restoration.
BaretaNews correspondent made us to understand that speaking with some police officers from Mutengene, they said Anglophones are hypocrites. They wondered how we can jubilate the victory of the lions so crazy and got up the next day Monday with total ghost towns with no fly on the street. Oh yes, we are not hypocrites, we merely confirmed what we are going for.
On this note, I want to specifically thank all Southern Cameroonians at home. This struggle is moving ahead because of your collective resolve to take it to its logical end. Please continue to have faith in this struggle. We will succeed as a team and we will flush la Republique out of our home. Keep the faith and God bless you.
Once more congratulations. I love you all. Remember ghost towns on Monday 24th across the entire territory.
Follow the struggle and not individuals
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. François Louncény Fall, has learnt with relief the decision by President Paul Biya instructing that internet services be fully restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon, with effect from 20 April.
The Special Representative welcomes this measure, which is in line with those recently announced by the Government to address the demands of English-Speaking teachers and lawyers. He takes note that the decision will go along way to help reduce tension and to create conditions conducive for the resolution of the crisis in the two regions.
The Head of UNOCA counts on the Government of Cameroon to continue to promote appeasement and dialogue, and to take all other appropriate measures aimed at a speedy and lasting resolution of the crisis in order to strengthen unity, stability and prosperity in Cameroon.
The Special Representative takes the opportunity to express the wish that the Cameroonian People will maintain their spirit of patriotism and show restraint during this trying period, including by avoiding the use of the Internet to incite hatred or violence.
Done in Libreville, 21st April 2017
The Minister of Communication and Government spokesman has threatened to ban French magazine, Jeune Afrique for its critical stance on Cameroon's long serving leader Paul Biya and the country.
Issa Tchiroma Bakary who was addressing pressmen in Yaounde says the repeated attacks on Cameroon by the publication is aimed at "destabilizing the nation, undermining the country's intergrity."
Tchiroma's outburst came on the heels of another firebrand article against the regime this time through former Secretary General at the Presidency, Marafa Hamidou Yaya
Marafa now incarcerated for stealing from the state purse slammed the regime for sending him to prison unjustly. He revealed to Jeune Afrique that he is paying the price for advising President Biya not to vie for another term.
The government songbird described the former regime baron's remarks as malicious, giving a chronological run down of the events leading to the imprisonment of Marafa. He also gave numerous instances where the French publication had written about the Head of state or Cameroon in bad, warning the media organ to stop sowing seeds of chaos or they will be taken off circulation in the country.
The communication minister is calling on Cameroonians to stay focused and not be derailed by those whose ambition is to destabilize the country.
The relationship between the Regime and Jeune Afrique which was very cordial has taken an ugly twist over the last decade leaving political and media commentators to suspect that the severed marriage could be linked to the shaky relationship between Yaounde and Paris.
MESSAGE TO ALL PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN, MEMBERS OF CHRIST'S LAY FAITHFUL AND PEOPLE OF GOODWILL IN THE DIOCESE OF MAMFE
DIRECT SUMMONS TO THE BISHOPS OF BUEA, MAMFE AND KUMBA TO APPEAR IN THE COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE IN BUEA OVER CRIMINAL CHARGES
Dear Rev. Fathers,
Rev. Brothers and Sisters,
All Christ's Lay Faithful,
People of Goodwill in Mamfe Diocese
The Lord is risen Alleluia — Yes he is truly risen Alleluia.
On Monday the 17. of April, 2017, while We, of the Diocese of Mamfe, were celebrating our Priestly Ordinations and basking in our quiet enjoyment in Manyu Division, some people totally unknown to us from Fako Division, namely, Dr. John Lyonga Efande, lkome Williams Ligange and Alianto Ngala. through their Legal Counsel, Barrister Achu Julius Ngu Tabe, dragged us to the Court of First Instance in Buea, Fako Division and caused the State Counsel of the same Fako to summon the Bishops of Buea, Mamfe and Kumba to appear in Court on Monday the 24th. of April, 2017 at 9 am prompt. The seven charges against the Bishops could be summarized in that the Bishops have refused to reopen the Catholic schools and thus supporting the illegal strike of the Anglophone Teachers. These people are requesting that the Bishops be convicted and imprisoned and pay damages of 150 Billion CFA.
Coming at the splash of the Easter Joy, I can only see this as an attempt to spread the reign of darkness and get the prince of this world attempt to spoil our Easter Graces. But as you all know, the devil is a liar and we shall not give him the opportunity. I can only talk to you at this kind of trying moment in the words of Jesus who said to his Apostles, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me"(Jn.14:1).
As the Bishop of Mamfe, I stand by the Communique which all the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province wrote saying that "We have never closed schools and our doors remain open". The Bishop of Marnfe does not live in Fako, nor does he own schools in Fako and this makes me worried that anybody can sit down in any part of the country and decide that I am a criminal and I have to go to court to prove that I am not. It is all a calculated attempt by some forces of darkness. that we shall get to know sooner than later, to humiliate, intimidate and incriminate the Church and rub the bishops in mud with wanton disregard and disrespect for God, whom these men in spite their human weaknesses, represent.
They may end up discovering that they are fighting against God himself(Acts 5:39). It is the reign of the anti-Christ and this is not new. It is a struggle between light and darkness, it is a battle between good and evil, it is a wrestle between sin and righteousness and a confrontation of truth and lies.
This is exactly what happened to my Boss who is the Son of a carpenter, Jesus Christ. He was blackmailed and dragged from Annas the High priest to Caiphas and then finally put before Pontius Pilate who unjustly condemned him to death. Shame to death! On the third day he rose again from the dead — Alleluia. Now he lives to die no more. Jesus told us to expect this when he said; "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me (Jn.15:18-21)
As a true and law abiding son of this country, I will respect the call of the law of the state and appear before the court of Fist Instance in Buea on Monday, 24. April, 2017 at 9.am prompt. I will not waste Diocesan money, which we don't have, to hire a lawyer and I will not prepare any defence because I believe in Christ who said : "Watch out! Men will hand you over to the local courts. They will whip you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings because of me. You will be witnesses to them and to those who aren't Jews. But when they arrest you, don't worry about what you will say or how you will say it. At that time you will be given the right words to say. It will not be you speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you."(Mtt.10:17- 20).
I therefore call on all Christians of Mamfe to do the following:
1. Stay calm and restrain from any acts of violence, be it verbal, physical or even psychological, that will only make the situation worse. This is a call I made to all the Motor Bike Riders on the 31. of December, 2016 and to all the Youth of the Diocese during the World Youth Day on the 9. of April, 2017 and I am repeating to all Christians of Mamfe today.
2. From the 22. of April 2017, which is the 25. Anniversary of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood, the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel shall be recited at the end of each Mass before the final blessing, immediately after the prayer for the Diocese of Mamfe. This prayer will go on in all the churches of Mamfe Diocese as long as the case goes on. The intention is for the conversion of the claimants and their sponsors, the good conscience and fear of God in the judges, for our entire country and for the strength of the Bishop of Mamfe.
3. Christians from the Diocese of Mamfe and Friends of the Diocese who wish to witness this trial are free to come to Buea on this stipulated day and time and join in this "Gethsemane" experience which your chief pastors have been subjected to.
Mamfe Diocese has always been One Family and I pray all the people of the Diocese to remain united at this time of difficulty. Remember that if there is no cross, then our Christianity is empty and there will be no resurrection. I wish all of you once again a very happy Easter and abundance of God's blessing.
Given in Galilee, Israel, this Friday, 21. April, 2017.
Bishop of Mamfe.
(This letter is valid without a signature as I can produce the original any time)
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), the non-concessional arm of the World Bank group (WB) will release an amount of FCfa 113 billion in favour of the State of Cameroon, reveals a Presidential decree signed on 17 April 2017 by President Biya, text which authorises the Minister of Economy, Louis Paul Motazé, to contract this loan on behalf of the Cameroonian State. The said loan was approved by the Administrative Council of the WB on October 2016.
The funds that will thus be made available by the IBRD will be used to finance the transport sector, in which the government and its partners have been leading several projects since the year 2012. It will also be used for the rehabilitation as well as construction of national and transnational transportation routes, rehabilitation of the railways and upgrading equipment, or also improving the country's port infrastructure.
As a reminder, it was in October 2013, during the General Assembly meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, that the Cameroonian State expressed its desire to be able to benefit from IBRD financing from then on. Following this request of the Cameroonian authorities, a World Bank mission led by Véronique Kessler, principal economist at the World Bank, made a visit to Cameroon in November 2013, in order to look at an eventual eligibility of the country to IBRD financing. Eligibility which occurred in the month of April 2014, and was announced by the Cameroonian government in an official communiqué.
The IBRD is the second window of financing of the World Bank group that has opened to the Cameroon State, after the window IDA (International Development Association). The only difference being that IDA loans are granted at concessional rates (generally lower than 1%) while IBRD loans are non concessional but are equally repayable in the long term (25 to 38 years with deferred payments of 5 to 10 years).
Concerns are rising that many diabetic patients in Cameroon could end up dying if they don't get the drug. The government has put the blame on the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Although the Cameroonian government claims it has huge quantities of insulin, a drug that helps keep the sugar level from getting too high or too low, pharmacies said they had little stock left of the medicine.When found, patients told DW that the prices had increased tremendously. The association of diabetic patients in Yaounde says several members have died and many more could suffer the same fate if they don't receive insulin.
Engolo Etienne, 54, is one of the patients who succumbed to the illness. According to his elder brother, Engolo Reuben, Etienne died at Yaounde's central hospital after developing a nerve damage from histype 1 diabetes because he did not have access to the right medication.
"During our stay in the hospital, we had hopes that he would recover, but suddenly he could no longer drink or eat. He had problems around his neck and finally he just passed away. Drugs were prescribed but at times what was given was not what we usually expected," Reuben told DW in an interview.
Reuben, who also suffers from diabetes believes that many patients like him may die due to a shortage of the life-sustaining insulin. His statement was echoed by Rita Tchuente head of the association of people living with diabetes in Yaounde.
"Those selling [the drugs] do not give explanations. When you show your doctor's prescription, they tell you the drugs are not available and then you have to search in pharmacies in town,Tchuente said. She said most patients often return to the hospital without the required medication. "Please do something for us," Tchuente pleaded.
Broken supply chain
Drugs in Cameroon are supplied by the drug agency called CENAME. Joseph Vaillam, CENAME's Director General says the shortage may be due to some dysfunctioning in the supply chain.
"CENAME is like a central unit that receives the medication from foreign countries because insulin is not produced in Cameroon,'' Vaillam said. ‘‘We then proceed by distributing to statutory clients as defined by the ministry of health." According to Vaillam, Cameroon's Ministry of Health is the only organ in the country that has access to insulin provided by CENAME.
Cameroon reported 700,000 cases of diabetes in 2017. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 190 million people suffer from diabetes worldwide. By 2025, that figure will rise to about 330 million patients. The disease is becoming one of Africa's biggest health challenges.
People with diabetes have to rely on insulin for the rest of their lives. Being overweight and leading sedentary lifestyles can lead to diabetes. However, patients can improve their general condition by turning to a healthy diet and committing themselves to regular exercise. There is no known cure for diabetes and if left untreated it can kill.