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Cameroonian authorities should immediately reverse a decision to suspend independent broadcaster Radio Hot Cocoa 94 FM's permission to operate and allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Government officials in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's Northwest Region, yesterday sealed the station's office, its manager told CPJ.

The regional governor, Adolphe Lele Lafrique, ordered Radio Hot Cocoa to suspend all activities until further notice, accusing it of inciting civil disobedience in a call-in show discussing a teachers' strike in the region, station manager Gideon Taka told CPJ. Residents of predominantly Anglophone regions of Cameroon bordering Nigeria have in recent months staged street demonstrations, strikes, and sit-ins to protest what they say is the Francophone central government's marginalization of their regions. The station proclaimed a "news blackout" on its Facebook page yesterday.

"The suspension of Radio Hot Cocoa is part of an ongoing effort to stifle coverage of the grievances of English-speaking Cameroonians," said CPJ West Africa Representative Peter Nkanga. "Authorities should allow the radio station to resume operations immediately and should cease censoring the news."

"Right now there is no access to my office, the studio and control room," Taka, the station's manager, told CPJ. "They sealed them off."

The Ministry of Communications in December wrote to private radio and TV stations to "stop all roundtable discussions... concerning the current political atmosphere" in English-speaking regions of Cameroon. French and English are the official languages of the country, but predominantly Francophone regions are home to the majority of the population. At least four people were killed after police forcibly dispersed a December 8 demonstration in Bamenda, according to press reports and Amnesty International.

The suspension of Radio Hot Cocoa is the latest in a series of attempts to stifle reporting and commentary on the political crisis. Last month authorities suspended dozens of newspapers and broadcasters' permission to operate; permanently banned three newspapers from publishing and their publishers from practicing journalism; and sanctioned dozens more journalists, CPJ reported at the time.

Cameroontoday

FCfa 1.3 billion. This is the amount unduly collected by approximately 700 Cameroonian civil servants during 2016, in collusion with the IT and Payment Units at the Ministry of Finance, with some employees of these services now in prison, we learned from sources within this ministry.

The scheme used by these fraudsters and their accomplices, we learned, consisted in receiving several payments for back pay, salary advances, salary top-ups due to promotions or reclassifications.

While the Ministry of Finance employees involved in this fraudulent practice are in the grip of the Cameroonian justice system, the beneficiaries have already been served with a notice indicating that they owe the Public Treasury, to ultimately refund all monies unduly collected, our sources report.

Labelled “Mboma”, or boa in English, this is a widespread practice in some sections of the Cameroonian civil service such as the army. The different measures taken by the government have not succeeded in uprooting this practice which, combined with the phenomenon of fictitious civil servants, was taking away up to FCfa 5 billion on a monthly basis from the Cameroonian Public Treasury, based on the confession of the former Minister of Finance.

BIC

Mr. Obama pledged again to support his successor. But his speech was a thinly veiled rebuke of several of the positions Mr. Trump staked out during the campaign, from climate change and barring Muslims from entering the country to repealing his landmark health care law.

“If every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities,” Mr. Obama said, “then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclave.”

“If we decline to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don’t look like us, we diminish the prospects of our own children — because those brown kids will represent a larger share of America’s work force,” he added.

In giving a farewell address, Mr. Obama invoked a privilege of presidents going back to George Washington. He staked his claim as the leader who steered the nation through the storms of the Great Recession to a growing economy and job market. He claimed credit for reducing the rate of uninsured Americans to record lows, while keeping a cap on health care costs.

In a pointed reference to Republicans determined to repeal the health care bill that was one of the signature accomplishments of his presidency, Mr. Obama said, “If anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system — that covers as many people at less cost — I will publicly support it.”

There were also nostalgic moments, as well. He recalled the 2008 campaign that started him on his improbable journey to the White House. He thanked the army of volunteers and staff members who swept him into the Oval Office, ending with the iconic chant, “Yes, we can.” And reflecting on all they had accomplished, he added, “Yes, we did.”

“It has been the honor of my life to serve you,” Mr. Obama said. “I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days.”

He drew some of the most thunderous applause of the night when he paid tribute to his wife, Michelle — “my best friend” — and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — “a brother.” As the crowd of 18,000 clapped and stamped their feet, Mr. Obama dabbed his eyes.

Afterward, Mrs. Obama and her elder daughter, Malia, appeared onstage with the president, along with Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill. The Obamas’ younger daughter, Sasha, stayed in Washington because she has an exam in school on Wednesday morning, the White House said.

But Mr. Obama clearly wanted to use his last major turn on the national stage to send a message. Americans, he said, should not take their democracy for granted. Lamenting the perennially low voter turnout rates, Mr. Obama urged people to become involved. “If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet,” he said, “try to talk with one in real life.”

“America is not a fragile thing,” the president said. “But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured.”

The White House had meticulously planned this event, from the location to the tone and cadence of the speech, which clearly reached for the oratorical heights of his best-remembered addresses.

The president was still rewriting his remarks on Tuesday afternoon, one of his aides said, after being up very late Monday night scrawling edits on what was then already the fourth draft.

Mr. Obama’s chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, pored over previous farewell addresses for inspiration. George Washington used the occasion to disclose he would not run for a third term and warned Americans to steer clear of foreign entanglements in Europe, while Dwight D. Eisenhower warned of the influence of the “military-industrial complex.”

Mr. Obama’s message recalled his final State of the Union address last year, as well as speeches he gave in Springfield, Ill.; at the commencement ceremonies at Howard University and Rutgers University; and during the Democratic National Convention.

Dozens of alumni from the White House and Mr. Obama’s political operation converged on Chicago to cheer their boss. With parties all over town, the atmosphere felt like a wistful version of 2012, or even more so, of 2008, when Mr. Obama’s election drew a quarter-million people to a jubilant victory celebration in nearby Grant Park.

There was, however, an undeniable tinge of sadness to Mr. Obama’s leave-taking — the dread among many in this crowd that his legacy will be undone by Mr. Trump, and the disappointment that, for all his political gifts, he was unable to hand over his office to his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton.

“Beers and tears,” said Ben LaBolt, who served as the national press secretary for Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign.

Many said they had waited hours in the cold to get tickets, like Ja-mese McGee, an elementary school teacher from the Chicago suburb Country Club Hills.

Those hours had a purpose. She wanted to demonstrate to her students that seeing Mr. Obama was worth the wait. “Better than waiting to shop on Black Friday. Better than waiting in line for gym shoes,” she said.

But Ms. McGee was troubled by Mr. Trump’s inauguration, and the damage it could do to Mr. Obama’s legacy. “There’s so much to say about him,” she said. “He maintained class, he maintained dignity. Honestly, I don’t want him to leave, but I’m sure it will be a load off his shoulders.”

Alvin Love, a Baptist minister, walked through the crowd holding the hand of his 6-year-old granddaughter, Bayleigh Love, who wore a red sequined party dress.

He and Mr. Obama go back 30 years, when the president was a young community organizer on the South Side. “It’s mixed emotions for me,” he said. “I’m sad to see it come to an end, but proud and happy to see the work that he’s done.”

Mr. Love said he believed Mr. Obama’s work could be sustained, even with the advent of a Trump presidency. “Any time right is done, it will sooner or later stand up again.”

NYT

Equinoxe Radio Can now confirm that nothing came out of the meeting with Garga Haman and Consortium last night in Bamenda. Wilfred Tassang Tells Journalist Prince Nfor Hanson Nchanji that "forget about the meeting with Garga Haman Adji,he came to play around."

Garga Haman Adji who was present at the Unity Palace on January 6th 2017 for the Presentation of New Year Wishes to President Biya had the opportunity to  have a one -to-one chat with H.E the President of the Republic, and after that chat, CRTV Presidential reporter George Ewane caught up with him, and in his own words, boasted;

“The President has asked me to go to Bamenda and bring back those who want to leave us. And I promised him that I will do“

Upon arrival in Bamenda yesterday, Garga Haman Adji refused to grant interviews to anxious journalists, saying ‘it is not time for noise making or interview‘. Sounding positive of the impact of his presence in Bamenda, he said ‘ I am here for dialogue and when solution is out people can now celebrate‘.

During his visit to discuss with the consortium, he paid a courtesy visit to Ni John Fru Ndi during which the SDF chairman expressed  his grievances on the issue of corruption of the Biya regime, the marginalisation of  Anglophones was best expressed as they compared notes on the horrendous state of the road into the North West Province. A 30 km stretch that took him 4 hours to navigate.

Who is Garga Harmann?


In his early career life, Garga worked as Sub-Director of National Security,Deputy Director of the Ministry of Finance, Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Civil Service, and Finance Director of the National Electricity Company of Cameroon.
He then served as State Inspector and Deputy Director of Inspection and Administrative Reform Following the April 1984 attempted coup in which northerners were implicated, Garga was arrested and held at the Kondengui Central Prison. He wassoon released, however, and he was appointed Director-General of Boston Bank Cameroon on 24 October 1984. President Biya appointed him to the government as Minister of the Civil Service and the Supreme State Audit in 1990.


Reflecting later on his appointment, Garga said that ‘he was pleased by it because he thought Biya had recognized his determination to fight corruption and would allow him to do so freely‘.After the legalization of multiparty politics in December 1990, Garga founded a political party, the Alliance for Democracy and Progress; it was legally recognized on 4 June 1991.While in government, Garga worked to fight corruption. As head of the Supreme State Audit, he reported that various senior officials owed a total of357 million F CFA in missing funds, identifying 42 of them who were alleged to have stolen one million F CFA or more.Garga argued that the senior officials should be put on trial to demonstrate that corruption would not be tolerated, but no action was taken against them.
Garga’s ministerial portfolio was then modified on 9 April 1992, when he was appointed as Minister of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform; he thus lost his authority over the Supreme State Audit.


According to Garga, Biya did not explain to him why he had altered his responsibilities, but Garga believed it was done because Biya and those around him disapproved of Garga’s hard-line stance against corruption.Frustrated by the situation and feeling that Biya lacked confidence in him, Garga resigned from the government on 27 August 1992. He denied that he was persuaded to resign by opposition leader John Fru Ndi, although he campaigned in support of Fru Ndi’s candidacy in the October 1992 presidential election.At the time of the election, Biya said that Garga had resigned because he Biya was unwilling to do what Garga wanted.Biya won the 1992 election according to official results; however, Garga claimed that the election was rigged and that Fru Ndi was the actual winner.When Biya launched the anti-corruption campaign in early 2006, Garga expressed cautious approval, saying that Biya was finally doing what he had recommended in the early 1990s and that it was “better late than never“, buthe also said that the anti-corruption campaign needed to extend much further. According to Garga, many ministers and heads of state corporations were corrupt.On 15 March 2007, President Biya appointed Garga to a three-year term on the Coordination Committee of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. At the swearing-in ceremony on 30 May 2007, Garga collapsed, but he received quick medical attention and recovered within minutes.


In the press, his collapse was blamed on the very crowded atmosphere in the hall, as well as the fact that he had been standing for about an hour.
In a nutshell, Garga has demonstrated on several occasions,that he was not a part to Biya’s corrupt system, reason why reports say his relationship with the SDF’s Chairman has been harmonious,a motivation of why President Biya sent him to Bamenda.We await to see if he does what Muhammad.

As the governor of the North West handed over 21youths arrested in Bamenda today, Parents particularly mothers are still on blended kneels with heavy hearts for not seeing their respective children amongst those released.
Many school of thoughts thinks that those who can't see their children within this latest release should just forget about him.


They stressed that if their children were not within those released this Tuesday January 10 2017, then it's clear they child is already dead. Some even went further to say and I quote " Because on that fateful day when the masses were shooting stones at the Police, gendarmes and Army along the commercial avenue stretch, many where killed and buried secret locations.


He spoke with certainty that let the parents just forget and have it in mind that their children are dead and buried somewhere.

Cameroontoday

Classified documents that the heads of four U.S. intelligence agencies presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included claims that Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information about him, two U.S. officials said Tuesday evening.

They told Reuters the claims, which one called "unsubstantiated," were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that U.S. intelligence officials presented to Trump and President Barack Obama last week.

Trump responded on Tuesday evening in a tweet calling the reports: "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One of the officials, both of whom requested anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other U.S. agencies are continuing to investigate the credibility and accuracy of the claims.

They are included in opposition research reports made available last year to Democrats and U.S. officials by a former British intelligence official, most of whose past work U.S. officials consider credible.

The official said investigators so far have been unable to confirm the material about Trump financial and personal entanglements with Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of Russian intelligence. Some material in the reports produced by the former British intelligence officer has proved to be erroneous, the official said.

The FBI declined comment.

SURFACED LAST YEAR

The charges that Russia attempted to compromise New York real estate businessman Trump were presented to the FBI and other U.S. government officials last summer and have been circulating for months.

The FBI initially took the material seriously, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, which was first reported by CNN.

However, the FBI failed to act on the material, and the former British intelligence officer broke off contact about three weeks before the November election, they said.

The warning of information about Russia's compromising claims follows growing U.S. intelligence and law enforcement concerns about what Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has called "multifaceted" Russian influence and espionage operations in Europe and the United States.

In addition to hacking computer networks and spreading propaganda and fake news, it includes efforts to cultivate business and political leaders and find compromising personal, financial and other information on persons of interest, U.S. intelligence officials said.

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