Politics|2C6700 http://cameroon-concord.com Sun, 18 Mar 2018 13:32:45 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Zimbabwe's Mugabe says never thought Mnangagwa would turn against him http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/zimbabwe-s-mugabe-says-never-thought-mnangagwa-would-turn-against-him http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/zimbabwe-s-mugabe-says-never-thought-mnangagwa-would-turn-against-him Zimbabwe's Mugabe says never thought Mnangagwa would turn against him

Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe said he never thought new President Emmerson Mnangagwa would turn against him and denounced Mnangagwa’s move to oust him last year as a coup, in an interview broadcast on Thursday.

Mugabe, 94, ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he stepped down under pressure from Mnangagwa’s allies in the army in November.


Viewed by some as a liberation hero, others remember Mugabe for turning a promising country into an economic basket case and international pariah.

Mnangagwa, deputy president under Mugabe, has promised to open up Zimbabwe to foreign investment and mend ties with the West since assuming power.

Mugabe, 94, ruled Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until he stepped down under pressure from Mnangagwa’s allies in the army in November.

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“I never thought he whom I had nurtured and brought into government and whose life I worked so hard in prison to save as he was threatened with hanging, that one day he would be the man who would turn against me,” Mugabe said in the interview with South African state broadcaster SABC from Harare.

Mnangagwa was convicted of sabotage under white minority rule and sentenced to death. But he was spared the noose because it was deemed that he was a minor when he had committed the crime.

Mugabe said he was ousted in a “military takeover” and that Mnangagwa had assumed the presidency illegally.

“I don’t hate Emmerson, I brought him into government. But he must be proper, he is improper where he is. Illegal,” Mugabe said. “We must undo this disgrace, which we have imposed on ourselves. We don’t deserve it.”

Since his fall from power, Mugabe has stayed at his Harare mansion with his wife Grace. His ousting was the culmination of a power struggle between Mnangagwa and Grace Mugabe, who was being groomed by her husband as his potential successor.

Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety will be protected in his home country under a deal that led to his resignation.

Mugabe quit as parliament began a process to impeach him, triggering wild celebrations in the streets.

Zimbabwe was once one of Africa’s most promising economies but suffered decades of decline as Mugabe pursued policies that included the violent seizure of white-owned commercial farms and money-printing that led to hyperinflation.

Mnangagwa has said Zimbabwe still wants to end discrimination between black and white farmers but will seek new ways to compensate those who have lost their properties. Former colonial ruler Britain said last month that Harare should press on with transparent and fair land reform.


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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:42:17 +0000
China Invites Biya For State Visit http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/china-invites-biya-for-state-visit http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/china-invites-biya-for-state-visit China Invites Biya For State Visit

At the end of a meeting between Paul Biya and the Chinese ambassador to Cameroon, Wei Wenhua, (on March 13, 2018, in Yaoundé) it was revealed that Xi Jinping, China’s president, has invited his Cameroonian peer for a state visit in China. This will be organized in the next few days, the presidency commented.{loadposition myposition}

« This new visit will highlight the good relations between China and Cameroon. It also occurs at a crucial time for China due particularly to the 13th National People’s Congress during which the country’s leadership was renewed », it added. It further disclosed that Paul Biya would be one of the first African heads of state to meet China’s newly chosen officials.

For the record, Paul Biya’s last visit to China dates back to 2011.As far as China-Cameroon relations is concerned, it dates back to 1971 and by end 2017, this country had supported Cameroon with CFA3,000 billion. These supports were namely loans and grants through various funders such as Export-Import Bank Of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank Of China, Bank Of China…etc.


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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:05:31 +0000
Cameroon and the triumph of Gerontocracy http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-and-the-triumph-of-gerontocracy http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-and-the-triumph-of-gerontocracy Cameroon and the triumph of Gerontocracy

Laurent Esso’o wants to hire 20 Anglophone Bailiffs and the conditions of eligibility include former Magistrates, former Court Registrars-in-Chief, Court Registrars and Court Registry Administrators and Lawyers with at least five years of professional experience. This kind of corruption wears a cap and whistles.{loadposition myposition}

Retired Magistrates and Court Registrars are amongst the most corrupt in the Judiciary and have amassed enough wealth to buy their way into these jobs that have been ostensibly earmarked for youths, especially law graduates. How does Esso’o expect the army of unemployed law graduates (most of them bike riders) to get five years of professional experience when then have not been given the opportunity to work?

What is it about Cameroon that people don't want to go on retirement? Why bring back retired magistrates and court registrars?

Is Laurent Esso'o so dull as to be unable to figure out that the current Anglophone crisis is deeply embedded in the generational question? And come to think of it, the communique to hire Anglophones is written in French. These people have no sense of shame. As we say in pidgin, wunna dross di show...

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bogus@bogus.com (Ekinneh Agbaw-Ebai) Politics|2C6700 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 05:59:03 +0000
Nigeria tells LA Republique Du Cameroun enough is enough http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/nigeria-tells-la-republique-du-cameroun-enough-is-enough http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/nigeria-tells-la-republique-du-cameroun-enough-is-enough Nigeria tells LA Republique Du Cameroun enough is enough

The special high level envoy from Nigeria has reportedly stormed Yaoundé aimed at warning LA Republique Du Cameroun to warn its poorly trained and poorly educated Beti scouts to stop the illicit incursions into Nigeria by the Gendarmes and the beast tagged BIR.

This high level envoy from Nigeria has come at a time when the sociopolitical crisis rocking the Nation has gotten worse.{loadposition myposition}

The British Southern Cameroon's case has ridiculed the international community as it has become common place to know that British Southern Cameroon's had its independence on the 21st of July 1961.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:57:57 +0000
Cameroon Senatorial 2018: The SDF solicits that the list presented by the CPDM in the West be rejected http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-senatorial-2018-the-sdf-solicits-that-the-list-presented-by-the-cpdm-in-the-west-be-rejected http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-senatorial-2018-the-sdf-solicits-that-the-list-presented-by-the-cpdm-in-the-west-be-rejected Cameroon Senatorial 2018: The SDF solicits that the list presented by the CPDM in the West be  rejected

Senator Paul Tchatchouang has written a complaint to the Constitutional council. Senator Paul Tchatchouang is the outgoing SDF Senator for the West Region.

According to him, the Senatorial candidate for the CPDM contesting the forth coming Senatorial election, slated for the 25 of March, 2018 is an imaginary candidate or at worst a phantom. Outgoing SDF Senator holds that as a native of Bafoussam, there isn't anybody by name Joseph Teingnidetio. He therefore calls for the annulling of this fictitious list by the CPDM because it fails to respect the legal prescription as requested by the electoral code.{loadposition myposition}

Senator Paul Tchatchouang holds that indicates bad faith on the part of the CPDM. Using article 164 of the Cameroon Electoral code as his base of argument, outgoing Senator for the SDF, has violated the law.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:54:08 +0000
Cameroon: Did Paul Biya burn Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo'o's opportunity card as a possible successor http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-did-paul-biya-burn-alain-edgar-mebe-ngo-o-s-opportunity-card-as-a-possible-successor http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-did-paul-biya-burn-alain-edgar-mebe-ngo-o-s-opportunity-card-as-a-possible-successor Cameroon: Did Paul Biya burn Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo'o's opportunity card as a possible successor

Did Paul Biya burn Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo'o's opportunity card as a possible successor by dismissing him and appointing Rene Sadi as a Minister without any portfolio? These two personalities have often been presented by opinion holders as potential candidates to succeed Paul Biya,in case of incapacity.

Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo'o is under police scrutiny and scanner while Emmanuel René Sadi is maintained though without any portfolio, following the cabinet reshuffle that took place on the 5th of March, 2018. Following these very tense atmosphere following the cabinet reshuffle, the head of state has destroyed the chances that Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo'o had in the succession race.

As far as Emmanuel René Sadi is concerned, Mutations speculates that " Emmanuel René sadi' greatest blunder and weakness was the failure of the implementation of the Decentralization process, coupled with the unresolved sociopolitical crisis rocking the Anglophone regions of the Cameroon's.{loadposition myposition}

It's been more than a month since the Sub Divisional officer for Batibo was arrested and closely followed by that of the Regional Delegate for Social Affairs all in Momo Division" A situation that was never announced by the deposed Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization,Emmanuel René Sadi.

As a sanction, he was demoted from his ministerial portfolio as he was a disappointment to the head of state" According to Mutation the succession path is now closed. This closure of the succession path therefore means that Emmanuel René sadi will no longer have the privilege to control the National territory and as such forfeit his huge network of appointments of Sub Divisional officers, Senior Divisional officers and Governors. Very close and intimate observers, according to the press think that whenever the President reflects in that direction, " he feels the need to place trusted ones under police scrutiny.

The President does not only protects his adversaries but as an utmost priority desire preparing his departure from the political scene discretely. When Emmanuel René sadi was the Secretary General of the CPDM, the illustrious son of Yoko was already highly esteemed and prepared as Paul Biya's successor . As concerns Alain Edgar Mebe Ngo'o as reported by Mutations, he was brutally sent out of the race.

The erstwhile Minister of Defence and Transport has now seen his dreams and aspirations shattered and battered. He can't any longer succeed his father and as such withing the very close cycle of potential successors of Paul Biya, only Laurent Esso and Louis Paul Motaze are still in contention. Louis Paul Motaze had been repositioned as the Minister of Finance while Laurent Esso maintained as the minister of Justice and keeper of the seals. They have preserved their respective opportunities to possibly succeed Paul Biya.{loadposition myposition2}

bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:08:11 +0000
US Sec. of State: African countries should be careful not to forfeit sovereignty over loans from China http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/us-sec-of-state-african-countries-should-be-careful-not-to-forfeit-sovereignty-over-loans-from-china http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/us-sec-of-state-african-countries-should-be-careful-not-to-forfeit-sovereignty-over-loans-from-china US Sec. of State: African countries should be careful not to forfeit sovereignty over loans from China

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday that African countries should be careful not to forfeit their sovereignty when they accept loans from China, the continent’s biggest trading partner.

Tillerson is using his first diplomatic trip to the continent to bolster security alliances on a continent increasingly turning to Beijing for aid and trade. [L5N1QP17F]

He may also seek to smooth relations after U.S. President Trump reportedly dismissed some African nations as “shithole countries” in January. Trump later denied making the comment.

“We are not in any way attempting to keep Chinese dollars from Africa,” Tillerson told a news conference in the Ethiopian capital. “It is important that African countries carefully consider the terms of those agreements and not forfeit their sovereignty.”

The United States is the leading aid donor to Africa but China surpassed it as a trade partner in 2009. Beijing has pumped billions into infrastructure projects, though critics say the use of Chinese firms and labour undermines their value.

Tillerson said Chinese investments “do not bring significant job creation locally” and criticised how Beijing structures loans to African government.

If a government accepts a Chinese loan and “gets into trouble”, he said, it can “lose control of its own infrastructure or its own resources through default.” He did not give examples.

The growing Chinese lending to the continent has also attracted criticism from some Africans, who say China’s agenda is to feed its appetite for African raw materials like oil, timber and minerals, and secure contracts for its firms.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, visiting Zimbabwe on Thursday, told reporters it was inappropriate for Tillerson to criticize China’s relationship with African countries.

“It was not appropriate to criticise the relations of his hosts — when he was a guest there — with another country,” he said. Many African governments enjoy close ties with both Washington and Beijing.

Kenya, for example, inaugurated a $3.2 billion railway funded by China last year. For the last three years, Kenya has received more than $100 million annually in U.S. security assistance.

Asked about Tillerson’s criticism of China’s approach on the continent, Kenya’s foreign affairs minister Monica Juma said: “This country is engaging with partners from across the world driven by our own interests and for our own value.”{loadposition myposition}


Tillerson arrived in Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation, on Wednesday and visited the African Union headquarters on Thursday. The complex was funded and built by China and is seen as a symbol of Beijing’s thrust for influence and access to the continent’s natural resources.

Ethiopia is home to some of Beijing’s biggest investments, from a railway to Djibouti that opened last year to factories and industrial parks.

Earlier this week, Tillerson criticised “China’s approach” to Africa which he said encouraged dependency through “opaque contracts” and “predatory loan practices”.

Ethiopia’s prime minister resigned suddenly last month and a state of emergency was imposed but protests in the restive Oromia region have continued.

The secretary of state met Hailemariam Desalegn, who resigned as prime minister but is still acting in the post awaiting a replacement. Details of their discussions were not released.

Tillerson said after meeting his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu that the answer to political turmoil in Ethiopia was greater freedoms.

“It is important that the country moves on past the state of emergency as quickly as possible,” he said.

Tillerson reiterated previous calls for African states to cut ties with North Korea.

North Korea has more than a dozen embassies on the continent. The Trump administration has said that Pyongyang earns hard currency from arms deals with African government and the trafficking of wildlife parts from Africa.

Tillerson is due to fly to Djibouti, host to military bases owned by the U.S., China, Japan, France, and Italy.

He will then visit Kenya, a key U.S. ally in the fight against al Shabaab Islamist militants in Somalia, before travelling to Chad and Nigeria, which are also battling to contain Islamist insurgents.

Analysts say Trump has focused mainly on security concerns in Africa at a time when China, Turkey and other nations are ramping up diplomatic and business links.

“When you look at the set of countries that are being visited I think it kind of reinforces the perception that security, indeed, is the overwhelming focus,” said Brahima Coulibaly, the director of the Africa Growth Initiative at Brookings Institution.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:47:07 +0000
Presidential Election: Akere Muna's plan to resolve the problem of expropriation http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/presidential-election-akere-muna-s-plan-to-resolve-the-problem-of-expropriation http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/presidential-election-akere-muna-s-plan-to-resolve-the-problem-of-expropriation Presidential Election: Akere Muna's plan to resolve the problem of expropriation

The Presidential candidate of a coalition of political parties whose ambition is to create a favourable platform that can guarantee the possibility of joint ownership of landed property. If voted, Akere Muna has promised that things will be settled as far as landed property is concerned. This promise was made on Tuesday in Yaoundé, during a meeting with women and maidens, selected across the social strata of the nation.

In perfect harmony with himself, dressed in an attire so simple that meets the occasion, Akere Muna responded to all the questions that were asked. Some of the questions were related to the numerous cases of social injustices faced by the woman folk and most importantly the maiden. Women are often denied the right to own landed property, especially in Cameroon. According to Akere Muna, this problem is " as a result of bad governance,lack of political will and overt corruption" in the nation. According to Akere Muna, this phenomenon should be treated as a priority in order to protect the most underprivileged. " in case of expropriation on landed property, it should be established in the first place that she has such rights as well in such expropriation exercise to be indemnified" The problem is in the political system which is stinkingly corrupt and damaged by bad governance.{loadposition myposition}

On paper one can be requiring 10 hectares of land but gets 15hectres, meaning that the 5 extra hectares are sold out to some other person. One can convert someone's landed property and make it his through fraudulent manipulation of expropriation exercise and that becomes history. There is a lot of such stories in Kribi. In order to construct a route, it's imperative to carry out a lot of analysis and geotechnical findings. However it's true that the route can pass through landed property that demands indemnification. This was seen during the Chad- Cameroon pipeline project. Properties were seen that acquired for expropriation. Therefore our major problem is corruption , according to Barrister Akere Muna. In Cameroon, expropriation is practiced by those who are in need of expropriation such as mineral resources, infrastructural construction.

The indemnification is granted according to the function and the quality of investment located on the piece of land. The expropriation is calculated according to the size and the amount can be cheap or expensive. Lots of Cameroonian cities have been subjugated under this phenomenon of expropriation. Such is the case of cities of Douala, Yaoundé, Bamenda, Bafoussam or other villages equally expropriated at the same rates as in urban centres. The solution as proposed by Akere Muna is"We should tackle this problem of natives and settlers that is mounting unnecessary pressure on how to define the status of a city. How do they bury their dead? How much of their landed property is left unused as of now and how can it be protected? There is the need for a political plan that truly favours a veritable protection of landed property that is patrimonial to the community.

I believe that in such villages, there is still land that needs to be reserved as community land. I shall provide the finances so that the population can establish a community reserved patrimony, so that the returns from it can be used to refund the finances that were used to obtain it and use it for other developmental projects .

In the long run the village become the owners of the land and as such the notion of joint ownership is developed. This permits villages to be able to raise funds for their respective development projects, thus building their subsistence capacity that protects them. This equally shall help check unwanted conflicts within families, neighbors and villages. As a consequence of such trivial conflicts, families have been divided and thus communities become fragile" Equally on that same Tuesday, Muna talked on education and the entrepreneurship of the Cameroonian woman and many other issues.

The political aspirant of the coalition of four political parties such as ( The Alliance of Progressive Forces,The National Front for Development, The National Patriotic Party of Cameroon,and the Socialist Party of Cameroon) This coalition intends to make a contact tour of the South West Region and this is expected in the days ahead.{loadposition myposition2}

bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:01:01 +0000
Cameroon: CPDM allies rally towards upcoming Elections http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-cpdm-allies-rally-towards-upcoming-elections http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/cameroon-cpdm-allies-rally-towards-upcoming-elections Cameroon: CPDM allies rally towards upcoming Elections

The allies of the Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement have rallied towards the upcoming Elections. Six members of Government under the auspices of the Minister of Communication, who are not members of the CPDM are involved. According to Mutation daily of the 5th of March 2018, the President of the Republic, following the cabinet rebrand, has reassured all the allies of the CPDM that the nation is on a good footing. According to our correspondent, the head of state has allowed election issues in the hands of the six ministries of allied Political parties.

They are in charge of the upcoming elections. The closest election that is on schedule is the senatorial election, previewed for the 25th of March, 2018. It's worth noting that on the 7th of February, 2018, the President of Republic signed a decree summoning the electoral college. Granted on this day and after Election Cameroon, ( ELECAM),the body that has been empowered to register, conduct and proclaim the results of Elections in Cameroon. Only nine political parties have indicated their willingness to participate in the Senatorial election that has on offer of 70 senatorial seats. {loadposition myposition} 

Coming back to the most recent appointments and cabinet reshuffle, it can be noted that Bello Bouba Maigari, the minister of Tourism and Leisure( MINTOUL) president of the National Union for Democracy and Progress. ( UNDP),a political party allied to the CPDM, remains as the minister of that ministerial portfolio.

It was in 1997 that Bello Bouba Maigari signed a platform with the CPDM. In 2004 and 2011, these political parties have made special appeals to their respective militants to vote for Paul Biya as their Presidential candidate. Mutation recalls that according to this platform, those who had signed an alliance with the CPDM, were handsomely rewarded with ministerial portfolios. In 2011,Marie Rose Dining militant of the party was appointed Secretary of state at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. Another political party that have envisaged the Senatorial election but is so quite is the ( FSNC) of Isa Tchorima Bakary, the minister of Communication.

This minister is amongst members of government who have beaten longevity records as members of government, according to the press. The National Alliance of Democracy and Progress ( ANDP) a break away faction of UNDP is also preparing quietly for the senatorial elections. Having a senator in the just ended Senatorial mandate, they are aspiring to improve on their membership. In order to do so, they have registered to contest in South West and Far North Regions.{loadposition myposition2} 

bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 04:55:45 +0000
Yaounde-Cameroon: Biya's humiliation of Mebe Ngo'o sent chills down his spine http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/yaounde-cameroon-biya-s-humiliation-of-mebe-ngo-o-sent-chills-down-spine http://cameroon-concord.com/politics/yaounde-cameroon-biya-s-humiliation-of-mebe-ngo-o-sent-chills-down-spine Yaounde-Cameroon: Biya's humiliation of Mebe Ngo'o sent chills down his spine

The Minister of Transport was sacked when he was expected to officiate the opening ceremony of the new Port in Kribi. According to information from French Newspaper Nouvelle Expression published on the 5th of March, 2018, Edgar Alain Mebo Ngo'o felt humiliated following the cabinet reshuffle.

He was in charge of the ministry of Transport since the last cabinet rebrand of 2nd October 2015. He was replaced by Jean Ernest Messana Ngalle Bibehe. Paul Biya's Presidential decree as stressed by our correspondent came when the erstwhile Minister of Defence would have presided over the opening ceremony of the new port of Kribi.{loadposition myposition} 

Invitations and ceremonial gadgets and badges had already been printed and highlighted "Under the distinguished patronage of the Minister of Transport" In the supposed official opening of the Kribi Deep Seaport, that was programmed for the 2nd of March,2018, the Minister of Transport was supposed to officially launch the epic opening of the Kribi seaport.

Instead it was the Senior Divisional Officer for the Ocean Division, Antoine Bisaga, who had to officiate the opening ceremony of the port. The Kribi Deep Seaport nevertheless remains a white elephant project harnessed from borrowed funds that won't generate the much trumpeted returns. Lack of foresight and insight has ruined a beautiful project that was carried out without adequate environmental analysis as well as checking at their respective neighbouring countries, so as to see what kind of projects that are being carried out. If this was meticulously done, the Kribi Deep Seaport project would have been shelved for another lucrative project with ascertain financial returns.

The Senior Divisional Officer did the opening ceremony following very strict instructions from the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon. The opening ceremony was bizarrely done void of speeches as many onlookers and public opinion that deems such occasions to merit speeches. This presumed grandiose occasion was to remain an illusion because it would have been officially launched by President Paul Biya.

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bogus@bogus.com (Concord Newsdesk) Politics|2C6700 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:38:44 +0000