TOP STORIES Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:03:13 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bamenda is ready for Domestic Flights Bamenda is ready for Domestic Flights

Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique and Camair-Co GM Ernest Dikoum have appreciated the state of preparedness ahead of July 20, 2017 inaugural flight.

From the look of things, the Bamenda airport is virtually set to receive Camair-Co’s inaugural flight on July 20, 2017. The Director of the Airport’s management Cooporation (ADC), Angu Anyangwe Richard and the civil aviation team leader, Mukete Simon told the visiting Governor of the North West Region, Adolphe Lele Lafrique and the General Manager of Camair-Co, Ernest Dikoum on July 12, 2017 that the Control Tower is good for use and waiting for Camair-Co. They sounded off about the airport’s Firefighting Brigade with good and enough equipment.

Away at the metrological facility, Tamfu Julius introduced a new automatic weather station to ensure all round weather conditions to help things during landing and takeoff of flights. The runway featured some cracks and grass whose impact was minimized by the airport authorities who however, said repairs are on course to help matters. Authorities of the CDE Water Corporation committed to make water available as required while a standby generator is available to handle eventual blackouts. Security issues was the subject of an in-camera session with the Governor, the General Manager and concerned security hierarchy.

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Impressed with the state of preparedness, Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique wished the dream of seeing Camair-Co planes in the skies of Bamenda to come true. He stated the commitment of the administration and security forces to accompany Camair-Co’s venture to give business a fresh push in the North West Region with flights that come to help matters for business people.

The General Manager of Camair-Co, Ernest Dikoum saluted fantastic conditions to help fly Camair-Co planes in Bamenda. He said it is the objective of the company to value investments to fly the home front by making air travel the easiest, most practicable and an inspiration for mobility and togetherness of Cameroonians.

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]]> (Team237) TOP STORIES Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:55:01 +0000
Cameroon Government takes Measures towards Family Planning Cameroon Government takes Measures towards Family Planning


Ten male condoms now costs 50FCFA while Oral contraceptives and pills stand at 125FCFA. The Minister of Public Health reveal it on 13 July in his ministerial department in front of the press in the framework of the promotion of family planning in Cameroon.This meeting, initiated by the Ministry of Public Health, took place in an international context marked by a high-level summit on family planning held in London, a summit in which Cameroon takes part.

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Thus to avoid the maternal mortality in Cameroon due to the Too early pregnancies; Too close together; Too many and too late, the government is committed to ensuring contraceptive security by making available quality contraceptive products; Increase the funding of family planning in the national budget; Initiate community-based delivery of injectable methods in addition to pills and condoms; Increase access of young people to reproductive health/family planning services.

Contraceptive products are available at publicly funded health facilities from the integrated health center to the first-tier health facilities. In addition, pharmacies also offer them, “added the minister.

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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) TOP STORIES Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:03:09 +0000
Controversial Twist in Prelate's Mysterious death as Assassination claim is Rubbished Controversial Twist in Prelate's Mysterious death as Assassination claim is Rubbished

The Attorney General at the Centre Court of Appeal Jean Fils Ntamak has revealed that the late Bishop of Bafia Diocese His Lordship Jean Marie Benoit Bala was probably not killed contrary to position of Catholic Bishops.In a release made public Tuesday July 4, 2017 he stated that after thorough investigations carried out on the body of the Bishop who disappeared for three days before his body was found in the Sanaga River, it was concluded that he probably drowned in water.

He said medical and forensic experts sent by Interpol after working on the body concluded that there was no violence of any form on the body of the prelate.The Attorney General said the body will be handed over to the Catholic Church for burial while investigations will continue. He did not specify the type of investigations that will be done without the body.

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This outing comes to contradict that of Bishops of Cameroon who on June 14, 2017 declared that Bishop Bala was, “Brutally assassinated.”It also comes to contradict popular opinion which held that the Man of God was tortured on May 30, 2017 for several hours before being dumped in the Sanaga River.

However questions on the circumstances which led to his death, why his sandals were wrongly placed and why his stomach remained flat have not been answered.The Catholic Church has not reacted.

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Cameroon: CRTV appointments uncover why Anglophones must 'shake' Cameroon: CRTV appointments uncover why Anglophones must 'shake'

The changes made to the leadership of the lone state broadcaster in Cameroon have revealed beyond reasonable doubt that West Cameroonians are strangers in their own homeland.
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No Anglophone featured on the top rungs of the ladder of the administration, both at the levels of radio and television.
The general directors of radio and television broadcasting are Francophones; the general directors of the editorial departments for both sides are Francophones...
Certainly french-speaking Cameroonians constitute the minority of the staff, hence the probability of having a good Francophone is higher than the other way round.
Yet it doesn't imply that Anglophones are not competent enough to handle those positions. Every people have their talents and particulars.
Most importantly, no English-speaking Cameroonian has ever been general manager of the media giant .
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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) TOP STORIES Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:58:56 +0000
Cameroon military neutralise suspected female would be bomber in Kolofata Cameroon military neutralise suspected female would be bomber in Kolofata

Cameroon military have neutralised a suspected female suicide bomber early today in the city of Kolofata in the Far North region of Cameroon as reported by French Newspaper L'Oeil du Sahel.

Boko Haram, one of the world’s deadliest extremist groups, has used at least 130 women and girls in suicide attacks since June 2014, when a woman set off a bomb at an army barracks in Nigeria, according to The Long War Journal, which tracks terrorist activity.{loadposition myposition}

Since then, women and girls, often with bombs hidden in baskets or under their clothes, have killed hundreds of people in attacks on fish and vegetable markets, schools, a river dock and even camps for people who fled their homes to escape the violence.

Boko Haram’s abuse of women first shocked the world three years ago, when it stormed a school in Nigeria and fled with about 300 girls, many of whom were never found. Hundreds of other women and girls have been abducted, imprisoned, raped and sometimes intentionally impregnated, perhaps with the goal of creating a new generation of fighters.{loadposition myposition2}


]]> (Concord Newsdesk) TOP STORIES Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:11:09 +0000
Nigerian Village Head Lynched To Death Alongside Son In Cameroon Nigerian Village Head Lynched To Death Alongside Son In Cameroon

A village head in Nigeria and his son were on Wednesday morning killed by Boko Haram in Cameroon’s far north where they had found refuge, authoritative Cameroonian newspaper, L’Oeil du Sahel, has reported.

Identified only as Musa, the head of Doglo village in Nigeria, along with his son, were killed by Boko Haram terrorists at Fadje Fota, a locality in Cameroon’s far north, not very far from the Nigerian border.

They had arrived there exactly to avoid being caught in the Boko Haram atrocities, but ended up being killed anyway, as the terrorists continue to expand their quest to establish a caliphate in the Lake Chad Basin.

Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in Cameroon and Nigeria in recent weeks and months, killing many people in suicide bombings and gun attacks and putting a lie to claims by Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari that the ISIS’ partners in death in West and Central Africa had been defeated.{loadposition myposition}

A landmine on Tuesday killed a Cameroonian soldier. Several bomb blasts have occurred in recent days and weeks in Nigeria and Cameroon.

In all, Boko Haram has massacred over 25, 000 people in Nigeria since 2009 and more than two million people displaced there are still in IDPs’ camps. Thousands of people have also been kidnapped and many remain missing till date, including more than100 Chibok girls abducted from their school dormitory in Chibok in 2014.

In Cameroon, more than 2000 civilians and hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed by Boko Haram since 2014 in over 500 suicide bombings and gun attacks.

Despite reassurances by longtime President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, that the terrorists who pledged allegiance of the Islamic State in 2015 would soon be wiped out, killings and displacements of civilians have continued.

Mr. Biya, who has been in power for 35 years and spends months on vacation abroad, has not set foot in Cameroon’s far north even though his countrymen have been experiencing hell brought to them by Boko Haram.

Worse, when over 30 Cameroonian soldiers were killed by Boko Haram, and their bodies brought close to the Presidential palace in Cameroon, Mr. Biya did not even attend an event organised to honour them.{loadposition myposition2}

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Cameroon: One dead, nine injured in Boko Haram suicide attack Cameroon:  One dead, nine injured in Boko Haram suicide attack

A suicide attack on Wednesday day night claimed one life and injured nine others in the Far North region of Cameroon.
The incident happened in the locality of Sandawadjiri, according to Prime News.
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The Far North Region has been under perpetual and sporadic attacks from the terror group since 2014.
In under three weeks  about ten or more attacks have hit the region. The most deadly was at the beginning of the month when 11 persons perished with dozens more injured.
But government appears to be making significant gains in recent months , especially as the terror group now carries out failed attacks that claim mostly the lives of its own militants.
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]]> (Concord Newsdesk) TOP STORIES Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:20:32 +0000
Fire fighters, mysterious ‘Amba Bees’ clash at advocate’s abode Fire fighters, mysterious ‘Amba Bees’ clash at advocate’s abode

Consternations gripped inhabitations of Kumba when the police rescue unit invaded the home of a Common Lawyer, Verine Ekole, to chase away a mysterious swarm of bees, which had taken over the residence of the advocate.
Before seeking the intervention of the police, the legal counsel tried unsuccessful to cause the bees to leave his domicile.

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He then decided to alert the police rescue unit as the bees engulfed his compound.

As the vehicle of the fire fighters arrived the lawyer’s Sonangfang residence, scores of commercial bike riders watched in awe from a distance how the soldiers battled the bees.
The scene has provoked public discussions as to the origin of the mysterious bees.
Rumours are already making the rounds that the appearance of the bees is not unconnected with the  ongoing Anglophone crisis and what has become known today as the ‘Amba Bees.’
Barrister Verine Ekole is one of the lawyers defending the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rt. Rev. Samuel Fonki Forba and Catholic Bishops in court.
In the last Court appearance relating to a suit at the instance of a Consortium of Parents, the man of law was one of those who accompanied the Lead Counsel for the clergy, Barrister Eta Bissong Jr in praying the Court to dismiss the case following the absence of the complainants during the hearing.  {loadposition myposition2}

]]> (Abeh Valery) TOP STORIES Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:21:27 +0000
Zachary Nkwo drops the Mic Zachary Nkwo drops the Mic

Cameroon's all time best Sports commentator is no more. Zachary Nkwo passed away in the early hours of Sunday June 4 at the Mount Mary Hospital in Buea. His brother, Prof Victor Julius Ngoh confirmed Uncle Zach had been sick and hospitalized for 10 before his demise.

News of his death has shocked the Cameroon media landscape owing to the fact that he was considered a legendary professional. Uncle is Zach is remembered for his undying passion for the profession. He thrilled his audience of the then Radio Cameroon with impeccable sports commentaries spanning a decade. Even at his age, 69 he could remember the exact timing of each goal scored in big games.  He would paint a picture in the minds of listeners  to the extent they could see themselves in the game though away from the pitch.

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Zachary Nkwo's love for the game and commentaries would make him continue on a private basis even after his retirement from state media in 2003. One of those he inspired, Ignatius Fon Echikiye wrote a book, " Zachary Nkwo: The Ultimate Commentary"  to honour the man whose works still stand the test of time.

He is missed by his family, friends and the entire media and Sports corps

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Foreigners in S. Africa: Xenophobic Attacks a Daily Danger Foreigners in S. Africa: Xenophobic Attacks a Daily Danger

South Africa grabbed international attention earlier this year with images of angry demonstrators attacking foreign residents and their businesses. This type of xenophobic violence, analysts say, is largely driven by high unemployment, inequality and frustration with the government’s failure to provide everyone with basic services.

But like those enduring challenges, xenophobic attacks are also proving hard to wipe out. The nation has seen eruptions of major anti-foreigner violence in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, and earlier this year. Members of immigrant communities and watchdog groups say xenophobic violence is a daily occurrence.

Sharon Ekambaram leads the refugee and migrant rights program for Lawyers for Human Rights. She said her rights group hears daily accounts of crimes against immigrants, and South African authorities are often reluctant to intervene when foreign nationals are targeted.

“It’s not only my opinion, but it is well documented,” she said. “... And these acts of violence are a combination of very, very reckless statements that have been made by politicians, unsubstantiated statements using foreign nationals as scapegoats for their failure to implement policies and deliver services that they are constitutionally obliged to do.”

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“Xenophobia in South Africa has never ended, and I think for me it is never going to end,” he said, rattling off a number of recent reports his office in central Johannesburg has received of lootings, robberies, and threats.

“It happens on a daily basis, on a very small scale, in different parts of the country.”

Scared and silent

Foreign shopkeepers say they are regularly targeted because of their nationality. One, Fatuma Hassan, said she has taken to wearing a face-covering niqab so that she can speak freely about the threats she faces.

“Xenophobia not one time, two times, three times - several times” she said. “Up to now, they came to me, took $300 from my shop. Now my brother came through to here, he told me that they looted, even today in my shop.”

Another Somali businessman, Soweto shopowner Mustafa Omar Caddow, said he recently stood by helplessly as a rampaging mob took at least $30,000 worth of appliances from his shop and then trashed the place.

“This month, in the evening around eight, the people who was destructing, they came, and they looted the shop,” he said. “They break, and they took everything. There is nothing left.”

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Here in the predominantly Somali suburb of Mayfair, residents say they feel safety in numbers. They need it, they say, because they do not feel the government has listened to their suggestions on how to improve safety.

“I was expecting that at least they will say, we are going to take care of you from now on, so this will not happen,” said Caddow. “They do not say.They say, “Actually, we can do nothing.”

South African police did not answer repeated calls from VOA seeking comment.

Caddow, whose wife and children still live in war-torn, unstable Somalia, said he longs to be reunited with his loved ones after nearly eight years apart.
But, he said, it just isn’t safe.


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