Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ngnie Kamga Flushes Out Sama Francis From Bar Presidency as Ntumfor Nico Halle Grabs Bar General Assembly

Fireworks In Bar Elections. The dust has finally settled on the much awaited Bar Association election after Ngnie Kamga from the West Region successfully knocked out Barrister Sama Francis from the post of Bar Council President while Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle made big surprises by emerging at the last minute to grab the coveted position of President of the General Assembly of the Bar.

Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle had 1052 as against only 356 for his main rival ,Tang Emmanuel.Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle  will be assisted in the arduous  task of President of the General Assembly by Barrister Kless Kouanou who beat four other candidates to take the position.

In his first reactions after his brilliant  election .Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle refuted claims that his running for the position of president of the General Assembly of the Bar was to take Anglophones off the position of the Bar president .He said there is no written law which states that if an Anglophone is voted president of the Bar General Assembly, no other Anglophone can be voted president of the Bar Council.

He recalled that there was a time when the two posts were handled by francophone’s .He said “My dear brother and Barrister Sama Francis  could still have won if he did not withdraw his candidature .He is my friend and brother and I couldn’t do anything to hurt him. I  only gave in at the last minute because the pressure on me to run was unbearable. By accepting to run for the Cameroon Bar assembly presidency, I virtually sacrificed my personal interest for the interest of the Cameroon lawyers and the Bar general assembly. The general assembly is the supreme organ of the Bar Association. This is because the decisions of the association are taken by the general assembly while the Bar council simply implements them. Therefore the Bar council president is answerable to the Bar Assembly president”.

Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle continued to maintain that he did not betray Anglophones ,sustaining that the pressure on him was unbearable .He said he  did not intend to block Sama Francis  from seeking another term because he,Sama could still have won if he ran ,but it is unfortunate he decided not to threw the towel.

Immediately after the election of Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle as President of the General Assembly of the Bar  Barrister Sama Francis ,after concerting with Barrister Akere Muna and Barrister Luke Sendze decided not to run in the elections.Thereafter,he and a host of his supporters vamoosed from the elections of the Bar Council and returned to Bamenda before 6 PM on Saturday.

How Barrister Sama Francis Lost

Meantime ,in the build up to the elections of the Cameroon Bar Association ,a group of lawyers known as “the new generation “vowed to oust Sama Francis from the Bar Presidency because he failed to live up to expectations during his first two year mandate.

This was the subject of a more than four hour closed door meeting that held in a popular Bamenda restaurant on Friday 9 January 2015.The spokesperson and one of the main organizers of the event,Barrister Ateh Jacob Fopah told the press that the idea is to break away from the tradition where lawyers are usually quarantined in various forms and forced to vote candidates that they do not know or like. He said the”new generation lawyers “ are not young lawyers, but rather lawyers of all age groups  who share the new vision of empowering all the lawyers to have a greater say in the running of the affairs of the association. Thus, the meeting which brought together about 80 lawyers from Bamenda and beyond was held under the slogan” we have a say”.

One of the major thrust of this new thinking ,Barrister Ateh explained is the fact that in the past  few well to do lawyers in the association have given themselves the responsibility of paying transport fares ,and providing accommodation for a vast majority of lawyers to elections and finally coercing them to vote candidates that they are told to vote. Since they usually attend the assemblies on the pay roll of others, Ateh fumed ,they usually do not have a free hand to vote their consciences. It is for this reason that the “new generation “ lawyers want to break away from this tradition by making sure that they take care of  all their bills to and from Yaounde where the elections will take place so that they will have a free hand to vote their consciences. Barrister Ateh Francis did not hesitate to add that if they have taken this stance, it is because they are largely discontented with the Sama Francis led administration which they  wanted to flush  out. He wondered aloud how Barrister Sama Francis who sometimes back announced that he wanted to disbar about 300 lawyers would now turn around and say he wants their votes.

Even before the meeting ended however, news of “spies “  being present made the rounds. One of the lawyers  told the press that most of the lawyers who were present at the meeting were not members of the “new generation” but were rather supporters of Barrister Sama  Francis who only  showed up to know what was happening. He went on to point out that there were only 15 lawyers who belonged to the “new generation “  group. This further angered the “new generation “ lawyers who said Sama Francis would face their wrath for insulting and underestimating them by saying that they were “hungry”. Lawyers.

At the end of the meeting however, three lawyers from the north west region were designated as candidates of the “new generation “  for the elections in Yaounde. They include Barrister Kemende Henry Gamnsey, hitherto the Batonnier’s representative in the North West, Barrister Umenjoh Hiram and Barrister Mbah Eric Mbah.

One of the nominees, Barrister Kenmende Henry Gamsey told reporters that though a national figure in the Bar Association, he has aligned with the “new generation lawyers “because of the fresh impetus and the new dynamism that they promise to bring to the association. He added that the idea has already been taken to other regions where it has been bought ,reason why lawyers from other regions were present at the meeting. The same position was echoed by Barrister Umenjoh Hiram who said the voice of the all the lawyers especially that of the young ones who have up till now been sidelined in decision making.

Enter  Barrister Ngnie Kamga

No sooner had the “new generation “ lawyers finished their meeting, another candidate, Ngnie Kamga accompanied by a former  Bar Council President ,Eta Besong Junior stormed the same Bamenda restaurant on Thursday January 22.Their campaign was heavily attended by the “new generation” lawyers .The message  of the Ngnie Kamga campaign team which had already stormed the South West Region was that  six lawyers of Common Law extraction have been Bar Council president as against five for those of the civil law extraction, or Francophones. According to them therefore, it was logical for Ngnie Kamga to be voted to strike the balance. Also spotted at this meeting were adherent of the “new generation” lawyers camp like the hitherto Batonnier’s representative for the North West, Barrister Kenmende Henry Gamsey who was campaigning more for himself than Ngnie Kamga. It was therefore no surprise that Barrister Sama Francis was not able to even run for the elections given that all the “new generation” lawyers had already promised that they would vote him out

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Yaounde and Bamenda Government Delegate under investigation for mismanagement

A highly placed security source has hinted vanguard that the Government delegates to Bamenda City Council Vincent Ndumu is in the black list of the supreme state control for alleged mismanagement and award contracts within family cycles. A sensitive report about this issue includes Edge Road Construction Company and another one putting up market sheds all over the town.

Another scandal our source hinted concerns the illegal use of the city council caterpillars. Ndumu is said to have  illegally arrogated y two  of the caterpillars for use in  his road construction company. “It is not clear whether the equipment are on rent or not. The said equipment are said to have been negotiated by his predecessor Tazong Abel Ndeh  for the city council.  Vanguard further gathered that no account has been open in the council for funds generated  by the caterpillars meaning it is illegal business.

Still within this sphere, the Government Delegate to the Yaoundé City Council ,Gilbert Tsimi Evouna was recently  interrogated by the investigators of the Special Criminal Court for embezzlement  public funds and award of fake public contracts.

The interrogation carried out by Jack Bauer came almost at the same time with that of  Paul Atanga Nji and Amougou Belinga  who were highly awaited to add to the long list of other regime barons who have also been grilled. Gervais Mendo Ze,  former general manager of  CRTV and maternal uncle of Paul Biya has also made waves .Thus nothing else can stop  the operation sparrow hawk from arresting more.

In this new case concerning the government delegate to the Yaounde City Council ,there are many cases of embezzlement being investigated by the special criminal court. Sources are also mentioning the involvement of the MP for Nyong and So’o ,Mbarga Assembe ,as one of the persons having executed several fake contracts of the Yaounde City council .Several arrests have been announced at the end of this year especially as a new government is highly awaited. Expectations are high as many look forward to a new era in the management of public funds.

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Finance Minister Alamine Mey In 1,738 Billion Scam: Ngolle Ngolle Implicated?

The Minister of Finance,Alamine Ousmane Mey has been implicated in an embezzlement scandal of 1,738 billion, when he was the General Manager of Afriland First Bank .The money is said to have  been  funds allocated for projects  meant for  reinforcement of initiatives of local communities for the community management of forest resources.In 2005 the state opened an account with Afriland First Bank where the sum of 3 billion francs was deposited. According to Esingan Newspaper which first published the story, this was the outcome of a tripartite convention between the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, the Ministry of Finance and the Camdev Company for the management of the said project.

In 2010 while Alamine Ousmane Mey was still General Manager of Afriland First Bank he debited  an  account to the tune of 1,738 billion frs to his benefit .It was therefore the responsibility of the bank to honour its engagements in a transaction with one Kaptue Tagne ,an official of the Camdev company and co-manager of the project.For this reason, the officials of the bank fraudulently carted away about 1.700 billion within a period of three years and the amount had generated 38 million frs interest. Thus it has also been revealed that fake signatures were used. Notably that of the then minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle. There is however no prove that the signature of Alamine Mey was also fake because it was affixed to all documents. Thus the General Manager of Afriland Bank and other top officials of the bank notably Ngon Herve Stephani,Dadjeu Kegne Olivier,Foti Dzudie Gilles pocketed this money Fokam Pauline director of  succursale as well as deputy general manager Handou Louis, Galeu are also said to have benefited.Only  Kaptue Tagne General Manager of  Camdev Sarl has ended up in the Kondengui prison in Yaoundé.

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ELECAM hoodwinks London NGO on Disenfranchised Cameroonians

ELECAM put in place by the presidency of Cameroon has reportedly won a prize from a London NGO for ensuring that many a disabled Cameroonian votes at elections yet, on simple analysis, such participation amounts to zero considering that polls are regularly rigged to the ruling party’s favour.

State media, CRTV, made this ELECAM reward known 30 January 2015. Since the reintroduction of multiparty politics in Cameroon in the 1990s till date, it is common knowledge that polls are rigged to President Paul Biya’s party, CPDM favour - it cannot be otherwise, of course, when Biya and his party act referee and player to the chagrin of the opposition political parties of the same game. Hence figures of aided cripples, irrespective of their integrity, ELECAM brandish to this international NGO amounts to no progress, except illumination of ELECAM/regime ego, for all votes are tailored for ruling party victory. Also a rigged vote is as worthless as a disenfranchised citizen!

Biya on Presidential stool for over 30years is perfect in tricks-playing instead of developing the country - Hence Cameroon’s customary bleeding economy solaced by HIPC(Heavily indebted poor country) funds and probably ever present varied but hardly realizable promises of future good times. In Cameroon president Biya (executive) usurps the functions of the legislature and the judiciary hence reason why he rigs elections in his favour, gets involved in money laundry… with impunity. Cameroonians particularly the grass roots which include the disabled are underpowered, poor, suffering with many targeting as a consequence emigrating to the Diaspora for job opportunities not minding the dire routes that are often plied. This country is more than ripe for a national revolt. Thus any goodwill person(s) or organization(s) dealing with the CPDM regime must exercise caution, so as not to be messed up!

Opposition political parties that count in size and strength of this country have summarily condemned/rejected ELECAM. She thus now is in frantic attempts to gain relevance from gullible organization(s)/people without and within!
 

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Administration Hail BAPCCUL for Economic growth

The Assistant Divisional officer for Bamanda II Njobinka Yenika Daniel D.O for Bamenda II  who represented the administration at Bamenda Police Cooperative union  has given  kudos to BAPCCUL  administration for the rapid and stable expansion of the Credit Union.
He made the appraisal at as  Presbyterian Church ( PCC)  Ntamulung multipurpose during Bapccul  41st AGM on Saturday January 24. Commenting on the strength of the Union, the first assistant DO attributed the success story  of the union to the dynamism and forethought of , the unrelenting Shey Musa Nfor whose  managerial zeal  and experience in Credit Union business is worth emulating by others.

He observed that it was due the president general’s transparency, accountability  and probity that BAPCCUL now counts over 28882 members . He however frowned  at  the  loan  delinquency  rate which stood at  over 12% ochrestrated by some uncultured  members.

He said it was not encouraging and blamed those members for not respecting the norms of “saving regularly, borrowing wisely and repaying promptly”. He entreated the delinquent members to repay their loans as fast as possible if they want the credit union to remain on top as the best in the country.

Paradoxically, it was remarked that the same delinquent members were those blackmailing BAPCCUL management because they are called upon to repay loans Addressing members at the AGM, the present general Shey Nfor Musa said Bapccul was hire the services of  Police and  Private Security  for use in their various their offices  to reinforce security of members money.

Giving the appalling rate of loan delinquency, the president announced that the credit union was going to intensify Loan Recovery drive to ensure the Growth and Stability of the union. In the report of BAPCCUL board of directors, the union president, Musa SheyNfor, who considered the unremitting attacks of credit union offices in the Northwest and beyond, said they will improve security with the continuation of hiring armed policemen services in the various offices and train BAPCCUL security through private security company for all the BAPCCUL branch offices to guarantee financial solidity, sustainability, growth of the union in conformity with COBAC  norms.

He went further promising to  improve  on members education and  productive transformation of some collateral through private public partnership. On the BAPCCUL 2014 report, members were told that the union was rated as the most stable, dynamic and fastest growing union in Cameroon with more members registered in the single year (2014) more than the total number of members registered in all its first 27 years of existence, more shares/savings mobilized in one year than all the first 32 years put together, more income generated in one year than all the first 30 years put together,more interest to be paid on members’ savings than the total interest paid to members for the first 34 years.

That notwithstanding BAPCCUL was awarded a certificate of recognition following its coming out as the best credit union in members mobilization during the international Credit Union Day in Bafoussam on October 18 2014.” He equally stressed that BAPCCUL retained its position as the credit union with the highest rural membership, highest number of branches operating on Sunday.While the external auditors’ report of BAPCCUL indicated that financial transaction was satisfactory with all accounts balanced, they exhausted delinquent members to make the situation good by paying back the loans they took to enable other members take. The  union’s  budget of for 2015 stands at FCA 10 342 842 600 against 10. 912. 328.815 of last year.



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paul Biya Bared From French National Day Celebrations

Contrary to what usually happens every 14 July when Heads of state of former French colonies and friends of the French Republic are usually invited to the Elysee palace for the celebration, this time around French president, Francois Hollande did not only snub Paul Biya but made sure he did not step his feet on French soil, even on his own. It had earlier been disclosed that this year’s event would coincide with the centenary commemoration of the beginning of the First World War would  be  attended by 200 military men and 250 young people from around the world. In all, over 80 countries were invited to take part in the celebration. In central Africa however, Equatorial Guinea was not invited and observers have been quick to point out that it is because the country has no colonial links with France.

On the official list of countries invited were Chad, Gabon, Congo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso .The French president said the celebrations were placed within the context of the 1st world war and the countries that were instrumental in the war campaign were also being recognized. Anglophone African countries, amongst them the Republic of South Africa were also invited. This brought the total number of African countries to 17.

However, Cameroon was not included. This has been interpreted by many to mean that the relations between Francois Hollande and Paul Biya are sour. Even though Cameroon did not fight on the side of the French, but rather for the Germans, the country was at the crossroads and lost some 6,000 soldiers and 10,000 civilians. This led to the creation of the condominium between Britain and France from 1916 to 1918.Even in the directorate of cooperation in the ministry of external relations were at a lost as to what was going on with the president Paul Biya .They said in principle, during such ceremonies, invitations are extended to heads of state. But that was not the case with Cameroon’s head of state who did not even send a delegation to the event.

The last time Biya was invited to the French National Day Celebrations date back to the Sarkozy era in 2010.As for Francois Hollande, he has moved from one understanding to the other with President Paul Biya. The last time this came to the limelight was during the summit in security in Nigeria .Before that, it was the Francophonie summit in the DR Congo, then the Economic Forum organized by Cameroon in France. Recently, it has been disclosed that given the dwindling relations between Cameroon and France, the recent Cameroon European Union accord which disfavours Cameroon is a move to please the French government.

It is based on this that observers are saying since Biya is no longer working in their favour, there is need for  a pro- French president at Etoudi given that the appellation of France as Cameroon’s first trading partner is only on paper because after 50 years of partnership, there is nothing to show on the Cameroon side which has now turned to new partners like China and Turkey.


By Nyassah Julius

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Former Finance Minister Slammed another Jail Term

The Special Criminal Court on 15 July 2014 once more found the former minister of the Economy and Finance, Polycarp Abah Abah and his accomplices guilty of embezzlement of public funds. In a   court session which lasted for about three hours ,found Polycarp Abah Abah,Eyoum  Lydienne and the former Minister Delegate in charge of the budget, Henri Engoulou who died recently guilty of embezzling the sum of 1,07 billion francs .Two others ,notably Baleng Maa and Ngwen Honore were equally found guilty of complicity in embezzlement of public funds.

The state prosecutor said Maitre Eyoum Lydienne received the sum of 379 million francs as her honorarium and the money was paid by Minister Edouard Akame Mfoumou .She helped the state recover a total of 3.6 billion francs from the SGBC Bank. The same Lydienne Eyoum presented yet another bill of 917 million francs to minister Edouard Akame Mfoumou at the time he was leaving office in April 2001 and the bill was at the directorate of judicial affairs in the ministry of finance. The bill ended up on the table of Henri Engoulou, then Secretary General in the ministry of finance who instructed SGBC Bank to pay the bills. The bank sent back the request to the Ministry which was the lawyer’s client. Another 2,155 billion was also recovered for the state and it emerged that the amount to be paid for the honorarium to Maitre Eyoum was to be decided, this at a time when Henri Engoulou was already Minister Delegate in charge of the Budget in the Ministry of Finance.

The state prosecutor ruled that the request of 2,155 billion francs was illegal and against a memorandum of understanding reached between the state and SGBC for the latter to pay 3.6 billion frs. This money was deducted from SGBC accounts at BEAC. With her co-accused, Maitre Eyoum and her co-accused went on to press for the payment of the 2,155billion frs ,half of which she refused to pay into the state Treasury. This, the court ruled constitutes embezzlement of public funds.

Abah Abah for his part was found guilty of giving special authorization for Maitre Eyoum to recover the money on behalf of the state. He equally had power to ensure that this money was paid into the state treasury, but that was never done. Thus they were still found wanting of 1,07 billion frs that they are still keeping till date. Engoulou was found guilty for reopening the file on the request of maitre Eyoum.

As for the two others the state prosecutor ruled that ,Baleng Maa and Ngwen Honore were also guilty, the first for the abusive attribution of the second claim and Ngwen Honore for his role in the reopening of the case file ,contrary to the memorandum of understanding reached between the state and SGBC bank.

By Nyassah Julius

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