Monday, November 30, 2009

Beaten while trying to buy a phone in Fiango

A young man whose name The Vanguard got as Peter who came to Kumba further his study was recently beaten in Fiango for wanting to buy a phone. This boy who came from one of the neighboring villages in Kumba decided to get a new handset for himself but unfortunately for him he fell in the hands of the wrong people.

He went to Bagdad -what’s in a name?- a rough quarter in Fiango where phones are sold. On reaching there he met a guy who opted to give him a good hand set for twelve thousands francs (12.000frs).

He then followed the said phone dealer into his shop where he showed him a Nokia phone and asked him to give him the 12.000 FRS. Peter told the phone dealer to manipulate it in order for him to know if the phone is okay or not. The phone dealer simply told him that the phone was okay and that he should give him the money quickly adding he hadn’t enough time on his side.

Peter was however very curious to know why the boy does not want to manipulate the phone. With Peter’s persistence the dealer simply called one of his collaborators who just looked at the phone and told Peter that the phone is okay. He tried convincing Peter to give the money without hesitating.

As stubborn as Peter could be to the boy, he refused giving them the money and wanted to leave for another phone shop. Out of a sudden the phone dealer and his companion got so angry and started beating Peter. He got so confused as he couldn’t understand why he was being beaten.

He started shouting for help to no avail as the phone dealer had called so many friends over to deal with Peter. Fortunately for Peter, some other guys came over and rescued him. before he could know it, he had neither the phone nor the money because boys at Bagdad had collected it.

Peter sustained some injuries from the fight. It should be noted that Bagdad in Fiango has been noted for such activities even in brought day light.

By Jani Colette

GTHS/GBHS Bamenda Collaboration and Hard work

The Principals of Government Technical High School Bamenda and Government Bilingual High School Bamenda have appealed to teachers and parents to collaborate with hierarchy to ease administration and boast academic excellence. Tangye Joseph Ambe, principal of GTHS Bamenda, and Sir Asah Mbenkum Williams of GBHS Mbendankwe spoke to The Vanguard Thursday September 10.

Evaluating the take off of this years academic year, Tangye expressed satisfaction that the start was smooth in his institution as out of 546 students registered this year, 407 answered present on September 7, 2009 giving 74.54 %. Commenting on the turn out of the staff the principal disclosed that 90 were in attendance “all enthusiastic”, giving a percentage of 90%.

Prior to the official re-opening the school held an administrative meeting on September 1 to fine tune all facets of the school before the official take off, he told The Vanguard. The teachers reportedly collected their individual timetables well ahead of time to get set for classes even on September 7 to avert the tradition of always starting effecting teaching days or weeks after resumption.

The driving force behind early scheming of school pedagogic programmes is improving on result and smooth administration. Both principals told The Vanguard. As for GBHS Bamendankwe classes numbered well ahead of time - chalk boards renovated, class rooms labeled and the school yard cleared.

As per the ministerial text, administrative meetings were held well ahead of time to prepare the didactic material, time table, attendance registers, cahier de text amongst others. He estimated the take off in his school at 85 %.

Major challenges of both schools this year is reaffirmation of discipline and improved result in spite of their outstanding performances in the national examinations. To ensure better results at end of 2009/2010, both principals called on parents to provide students with all their academic needs while at the same time calling on teachers to collaborate with the administration as usual to ensure success and better results.

Both schools produced good results at 2008/2009 academic year. Statistically, GTHS Bamenda sent in 1397 students for both BAC and Probatoire. 802 passed giving a percentage of 57.4. This is said to have been the highest number ever registered by the GCE Board since its creation. The Board reportedly hailed the school for remarkable results. Meantwhile GBHS Bamendankwe scored 49% in Probatoire. For BEPC the school registered 156, and 86 passed giving a percentage 55.12%. GCE O/ L -205 registered 153 giving a percentage 74.63%.GCE A/L 122, and 80 passed 76.03%. He expressed wish for discipline, punctuality.

The lone denominational college that received an award from the Regional Delegation of Secondary Education for good performance this year was Baptist High School Mankon. This has been attributed to the astute leadership of the Principal Mr Nyanganji Job, his staff and students.

By C E

Friday, November 27, 2009

CAMNED second annual ball

The Cameroonian Association in the Netherlands (CAMNED) is celebrating its annual ball and its second anniversary on December 19th at the Grand Cafe ‘Het Vervolg’ in Amsterdam Zuidoost, from 9 p.m. till dawn.

This double celebration is the hard work of all Cameroonians in The Netherlands who have devoted their time and love for the well-being of all Cameroonians living in The Netherlands.

There will be laughter, enjoyment and dance from the Cameroonian rhythms such as Bikutsi, Bottle Dance, Njang, Mbangalem, Makossa, Pedale, Assiko, Mangabe, other African rhythms and world wide music.

Special guest: Mr Eyong Enoh and Mr. Timothée Atouba; both Cameroonian International football stars in Holland.

December 19th is where you should be.
You are all invited and welcome Don’t miss it!

Entrance fee is € 10.-
Grand Cafe Het Vervolg
De Corridor 2
(Behind the Pathé Cinema)
Parking house P-6 in front.

More information:
Marcelle Hugues +31-(0)6-483 278 71
Adrien Ebata +31-(0)6-152 897 21
Emmanuel Kum +31-(0)6-534 192 84
Charles Mbella +31-(0)6-283 270 28


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Transport Delegate Warns Against Recklessness

Irked by the numerous road accidents due to recklessness and excessive speed in our highways, the Regional Delegate of Transport for Northwest, Mr Temefack Emmanuel, has warned against reckless driving.

The Delegate speaking to the Vanguard, Thursday September 10, 2009, deplored overloading and use of vehicles not worthy enough to ply the highway. He had earlier on, during the launching of this year’s road safety campaign, exhorted proprietors of Travel Agencies to caution their drivers against consumption alcohol when driving. He insisted on respect of loading capacity.

“Those of the popular side were also warned against excesses and non respect of high way regulation. Drivers tested alcohol positive will have to stay at the check point for three hours before they could be allowed to continue their journey,” he warned. He also warned students against recklessness in the highway.

Before the end of the road safety campaign by September 20, this year Northwest region had registered only one fatal accident in Akum which left one dead. The accident has been blamed on the driver for insisting to drive the bus to Bamenda town when the bus had earlier on signaled brakes failure in Dschang in the Western Region.

By Chifu Edward

Southern Cameroons Groups Take Case to Addis Ababa

In February 2009 a two-man delegation was dispatched to Addis Ababa, the Headquarters of the African Union (AU), with a two-fold mission, to wit: convince the Meeting of the Heads of State of African Union members from tabling an obnoxious agenda item that was seriously gong to compromise the independence bid of Southern Cameroons and to present the boundary problems between La République du Cameroun and Southern Cameroons to the African Union Border Programme Committee.

Mola Njoh Litumbe represented the British Southern Cameroons Restoration Government and Ba Nkom Augustine Feh Ndangam represented the Southern Cameroons Peoples Organization (SCAPO).

According to the official report on the mission, signed by Ba Nkom Augustine Feh Ndangam, the delegation spent Thursday 12 and Friday 13 February making presentations at the AU Headquarters and at various Embassies.

The Southern Cameroons Mission to Addis Ababa was given a two-fold assignment.
-To counter with the last ounce of vigour the Agenda item proposed by LRC to be put on the AU Summit program on the Bakassi dispute as a model for peaceful settlement of conflicts in Africa.
To place the Border Program on Notice concerning the fact that there is an international boundary separating the territory of the Southern Cameroons from that of La République du Cameroun.

Prior to their departure for Addis Ababa, the report continues, the RG already put out an official statement on the Agenda Item. The report therefore confined itself to the 2nd assignment namely, Southern Cameroon’s Notice to the AU Border Programme.

Despite visa difficulties, which made it impossible for the delegation to arrive Addis according to plan, measures were taken through DHL and other means of circulation to ensure that Resolution 014/2008 got to Addis and other AU organs on time. These Resolutions were already made public alongside RG statement.

The first victory was the striking off of the obnoxious item from the agenda: “La République du Cameroun’s (LRC’s) proposed Agenda item was struck off from the Agenda of the conference from the PRC to the Heads of States Summit, thank God,” says the report.

Without an Ethiopian diplomatic presence in Cameroon visa applications are cleared directly from Addis. LRC has a diplomatic mission in Addis. So do all African countries. These are the Permanent Representatives accredited to the AU.

Before the departure of the delegation from home, everything had been done to procure authenticated copies of the Eastern border Treaties and maps without success, says the report. SCAPO sources had all the required Treaties but needed authenticated copies if they could get. What was rushed in after the delegation was already in Addis for 4 days had been procured by patriotic compatriots (at as yet undisclosed personal expense) but these were Treaties separating British spheres in West Africa from those of the French and the other was Anglo-German Treaty, which is of interest to the Southern Cameroons only in so far as it demarcates Southern Cameroons’ boundary with Nigeria. Presently this Western border with Nigeria has no problem.

They made contacts at three different levels: at the levels of AU itself, the embassies accredited to the AU and at the level of experts, facilitators and participants.

On February 12, the documents they sent by DHL were at the AU Headquarters and registered at the Registry of the AU (Ref. No. 533 of 12 February 2009). They then moved to key departments of the AU notably, the Peace and Security Department and Conflict Management, where they also handed copies and held talks with key officials.

At the level of Embassies accredited to the AU, the report says, was the most difficult part of the work because the various Embassies are scattered in different parts of the city. The taxi they hired to take them round was driven by a well-trained driver with excellent professional skills but who did not himself know exact locations of Embassies in that vast city, and kept finding out this information from others by cell phone from time to time as he drove.

AU has 53 member-states and they needed 2-3 days to accomplish the work at that level. In all they did 18 Embassies either by physical contact (7) or via DHL (11).
At the level of experts, facilitators and participants soft copies of the documents were sent to individuals in this group (130 of them from various Member States of the AU)
Interactions and reactions

In their contacts and discussions with the different officials, reactions varied. There were diplomats who confessed that all along they had taken Cameroon to be entirely a francophone country and the background to this matter was helping to remove the scales from their eyes. There were those who, as expected, said that they will forward our matter to their government at the earliest departure of their diplomatic mail bag, and those who promptly understood in what direction our matter was heading and cut us short to assure us of their understanding and support by asking, “What new name have you selected for the new country?”

So far a follow-up proposal has been written to members of the PRC (i.e. the Embassies) that they contacted suggesting the role, which their respective governments could play in the Southern Cameroons Border dispute with LRC.

Recommendations

At the end of the report the Delegation made some recommendations for a better plan and follow-up. They included contributions towards the Border Program as there was a possibility of an invitation extended for Southern Cameroons to attend the next (or future) BP meetings and start preparing right away. They also complained that a debt of 1.081 million had to be cleared on this mission. The second recommendation was to prepare follow-up missions to Addis Ababa to further strengthen the relationships that have been increased.

By Nke Valentine

Ambazonia activist charged with session, refused bail

Muluh Mbuh Justice is still awaiting trial more than three weeks after he had been made the unwilling guest of the Bamenda Prison. Reports filtering from the prison say he has been charged for secession. He was incarcerated on Thursday September 4, 2009 at about 4 p.m. On Thursday October 1, 2009 he was refused bail. The application for bail had suffered a few adjournments.

The story goes that a certain lecturer in National Polytechnic Bambui of Nigerian origin, a certain Ikechukwu Christopher Lebecke was arrested after his house had been searched in Bambui and some incriminating objects were found. Among other things was a list of students he was keeping for what he alone knows why, a reasonable quantity of marijuana and a pile of documents on Ambazonia. The Vanguard equally learnt that he had been charged for “sexually transmitted marks”, as well as trading in marks with students, among other things.

On Tuesday September 1, 2009 Mr Muluh Mbuh, who is a lecturer in the same school, reported himself at the Judicial Police in Bamenda, precisely Room 17, as the summons he received through the school authorities indicated and at the appropriate time. He went through real grueling questions.

He told this reporter later that Tuesday, “I sweated under my armpits. The policeman displayed a lot of knowledge about me.”

Quizzed on what questions he was asked he said they revolved around his involvement with the Ambazonia Southern Cameroons struggle, his stay in the USA and others. He said the police asked him how he returned to Cameroon and he said he returned on foot.
He did everything to convince the policeman he had long left the Ambazonia struggle, exemplifying it with the fact that he had tendered an application to be a permanent lecturer in ENS where he was presently part-time lecturer. Muluh Mbuh even went further to say he had a note he had written to Fon Gorji Dinka, the President and Founder of Ambazonia Republic stating he had resigned from the struggle. “I could not have travelled to Yaoundé to deposit an application to work in Cameroon when I was still an ardent member of the Ambazonia movement,” Mr Mbuh told The Vanguard, he had told the investigator.

Thereupon he was told to go and bring the letter the next day. It is not clear what transpired the next day but when this reporter met him at the Judicial police he simply told him the police had said they were taking him to the State Counsel. Sources say they met the State Counsel in a restaurant and it was in this restaurant that the learned State Counsel signed the remand. Later he was remanded.

Application for bail, Missing file, Missing President of High Court, accumulated case files

Following the new Criminal Procedure Code in Cameroon which gives one a right of not being guilty until he is proven guilty, his personal Lawyer was called from Buea and he reached Bamenda the next day to try to secure a writ of habeas corpus for him. Reports say at the court they were unable to trace his file.

Speaking to The Vanguard on phone Barrister Nyah Marcel, sitting in for Barrister Blaise Berinyuy said for more than a week the President of the High Court has not been on seat. This had resulted in an accumulation of case files in his chamber. After several attempts to meet the President of the High Court in vain, the matter was handed to the Vice President, the Vanguard learnt. It was on Thursday September 24, 2009 that the matter first appeared in Court. The accused was not present for some strange reason. Reports say when the accused was visited in prison after it was found that he had dressed up to go to court but no warder came to take him there. He further said the Registrar on Monday September 14, 2009 was planning to transfer the case to the Vice President of the High Court.

Who is Justice Muluh Mbuh?

Justice Muluh Mbuh is a Cameroonian born in Pinyin. He lived, studied and worked in the United States of America from 1994 to about 2007 when he returned to Cameroon. he obtained a Masters Degree in Economics and International Conflict Resolution. He started teaching as a part-time teacher in ENS Annex Bambili. He worked with Fon Gorji Dinka and others in the Ambazonia Movement until he fell out with them. He has written so many books and essays on the Cameroonian situation.

His feelings about the solution of the Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia)/La Republique du Cameroun situation are quite moderate. This is expressed in his easy “Open Challenge to the Leaders and intellectuals of Cameroun”

This author for one would bear everlasting grudges against Cameroun government if such grudges were meaningful. But do not the lessons of the Bible teach us to strive to live Christ-like lives—thereby forgiving our enemies and sins committed against us as we would want done onto us by God and others? Would we not pass for hypocrites if all we do is seek our own redemption but ignore the suffering that Cameroun masses and other Africans have and are going through right at the moment? Some people in the liberation struggle may consider this write-up betrayal of the struggle to free Ambazonia from Cameroun but if they want to hear of betrayal, they will not wait too long to have more details from this very author.

In the tradition of our country, did we or did we not grant asylum to Union du Populations Camerounaise (UPC) exiles? Does anyone think God Almighty has forgotten the good we have done in this sour union since the last forty-six years? If we must continue doing good, then nothing stops us, even at the eve of our freedom from feeling sorry for these, I must say, silly, greedy and mean-spirited Camerounians. That is why, in tradition of erstwhile Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia) I have decided to throw this carrot (and not the stick rule) to Cameroun authorities and let us see how they take it; if they despise it, nothing stops us from calling them bad names and moving on! By then, we would have been on the record for having made very succinct propositions for peaceful resolution of this impasse.

Reactions

Some students from National Polytechnic Bambui spoke in a fitful outburst of anger condemning the whole situation and attributing Muluh Mbuh’s plight to the school administration. They hailed Mr Muluh Mbuh as one of their best teachers and even dared that he was framed out of jealousy. As Director of the Degree program in National Polytechnic Bambui, some of those “old people with demented brains thought they should be the ones to be there instead of him,” the boys fumed.the boys went further to condemn so many things in the National Polytechnic predicting that if Mr Yong Francis did not take quick measures “all those beautiful buildings he has constructed will one day come to naught.”

“We need good and young modern teachers, not old men who left school in the sixties and have forgotten all they learnt or are not conversant with modern methods!”

Contrary to some claims that Mr Muluh Mbuh was involved in the examinations malpractices the students averred that Mr Muluh Mbuh had never been so mean. “As for One Love we know he was doing it,” one student said. “One Love” was referring to the other teacher, Lebecke, who was detained too.

Pundits and sympathizers are of the opinion that Mr Muluh Mbuh has been a little too vocal about the liberation struggle. He has written so much on it and some of his literature must have been offensive to the regime.

By Nke Valentine

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Witchcraft claims six lives through accident

Mr Amungwa Julius (40); Mrs Amungwa Nicoline Bemahti, (33) and pregnant; Amungwa Harriet (3); Amungwa Precious (2) and Christian Bondue (29) all met their untimely death as a result of a ghastly motor accident in Njombe at about 1 p.m. on July 27, 2009.

They were all buried on one day after a Requiem Mass at the St Peter’s Parish Church in Bambui. The five coffins evoked unmeasureable empathy. One of the coffins contained two bodies: the body of Mrs Amungwa Nicoline Bemahti and the little child that died in her womb, forced out through a surgical operation after the mother died.


Mr Amungwa Julius and Christian Bondue (a brother to Mrs Amungwa) died on the spot. Nicoline is reported to have died a little bit later in the hospital after she learnt that the husband and the brother died on the spot. The two little ones Precious and Harriet died later.

The cause of the accident has been traced to witchcraft initiated by a woman whose names The Vanguard got just as Mami Butuh, a devout Catholic Christian and member of the St Jude Prayer group of the St Peter’s Parish Bambui belonging to the main Mission Station. The Vanguard gathered that she spends a lot of her time in the Oratory at the Main Mission each time praying.

A stormy departure

The story goes that on that fateful day the daughter-in-law, Mrs Amungwa Nicoline Bemahti, was to leave for Douala. The mother-in-law, Mami Butuh, tried to convince her to leave the children behind and go alone so that the children could come down later. Nicoline insisted that she was going to leave with the children. She wondered aloud how her mother-in-law who hated her so much could take care of her children in her absence. Unfortunately for Mami Butuh, her son Amungwa Julius, arrived from Douala and insisted on taking his family down to Douala in one fold.

Mami Butuh pleaded with her son to follow her so that they could go to a witchdoctor and perform some protective rituals on him. Julius told the mother that if this were to be done it should be done to all his family. The mother insisted that it will only be done on him. She failed to convince the young man.

Everything packed into their RAV 4 new car and everyone now ready to leave Mami Butuh is reported to have stood in front of the car and prayed that since the son had proven to be too stubborn he should “go and come”. Another source, the late Nicoline’s junior sister Cymorine Abongmbuh says, Julius went and dropped the mother-in-law in Church before they left. Another source says she touched all the four tyres of the vehicle with medicine.

The accident, the medicine bag

When news of the accident reached both families Mami Butuh immediately rushed to the scene of the accident. She took along one of her sons, Ngeh Patrick. She also invited her daughter, whose names The Vaguard got only as Mama, from Mutengene to meet her at the accident scene. Before she reached the place Norbert Ashinwa, a brother to the late Nicholine and a driver for the Garantie Express Company had already been there, carried the dead ones to the mortuary and the wounded to the hospital in Njombe.

Some family members asked him to remove the engine of the vehicle and keep before it could be stolen. When he went back to dismantle the engine the woman and the daughter were already around. He proceeded with the work and when he lifted the driver’s seat he saw a small bag under the seat.

“When I picked up the bag it was as if I had received an electric shock and I let it drop,” Norbert told The Vanguard newspaper. “I now gathered myself and said I had no medicine and this medicine can not affect me, before I bent down and pick it up again. I later gave the bag to Mama, the daughter of Mami Butuh from Mutengene.”

The little bag contained small snail shells with five cowries neatly stuck on it with a pin.
Medicine bag disappears from corpse’s hand

From the mortuary in Njombe now the corpses were supposed to have been transferred to the Bamenda Mortuary. They were then lined up outside the mortuary. Mami Butuh had a small “gift” for his departed son, Amungwa Julius. Unfortunately for her the son had been crushed to virtually beyond recognition so could not easily identify him. She thus went and put the small “gift” in late Christian Bondue’s hand and quickly covered it thinking it was Julius. Soon the labels on the corpses were brought and she realized that she had put the gift into the wrong hand. Before she went to recover it the little bag had disappeared. She is however reported to have put 5 francs pieces, one each, into the hands of each of the remaining corpses.

The Revelation

Norbert Ashinwa did not inform any family member of the medicine bag until after the death celebration was over. He went to the Bambui palace and reported to the traditional authorities what he had discovered in the car after the accident. He had gone to Mami Butuh to recover the bag so they could go to the palace and find out what kind of medicine was in it. She had refused to give him. When Mami Butuh was called to the palace, she denied having any knowledge of any such bag. The palace then gave her two weeks to go and reflect over the matter and come back and tell them the truth.

Mami Butuh attempts to destroy evidence

Taking advantage of the two weeks she had been given in the palace she now decided to blackmail Norbert Ashinwa, and get him detained by the gendarmes. She thus concocted a complaint against Norbert and presented to the gendarmes in Tubah. Our source said she told the gendarmes that when she was sleeping in the night she heard footsteps around her house.

When she opened the door she saw a very tall man in black and the man was talking with a girl in front of her house. This tall man, according to her, was Ashinwa Nobert and the woman, whose voice she recognized, was a certain Wase. A summons was served the two. Mami Butuh took this summons to the palace. The palace authorities decided to honour the summons, before Norbert could even appear there.

Meantime Mami Butuh had gone back to her witchdoctor, probably to fortify. She thus appeared at the Brigade with her witchdoctor on that day. Before her arrival with the witchdoctor the palace authorities had already explained everything to the gendarmes. Some sources hinted that she had brought the witchdoctor so that he could kill Norbert and so there will be no body left to testify her actions. Both witchdoctor and his client were immediately arrested and taken to the palace, along with the Brigade Commander, the Divisional Officer for Tubah, Mr Etta Mbokaya Ashu and the Commissioner of the Special Branch Police for Tubah.

The Confession at the Palace

At the palace yard so many people had gathered. The woman was told to speak her truth then. She again claimed ignorance of any medicine. She lied that it was instead her son that took medicine to protect himself and his family. The witchdoctor too, claimed he knew only of two types of medicines - one to protect the vehicle and one to protect the family.

At this juncture the palace authorities said they would want to take their decision, but before they take their decision to exile the woman, they have to wait for the administrative and judicial authorities to use the Whiteman’s method to solve the problem. The Fon ordered Atehnwi, one of Bambui’s strongest witchdoctors to take the medicine into the palace so they could find out what type it was. The other witchdoctor and the woman followed.

Inside the palace now the witchdoctor spoke his truth. He first confessed that he did not speak the truth outside the palace because he was afraid to be lynched by the crowd. He told the curious onlookers that he was from Yang in Kom in Boyo Division.

He told them that when this woman came asking for the medicine he made his divinations and told the woman that the woman’s and man’s family were not in agreement and he could not therefore give the medicine. The woman insisted that she wanted to kill the girl (Nicoline) at all costs. She complained that Nicoline had charmed her son and he listens only to her. He, the witchdoctor, had assured her that it was only pure love between the two and the girl had done no such thing as she was thinking. The woman vowed that she must kill the girl.

So they agreed on a fee of FCFA 25,000 francs. The woman gave an advance of 5000 francs, and since it was to happen in three days, she would give the remaining 20,000 francs after the deed had been done. When she returned with the medicine bag she gave it to the son, Ngeh Patrick, to go and place it in the car as instructed by the witchdoctor, under the driver’s seat. It was this bag of medicine that was picked up when they were dismantling the vehicle.

Atehnwi, the Bambui witchdoctor then asked him why he gave such bad medicines to the woman. It was then he gave the explanation.

Strange animals, then a mountain and 20,000 francs balance The car had seven passengers. Five died and two survived. The survivors were Amungwa Eden Azeih, a student in St Paul’s College Nkwen Bamenda and another little one. Eden was the first son of the deceased husband and wife. They testified that they had been seeing very strange animals along the road as they drove along and the vehicle had hit many of them but none died. The last straw that broke the camel’s back was a very high mountain that suddenly appeared in front of them in Njombe. It was in an attempt to dodge this mountain that the vehicle toppled over.

The witchdoctor from Kom testified that the medicine he gave could cause all forms and all types of animals to appear and disappear to cause an accident. He complained that he was waiting to receive his balance of 20,000 francs when the woman came and took him to the brigade where he was supposed to kill Norbert so as to receive the rest of his money. Instead he was handcuffed and he was going through all that interrogation.

Asked to identify himself he said he was a traditional medicine practitioner for 25 years, but he had no license or any document to testify. He was thus detained at the Tubah Gendarmerie Brigade. Three days after the woman’s son, Ngeh Patrick was picked and detained and later the mother and son were whisked off straight to awaiting trial in Bamenda. At press time it was rumoured they had been taken to Kondengui in Yaoundé.

Attempts to withdraw child from College

Further reports say this woman and the son Patrick boldly went to St Paul’s College and attempted withdrawing the son, Azeih Eden, of the deceased. The Principal Rev Fr Ngwa George is reported to have refused. They wanted to retrieve the boy’s school fees that had already been paid. They even went ahead to say that they could replace the boy with another young person if the fees could not be refunded.

By Nke Valentine

France Proposes Re-instatement of Vice Presidency in Cameroon

-Rules out the possibility of any Anglophone occupying the post.
-See an Anglophone President in Cameroon as handing the country to Great Britain and America.

A news report by Michel Michaut of Aurore Plus newspaper on August 18, 2009 has revealed that Mr Biya, President of Cameroun, has been imposed the task of re-introducing the post of Vice President in Cameroun by his French counterpart, Mr Nicholas Sarkozy. The curious thing about it is that the news report also reveals that the French would not, for any reason want to see an Anglophone in that position, for this would mean handing Cameroon to Great Britain and America.

This imposition that was put to Biya during his recent visit also imposes that the Vice President should have right of succession in case for any reason the Etoudi tenant is forced to leave power.

The most difficult part of it, the report comments, would not even be a change of constitution but to find a competent Anglophone or Northerner to occupy this post. Irked by what happened in Ivory Coast in 1993 when Félix Houphouët Boigny died, in Togo after the sudden death of Etienne Eyadema Gnassingbe where his son, Faure, took over power through what only resembled elections in April 2005 and worried about what is presently going on in Gabon after the August 30 Presidential elections where it is alleged Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba has succeeded his father El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba who died on June 8, 2009 after 42 years of absolute rule; the French Rightists and their corollaries deep in business want a smooth democratic transition in Cameroun only to preserve their personal interests.

The report further says Paul Biya accepted the proposal made by the French President though with some deep reservations. How is he going to change the constitution to re-introduce this post of Vice President that had already existed during the Federal State and that had been occupied by John Ngu Foncha? It would be probably through the National Assembly or by Referendum.

It will surely not be by referendum just to avoid the syndrome from Niger where the President Mamadou Tanja is leading the people straight towards a stone wall. The other argument will be that a referendum will be too expensive.

Consequently it would not be unexpected that in the days ahead the august chamber (National Assembly) will have to sleep over the matter. The majority CPDM will surely vote for this modification. But several questions will arise that will make concordance very difficult even among the CPDM members: the status of the Vice President, will the post of Prime Minister be scrapped or will remain; but the greatest will be the origin of the President Biya’s anticipated Vice President: would he be running mate of the President for the anticipated Presidential elections coming up in 2010; or would the elected President appoint his Vice?

Inconsistency

Paul Biya, well-groomed in Law and Political Science, has already started perusing the old constitutions of Cameroon, especially the Federal Constitution that governed the Federal States of West and East Cameroons from 1961 to 1972, on which date Ahidjo made Cameroon a unitary state on his own volition.

Biya has or will also consult Cameroonian Constitutional Law experts. He will consult, as he has done in the past, French experts in this domain. It will be recalled that to make the incomplete 1996 Constitution the Head of State had to make recourse to France. Certain problems could arise in the course of this revision like what form the State will take. From 1961 to 1972 the State was a Federal one and was well-suited for a Vice President: Ahmadou Ahidjo was a Francophone and automatically the post of Vice President went to an Anglophone. Today, Cameroon is a decentralized unitary State.

Will this same form of a State be conserved with the re-institution of a Vice President? What will be the powers of the Vice President? Shall we function like in the American system where the Vice President is only a ceremonial post with no powers, as all the executive powers are vested with the President though all of them were elected under the same ticket? Would the post of Prime Minister and Head of Government remain as it is in the present, or would it be given another content or be simply abrogated? Or would it take Mugabe’s Zimbabwe form where there is a President of the Republic, Vice Presidents and a Prime Minster. These and more are the tasks that will be facing the constitutionalists who will draw up the project to deposit on the table of the parliament. This is a lot of prospective work for Joseph Owona, Augustin Kontchou Kouomegne, Maurice Kamto, Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Bipoum Woum and many other CPDM personalities.

Operational Difficulties

The big question is: who will be Paul Biya’s Vice President or running mate in the CPDM? In neighbouring Nigeria it was made very simple: if a Northerner, for example is the Presidential Candidate his running mate must be a Southerner and vice versa. Thus in the 1999 and 2003 Presidential elections the PDP (People’s Democratic Party) of Nigeria presented Olusegun Obassanjo, a Christian Yuroba from the South West of Nigeria and Aboubakar Attiku, a Moslem from the North of the Federation of Nigeria to be his running mate and Vice President. Similarly the PDP presented the present President of Nigeria, Umaru Mussa Yar’Adua during the April 2007 elections as President and an Ibo man from the South East as his running mate.

Is this well-organised scheme in our great neighbour also possible with us? That is where we are cornered. If we go by the North-South Nigerian example which was instituted by France and Ahmadou Ahidjo, Paul Biya would naturally choose a Northerner for a running mate. This is a very difficult choice given the actual sociopolitical context caused by the fight for positions, mean and tribal calculations not forgetting the failed coup d’etat of April 6, 1984 against Paul Biya orchestrated by the Northerners. Above all the Anglophones have the greatest right to claim this post of Vice President with their right of succession status, argues Michel Michaut.

It is a very delicate situation for Paul Biya, who can, by no means, put a native of the Fang-Beti cultural origin in this position. Equally excluded from this post are the Bulus, Ewondos, Etons, and other Manguissas, etc. Others even feel that all the originals of the Centre, South and East regions should be excluded from this race, even if these regions are occupied by other ethnic groups other than Betis like the Bassas, Bafias, Tikars, Baboutés, Banens, Makas, etc. This problem had already arisen when Biya appointed Emmanuel Rene Sadi as Secretary General of the CPDM in April 2007. The Betis wanted the post for the likes of Gregoire Owona, present assistant Secretary General and erstwhile Minister Delegate at the Presidency in Charge of Relations with the National Assembly.

Many other ethnic groupings or regions were eyeing the post but Biya took René Sadi, a Babouté from the Mbam et Kim Division in the Centre Region whose lineage also extends to the Adamawa Region where they come from and also from the East Region of the country. Could Biya also use the logic he used on René Sadi that he comes from three parts of the country to make him Vice President knowing he could attract many votes from the Adamawa Region, more inclined to vote Bello Bouba Maigari’s UNDP, leader of the opposition party allied to the CPDM and also Minister of State in charge of Transport in the present government.

Calculations of underlying politicians

If the post of Vice President is created, the Northerners would make their voices heard. For some nostalgic proponents of the North-South axis of northern origin, this would have actually been the situation given that that their defender or flag bearer is considered the constitutional successor of Biya. This is just like this same Biya was, from 1975 to 1982 Prime Minister, according to the constitution of the time the constitutional successor to President Ahmadou Ahidjo.

The contenders are many in the Grand North. They include: Ahmadou Ali, Cavaye Yeguié Djibril, Marafa Hamidou Yaya, etc. One thing should not be forgotten: Biya, if it comes to nomination, will never appoint a Peulh Moslem or anyone from the Benoue Division (Ahidjo’s Division of origin with Marafa), but rather from the Extreme North who is not Peulh and not a Christian. The choice could therefore be Ayang Luc, a Toupouri Christian from the Extreme North, the present President of the Economic and Social Council for more than 20 years and who had been Biya’s Prime Minister in the 80s. This would be in consideration to the crushing weight of the Peulh population of this part of our country. How will the Parliamentarians of the Extreme North behave in such a Parliamentary Session? It is difficult to tell now, but suffice it to say that the debates will be stormy in any such Parliamentary session when it shall come within the ranks of the CPDM and from members of all the regions without regard to tribe.

The Anglophones of the country will not be left out in this fierce debate, they who rightly claim it is their right to occupy the Etoudi Palace after the lengthy reigns of the Grand North with Ahidjo (1960 – 1982) and Biya from the Grand South from 1982 to present day, abut 27 years. Would their voices be heard? Yes, they would, if it were only Paul Biya, but his French mentors who suggested this modification would not take it kindly, for they would never trust any Anglophone at the helm of affairs in Cameroon especially through a smooth democratic transition. This would mean to them auctioning Cameroon to Great Britain and the United States of America. To avoid returning power to the North Biya would have loved to hand over power to an Anglophone one day, but for the French obstacle.

Finally, Biya who would not, at any cost, want to return power to the Grand North may turn his eyes to the Sawa Community. Effectively many Cameroonians would not look at a pure breed Douala at the helm of State affairs with a bad eye. Nor would they mind a Yabassi, an Abo, a Pongo, a Mbo, a Bakoko occupy the post of Vice President and later President of the Republic. A Duala Head of State will calm the Anglophones of Southwest origin for a good section of the inhabitants of this part of the country have the same cultural heritage like the Dualas. Wait and see.

By Nke Valentine with translation from Michel Michaut’s report from Aurore Plus newspaper.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Northern Cameroonians in Nigeria Regret Joining the Federation

Taraba Community laments neglect, mulls over the idea of joining Cameroon.

From Charles Akpeji, Jalingo MANY people in Gembu , the headquarters of Sardauna Local Council of Taraba State are no longer sure their fathers did not make a mistake. They are beginning to think the choice to be part of the Nigerian federation in the 1963 plebiscite rather than join neighboring Cameroon may not have been such a wise decision.

They now lament that their fathers opted to stay with Nigeria in spite of the attractive promises and incentives dangled before them to be part and parcel of the Cameroon Republic. Now, they say neglect and hardship have become their lot despite the breathtaking scenery, the climate and abundant natural resources the area is blessed with. But nothing may have led to the feelings of regret in the hearts of the people as the recent torrential rain which washed away their roads, flooded their homes and further isolated their communities.

The people say they were abandoned by the government to carry the burden of the devastating rain and flood alone. According to a community leader and Village Head of Mbamnga , Jauro Abubakar Usmanu, the communities ravaged by the rain and flood include Mbamnga, Mbare-Tule, Bangtericorner, Bangdown, Lep, Tapniye, Vakude, Warwa and others.

“Some of our people are quietly shifting loyalties and going back to Cameroon. We do not have a single tarred road nor is there even one bridge across the rivers in this area. We may be left with no other option than to go to Cameroon which we had earlier refused , unless urgent succor comes our way from the Federal , state and local governments.

“Since the rain and flood, we have been cut off from the rest of the world and only manage to move about in boats across the rivers which is quite dangerous." When The Guardian traveled across the communities , it was obvious there was good reason for the peoples’ anger.

As Usmanu said: “Our people may have been neglected for far too long. Though we have contributed greatly to the growth and development of both the state and the Federal Government, we have been abandoned.”

The beautiful scenery accentuated by the lush-green hills and many waterfalls notwithstanding, it was obvious that gully erosion is also a threat to the area The Village Head told The Guardian the needs of his people are not many. “I don’t think we are asking for any other things more than roads and bridges across those numerous rivers you ferried through before arriving here” said Usmanu.

“Once roads and bridges are in place, I believe growth and development will follow naturally because there cannot be meaningful growth without them. If the government can come to our aide by giving us roads and bridges, we shall not ask for anything again”

On the threat by some of the communities to join neighboring Cameroon, Usmanu said well-meaning sons and daughters of the area , which include the member representing them at the State House of Assembly, Abel Peter Diah, are working hard to pacify them. Also involved are the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Comrade Jonah J. Kataps, the Commissioner of Environment, Timothy G. Kataps, Dr. Kara and others.

The Village Head said if their communities had been paid attention to by government, the abundant natural resources and tourism sites would have been exploited and developed for the good of the whole nation. “The failure of government in this regard is giving my people sleepless nights”, he said. One of the youths

From our news desk, source: The Nigerian Guardian newspaper

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Islamic Education Secretary optimistic despite hurdles

Elhaj Abdou Burno, Northwest Islamic Education Secretary since 2003, has disclosed that much progress is taking place in spite of some obstacles the sector faces.

Briefing The Vanguard, the Secretary said the take-off of the school year was initially timid but after the first day enrollment improved. He, however, regretted that the Moslem Community still regards modern education as a taboo and that there is need for more sensitization. This has not stopped the progress of Islamic education since he took office.

Achievements

Since he took office untrained teachers have been replaced by trained ones, the results have also improved - for instance an Islamic school scored 100% at national examinations, measuring up with other schools.

Other achievements include the construction of an Islamic school in Sabongari in Donga-Mantung Division with financial assistance from the UN High Commission for Refugees; the construction of two classrooms with 60 benches and the Headmasters’ office, the construction of Islamic primary school Ntabah by the European Union which also made available 60 benches. Other institutions constructed include a primary school in Fundong with 60 benches, another in Bangolan with 60 benches and the headmaster’s office.

“We have also had funding from the HIPC-initiative for the construction of 12 classrooms in Nkambe, 2 others in Babessi and two in Wum,” said Elhaj Abdou Burno.

The Islamic Education Secretary frowned at headmasters who declare very low enrollment as a strategy to siphon school funds. He said his office is very hard on such headmasters. Sensitization has also been made on the importance of Western Education. Abdou attributed the increase in the enrollment into Islamic schools on Imams and quarter heads who use their sermons to preach the gospel of western Education.

Giving an account of his stewardship at the helm of Islamic education in the region, Abdou recounted: “When I took over, there were 30 Islamic schools operating in illegality. But the situation has been regularized today. Besides that, the number of secondary schools has also increased from three to six,” he said. Another remarkable development he pointed out is that 70% of school enrollment is female.

Parents encouraged to send children to school

“Parents seem to have understood the importance of Western Education,” he commented. He said the parents are being encouraged not to limit child education to secondary or high school, but send their children to universities. Those already working with the state are sometimes invited to come and talk to the children during sensitization campaigns. The secretary also revealed that Former Basic Education Minister, Haman Adama, visit to Islamic school Bangolan acted as a great motivation to Muslims to send their female children to school. She provided Government credit for the construction of four classrooms.

Problems

“Other problems Islamic Education face in the Northwest,” he added, “include the late arrival of Government subventions. For instance, the subventions for the 2007/2008 academic year came only recently.” He lamented that the late arrival of such assistance retarded the program of the schools. That not withstanding, parents also pay fees piecemeal making it difficult for the management to draw and respect the program of the school and the budget. This method of paying school fees is caused by the fact that many Islamic parents don’t yet know the value of Western Education.

He added that the proliferation of many Government schools where almost nothing is paid has caused parents to be reluctant to pay the 7.000 – 10.000 FCFA charged by Islamic schools. As a consequence, the enrolment is some localities has dropped as most parents opt for free government schools. This also makes it difficult for management to pay the heavy arrears owed Islamic school teachers.

“Other problems faced by the Islamic education of recent,” he continued, “is the delay in the recruitment of Basic Education teachers by government. In this way,” he pointed out, “when teachers are absorbed by government in September, it gives Islamic Education authorities very little time to fill the vacancies. This then affects the tune of the schools.” To solve this problem, he suggested that the lists of basic education teachers recruited into the public service should be published in August to enable Islamic schools fill the gaps like other denominational schools.

ONEPI, a nuisance

One of the greatest problems Islamic education has, he said, is infighting. The main problem is caused by an outfit termed Organization Nationale de L’enseignment Privé Islamic, ONEPI existed in the past but was never mandated by the Moslem community. But this Organization went through dubious means to manage schools. Unfortunately for them, Joseph Owona, then Minister of National Education discovered that ONEPI was fake. He then organized a national conference in Yaounde and ONEPI was replaced by Organization of Islamic Private schools, known by its French acronym as OESPI.

ONEPI succeeded in extorting over 50 million FCFA from Government subventions. Its leader was prosecuted and imprisoned. The Islamic education authorities thought the matter was over. They were mistaken. The organization resurfaced following the death of Professor Dubla, National Islamic Secretary. They employed a lot of gymnastics to get subvention from Government. Failing to do so, he took the matter to court. The court was difficult for them to manipulate. Although they finally failed, their actions disturbed the smooth functioning of Islamic schools, for some time.

Challenges of this year

He enumerated the challenges of this year which include quality education, intensification of pedagogic follow-up and financial control. He called on Government to solve the problem of any fake organization trying to stifle the smooth administration of Islamic Education in the Northwest, saying that one person should not be allowed to destabilize a whole institution. He was pleased that founders of Islamic Schools and PTA Chairpersons had written to the Prime Minister requesting him to use his high office and solve their problem.

El Hadj Abdou Burno called on parents to pay the school fees of pupils and buy their school needs on time to ensure quality education. He equally implored collaborators to sit up and make sure that the ideas and program as designed can be achieved. He was pleased that the creation of the Islamic Teacher Training College in 2003 has improved academic standards in Islamic schools.

Because of its importance, he said the Ministry of Basic Education has increased intake from 50 to 250 for the 2009/2010 academic year. The school is useful in that it does not only train teachers of Islamic schools but checks problems of acute shortage of teachers. He concluded by sounding optimistic that the academic year was going to be smooth.

From our news desk


Sunday, November 8, 2009

SCNC Defy administrative orders – Hoisted Flag Nkambe

Despite administrative orders banning the commemoration of October 1 in Cameroon as the Independence Day of the Southern Cameroons, SCNC diehards in Nkambe in Donga Mantung Division reportedly hoisted their flag. Prior to the day, the Senior Divisional officer for Donga Mantung Mbiwan Nchaffu issued an administrative injunction banning gatherings or festivities marking October 1.

Unfortunately for him some members of the liberation movement reportedly hoisted two Southern Cameroons flags in Mbot, Nkambe Central Sub-Division. According to our source one of the flags was hoisted at the junction to Tabenken village and another at the junction to Wat, facing the Mbot Palace.

Some few inhabitants who talked to The Vanguard claimed they did not see anybody or group of persons hoisting the flags but that they got up that morning and saw it. Some of them said they saw it and did not bother to know what it meant. Another said, he took it for a lady’s scarf that might have been picked and hung there. It was then clear that the two flags were hoisted in the night breaking October 1. It is told that these flags did not survive the whole day as they were pulled-off later on in the day, surely by security agents.

It is alleged that three of the SCNC flags were hoisted in Nwa, Nwa Sub-Division.
On why they must continue with such a failed venture already, the Donga-Mantung county Chairman based in Nkambe who spoke on condition of anonymity said the reasons were many. He said he did not see “why the Government of La Republique is holding tight the state of Southern Cameroons”.

He echoed that when the Biya Regime changed the historic United Republic of Cameroon to the Republic of Cameroon in 1984, the separation was consummated. He said the Biya’s government had completely abandoned them to themselves. He related that as one of the oldest Division of Cameroon, Donga-Mantung was still hosting most of the services in rented houses. He said the road from Bamenda to Nkambe was an abuse. He mentioned that close to 30 years in power, President Paul Biya had never bothered to visit even the main towns of the North West, and it was a clear indication that they were not part of La République du Cameroun.

The county chairman said it was erroneous and fallacious to say that the SCNC venture had failed. Nevertheless, most people in the area still expressed a lot of skepticism about the struggle owing to the fact that only a group of negligible individuals are those spearheading the struggle. Others argue that SCNC is a group of disgruntled and frustrated individuals bent on jeopardizing the prevailing peace in Cameroon.

The SDO, Mbiwan Nchaffu in several occasions had warned and advised the inhabitants to bury the idea of SCNC and forge ahead with the development of the area. Mr. Mbiwan Nchaffu’s crusade on peace seems to have won many hearts in the area because beside a negligible number of surviving SCNC activists, the SCNC activities in the area had gone to the doldrums.

By Wamey Panky

Dr. Dewah condemns Auto-medication


Cameroonian’s leading Tradi-practitioner, Dr. Dewah, has condemned in very strong terms auto-medication (self-treatment) saying it is very dangerous, advising the public to consume only drugs prescribed by a doctor. The strong man of modern traditional medicine spoke to The Vanguard recently in Cameroon.

“When I talk of self-treatment, I mean this form of treatment that a person who is sick does not want to consult any doctor for one reason or the other”. He attributes this practice to poverty; stigmatization and ‘over sabi’ (Know all attitude).

“This form of treatment,” he says, “is dangerous because the person who embarks on it erroneously believes he/she knows the problem and since the medicine helped some other person in a similar situation it is equally going to help him/her.”

“The person who goes in for such medication,” he explains, “is taking a great risk because a situation may be similar, but not the same. The person may take the right medicine, but the dosage may be wrong. This may not only be a waste of money, but could complicate the person’s health situation. Quite often, persons taking such medication decide to consult a doctor only when the health situation had become complicated. Because money had already been wasted on auto-medication, the person may not be able to pay for the proper treatment.”

Dr. Dewah seized the opportunity offered him in the Sunday newsletter of him by the Parish Priest of St. John’s Church in Kumba town, and explained how Special Mobis and 200-Diseases Cure for various health problems would be made available to parishioners across the nation at a reduced rate for the well-being of fellow Parishioners. He also seized the opportunity to extend his modest contribution to St. Mary’s Parish, Balikumbat, North West Region, exceptionally for the Christians of these Parishes.

“Any interested Parish, according to the message, can make a request. One item of the medicine will be maintained at the normal price, except for all treatments through consultation. Parishioners will benefit 20% discount."

Dr. Dewah ends his message by praising the Newsletter which he says is the only medium through which he can get to the large family of the Catholic Church. “Always buy this Newsletter for more information from Dr. Dewah and Bros Modern Traditional Clinic it states.”

By Chifu Edward


“NW West Is Not Entirely Opposition”- Fru Ndi Edison

Contrary to popular opinion that northwest is totally anti-Biya, Fru NDI Edison, has dismissed the assertion, arguing that President BIya has more Friends in the North West than others would imagine.

He says Cameroonians should learn to love their country, support the president in his endeavors, to enable him continue with good governance to improve on the lot of the people, as no one can prudently pilot the affairs of this nation other than him. Fru Ndi Edison spoke in his capacity as the president of 'Biya’s Circle of Friends' due official launching in days ahead in Yaoundé.

Fru Ndi, a renowned Bamenda-based business man, is the proprietor of Dreamland Connect and Dreamland Holdings. This is a chain of very successful businesses which include a documentation service, a spacious restaurant and a soon-to-be opened complex snack with a cabaret.

He is also a very upright and competent contractor, the youngest in Bamenda but with the greatest accomplishments; such as the new finance complex, the ongoing Governor’s Office and several other projects completed.

Justifying the formation of Biya Friends Club, Fru Ndi said President Biya’s charismatic leadership has ensured peace and development in Cameroon. “As a business man, I can say confidently that business can only flourish where there is peace; veritable development can only take place where there is peace. It is only when there is peace that people can be productive and constructive,” he said.

Talking to The Vanguard, Friday September 25, 2009, Fru Ndi regretted that the North West Region has for decades been stigmatized as an opposition stronghold which is not true. He said he does not belong to the CPDM and must not be partisan to support President Biya or his policy.

Contrary to what detractors claim, Fru Ndi said the Northwest has gained more from the Biya’s Government than other regions. This necessitates encouragement, reason why President Biya’s Friends Club is rallying as many friends as possible to support him. Talking about Cameroon as a whole, Fru Ndi said President Biya has ensured peace and economic growth. “We are not feeling the economic down turn of the world like other countries; the crisis is a mere phenomena in Cameroon, thanks to his managerial skills.”

It is generally believed that many people who support Biya or the CPDM want to evade taxes. “Inversely I am one of the highest tax payers of the region. I pay above 500 million FCFA a year as taxes to the state. I am a patriot, and strongly believe that any responsible and patriotic citizen of any nation should earnestly pay his taxes to enable Government function. Supporting President Biya does not mean I have anything to hide. I believe in developing our Nation and my region. More so we can only develop if we all put hands on deck to assist whoever is in power to enable him move ahead”.

Fru Ndi also said he believed in investing in the youths as they are the future leaders. His love and commitment to the social well-being of the youths, has over the years been manifested through scholarship grants to some underprivileged children of the region.

Fru Ndi also extended an olive branch to his village in the sphere of health by providing modern bore hole well to the community, to check persistent water borne diseases orchestrated dirty water. He lamented that many have suffered and died of water borne diseases in his native Bangolan Village of Ngoketunjia division.

Quizzed on the secret of his success, he ascribed his accomplishment to hard work, determination and the ability to surmount problems that come his way. Fru Ndi assisted in refurbishing his alma mater, the CBC School Bangolan.
Unlike some colleagues of the teaching profession who are in Diaspora yet earn salaries in Cameroon, Edison never plays games.

He asked for the suspension of his salary when he went fully into business.
“If you are not serving the state, you should not earn a salary. That tantamouns to corruption”

Fru Ndi condemned the idea of living abroad and earning a salary in Cameroon. His model is Abraham Lincoln a great patriot. Edison is the greatest advocate for a free trade zone for the North West region, “Owing to our Region’s geographic proximity to Nigeria” He argued that Northwest can grow rapidly if the Free Trade Zone becomes a reality. Edison believes that if the free trade zone comes, business will flourish and the necessity for tarring the Ring Road will arise.

In spite of the business acumen he possesses, his humility, compassion and generosity apparently contributed to his success in business and contracts. He doesn’t sublet them either as some contractors do. Apart from doing an excellent job, he always accomplishes it in record time. His preoccupation is to develop his Region and his country. For this reason, he never abandons a contract. His exceptional honesty earned for him the confidence of MTN.

The mobile communication network has not only entrusted him with the North West. His jurisdiction extends right down to Nkongsamba. Edison is a very selfless man who would not hesitate to make others succeed. This explains why many enterprising youths in Bamenda are his former apprentices.

Above all, he is very brilliant and versed with practically every issue as manifested in his conversation. His responses are short, precise and to the point. This skill of a great conversationist is not only the product of good upbringing but also a sound education.

He attended CBC Bangolan, Government High School Limbe and ENS Bambili. He later went for further studies in Canada. He is married with children and several dependents.

One of the greatest admirers of Edison Fru Ndi is Ubango Helly. Ubango is the proprietor of UB Relax Company Ltd. YCPDM President for Ngie and CPDM “Honorable Attempted”. He is the Secretary General of President Biya’s circle of friends. His aim of joining PAPB, he told Vanguard is to give a booster to the CPDM party for the interest of the Head of state. He denied doing so to evade taxes saying he is a regular tax payer as a transport company.

Ubango dismissed the notion that the North West is marginalized. He said NW is very advanced compared to other regions of the Republic. Quizzed if he is still interested in going to parliament, Ubango said the Parliament is a priority for now.
Talking on the President Biya’s circle of friends, he said membership is open to all Cameroonians of integrity. He expressed the wish to see President Biya win in 2011 Presidential Polls.

As a business man, he said the secret of success is determination. The Biya friend’s club, he explained is predominantly Anglophones because it was conceived by Anglophones although it is has some francophones. He encourages fellow Northwesters to rally behind President Biya.

Other executive members of the Club are: Mr Fombon Richard Tita Mayor of Tiko Council (Finance Secretary) Dr. Nkwenti Ignatius Ndefru , Wanlo Chiamua Wanlo Mayor of Fonfuka (Technical Adviser), Alhaji Baba Dapullo, ELh Diahero, Madam Tamfu Patience etc. The club has as motto Smile, Hope, Development.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ntumfor Barister NICO Advises N W Against Tribalising P.M Yang

The North West Fons’ Spokesperson, legal adviser, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle, who has been mute for some time now, has finally come out of his shell to address some burning issues bordering around his personality, NOWEFU, North West and the government.

In an interview over CRTV Bamenda with journalists of both the private and public media on Thursday October 1, Ntumfor Barrister Nico Halle harping on his mother’s death, said the unfortunate incident rather helped to strengthen him because it’s God who gives and takes lives.

He said her late mother; Mama Esther Maforna Halle was like a friend, guidance and spiritual leader to him. “My mother was down to earth, God fearing, hospitable and a unifying factor. I know she is not dead as such. She has simply changed her address”.

He thanked everybody who supported his family during that trying moment and the ground-breaking crowd that was present at the burial. To Ntumfor, the crowd showed the popularity and love people had for him and his family.

On the appointment of Yang Philemon as Prime Minister and Head of Government, Ntumfor stressed that it was fitting because Yang Philemon is a shrewd diplomat, knowledgeable, transparent, humble and a man of integrity. He warned some North Westerners who want to tribalise P.M Yang Philemon. “Let them understand that the Prime Minister is there for all Cameroonians and not for North West people”.

On his relationship with the Fons, Ntumfor emphasized that everything is well with him and the Fons except a few wayward ones who, for selfish reasons, are at cross roads with him because of his indifference to fraud, cheating and mismanagement. He lashed out at those trying to destroy the Union for personal interest by unilaterally suspending him from his functions as the Fons’ messenger, spokesperson, ambassador and legal adviser.

He said his suspension came after he emphasized that the money which was raised for the construction of NOWEFU Secretariat, HIV/AIDS funds should be handled with maximum transparency and security. Ntumfor looked at the communiqué on his suspension as blackmail of his person.

He questioned why the Presidency, the Prime Minister, Ambassador, National Security and others were copied as if he is a criminal. More so the communiqué was singlehandedly signed by Fon Chafah as Magistrate not as the then NOWEFU president. He said his mother questioned whether those were the coins the Fons paid him with after he did so much for them. “She advised me to pray for my enemies and forgive them”. He said.

Clearing the air on why he did not attend the enthronement of the Fon of Bambalang, Fon Fosi Yakum-Ntaw, Ntumfor averred that by then, he was just returning back to Douala after burying his mother. But he said although he was not present there in person, he was there spiritually. He said the late Fon Fosi Yakum-Ntaw was his friend and that it was him (Ntumfor) who reconciled him with Fon Chafah who were at odds with each other over NOWEFU leadership.

On his spiritual life, Ntumfor noted that he was recently elected as the National President of CMF, one of the strongest groups in the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon teeming with Ministers, directors and men from all walks of life. “My elections have made me more humble and more committed. I give thanks to God. And when God uplifts you through men, you should be more humble”.

Assessing the North West administration, Ntumfor said the administration under Governor Abakar Hamat is very peaceful, united and developing in leaps and bounds. He took the opportunity to give kudos to Fru Ndi Edison who has given Bamenda a new face lift by renovating finance complex building which was long abandoned and enjoined other elite to emulate.

About the theft of his vehicle, Ntumfor gave thanks to God, arguing that it was the ransom for his life else it would have been his life to go. Getting inspiration from the Bible, Ntumfor opined that “Naked we came, and naked we shall go”. This was a clarion call to man to desist from greed for wealth as all is vanity.

By Munki Micheal