Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Peace Corps to increase volunteers in Cameroon

The United States Peace Corps will increase the number of its volunteers working in Cameroon by fifty per cent before the celebration of its 50th anniversary on September 30, 2011. The revelation was made recently in Yaoundé by the acting Peace Corps Cameroon Country Director, James Beighle.

James Beighle was talking to reporters during a ceremony to present the first ever Peace Corps Cameroon annual report. The expansion of the number of volunteers he said is part of the Peace Corps’ global objectives. He added that the US Peace Corps General Director, Aaron Williams, is committed to send 10.000 volunteers into the field worldwide before September 30, 2011.

Peace Corps volunteers have been in Cameroon for the past 47 years working in the fields of Education, Health, Business development, Environment, Youth development amongst others. Their principal mission, Peace Corps officials say is ‘helping Cameroonians improve the quality of their lives through capacity building, skills transfer, cultural exchange and promotion of self-reliant development’.

Thus, Peace Corps Volunteers are placed at community level from villages to large towns throughout the country. They build local capacity through the teaching and training of individuals and by strengthening local institutions working in the areas of agriculture, education, health and small business development.

According to the 2009 annual report of the Peace Corps in our newsroom, Peace Corps Cameroon prepares and supports its volunteers through a unique, comprehensive series of training over the course of their two years of service. This starts with an intensive eleven-week community-based Pre-Service Training (PST) followed by two In-service Training opportunities and a close of service conference to prepare the volunteers for departure and life after Peace Corps.

In 2009, Cameroon received two training classes; 16 Education, 14 Small Enterprise Development (SED) trainees in June and 15 Agroforestry, 17 Community Health Trainees in September.

To the Programs and Training Officer of the US Peace Corps Cameroon, Kim Ahanda, the 2009 report of the Peace Corps is satisfactory though the Peace Corps works with very limited volunteers in Cameroon.

The US Peace Corps it should be noted was established in 1961 by erstwhile US President John Fritzgerald Kennedy to promote world peace and friendship. Today, they count over 7,700 volunteers spread over 76 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, North Africa/Middle East, the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. In Cameroon, there are about 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers working in Ndu, Fundong, Banyo, Kolofata, Maka, Fontem amongst other towns.

By NDI Eugene NDI

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Electricity meets international standards

Lom Pangar dam Construction starts March 2010

Stake-holders involved in the construction of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric dam in the East Region have averred that preparatory works on the dam will begin in March 2010 while effective work starts in November. This follows the completion of feasibility studies on the dam.

The announcement was made in Yaoundé recently during a workshop to launch the reformulation of the Social-Economic and Environmental impacts studies of the Lom Pangar Hydroelectric dam estimated to cost billions of Francs CFA.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the workshop, the Minister of Water and Energy, Michael Nganko Tomdio, said the construction of the Lom Pangar Hydro-Electric dam is geared towards increasing the production and supply of electricity on the Sanaga through a reservoir to check seasonal shortages.

“The construction of the Lom Pangar hydroelectric dam falls within government’s efforts of curbing power shortages in the mid-term”,
Michael Nganko Tomido.

To the General Manager of the Electricity Development Corporation, Dr. Theodore Nsangou, Cameroon is ranked second in the possession of energy potentials in Africa and hence should be able to produce and supply to the satisfaction of its citizens.

He however regretted that the shortages are as a result of insufficient infrastructure to fully exploit these potentials. Notwithstanding, Dr. Theodore Nsangou was optimistic that the construction of the dam will curb these shortages as the it will enable the Songloulou and Edea plants to produce a surplus of about 170 megawatts of power.

In earlier studies completed in October 2005, it was recommended that compensation be given to inhabitants who have been negatively affected by the construction of the dam. Hence proposals like economic activity and resettlement of the people affected by the dam was to be compensated for in order to maintain cultural and archaeological features and secure space for the construction of transportation and communication infrastructure that is primordial to the construction of this multi-billion hydroelectric dam.

After reviewing the 2005 studies, officials of the Ministry of the Environment and Nature Protection recommended that further studies be carried out on the impact and compensatory measures in view of the installation of the equipment at Lom, resettlement plan, environmental impacts and electricity cables linking Lom Pangar and Bertoua. Thus the objective of the workshop was to harmonise and finalise all formerly conducted studies so as to formulate the report to meet up with national demands and international standards.

To Dr. Theodore Nsangou, the validation of the Social-Environmental report marks a decisive point towards the launching of the dam project which is expected to be used partially in 2012. He reiterated that following the completion of the Social-Environmental studies, there will be a call for tender for a power plant and transmission. The call for tender will be in March ahead of the effective take-off of the project in November 2010.

The workshop was organised by the Electricity Development Corporation (EDC) and attended by officials of government Ministries concerned with the project, donor agencies, traditional rulers from the East Region and non-governmental organisations.

By NDI Eugene NDI


Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Friday, March 26, 2010

NUDP in full gear for future elections

The National President of the National Union for Democracy and Progress (NUDP), Bello Bouba Maigari, says his party is more than ever before determined to grab more seats in parliament and more councils in upcoming elections. Bello Bouba was speaking at the party’s headquarters in Yaoundé recently in a ceremony to exchange New Year wishes with militants of his party.

With six Parliamentary seats, twelve councils and about 1300 councillors all over the national territory, the NUDP party is the third largest party in Cameroon after the ruling CPDM and the main opposition party, the SDF.

“The NUDP is not only preparing to participate in future elections like any other party but to win more parliamentary and council seats”. NUDP National President, Bello Bouba Maigari addressing militants.

He called on NUDP militants to continue the fight to promote party activities as it is only through the relentless fight that their dreams of grabbing more parliamentary and mayoral seats can come true.

Amongst the NUDP militants who came to wish happy New Year to their National President was a powerful delegation from Donga Mantung division that was led by the divisional co-ordinator, Alhadji Palalo who told The Vanguard Newspaper in Yaoundé that they will not spare any efforts in rallying Donga Mantung for the NUDP in upcoming elections.

Speaking earlier in a welcome speech on behalf of the NUDP militants, the Centre Regional co-ordinator of the NUDP party, Essoga Etogo Albert called on the NUDP National President to use his portfolio as Minister of State for Transport to secure jobs for militants of his party.

Talking to the press after the reception of New Year wishes, the NUDP National President Bello Bouba Maigari said since creation the NUDP has always been represented in national elections. Hence given that they will continue to be represented in upcoming elections, “I will expect my militants to ensure that those they are putting in to head various basic organs of the party are those who will prepare the party well for future elections”, the National President said.

NUDP party status examined

As part of the reforms to ensure that the party is fully ready for the upcoming elections, Central Committee members of the NUDP have met in Yaoundé to examine the party’s status. Talking to the press, the NUDP National Communication Officer, Kuma Peter Kombain, said the Yaoundé meeting was to examine and adopt party’s status and regulations drawn up during the general assembly of the meeting that took place in Bertoua in 2007.

Also on the agenda of the NUDP Central Committee meeting that held in Yaoundé was the reorganisation of the basic organs of the party, the National Communication Officer told the press. After the Yaoundé meeting, a new party constitution was adopted with the number of exco members of each sub section of the party reduced from 15 to 12. According to Kuma Peter, the new constitution has reinforced the functioning of the regional bureau, the section and sub sections of the party.

NUDP mayors drilled on decentralisation

Given that the decentralisation process has gone operational in Cameroon with several reforms, mayors and their deputies of the NUDP have been schooled on the decentralisation process in Cameroon which is still a disturbing factor to many a Cameroonian.

The municipal authorities received lectures from the chairman of the party who was accompanied by some party executives like the SG, Pierre F. Ngayap and the Vice President Mongo Leon who gave exposés on decentralisation and administrative management of councils respectively.

Talking to The Vanguard Newspaper in Yaoundé, the National Communication Officer of the NUDP, Kuma Peter said: “As one of the first political parties to start clamouring for decentralisation, it was necessary for our municipal authorities to be versed with the skills now that the process is ongoing”, Kuma Peter said.

By NDI Eugene NDI


Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Letter to the president

His Excellency Paul Biya
President of the Republic of Cameroon
Yaoundé, Cameroon


17 March 2010

Your Excellency,

We are writing on behalf of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and the World Editors Forum, which represent 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries, to strongly protest against a wave of arrests of and attacks on more than a dozen journalists reporting on matters of public interest.

According to reports, three journalists were arrested on 5 February and later detained in Yaoundé on charges of "imitating the signature of a member of government", an offence which carries up to 15 years of in prison. Editors Harrys Robert Mintya of Le Devoir, Bibi Ngota of Cameroon Express and Serge Sabouang of La Nation were detained after investigating the state-run National Hydrocarbons Company's purchase of a ship named Rio Del Rey. The journalists had reportedly obtained a copy of a document authorising illegal payments in connection with the transaction. Simon Hervé Nko'o, a reporter for the weekly Bebela, was also reportedly held for a week without charge in connection with the investigation. We are seriously concerned at reports that Mr Nko'o was tortured to reveal his sources.

We are also concerned by the harassment of at least eight other journalists who have raised questions about Operation Sparrowhawk, an investigation into the state mismanagement of public funds, including: Spectrum TV Editor-in-Chief Thierry Ngogang; freelance journalist Alex Gustave Azebaze; reporter Anani Rabier Bindzi of Canal 2 International; journalist Jean-Marc Soboth, journalist and press freedom activist; The Post Editor-in-Chief Charly Ndi Chia; Yerima Kini Nsom of The Post; Nadège Christelle Bowa of Le Messager; and Justin Blaise Akono of Le Messager;

We respectfully remind you that jailing, prosecuting and intimidating journalists constitutes a clear breach of the right to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed by numerous international conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, the jailing of journalists for carrying out their profession contradicts the principles of the Declaration of Table Mountain, issued by our organisations at the 60th World Newspaper Congress and 14th World Editors Forum Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in June 2007.

We respectfully call on you to ensure that all journalists detained in Cameroon for carrying out their profession are immediately released from jail and that all intimidation is halted. We urge you to take all necessary steps to ensure that in future Cameroon fully respects international standards of freedom of expression.

We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Gavin O'Reilly
President
World Association of Newspapers

Xavier Vidal-Folch
President
World Editors Forum



WAN-IFRA is the global organization for the world's newspapers and news publishers, with formal representative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. The organization groups 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.


cc: Faith Pansy Tlakula, African Commission Special Rapporteur on Freedom
of Expression

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Precipitated Elections in Cameroon unlikely in 2010

The much-contemplated precipitated in elections in Cameroon in 2010 seem to be very unlikely now following the last week First ordinary session of the Board members of the independent electoral body charged with the organisation, management and supervision of all election operations and referendums in Cameroon, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in Yaoundé.

Chaired by the president of ELECAM, Dr. Samuel Fonkam Azu’u, the first out of four ordinary sessions focused on the effective implementation of the 2010 plan of action, without any inkling as to the organisation of any elections within the period.

In an interview with the press, ELECAM’s president said the first major challenge of ELECAM for the year 2010 is the putting in place of their newly acquired offices and the training of the staff that they are recruiting in order to prepare them for the better management of elections.

Holding at a time when the bone of contention is the registration of voters for the upcoming presidential elections, Fonkam Azu’u told reporters that if there have been delays in the registration it has been because ELECAM needed a legal framework that was given last year and assured citizens that voter registration will begin soonest.

The ordinary session of Board members of ELECAM comes barely a few weeks that the body received electoral material from the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation (MINATD) that has been in charge of elections management in the past. The materials that comprised of ballot boxes, registers, etc were handed over to the Director General of Elections, Mohaman Sani Tanimou, by the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Marafa Hamidou Yaya, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Head of Government Philemon Yang and other ELECAM officials recently in Yaoundé.

Following the transfer of the materials from MINATD to ELECAM, the independent electoral body is then expected to also transfer to the various branches, reason why Fonkam Azu’u told reporters at the session that in the days ahead they are going to proceed

With the handing over of the materials to the various branches, that is, regional divisional and district levels voter registration can begin.

Though it has not been made public when the registration of voters will begin, expectations are high amongst Cameroonians who are anxious to see ELECAM manage its first ever elections.

Given that the officials of ELECAM are just a few months old following their appointment by Presidential decrees N° 2008/463 and 2008/464 of December 2008 and their final swearing in early last year 2009, these officials are expected to get hold of the voter registry, master it before any registration to avoid any mishaps. After that the president said “we are going to proceed with the training of the staff that we are currently recruiting on how to use voter registers and other registration processes”

With the complete handover of electoral materials and the intensification of preparations by ELECAM therefore, MINATD has definitely disassociated itself from carrying out election matters in the country.

By NDI Eugene NDI


Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Serious health problems caused by strange smog in Bamenda

A Strange Phenomenon Invades Bamenda. Environment Authorities advise. The strange phenomenon of a hazy atmosphere that was reported in the Extreme North of Cameroon some three weeks ago is now gripping Bamenda City and its environs. Unlike what it was reported in the Extreme North of Cameroon, the intensity is relatively milder. In the North visibility was so impaired that people could hardly drive. Even flights to the Norther Region of Cameroon have been suspended.

For close to a week now without rainfall Bamenda is waking up to the realities of a strange phenomenon that is yet to be explained by environmentalists and scientists. A fact-finding visit to the Northwest Regional Delegation for Environment and Nature Protection ended only with hypotheses from the two authorities that were met. Both sources were unanimous that the phenomenon was a strange one “sending everyone back to the classroom”, Mr Fuchi said.

Mr Fuchi Emmanuel, a pedo-environmentalist and Regional Chief of Service, now acting Regional Delegate, suggested: “It looks like smog, but there are no industries around”, he said. “It could also be the result of the collapse of a meteorite from the moon”, he added.
As almost every inhabitant of the town has confessed the dust has an irritating effect on the respiratory tracts – the nose and the trachea and they experience burning eyes. In fact some people have very red eyes. It also has an uncomfortable, though not strong smell. It leaves ashy white traces wherever it lands.

“The suspicion that it is from the outer atmosphere is fortified by the fact that it is already rainy season and the possibility of dust haze is completely eliminated”, Mr Fuchi said. He further revealed that the moon has appeared twice during the day. On Friday March 19, and Saturday March 20, 2010 the moon was spotted in Bamenda, Fundong and Bafmeng at about 10 a.m. “When my child saw it he rushed to the mother and reported and she came out and confirmed”, he said.

On the same lines the outgoing Regional Delegate, Mr Fonye Francis Wadzela (appointed Technical Adviser in the PM’s Office with rank of Secretary of State) said it was likely to be ‘white snow’. He said it appears like haze made up of suspended particles. “To get an insight into the properties of this haze from mere observation will be unscientific and too premature”, he posited. He also said this type of thing happened not less than 50 years ago, but it happens in Figuil in Extreme North Cameroon which has a cement factory.

Further speaking Mr Fonye Francis told The Vanguard that it looks like they are some desert storm deposits. This fact is further buttressed by the fact that the intensity of the haze, as was reported in the North of Cameroon which very close to the Sahara desert, is reducing as it moves South. This is why it is much reduced in Bamenda and its environs.

Possible consequences

According to Mr Fuchi, the irritating nature of the dust suggests that it is acidic. The semi-pungent smell suggests the presence of sulphuric gases in the air like sulphur dioxide and trioxide which, when dissolved in water turns into sulphuric acid. Sulphuric acid is corrosive. “Eventually when it rains it is going to wash back acid water into the ground and the PH of our surface waters will be affected by the acidity”, says Mr Fuchi. “The degree of acidity of the soil will be affected, which could have a negative effect on the yields.” Mr Fonye Francis, on his part, posited that our water sources would probably be contaminated.

What attitude should people adopt?

Mr Fonye Francis suggested that now that we do not know what is in the air people should only drink water from a certified source like CAMWATER. Both Mr Fonye and Fuchi were concordant that people should cover their bodies well from the dust. They should also were thick clothing when places are very cold and light dressing when places are very hot. Mr Fuchi further suggested that people should rub their nostrils with oil like Vaseline or metholatum. Both of them also advised people to put on masks, just as was suggested by the Divisional Delegate Mrs Njinyam when contacted by CRTV Bamenda. “It may be a bit uncomfortable the first time you wear it but you will soon get used to it”, Mr Fonye said.

Could this be smog?

According to the Micrsosoft Encarta Student Edition 2009, “Smog, is a mixture of solid and liquid fog and smoke particles formed when humidity is high and the air so calm that smoke and fumes accumulate near their source. Smog reduces natural visibility and often irritates the eyes and respiratory tract.” According to common observation this is what is prevailing. But there is no industry around, so where has it come from, is the question that desperately craves and answer.

“Burning gasoline in motor vehicles is the main source of smog in most regions today. Powered by sunlight, oxides of nitrogen and volatile organic compounds react in the atmosphere to produce photochemical smog. Smog contains ozone, a form of oxygen gas made up of molecules with three oxygen atoms rather than the normal two. Ozone in the lower atmosphere is a poison -it damages vegetation, kills trees, irritates lung tissues, and attacks rubber. Environmental officials measure ozone to determine the severity of smog. When the ozone level is high, other pollutants, including carbon monoxide, are usually present at high levels as well,” states Hart, John in his document ‘Air Pollution’.

Mr Fuchi testifies that the ashy dust that settles from this haze on vehicles and walls seriously damages the paint. It is too early for us to say what effect it has on plants. But all the other effects are evident already - poor visibility, irritating nostrils and lungs and eyes, etc.

Antecedents and Damage

In 19th-century London, smog was so severe that street lights were turned on by noon because soot and smog darkened the midday sky.

By the 1950s, air pollution had begun to threaten the health of millions of people -around the world - in big cities with heavy industry and
a huge amount of automobiles.

In the presence of atmospheric moisture, sulfur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen turn into droplets of pure acid floating in smog. These airborne acids are bad for the lungs and attack anything made of limestone, marble, or metal. In cities around the world, smog acids are eroding precious artifacts, including the Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece, and the Taj Mahal in Āgra, India.

Oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide pollute places far from the points where they are released into the air. Carried by winds in the troposphere, they can reach distant regions where they descend in acid form, usually as rain or snow. Such acid precipitation can burn the leaves of plants and make lakes too acidic to support fish and other living things. Because of acidification, sensitive species such as the popular brook trout can no longer survive in many lakes and streams in the eastern United States.

Smog spoils views and makes outdoor activity unpleasant. For the very young, the very old, and people who suffer from asthma or heart disease, the effects of smog are even worse: It may cause headaches or dizziness and can cause breathing difficulties. In extreme cases, smog can lead to mass illness and death, mainly from carbon monoxide poisoning. In 1948 in the steel-mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania, intense local smog killed 19 people. In 1952 in London about 4,000 people died in one of the notorious smog events known as London Fogs; in 1962 another 700 Londoners died.

With stronger pollution controls and less reliance on coal for heat, today’s chronic smog is rarely so obviously deadly. However, under adverse weather conditions, accidental releases of toxic substances can be equally disastrous. The worst such accident occurred in 1984 in Bhopāl, India, when methyl isocyanate released from an American-owned factory during a thermal inversion caused more than 3,800 deaths.The last section of this article is adapted from Hart, John. "Air Pollution."

By Nke Valentine


Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Monday, March 22, 2010

We, The Vanguard, support Earth Hour. And you?

Turn out your light, show support

Turn out your light, show support
In 2009 hundreds of millions of people around the world
showed their support by turning off their lights for one hour.

Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action
to every individual, every business and every community.
A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future.

Pledge your support here and turn off your lights for one hour,
Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010.

It’s Showtime! Show what can be done.


More info:

TOTAL and ELF withdraw from SONARA because of future risk

TOTAL and ELF, both French oil companies that held important shares in the National Oil Refinery SONARA in Limbe. Have all withdrawn their shares from the company and preferred settling in Ivory Coast.

The revelation was made in a Board meeting to overhaul the company that is already crumbling. “We can not stake our money any longer in a potentially hazardous zone,” the TOTAL representative is reported to have said.

It is reported he explained further by stating that the Southern Cameroons liberation activists are gaining grounds and anything could happen at anytime in the SONARA area which is in Southern Cameroons.

By Nke Valentine


Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Leke Confesses having betrayed the SCNC for money

Theodore Leke, one time SCNC activist from Lebialem Division, has confessed having received money from the Cameroon government to betray the SCNC. Theodore Leke made the revelation recently in Limbe to one of the frontline SCNC activists.

In the company of Chief Isaac Oben, Theodore Leke received money from the Minister of justice some time in 2004 to create their own faction of the SCNC so as to go to Banjul and with draw Communication 266/2003 that pitted the secessionist group against La République du Cameroun. Leke’s own share was 15 million francs, which he confesses was never even given all. He failed to reveal Chief Oben’s share.

Once they were contacted by the government agent they moved to Bamenda where they met another group of SCNC activists and attempted to cajole to join them to go and meet the Minister of Justice Ahmadou Ali.

The intentions sounded so pure that a delegation was constituted with late Albert Mukong as one of them. A hitch occurred whereby the members insisted that a certain Mr Mbide Charles must be included in the delegation. Unknown to the group they had already contacted the said Mbide Charles who had turned down the offer. They had equally contacted late Dr Luma’s widow, Kalthuma Luma, to be on their side.

A second attempt to get Mbide to their side failed and when they bent to meet Madame Luma she too refused accompanying them to Yaoundé. On the appointed date Albert Mukong went to Yaoundé but was dribbled and he returned frustrated. However, SCNC sources revealed that Chief Oben was seen moving in an air-conditioned Limousine looking like the owner in Yaoundé.

There they struck a deal and signed a press release that the SCNC was already negotiating with La République du Cameroun. The intention was to take it to Banjul and other important world organs like the ICJ and the UN, given that Kofi Anan had prescribed dialogue between the SCNC and La République du Cameroun in May 2000.

The deal bungled as it immediately leaked. A delegation of government SCNC led by Chief Oben appeared in Banjul in May 2000, pleading that the Communication 266 be withdrawn. They were never allowed even to enter the corridor.

“How can different people sue a matter and different persons come to withdraw it?” the Commissioners wondered. The long and short of it is that despite all the money spent by the Cameroon government Chief Oben and Leke, who was Spokesperson, failed in their mischievous mission.

The money now finished, and Leke apparently feeling the heat of the oncoming independence of Southern Cameroons opted to confess. He asked to be invited to a meeting where he was going to openly confess to everyone. His request was turned down. His moves were still very suspicious, as once a traitor always a traitor.

Chief Oben, who complained around that period that thieves broke into his house and took away important sums of money in different currencies, is yet to make his own confession. He was the Chairman of the government SCNC.

A certain Kinkinen Pius, an ex-convict from Kondengui was the Secretary General, and a certain Dr Tita, Chairman of a certain obscure political party, who lost elections to be President of a vigilante group in the quarter, was the Vice Chairman. They all savoured of the Iscariot’s silver pieces which are now haunting them.

By Nke Valentine

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

National Polytechnic Bambui Students go on strike

The students of National Polytechnic Bambui went on strike last Friday January 29, 2010. They backed down a few hours later only after the CEO and Proprietor of the establishment, Bobe Yong Francis addressed their problems giving immediate solutions to some and promising solutions to the others.

Prior to the strike the students had presented a sort of memorandum of their grievances to the school authorities. In the undated memo captioned “Problems Encountered by Students” their grievances revolved mostly around finances. The students wished to have an explanation of an increase of 1500 francs in their registration fees for the HND up from last year.

They also sought to know why they had to pay the first and second instalments of their fees before the first semester exams, which was not the case as before. This one applied particularly to the Level 200 students.

And also sought to know why some of their Continuous Assessments are written on the blackboard and some lecturers demand money for typing and printing of their CAs. Students’ transcripts are issued upon payment of 10,000 francs meanwhile they were internal candidates.

“If students go after their semester exams without report cards, it is just but their legitimate right to have the transcripts free of charge because it is like their own report cards,” said one student to The Vanguard under anonymity.

Another grievance came from the Fashion and Fabric department. Here the students alleged, they paid 37,000 francs extra for practical work, but according to them the end of the first semester was at hand and they had not yet had one single practical.

On the contrary they are even asked to provide their own equipment. To this Bobe Yong argued that they were not supposed to collect that amount. “That department you are saying that pays 37,000 francs it is 10,000 they pay. And when they pay these 10,000 francs the lecturer in charge is supposed to come in here for any practical you have to do. The money is signed out to them to go and buy the materials. If there is any lecturer who asks students to buy this or that it is not correct.”

The students equally complained about a disciplinary council in the school, frowning at the fact that a certain Nganje Anthony Mofany was suspended by the administration for fighting with a Business Statistics teacher without giving him a chance to defend himself. About sports the students complained that the Students Union was supposed to provide transport fare to and from playgrounds but they did not.

At the end of the day a reduction of 1500 francs from the National HND registration was accorded the students. The CEO, Bobe Francis Yong, who addressed the students in front of the administrative block as the students had refused going to the Amphitheatre, made promises of solving their problems and pleaded with them to go back to class. Classes however resumed peacefully on Monday February 1, 2010.

By Nke Valentine

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Friday, March 19, 2010

X marks the spot


Health care centre built careless on deathly location

Poor location of Bamenda Old Town Health Centre sparks trouble. A new location and building for the Old Town Health Centre has sparked off serious trouble. While the workers at the place complain of the remoteness of the place, the Old Town youths have vowed to demonstrate against the idea of moving there for it is virtually inaccessible.

The story goes that when government thought of building the Health Centre, a piece of land located near the Bamenda Linguistic Centre, in front of the Ancient Combatant Building. When the project was about to start the Chairman of the Health Committee, the District Medical Officer, The Divisional Officer and some local authorities went to the Fon of Mankon to confirm. They returned to start the building in the present controversial site considered to be at a high risk zone. Unconfirmed sources say it was said the piece of land near the Linguistic Centre was for the Delegation of Commerce. But it has turned out that it is the proprietor of Ngi Vichi Primary and Nursery School who is now constructing her school in the plot.

The Health Centre

This is a unit of PMI Nkwen presently located at the entrance to Judicial Police, near the Women’s Empowerment Centre, close to the Bamenda II Divisional Office. It is meant to serve the population of Old Town which is predominantly Hausas and Fulani. It consists of a clinical laboratory, consultation and a pharmacy that renders just the same services as any other hospital. It affords closeness medical attention to even the pregnant women in Old Town, as it is within walking distance from their homes. It has a staff strength of three Laboratory Technicians and one Midwife, and one Pharmacy attendant. Its present location, in spite of the narrowness of the building is very ideal for patients, even the handicapped!

The new location is, to say the least, catastrophic. It defies all principles of locating a health unit. Besides the inaccessibility of the place it is located in a high risk zone, just slightly below Skyline Hotel and above Ayaba Hotel. Even during the dry season reaching the place is an uphill task for a normal human being, then imagine a pregnant woman! Then during the rainy season, the stream flowing down, no bridge, no road! But what if a patient can not walk? The worst of it is that it is in a high risk zone. The City Council had said all should quit high risk zones, like those in Sisia Quarter, not leaving out this area. Above all it is located just near the home for mad persons, Emmaus Centre, established by the Catholic Mission. Imagine a confrontation between patients and mad people!

50 million francs buried

The excitement to have constructed this health unit in this place seems to have arisen from the allocation of 50 million francs for the construction of the place. Observers say the place does not look like it consumed up to 25 million francs. The fact that those concerned never reported to the population, the primary users, about the new location indicates that there was foul play somewhere. Even the administrative authorities are not spared for how could a Divisional Officer approve the construction of a health Centre in such a high risk zone?

A source says when the Divisional Officer was confronted on the situation he said, “I signed without knowing that this was the place”. Just imagine that! The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tebo Charles Atud, is equally an accomplice. How could he allow such a thing to happen? He had been moving with the members of the Committee all along. He must have had his won share.
Forceful handing over of premises

According to inside sources, some time around November 2009, the Chief Medical Officer informed, the Chief of Centre Mrs Mbaku Esther, that they were going to hand over the keys of the new premises. Prior this day the CMO had asked the staff one day whether they had visited the construction of their new site. When they visited the place they complained about the nature of the place the workers said even as they were digging only water was flowing from the ground. Even the contractor had found lots of difficulties doing the work and when he confronted the D.O. he said he did not know that this was how the place was before signing.

The handing over, however, was done in top secrecy. The press is the mouthpiece and the eye of the people. No press organ was invited for the handing over, not even CRTV! A public utility is meant for the people and so such a handing over ceremony should involve the population that has to be using that facility. This was not the case here. A few handpicked people, surely those who shared in the booty, were there.

Up to this date the health centre is still operating at its old location at the entrance to the Judicial Police, in spite of the fact that the keys have been handed to the staff of the place. The workers have refused to go to the new site. Several meetings are being held and the youth have been mobilised for action.

By Nke Valentine

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Noni and Oku cement ties

The people of Noni and Oku living in Nkambe have been entreated to remain law abiding, brotherly and each others’ keeper, more so, to remain together like one man’s children. The call was simultaneously made by the Presidents of the Noni and Oku communities in Nkambe recently during the New Year celebration organised by the Noni community in Nkambe at their usual meeting venue.

Addressing those present, the Vice President of Nshii Noni Nkambe, Mr. Wamey Pancrasuis Nyonufon said, the essence of the celebration was to thank God collectively and individually through sharing, for the good things He had been doing to them. He cited that for all of them to have met the New Year and in good health were enough to thank God. He said the most essential way to thank God was coming together and sharing in food and drinks like one man’s children. He appreciated them for last year’s activities and wished that this year should be more vibrant in manifesting brotherly love and their culture.

Mr. Wamey took time to praise the constituted Delegation of the Oku people in Nkambe for heeding to their invitation. Although he regretted the absence of the Nso people in Nkambe they invited, he sounded that the Noni, Oku and Nso people were historically, administratively, and culturally condemned to live together especially when out of home. He said it was their desire that the union of the trio grow from strength to strength to yield more lucrative and long lasting fruits.

On his part, the President of the Oku Cultural and Development Association (OCDA) Nkambe branch, Mr. Moses Kingah thanked the Noni people. He said they had been bothered about it and wished it grow to fruition. He prayed for a wider forum in the nearest future that would boost the brotherly relationship and the culture of the Nso, Noni and Oku people. He begged on the people to respect the laws of the state and those of the land where they live; and that they should help each other where and when necessary.

Mr. Kingah Moses praised the Noni youths and students for their special commitment to their meeting. He told them the benefits of sitting often amongst their parents and elders were abounded and immeasurable. He reminded them that a meeting of such magnitude was a social-cultural classroom with much to learn.

Talking on behalf of the youths, their Vice President, Adeline Adamu entreated the youths to take the challenge and be regular at meetings. She thanked the parents for their usual support pleading with them not to relent their efforts in directing them. She told the student-youths that the greatest challenge was to pass their examination well. The occasion ended with extensive feasting and a cultural animation.

By our news desk

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Gendarme detains teacher for punishing daughter, students raid Gendarmerie to release their teacher

There is a lesson to be learned here. A teacher of Government High School Misaje, Misaje Sub-Division in Donga-Mantung Division whose names The Vanguard only got as Mr. Nganti was recently arrested and detained by the Misaje Brigade Commander, adjutant-chef Joseph Eyong Eyong for punishing his own daughter.

The story goes that the teacher, Mr. Nganti had given a class assignment, and the Commander’s daughter was among those who did not do the assignment. When the teacher sorted out those who did not do the assignment and asked them to kneel down, the Commander’s daughter who felt she was the commander of the class more than the teacher, refused to kneel. Beside the blunt refusal, she ignored the teacher and continued making noise when the teacher had asked the students to stop making a noise.

The teacher who felt slighted and humiliated resorted to using a whip on her. She then walked out of the class and rushed home. When she informed her father about the situation, Mr. Joseph Eyong Eyong, the Brigade Commander is said to have consoled her daughter with a threat of teaching the teacher a lesson.

The next day, he is reported to have rushed to Nkambe and cajoled a State Counsel who issued him a warrant of arrest. Brandishing this document to the said teacher, the Brigade Commander then arrested him and detained in his cell. The Principal of the school, Mrs. Monica Nchuwa Yuki made trips to the brigade for her teacher to be released but in vain. Some top government personalities and elite intervened and advised the Brigade Commander to release the teacher but he gave them a deaf ear.

Given that it was a Friday, students only got the arrest and detention of their teacher as rumour. It was only on the following Monday that the rumour became a reality to the students when they came to school and waited until 10 a.m. without seeing their teacher. Without any permission from the school authority, it is told; the students abandoned their classes and went on rampage in search of their teacher. They were chanting threatening songs warning whoever was keeping their teacher to release him or face their wrath. They all marched to the Brigade requesting for the unconditional and quick release of their teacher.

The students, who are said to have been looking so wild, carried with them clubs and stones. The said Brigade Commander and some of his elements are reported to have disappeared in thin air. Only one of the Gendarmes who feared approaching the students rushed to the cell and released the teacher but locked-up himself in an office. The students who had enclosed the Brigade hunting for the said Commander, felt disappointed not getting him but quite satisfied seeing their teacher. They sang songs of victory as they escorted their teacher back to school.

The act has been condemned in strong terms by the Divisional authorities of the Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union (CATTU), the indigenes and other civil servants in the area. The CATTU Divisional Boss, Mr. Pancrasius Wamey threatened that the teachers were not going to take such irresponsible acts any longer from any parent. He rather prayed parents to be open to teachers and cooperate with them for the sake of their children. It was a serious warning to parents who often support their wayward children against the teacher rather than collaborating with these teachers to mend their children.

When contacted to comment on the act, the Divisional Officer for Misaje, Mr. Zachary Ungito Cheiko preferred to seal his lips on the grounds that much had been written against this very Commander but no effect from hierarchy.

It should be noted that Adjoudant-Chef Joseph Eyong Eyong has become rather a thorn in the flesh of the people of Misaje: he is suspected to have had a hand in the burglary of the Misaje Sub-Treasury where money kept under his custody disappeared. He was also involved in a marijuana racket, where he went into financial negotiations with marijuana traffickers asking them to pay him the sum of over four hundred thousand francs (cfaf 400,000frs) before passing with it to Nigeria. This met with the timely intervention of the Company Commander Captain, Michael Sowi, who later transported the said 11 bags of marijuana to the Regional authorities in Bamenda.

Furthermore, in a crucial meeting presided recently by the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga-Mantung, Mr. Mbiwan Nchaffu, with traditional rulers, Fulanies, business operators and the Municipal authorities of Misaje in the S. D. O’s office, the people associated the rampant cattle rustling in the area to the said Brigade Commander. They accused him of direct complicity with the rustlers to completely ruin them in cattle rearing. Many cattle farmers have been frustrated of recent by cattle rustlers.

According to the Misaje D.O, Mr. Zachary Ugito Cheiko, the said commander, Joseph Eyong, often violates his orders with impunity claiming a solid Yaoundé backing. The D.O confirmed that he had made several reports which he thought hierarchy would use to correct him but he is left helpless by the powers that be and so he had refrained from bothering himself writing.

The press was equally hinted that he illegally arrested and detained some six notables of Nkanchi in Misaje Sub-Division and requested them to pay c.f.a 10,000 each. The innocent notables were only rescued by a Nkambe State Counsel, who did not only order for their release but also for the money to be refunded to them. This he did by order.
Most of the indigenes are worried why the powers that be cannot correct such a wayward authority who rather exploits, extorts and give the people but pains. A man who is more interested in serving himself rather than the people left at his disposal.

By our newsdesk

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

16 Detained for SCNC Activities

Some 16 activists, six women included, of the secessionist Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), now operating as the United Nations State of Cameroon, arrested in Nwa Sub-Division of Donga Mantung Division recently are presently languishing in the Nkambe prison awaiting trial.

According to security sources 16 activists of the United Nation State of Cameroon were arrested in the Nfeh village in Nwa sub-division at the residence of their leader, a certain Mr. Nwunzah Musah. The Vanguard was hinted that the 16 were holding a meeting upon their arrest.

As per the order from the Nkambe State Counsel, one of the women who was seemingly mental was released, leaving the cell with 10 men and 5 women with one of them pregnant, The Vanguard learned.

It is said that the steam of the secessionists was coming more from some disgruntled Cameroonians settled in the neighbouring Nigeria. These people have been pressurising the United Nations Organisation to cede to them the former British Trust Territory Northern and Southern Cameroons.

They continue to blame the United Nations for their untold sufferings for arbitrating a faked independence between the Federal State of Southern Cameroons and the la République du Cameroun.

They further begrudge Nigeria for bias treatment. Given its closeness to Nigeria and the hardship borne by the people, Nwa Sub-Division in Donga Mantung Division has been noted for secessionists’ activities. From the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) to now the United Nations State of Cameroon, the people are turning on the same idea of seceding.

Sources from the Nkambe High Court state that, the 15 activists languishing in the Nkambe Prison awaiting trial shall face charges of secession and disruption of public peace. When The Vanguard stopped at the prison to see the detained activists, it was faced with much stiffness as the Prison’s Superintendent vowed that no pressman could talk to any of them except with permission from his Regional boss. Efforts to reach the Regional boss failed.

A warder on duty The Vanguard cornered on condition of anonymity confided that the detainees were living in very bad and painful conditions. With pity, he regretted that the female detainees despite their old ages were sleeping on the bare floor: not like it was the intention of the prison authorities but because such facilities were not available. On when these people would be tried in the court of law, remained a one dollar question.

Talking to The Vanguard in his office, the Senior Divisional Officer for Donga-Mantung, Mr. Mbiwan Nchaffu frowned strongly at such activities aimed at jeopardizing the most enjoyed peace in the Division and Cameroon as a whole. He described the activities as dumfounding and absolute. He said he had often pleaded with the people to live in peace but anyone who interrupts peace should be ready to through the same sufferings.

By Wamey Panky


Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

CPJ alarmed by harassment of journalists in Cameroon



March 9, 2010

H.E. Paul Biya
President of the Republic of Cameroon
Yaoundé, Cameroon

Via facsimile: (237) 22 20 33 06

Dear President Biya,

We are writing to express our alarm at the harassment and abuse of at least a dozen journalists in Cameroon. These reporters each raised questions about your administration’s management of public finances, the progress of an anti-corruption drive dubbed Operation Sparrowhawk, and local government affairs. We call on you to hold members of the administration accountable for using security forces and criminal laws to settle scores with the media. We further urge you to initiate reforms that would refer matters of defamation to civil courts.

On February 26, police in the capital, Yaoundé, arrested three journalists investigating the state-run National Hydrocarbons Company’s (SNH) purchase in 2008 of the offshore vessel Rio Del Rey, according to local journalists. Editors Harrys Robert Mintya of the weekly Le Devoir, Bibi Ngota of Cameroon Express, and Serge Sabouang of the bimonthly La Nation face charges of “imitating the signature of a member of government,” a criminal offense carrying up to 15 years of imprisonment, according to defense lawyer Jean Marie Nouga. The charges are linked to the journalists’ possession of a government document that allegedly implicates presidential adviser Laurent Esso, who is also the board chairman of SNH, in secret payouts to company managers in connection with the boat’s purchase. Esso has not publicly commented on the allegations.

A few weeks earlier, security agents had interrogated Mintya and Ngota for more than 12 hours and detained Sabouang and reporter Simon Hervé Nko’o from the weekly Bebela incommunicado for a week without charge.

We are outraged by reports that security agents used torture to force Nko’o to reveal his sources. CPJ obtained a copy of a February 22 medical certificate detailing his physical examination after his release. The certificate stated that Nko’o had bruises on the soles of his feet and that he told the doctor security agents had subjected him to waterboarding, sleep deprivation, and exposure to cold. Nko’o went into hiding fearing arrest, according to local journalists. We ask you to order an investigation into these serious allegations.

We are also alarmed by the ongoing harassment of at least eight other journalists who have raised critical questions about the administration’s conduct of Operation Sparrowhawk, an official investigation of former officials accused of mismanaging public funds.

The administration has lodged criminal charges against four leading journalists and an academic for commenting during a June 2008 TV program on the case of Yves Michel Fotso, a former executive at national airline Camair Co accused of embezzlement. Fotso has publicly denied any wrongdoing. A public prosecutor in the commercial capital of Douala charged Spectrum TV Editor-in-Chief Thierry Ngogang, freelance journalist Alex Gustave Azebaze, reporter Anani Rabier Bindzi of Canal 2 International, and Jean-Marc Soboth, a prominent journalist and leading press freedom activist, with “biased commentary” likely to prejudice an active investigation, according to defense lawyer Francis Jackson Ngnie Kamga. A second charge, “unauthorized disclosure of a confidential document,” was based on the journalists’ discussion of a copy of Fotso’s police statements that were leaked to the press. Soboth fled into hiding in January after reporting that he received anonymous death threats, according to local journalists. Also, Lewis Medjo, an editor imprisoned since September 2008, was arrested only a few months after raising questions about the Fotso case, which some journalists speculate may have led to his imprisonment.

In recent weeks, security forces have obstructed two journalists from the leading daily Le Messager from reporting on the cases of former officials indicted in Operation Sparrowhawk, according to CPJ research. On January 17, officers at the State Secretariat for Defense in Yaoundé briefly detained Nadège Christelle Bowa and confiscated her notes from an interview with Thierry Michel Atangana, a former presidential adviser jailed on corruption charges, according to news reports. On February 24, police detained reporter Justin Blaise Akono and forced him to delete courtroom photos during a hearing in the trial of Titus Edzoa, a former presidential adviser accused of embezzlement, the paper reported.

Two other journalists in the northwest town of Bamenda are on trial over an October 2009 story referencing the criminal case of Doh Gah Gwanyin III, of a former local official convicted of involvement in the murder of an opposition politician in 2006, according to the Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists. Editor-in-Chief Charly Ndi Chia and Yaoundé Bureau Chief Yerima Kini Nsom of the English-language biweekly The Post are free while battling charges of “libel, blackmail, and abuse,” defense lawyer Dinga Godlove told CPJ.

We believe that arbitrary arrests, criminal prosecutions, and even torture of journalists who raise critical questions about government affairs undermine not only your efforts to root out public corruption, but also confidence in the rule of law and democracy in Cameroon. Access to information is enshrined as a fundamental human right by the United Nations, and upheld by the African Charter on Human and People's Rights. We therefore call on you to create access to information legislation, and also to ensure that press offenses are referred to civil courts.

Thank for your attention to these important matters. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Joel Simon
Executive Director


More info on:
http://cpj.org/2010/03/post-1.php

Download here the two letters that the Committee to Protect Journalists sent to President Paul Biya:
English
French

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Catholic Bishop Donates to Presbyterian College for Fire Disaster

His Lordship Bishop George Nkuo of the Kumbo Diocese in the North West Region has donated the sum of One Hundred Thousand francs - CFA 100,000 - to the Presbyterian Secondary School (PSS) Nkambe in Donga-Mantung Division that recently suffered a gross fire disaster.

It should be remembered that a week before the Bishop’s Pastoral visit to the Binju-Nkambe Parish, one of the two female dormitory halls was consumed by fire. This happened at about 8.30 am while all the students had gone to the refectory for breakfast. Over 39 female students lost all of their belongings except the uniforms they were putting on, to the fire.

Although the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, the Senior Divisional Officer (SDO) for Donga-Mantung Mr. Mbiwan Nchaffu who was personally touched by the fire accident immediately appointed a commission of inquiry to trace the origin of the fire and assess the damage.

When His Lordship Bishop George Nkuo arrived the St. Martin de Pores Parish Binju, he was hinted of the fire disaster in PSS Nkambe that very evening during a reception Dinner. He promised to live the fire accident. During that evening, to support PSS on behalf of the Bishop, the Parishioners and invited guests present individually contributed the sum of over twenty-three thousand francs (cfa 23,000frs). This was immediately handed over to the Chaplain of PSS Nkambe.

The following day, Bishop George Nkuo personally visited the site of the fire disaster in PSS Nkambe. He donated the sum of over one hundred thousand francs (100,000 Frs) as a token of sympathy to the victims and the entire school. He expressed consoling words to the student victims. He told them that God had a reason for everything that happens and so they should not grief much. The Bishop said it was but a trying moment for them and they must be very careful to withstand the test of the trial.

Bishop George Nkuo described his visit to PSS as ‘faith in action’. Given that the Bishop arrived Nkambe just a day after the three day Ecumenical Services between the Catholics and Presbyterian Christians, he pressed for religious Unity. He challenged Christians of the both denominations not to live ecumenism only in prayers and words but in action. He said, through love, faith sharing and action, they should show the public that both denominations were but one. He cited some of the Presbyterian Christians who turned out in their numbers to welcome him. He said it was a good example of practical ecumenism worth emulating.

By Wamey Panky

Leave a comment,
speak your mind and take part in any discussion.
As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions
are fundamental for our democracy.
And will push Cameroon forward.

Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed.