Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hon Wirngo visits his constituency

By Chifu Edward - Second part of article 'Jakiri MP steals show…' - After the May 20 festivities, the MP took time off to visit some villages of his constituency to thank militants for voting the CPDM party in the July 22, 2007 twin elections. The first lap of the visit was to Noi village where he donated a bundle of zinc, cartons of 400 gram washing soap and bags of salt to the population.

Visit long awaited
Appreciating the MP for the benches he donated to the schools of Noi and assistance given to IPS Noi during their fund raising amongst others, the president of Noi Cultural and Development association NOCUDA tough man of Jakiri SDF electoral district Dzernnnjo Marcel Wiymanla lamented that his visit was long awaited.

Seized the opportunity
However, “He who laughs last, laughs best… better late than never”. He seized the opportunity to present a catalogue of problems faced by the population. He cited bad roads, electricity, befitting health infrastructures and personnel.

Solemnised by
The same problems surfaced in his visit to Shiy village where he donated fifty bags of cement to assist the population in the reconstruction of a bridge. His philanthropic gesture was solemnised by His Royal Highness Fon of Kilu-un, SDF district chair man Vincent Banvikuuy .

Galvanise the party
While thanking the MP for his timely gesture Vincent averred that Shiy villagers know no political boundary when it comes to development. The section president, the Fon and other speakers hailed the MP for giving meaning to politics as his assistance to most villages of Jakiri Special constituency would galvanise the party.

“You are truly a friend in need, we love you. It is not a fake love, for your love for us is not fake. When the moment will come for us to show that love concretely, we will not fail you,” the Fon said
A crusader
He briefed the population on projects realised within his three years in parliament and those pending execution. As a crusader for peace and unity he exhorted the population to be law-abiding, respect state institutions, and shun vandalistic politics stumbling blocks to development.

Promised
He promised to do all in his capacity to raise most of the villages from the doldrums of social and economic stigma. "But to realise these dreams, the population should never bite the finger that feeds them," he warned.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Drama. But the party continues…

By Auke VanderHoek. In the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, live more nationalities than anywhere else in the world. So, it is not only the Dutch team that people support and watch on the television. Of course, the men in Oranges must win. But there is still a lot of love for the teams from the countries where the fans were born.

So are two Cameroonian women
Prudence, born in Kumba and Quinta, born in Bamenda watch Cameroon-Denmark in Quinta’s house. She lives with her Dutch husband and their Cameroonian born son in Amsterdam.

Sharp comments
The two girlfriends don’t take their eyes off the screen for even a split second. In a mixture of Pidgin English, typical Grassland phrases and Dutch words they give sharp comments on the game. Good that the players can’t hear them.

Second score
Prudence screams if she sees the Cameroonian Lions score for a second time. Quinta, sadly, has to brake her the news: “That was a replay of the first goal.” “Ooh…,” apologizes Prudence. They get into a big laughter. They enjoy football.

And than, death silence
If they win it will be all reason to party. To loose the game, will be drama. The ladies see the danger coming towards the goal. Shout as hell. See the ball go in. And become death silence.

Well, Ghana or Ivory Coats than
Ten minutes after the game they are speaking again. Quinta: “Ghana and Ivory Coast are still in”. If the World Cup goes to any sub-Sahara country there will be a party somewhere in town where the ladies will go.

Orange
Cameroon is out. But the Dutch are still in. All dressed in the color orange as the royal family’s last name is ‘Van Oranje’ meaning ‘Of Orange’. Quinta: “They are still in. It’s my second country, so I’ll support them too. Of course.” And if the Dutch become the World Champions, all over The Netherlands will be one huge orange sea of partying Dutch. Prudence and Quinta included. Dressed up in Orange.

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Jakiri MP Steals Show at May 20 Celebration

By Chifu Edward - Hon. Wirngo Buba has distinguished himself as a development icon in CPDM Bui IV following the number of development projects carried out as MP within three years as Parliamentarian.

700 benches and 200 helmets
His activities, appreciated by all and sundry, are not only giving meaning to CPDM politics in Jakiri, but galvanising the party to fish for more militants against 2011, 2012 and beyond. It is for this reason that even the administration of the sub division has challenged both militants and elites to emulate Hon Buba to give Jakiri a new face. He donated 700 benches to all the schools of Jakiri last year and 200 helmets to bike riders this year.

Put to use
Referring to the gesture as Cameroon’s 50th Anniversary gifts from the illustrious son of the soil, the D.O of Jakiri Sub-Division, Qweton Anderson Kongeh, said the helmets should not be used as window dressing but should be put into use regularly so as to protect the bike riders in times of any accident. Lauding Hon. Wirngo’s gesture, the D.O said the gesture was a mark that he is constantly in touch with his population and knows the problems they face. He enjoined other elite and politicians of Jakiri to emulate Hon. Wirngo by reaching out to the population.

Selfless
Harping on Hon. Wirngo’s constant gestures to the electorate, the D.O. pointed out that last year; he eked out some 700 benches to all the schools in the municipality beginning from Nursery to High Schools. “So I think that our Hon. Member of Parliament is very selfless because what he is doing for his population is above the parliamentary micro-project grants he receives”. He said what Hon. Wirngo is doing has never been seen from any politician in Jakiri Sub-Division.

Challenged the CPDM barons
Corroborating the D.O, the wife of late Minister Nsahlai Christopher, Madame Henriette Nsahlai opined that what the Jakiri MP is doing is in line with what her late husband wished from MPs and CPDM bigwigs of Jakiri. He challenged the CPDM barons of Dzekwa to work hard in order to consolidate the victory the party had in the 2007 twin elections else the opposition may take over the Sub-Division. “We really need to encourage our militants. That is why I formed a Common Initiative Group in Jakiri known as, “Hand in Hand”, which is now encouraging self-reliance activities in this Sub-Division and consequently alleviating poverty and fighting against idleness and unemployment”.

How to use motorbikes
On the raison d’être of the gifts to the motorbike riders, the benefactor, Hon. Wirgo, said that it’s a way of appreciating the good work the motorbike riders are doing in the Sub-Division. “I hope the helmets will help protect the beneficiaries from accidents”. He promised that next time he will organise training seminars or how to use motorbikes in the transport sector to reduce the rate of accidents in the Sub-Division.

Reckless sex
On HIV/AIDS which is a danger in today’s Cameroon, Hon, Wirngo enjoined the motorbike riders to be responsible and desist from endangering their lives by indulging in reckless sex.

Make them know
Talking to The Vanguard about politics in Jakiri, Hon. Wirngo said he will continue to educate and sensitise the population on what politics is all about so that they should bury the dirty politics of the ‘90s when people’s properties were damaged by others of other political parties “I will continue to make them know that we are all one and indivisible and put them towards the direction of peace, unity and development”.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ntaghem Denounces Witch Hunting in CPDM Mezam I

By Chifu Edward - After political inactivety in Mezam I Bamenda which is expected to host the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Cameroon Armed Forces, the Ntaghem CPDM Sub-Section President Ruth Ndonyi, took the bull by the horns over the week end and organised a ground-breaking conference to mobilise the population towards the anniversary celebration.

To denounce several vices
Ruth Ndonyi, the pioneer cum lone female President of CPDM Sub-Section in the Northwest Region used the occasion to denounce several vices which she said were endemic in the Northwest CPDM such as slander, petition-writing, witch-hunting and vaulting ambition for power.

Dissolve their differences
She ipso facto enjoined her fellow CPDM comrades to dissolve their differences so as to be able to work together as one man and mobilise forces to give their national party President and the Head of State President Paul Biya, a befitting reception in Bamenda later this year during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cameroon Armed Forces.

Mobilise the population
Equally lashing out at personal creed and tribal politics, Ruth Ndonyi advocated for unity in diversity, peace and development in Mezam I and Northwest as a whole. She entreated other Sub-Sections to emulate the Ntaghem CPDM Sub-Section by organising their own conference in order to mobilise the population towards Biya’s visit.

Most vibrant
Observing that her Sub-Section is the most vibrant in Mezam I with six branches all very vibrant, Ruth attracted a standing ovation when she said the Ntaghem Sub-Section has a CIG called the Ntaghem Multi-purpose Common Initiative Group in which they keep poultry, cultivate maize and assist the needy.

Hailed some
She hailed some outstanding patrons of her Sub-Section like the Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic, Atanga Nji Paul, Puwo Jonas (Guarantee Proprietor) and Ngufor Peter (Director Farmers House) for the relentless efforts to support her Sub-Section financially and morally.

Among others
The conference was attended among others by the coordinator of the North West CPDM Section Presidents, John. B. Ndeh, who also doubles as the Santa CPDM Section President and Hon. Enwe Francis, MP for Momo Division.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Corrupt Douala Airport Official caught on camera

From our news desk - Through our colleagues of The Post News Online we found the following video on You Tube.

Video Caption: "A Custom officer fraudulently asks for money to be paid for my property upon arrival at the Douala International airport. He covers up by shouting and intimidating me to comply and give him twenty thousand francs. He goes through all my three pieces of luggage and finds no reason to justify his demand.

I demand to see his Boss who subsequently asks for fifty thousand francs but when asked for receipts they revert to a forty thousand francs fee. Finally no money is paid to the individuals but to the state coffers. These officers have a salaries but rip people off their money and grow maliciously rich from others ignorance and fear to stand up for their rights and against corruption. If we resisted this evil, Cameroon might change for the better. When you give them money privately you cooperate in an evil with more horns than you can imagine. Resist and fight!"


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Take a look around and act

By Auke VanderHoek - As we report on Cameroon. We are eager to catch anything news worthy. We try to tell you the story. We try to inform you and do question what is said. We try to discover what is the truth and uncover what is wrong.

Beauty of Cameroon
To do that, we take a look at our country. Every single day. To see where something ugly goes on and to report on it. And as we do so, we take time to see. And we also see the beauty of our country and people. We like to share that too. So, look up. Look around you. Have a moment of silence. And take in all the beauty of Cameroon.

What are you doing?
Forget all the bad things. Ease your mind. And when you’re done. Think about what you can do to cherish, celebrate and safe that beauty. It’s a good tradition that we celebrate our ancestors. But even better, we think about the future of our children.

Stand up and act
We are only borrowing it from our children and the many generations that still will come when we are already long gone. What will they think about us if we don’t try our very best today? So, stand up, act and do something positive.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

IFEX ALERT Freed editor wants to reopen newspaper: “Our readers are waiting”

(RSF/IFEX) - Lewis Medjo, editor of the weekly "La Détente Libre", who was released from prison on 26 May 2010, has talked to Reporters Without Borders about his hopes of getting back to work.

"It is vital for me that I rest and spend time with my family. The months in custody really took their toll. I am physically weakened. But I want to quickly find people of goodwill ready to provide financial backing to my newspaper that will allow it to appear again."

"We have a duty to pick up the struggle again for our readers. They are there, waiting for us. Moreover, I want to thank them for their support, together with everyone who fought for me during these months of incarceration."

"However, I am worried for my contributors. Since my release, they have been receiving anonymous calls, telling them to break their contract with my newspaper. They are really frightened. These threats have a history. During my imprisonment, they had to write under pseudonyms for fear of reprisals on the part of the Cameroon authorities," Medjo said.

Reporters Without Borders congratulates Medjo's entire editorial team, who are standing by him despite the threats. "We cannot morally break the contracts we have with Lewis and we want to go on fighting alongside him," Jean François Mvogo, a journalist with "La Détente Libre" told Reporters Without Borders.

Medjo, who was taken into temporary custody on 22 September 2008 for "disseminating false news", was sentenced to three years in prison on 7 January 2009.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Authorities urged to publish findings of enquiry into journalist’s death in prison

Reporters Without Borders regrets the Cameroonian government’s foot-dragging in the investigation into journalist “Bibi” Ngota Ngota’s death in Yaoundé’s Kodengui prison on 22 April. See previous release.

At the end of April, President Paul Biya called for an investigation into the circumstances of Ngota’s death but a report on its findings has yet to be published.

“We urge the Cameroonian authorities to quickly release the findings of the administrative investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Light must be shed on every aspect of this matter including the conditions in which this journalist was being detained and the causes of his death. The authorities cannot carry on making evasive comments.”

Cameroonian government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary, who is also minister of communication, was questioned by a journalist about Ngota’s death in detention during a news conference in Paris on 8 June.

Bakary, who had clearly been expecting a question on this subject, responded with hackneyed rhetoric about Cameroon’s enemies, media that “repeat and exaggerate distorted information,” and attempts to discredit his “beautiful country.” He nonetheless also tried to be reassuring, stressing that the president had ordered an enquiry into the case “so that the truth comes to light.”

While sidestepping questions about Ngota’s prison conditions, Bakary pre-empted the investigations findings by saying: “Bibi Ngota did not because of lack of treatment but because he had an illness.” He nonetheless acknowledged that Ngota was not guilty of any press offence and that he was in prison because he was the “collateral victim of a false document.”

Reporters Without Borders regrets that Bakary failed to mention two essential aspects of the case which are, in practice, very important for journalism and press freedom in Cameroon – the criminalisation of press offences and the fact that detained journalists are put in cells with ordinary offenders.

The head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk reminded President Biya of the importance of decriminalizing press offences during a brief exchange at the Africa-France summit in Nice on 1 June.

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Letter to the editor: "Proof of your dishonesty and lack of professionalism"

Our reader Kah Walla has left a comment on our article "SDF Female NEC Members at Each other’s Throat". The Vanguard is thankful for speaking out the complaint. The letter is posted here as a letter to the editor/opinion. So it can be considered and weighted en public.

We do not remove articles as once posted is posted. As in print, when it's written it can't be unwritten. We do put it on the table, en public, to hear all sides of the story. And to take the blame if we do make errors. For now it's still on the table. We keep you informed.

The Vanguard

Mr. Chifu Edward,

It would be in your best interest to remove this article immediately as it is a lie from the first word to the last.

Very simply, Chantal Kambiwa and I have not attended a NEC meeting at the same time for over 9 months. She has made no comments that I know of concerning Cameroon O'Bosso and I have certainly made none concerning the Socialist Women.

It would seem you entertain fantasies and illusions about the SDF, Cameroon O'Bosso and women in political leadership. Do your job as a journalist and contact the persons concerned so you can "learn" whatever it is you want to print.

This article is a disgrace to you, the Vanguard and the entire journalistic profession in Cameroon. It not only is proof of your dishonesty and lack of professionalism, but it puts you in prime position to be sued for libel.

Kindly remove this article immediately and if it enters your head to exercise the profession of a journalist, endeavor to meet at least one of your sources. In that manner you, if you listen carefully, you will be able to print one or two facts.

Kah Walla

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

CAMCCUL takes stock of its past activities

By Chifu Edward - The Cameroon Credit Union League CAMCUUL, nerve centre of Cameroon’s Cooperative Credit Unions, recently took stock of its activities to chart a new way forward as a crusader and vanguard for the fight against rural poverty in rural and urban areas. This could be summarized as the assessment of CAMCCUL activities for 2010.

Past and projection
Delegates and other partners met in an Annual General Assembly meeting that took place in Bamenda recently to take stock of past activities and make projection for the future. The 42nd AGM of CAMCCUL brought together delegates from the 10 Regions under one roof.

Travel to Bamenda
The VIPs that took the pains to travel to Bamenda to be part of the 2010 AGM were the South Korean Consul to Cameroon, the Representative of the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Representative of the Minister of Finance and many other partner structures.

Investing
Addressing CAMCCUL delegates during that AGM South Korean Consul said he was very impressed that as a people-based micro-finance institution, CAMCCUL is leaving no stone unturned in the fight against poverty. The Consul exhorted CAMCCUL President, BOD members as well as staff for the marvellous contribution in the fight against poverty but said as a people-based micro-finance institution it can do more by investing in the domain of agriculture, health and communication.

Success story
CAMCUL network it should be noted is a reference in the CEMAC zone and has been working with the Cameroon Government to implement some of its programmes designed for farmers. According to CAMCCUL President Mr. Shey Nfor Musa, at 46 years old today CAMCCUL has come a long way and needs many innovations to keep pace with its expansions. This success story, he said, has been registered thanks to partners like the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Finance, MTN Cameroon.

Strict control system
He said savings by members also witnessed marked increase from FCFA 12.934.106.672 in 2008 to FCFA 14.902.873.624 in 2009. But of the FCFA 1.2 Billion owed by the defunct Credit Agricole nothing has been paid to CAMCCUL. Amongst the many resolutions taken during deliberations were the restructuring of CAMCCUL network, the instituting of a strict control system within CAMCCUL, the fair representation in the Board of Directors, etc.

Reduce cost
It was also resolved that the names of delinquent members should be published in order to reduce cost and time in recovering Credit Union debts in court. The Bamenda AGM also empowered the BOD of CAMCCUL to apply to the Ministry of Justice to provide a microfinance code of ethics. CAMCCUL network which has a membership of 203 credit unions in Cameroon has a steady annual growth rate of 2.9% up from 12.9 billion FCFA in 2008 to 14.9 billion FCFA in 2009.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

SDF Female NEC Members at Each other’s Throat

By Chifu Edward - The phenomenon of female mistrust which gave rise to the saying that the enemy of a woman is another woman, has surfaced very forcefully in the SDF. The two actresses in this drama rocking the SDF NEC members are Kambiwa Chantal, president of Socialist Women and Kah Walla, founder of “Cameroun O’Bosso” an opposition grouping which seeks to field a unique opposition candidate to face that the ruling CPDM party in 2011 presidential elections.

Two clashed
The two women reportedly clashed recently during a NEC meeting. Kambiwa is said to have fired the first salvo at Kah Walla. She accused her of vaulting ambitions, manifested by the creation of Cameroun O’Bosso. Kambiwa is said to have seen in Kah Walla a move to undercut SDF which, according to intimate sources, intends to collaborate with other opposition parties in search of a unique candidate for the 2011 presidential election.

Out of touch
By creating Cameroun O’bosso, kambiwa fumed, Kah Walla wants to upstage her self as the leader of the opposition with a view to auctioning Cameroonians to The CPDM. This she will do so by supporting the candidature of Professor Eric Ewona, son of Joseph Owona, a former Minister and current CPDM Central Committee member. Eric Ewona, holder of Doctorate Degree in Political Science, is a lecturer in Yaoundé II University Soa. He has been making presentations during all Camerouns O’Bosso meetings. But to Kambiwa, Cameroun O’Bosso is a tiny little known grouping of elites and out of touch with the grassroots.

Anti party activity
The behaviour of kah Walla, she said, tantamount to flying in the face of Fru Ndi as she has been acting without seeking Fru Ndi’s consents or that of the party. A conduct which Kambiwa said constitutes an anti party activity necessitating the application of article 8.2 on her.

From verbal assault to physical combat
In reaction,Kah Walla, noted for her for wit and incisive language, reportedly castigated Kambiwa, accusing her of jealousy and inability to see beyond her nose (political myopia). She said the Socialist Women’s grouping has been stunted in its growth under her since she took over. Kah Walla said the attack on Cameroun O’Obosso is intended to divert the attention of Cameroonians from her incompetence. The two women were proceeding from verbal assault to physical combat when other NEC members intervened and brokered peace The Vanguard learnt.

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2011 Presidentials: SDF To Field Francophone Candidate; Biya contemplates Anglophone Successor

By our news desk - 2011 promises to be a an interesting year in the history of Cameroon Politics, judging by some postulations and moves within Cameroon’s major political parties, the CPDM and the SDF. While the SDF is grooming a francophone to stand as presidential candidate in 2011, Biya and other progressive francophones within the CPDM think that for the sake of justice and to maintain national unity, an Anglophone CPDM candidate should be the ruling party’s candidate.

Out of the question
SDF insiders have informed The Vanguard that the idea of Ni John Fru Ndi stepping down as SDF Chairman October is out of the question. The argument is that the chairman of a party is not a very demanding one. He merely coordinates the party and doesn’t necessarily have to engage in any vigorous activities as the president of the country.

Waiting for people
One of them even defined a chairman as one who sits on the same spot waiting for people to come and take instructions from him. There is no reason why somebody cannot be Chairman for life so long as he is mentally sound. He cited the case of Mao Tse Tung, Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and Oliver Tambo, chairman of the African National Congress, ANC, who ruled their parties for life.

To fight
In the case of the SDF, our informants were vehement that Fru Ndi is still very relevant. The SDF, he said, was formed to fight against Anglophone marginalization, reason why the party has stood firm on federation as an option in governance.

Promoting the Anglophone cause
On the contrary, francophones who recognise the need for a federation in sports (FECAFOOT, FECABASKET ETC) equate Federalism in politics to secession. Albert Mukong, one of SDF’s founding fathers, died a disappointed man because the party deviated from its original goal of promoting the Anglophone cause.

Cheated in elections
John Fru Ndi, even while courting Francophones, has it at the back of his mind the original mission of the SDF. That is why till date he is a member of the SCNC Advisory Council. Fru Ndi can therefore let go the position of Presidential candidate, especially as he has complained of being cheated each time he participates in the presidential elections.

Anglophone pressure groups
Although he will not personally contest, the SDF Chairman will have the greatest say in the choice of the Francophone whom the SDF will choose. Such a Francophone must not only be perfectly bilingual, but one who has fully embraced Anglophone values and sympathises with the Anglophone struggle. He must be one ready to implement the Banjul Verdict, whereby the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights, ACHPR, recommended dialogue between the government and the two Anglophone pressure groups that filed the Southern Cameroons case at Banjul.

The Anglophone candidate
He must be one who has proven beyond reasonable doubt that he would work for the whole country and not just for Anglophones, one who has worked very closely with Biya and demonstrated absolute and unconditional loyalty to him. He must be one who would respect the provisions in the new constitution that the he (Biya) would not be held responsible for crimes committed while in office.

Biya will choose
Dependable CPDM insiders hinted The Vanguard that Biya is likely to choose between Ephraim Inoni and Philemon Yang, both of whom have worked very closely with him. Biya, The Vanguard further learnt, will be the more willing to give way to an Anglophone candidate if Fru Ndi will also not stand as Presidential candidate.

Genuine democrat
President Biya’s choice of the logo of the Anglophone, Shaddai Akenji as the Golden Jubilee emblem, and his decision to visit the two Anglophone provinces, Bamenda in July and Buea on October, are seen as moves to placate them before handing power to them.

No presidential Elections in 2011
To prove that he is a genuine democrat, the President intends to organise a referendum rather than Presidential Elections in 2011.The referendum is intended to let Cameroonians decide whether he should contest or not. If they decide otherwise as there are indications they will, Biya will reiterate the declaration he made in the early 90s that he would love to be remembered as the man who brought democracy to Cameroon and make way for another candidate having convinced the world that he is one who he hearkened to the voices of the masses.

Provoked
President Biya’s idea of letting an Anglophone succeed him, The Vanguard learned, was provoked by the publication in Mutations Newspaper that Rene Emmanuel Sadi, CPDM Central Committee Secretary General, will be challenging him in the 2011 polls.

Generally honest and forgiving
Although the paper gave the impression that it was an April fool, Biya and his diehard supporters have never seen it as a joke. Rather than wait to be stabbed in the back by a fellow Francophone and one whom he deeply trusted, our informants disclosed, Biya would rather, hand power to an Anglophone knowing that Anglophones are generally honest, forgiving and, above everything, competent.

Biya is unpredictable
It should however be noted that nothing has yet been concluded owing to the fact Biya himself is unpredictable. In fact, the president who once described politics as a game ”le Jeu politique” is, true to his philosophy, behaving like a player on a chess board who watches the movement of his opponent before he moving his pawns.

Elections rigged in advanced
The resent census result which portrays Anglophone population as declining already shows the level at which elections have been rigged in advanced. In this regards, if he fails to address North West social-economic problems during his Bamenda visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the armed forces, it means he considers any sanction vote against him in the up-coming presidential as inconsequential as the rigging has already been mapped.

Storm is coming
By virtue of the figures, he already has a comfortable majority in the South Region, Central, East the greater North. It should also be recalled that the population of Litoral Region the economic strong hold of the nation has been drastically reduced to serve that his purpose owing to the fact that the region is also the strong hold of the opposition. There is every indication that 2011 is going to be a very stormy political year for Cameroon.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Bum Sub Division Dis-enclaved

By Panky in Fonfuka - The Government of Cameroon has at last decided to dis-enclave the people of Bum sub-division in Boyo Division of the Northwest Region. This revelation was made to the people by their Senior Divisional Officer, Mr. Theophile Bekono Samba during his three days socio-economic tour of the sub division.

Long way
Bum Sub Division, up to this present date, is one of the only sub-divisions in the whole Cameroon where the inhabitants must go through four divisions before reaching their own Divisional Headquarters. The people of Bum must go through four sub-divisions in Donga Mantung, Bui Ngoketunjia and Mezam before reaching their Fundong Divisional headquarters as result of the difficult topography and several bridges to construct over rivers in order to have a direct road to Fundong which is just a few kilometres from Bum.

100 million francs granted
The SDO, Theophile Bekono Samba during his working session with the people of Bum sub division in Fonfuka, revealed to the people amidst euphoria and fanfare that government has granted 100 million francs for the rehabilitation of the Fonfuka-Kimbi-Boaboa-Fundong road.

Complete within three months
The SDO, who was also happy because it was the most complex subdivision for him to reach, presented to the crowd the contractor whom he assured them must complete the road within three months.

Collapse of bridge made it worse
The SDO opened his address by extending his abundant sympathies to the people of the area for the collapse of the Mungong Bridge last year which worsened things by cutting off the sub division from the rest of the country. It was the only outlet from the sub division to Donga Mantung Division and the rest of the country.

Coughing out 40 million
The SDO appreciated the Divisional Officer (DO) for Bum, Mr. Dolingo Bikinn Diongo whose initiative and collaboration with the Mayor of Fonfuka council, John Wanlo and the community easily traced a motorable path they were managing up till date. The SDO on behalf of the people also thanked government for coughing out 40 million francs for the reconstruction of the bridge that would soon be completed.

Material
The SDO also confided to the people as government’s dis-enclavement policy, another 100 million francs has been allocated to the sub division for the construction of class rooms and supply of didactic material to primary and secondary schools. Equally, he announced another award of one hundred million francs granted through FEICOM for the construction of the Fonfuka Council chambers, a project he said was already awarded to a contractor.

Putting all together
Putting all these together and many others, the SDO told the people he had come to sensitise the people and elaborate government’s development scheme which he said involved four key players: the council, the community, the government and the international partners.

No magic without the community
For the aforementioned government grants, he described President Paul Biya as Samuel Eto’o Fils of the development team whose goals were already eminent. Just like Samuel Eto’o Fils’ witchery skills that can never score goals without contribution from other players, the government cannot make any magic without the community’s collaboration. He told them government had left at their disposal three hundred million only for this year and it was their place to ensure that the goals were achieved.

Stop farming in town
The administrator cautioned the people to change their mentalities and usher in development by being receptive and cordial to non indigenes. He authorised the Mayor to, in the nearest future; demolish all houses below the standards of a growing town. He advised the people to stop farming in town; allow the area for construction and move far-off to virgin land for farming activities.

More brotherly approach
On the farmer-grazer conflict, he was categorical it will never end as both farmers and grazers were condemned to live together advising that a more brotherly approach would assuage the situation. He reminded traditional rulers who were worried about land ownership, that there were private and national lands guided by well defined land-laws.

Must or out of free will
On other issues he reminded the people that for the reception of President Paul Biya in the North West Bamenda six thousand people from Boyo Division must be in Bamenda.

Challenged the entire community
On his part the Mayor of Fonfuka, John Wanlo while appreciating the SDO for braving their enclaved and difficult terrain, said his people of Bum sub-division had all the reasons to cling to the CPDM ruling party for their dis-enclavement. He only challenged the entire community to take up the challenge to play their own part properly. He also challenged other elites to join him in the hunting-bush for their people.

Forced by egoistic politicians
Other elites who talked to the press expressed their dis-enclavement was long frustrated by the Kom politicians. He regretted that they were forced by egoistic politicians to remain in the Boyo Division where they had nothing in common, and not exposed to the Divisional headquarter. They expressed that the greatest favour government could do to them was to carve Bum, Misaje and Noni sub divisions to a Division with headquarters wherever.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Journalists have a very critical role to play - Dr. Ayuk Elias

From our newsdesk - “Journalists have a very critical role to play in disseminating research” says Dr. Ayuk Elias, Director International Research Centre (IDRC) in an interview. He spoke to The Vanguard in an exclusive interview shortly after a three day media training workshop of Members of Cameroon Union of Journalists on Reporting Development Research in Cameroon.

Senior Programs Specialist, Globalisation Growth for West and Central Africa Regional Office, Doctor Ayuk Elias, the Director of International Development Research Centre has observed that journalists have a very important role to play in development research as their publication influences decision makers.

Vanguard:
To begin with Dr. tell me why your research institution sponsored this workshop?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
For us, at IDRC, we believe that we cannot inform policy makers if the research has not got the attention of those who need it. We have sponsored activities that linked researchers with policy makers but we think a missing element was the mass media - journalists because they are the people who complete and carry out information.

We thought it will be appropriate for them to have a basic understanding on what Developmental Research is and how they can report on it. So, for us, it is an important element in our time to link the different partners and different stakeholders in informing policy making in developing countries.

Vanguard:
How are you going to assess the impact of the seminar on researchers?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
Well, we hope the journalists who have represented the people of the media will take this forward. We hope that they will take some interest in development research work and of course we have post-workshop activities which are planned to ensure that this does not just end with the closing of the workshop but that we can carry one step forward by having people do concrete activities which we can access and actually reward those who come out the best.

Vanguard:
How many research projects have you sponsored in Cameroon?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
We have so many developmental projects in Cameroon. This one is particular because we are targeting journalists. It is also because we are looking at how to strengthen the capacity of journalists to report on Developmental Research. We have many research projects in Cameroon on different issues. Including: tobacco use, micro finance, and reform and so on.

So, we have other development projects that have been going on in Cameroon for quite a while. Unfortunately most research work in Cameroon ends up in the drawers of researchers.
Yes, we think that researchers as their profession, they do not have the skill some times to bring their research results out to the public and we think communicators in a broad sense of it i.e. the journalists, prints, video and television can have an important role to play in bringing the available information.

Some times researchers do not have the skill to write down their messages in a format that can be understood by a lay person. Journalists have the advantage that they can present research finding in a language easily understood by the lay person.

So we think it was very good to have journalists who are in contact with the public everyday to be a comrade of information from researchers to the public and why not to the policy makers in the respective units and countries we operate in.

Vanguard:
It was observed during the seminar that there is a missing link between researchers and journalists all because your research information system is completely different from ours.

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
Well, writing a research result is another aspect of research. Some researchers have the skill to write research results well such as research papers or research output. But research papers or outputs that are meant for the scientific community may not be digestible by the lay person.

Some researchers do policy briefs that are written in lay languages i.e. simple language which can be understood by the general public. But we want that additional role played by the journalists as they are people who can really synthesise messages which are very technical in a format that can be understood.

It thus requires the journalists to be in contact with the researchers to understand the sense of the message and to encourage researchers to write in a format that can be understood by every body as a whole.

Vanguard:
What is your take on wish for journalists to actively participate in research works from conception to completion to enable them give apt reports on research findings. What is your opinion?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
That is a very critical point and we believed that the research projects that are being developed must have media components. If you have a research finding that has no dissemination or diffusion component, you should try to involve the people who have the skill and techniques from the on set.

They will actually strengthen the quality of the proposal by the researcher in the sense that they can give pointers on what media activities and media tools needed in the project to ease diffusion of information needed to get the attention of the general public. We encourage those who are developing projects to actually bring into play all the different partners, different stakeholders and different interesting parties.

That is the journalists, policy makers and of course the researchers should come to a common ground on what it is they want to achieve. If you want to disseminate research results of course, it will be nice to involve journalists from the on set.

Vanguard:
What, in your opinion, are some of the problems faced by researchers in Cameroon?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
The most common of these problems is the lack of resources to undertake a project well. Most government departments are financially weak such that they do not have the resources to provide enough funds for researchers and that is where institutions like IDRC come into play because it provides funds for the developing countries researchers.

The second element is that some of the researchers do not have the skills to actually present their research results in a format which can be understood. That is the raison d’être of this training seminar for the media to bring researchers together with the media people to enable them speak in a common language.

In my mind, journalists have a very critical role to play in disseminating research results to the general public those are two of the most common problems that researchers in developing countries face.

In summary, they lack the resources and the capacity to write in a format that would be digestible by members of the public. This could be a serious impediment to the dissemination of the research results.

Vanguard:
What would you be expecting from seminar participants at the end of this workshop?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
I hope that when I come back here in the next three four months I will see an increase in journalists having interest in reporting research results that have been undertaken in this country.

I would like to see very many creative ideas identified during this workshop. I would also love to see how this have been taken forward in terms of how these are coming out in different news papers and journals that we have present here at the workshop.

So, it is going to be self assessment on every body’s part what it is to gain in this workshop in terms of the output that comes in the next three or four months to come.

Vanguard:
Any last word?

Dr. Ayuk Elias:
It was a pleasure being here looking and observing this dynamic group of journalists who are very interested in looking at the different aspects of their work in development research which probably does not get much attention but we think through the media the situation is going to change.


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

GOVERNANCE BY AMBUSH

Facing The Nation - Column - by Sylvester Gwellem - Within the past 50 years Cameroonians have been governed by the use of intrigues, ambush and primitive coercion. During the Foumban Conference in July 1961, Ahidjo and his French advisers tactfully laid a political ambush and naïve Anglophone leaders at the time stupidly walked into it like sheep without a shepherd. The British were responsible for this. That was in 1961.

Walking into traps
Today in 2010, those who are said to be intellectuals and parliamentarians are knowingly walking into such repeated traps and ambushes because of selfish interests. The hunt for posts has become so fierce that the actors can even sacrifice the lives of their friends, brothers and tribesmen, even their wives and children! If only they could be appointed to positions of responsibility.

Obnoxious laws
Some parliamentarians pass obnoxious laws in the name of party discipline. Others claim to be MPs for the whole nation once elected even though they cannot win up to three votes out of their constituencies. These are not Grade II teachers we had in the 1960s but PhD holders.

Dictatorship and authoritarianism
Another ambush was laid in 1966 when Ahidjo used Muna, Egbe, Endeley, Tamfu and others to dissolve the opposition parties to form one party, the CNU. The type of dictatorship and authoritarianism that was introduced as a result if this merger was such that never even existed in the days of Bismarck who believed in blood and iron. It could only be compared to George Orwell’s hypothetical republic in his novel 1984.

No mercy in torture chambers
During this time, walls were said to have ears. It was just enough to imagine that one was not supporting the CNU; he had to be sent to Mantoum, Tcholire and Yoko where inscriptions at the gates said there was no God in those torture chambers.

Dared to resist
In 1972, Ahidjo and his cohorts used the willing hands of some greedy Anglophone lackeys to introduce the idea of the so-called Peaceful Revolution. Here Late Pa Foncha who dared to resist it was thrown out while Pa Muna who wanted it replaced him as Vice President and Prime Minister of West Cameroon.

Political intimidation
Under such circumstances and political intimidation that existed at the time only late Patrick Obenson and three others voted the black ballot papers to show their rejection of the unitary state. Of course he was arrested and locked up in the Buea prison for four months. Anglophones are yet to learn any lessons from the intrigues of the francophone since 1961.

Uncontrolled marches
In 1985 during the Bamenda CNU congress hungry, Anglophone post seekers actively took part in the creation of the CPDM which has turned out to be new wine in old wineskins. The CPDM is not different from the CNU. The uncontrolled marches in the streets of Cameroon are a repeat of what used to happen in the days of Ahidjo.

Joke rejected
In 1975 during the Douala CNU ‘Congress of Maturity’, Ahidjo joked that he will resign and appoint Sardou Daoudou as president. Bold as he was, late Hon. Ngom Jua rejected the idea of appointing a president and felt that Cameroonians should be allowed to vote their own president.

Immediately removed
This did not go down well with Ahidjo and Hon Jua was immediately removed from the Central Committee and ordered to leave the Congress Hall. Delphine Tsanga like Mrs. Foning of today gathered women and they went demonstrating in the streets of Douala and Yaoundé against Ahidjo’s hoax that will resign. The sycophants whom most of us know did the very thing our intellectuals are doing today.

Short sighted
In 1990, the SDF was launched to destroy the CPDM. It is the very short-sighted Anglophones who sabotaged the party and today we are talking of marginalization. Anglophones have never spoken the same language on any issues that concern their survival.

Continue to fall
As long as greed is our stock-in-trade, Anglophones will continue to fall into the several more traps that the CPDM regime will continue to set for the Anglophones and other naïve Cameroonians.

Stand up
Now, the result of the census have come to stock us again. This is the beginning of rigging. By all calculations, the North West region will have 16 MPs, the South West region will have 13, the Central region will have 29, Far North will have 29 and others. How can the CPDM be beaten? It is left to Cameroonians now to stand up like one man and resist the masquerade.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Basic Education Institutes ICT Evaluation in 2010 Official Exams

By Yusuf Yerima - The Minister of Basic Education, Madam Youssouf née Hadidja Alim, has signed an order instituting the writing of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, in all official examinations organised by her ministry, beginning this 2010 session.

Stocking computers
It should be recalled that in recent years, government has created ICT centres in some institutions around the country where computers have been stocked for the training of young Cameroonians in computer Education.

Order signed
In the same light, the Ministry of Basic Education had also instituted the teaching of ICT in all primary schools and Teacher Training Colleges around the country. It was no surprise therefore when the Basic Education Ministry signed the order instituting ICT evaluation in official examinations.

Experimental phase order
According to the evaluation of the teaching of ICT, which will be in its experimental phase, will begin this 2010 examination session, and to end in 2011. Within this period, the ICT exam questions will be optional and the marks earned by the candidates will serve as bonus marks the order states.

Minister orders
The Minister’s order specifies details as to the type of exams, the duration and the coefficients of the different exams. Accordingly, the exams involved are First School Leaving Certificate, FSLC exam, the Teacher Grade One Certificate exam and the Competitive Entrance Exam into Government Teacher Training Colleges GTTCs.

Duration and Coefficient
The order states that the ICT paper in the FSLC will last for one hour and with a coefficient of one (1), while ICT paper for the entrance exam into GTTCs and Teacher Grade One Certificate exam will both have duration of two hours each, and having the same coefficient of one.

Urges
Minister Youssouf Adidja in the order urges her external collaborators including Regional Delegates, Divisional Delegates and the Inspectors of Education in the sub divisions to take necessary measures for the strict respect of the instructions given as concerns the ICT evaluation.

Ready to be examed
Meanwhile in a chat with The Vanguard Newspaper recently, the Inspector of Basic Education for Bamenda 2 Sub Division, Clement Angwafor Mankefo said the school children within his area of command were quite ready for ICT evaluation this examination session.

Not taken seriously
He stressed that all schools in Bamenda 2 including government, denominational and private were already involved in the teaching of ICT. Mankefo however said some five teachers of Government Bilingual School Ngomgham 1, were issued query letters for not taking their ICT teaching seriously, “But for these few cases, the bulk of teachers were very serious in their ICT lessons,” Mankefo observed.

Work harder
According to the Inspector of schools in Bamenda 2 Sub division had just written mock exams in which pupils’ performances in ICT were better off than in subjects like Mathematics and French. Mankefo observed that the Minister’s decision to include the evaluation of ICT in official exams was a welcome idea. “This decision of the Minister will spur teachers and pupils to work even harder,” the Inspector said.