Monday, August 23, 2010

West ELECAM officials confronted with opposition boycott

By Wambo Emmanuel in Bafoussam - Leaders of some major opposition parties in the West have boycotted the official installation of some 49 officials of the ELECTION Cameroon in the West region. The Provincial Chairman of the Social Democratic Front SDF, told this reporter that his National Chairman in a joint voice with some political parties and civil society organisations have denounced the appointment of members of the structure calling them CPDM Central Committee members who can not organise and supervise elections in the general interest of Cameroonians. He went on that the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki –Moon has reiterated this call of transparent elections in Cameroon during his last visit in Cameroon on the of the Head of State himself.

Despite worries by these leaders of the political parties in the West and the nation at large, the National Director of ELECAM, Mohaman Sani Tanimon, has called on the 49 newly installed officials of Election Cameroon of the West region to be apolitical during their mission of organising and supervising elections. He made the recommendation last Monday June 14, 2010 at the Caplami conference hall while officially commissioning the members into their different functions.

The occasion took place under the watchful eyes of the West Regional Governor and his entourage, Ivaha Dibua Samuel Dieudonne, traditional and religious leaders, administration and family members of the installed officials.

On his part the Government Delegate to the Bafoussam City Council, Emmanuel Nzete, has thanked the DG for the choice of Bafoussam after the South West on the exercise. Mr. Emmanuel Nzete on his part called on the newly installed ELECAM West delegate, Barrister Rene Tagne to use his technical know-how to bring about order in the organisation of elections in the West. He equally despised all sorts of accusations that there ever exists election rigging even during elections organised by MINAT. Nevertheless, Mr. Emmanuel Nzete promised the necessary collaboration of his council during the operations of the organisation and the supervision of elections in his municipality.


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Thursday, August 19, 2010

West CAMASEJ Formed, Picks New Executive

By Bame Sixtus Kum in Bafoussam - The Anglophone media practitioners of the West Region that were lagging behind to join the rest of their brothers and sisters of the Cameroon English Speaking Journalists across the nation have finally been formed in the West. The brain behind the formation of the association is CRTV senior staff Charles Tembei.

Bureau to run the affairs
He had, in several consultative meetings with the English practising men and women of the West highlighted the importance of such an association. One of the first ever meetings held at the news conference hall of CRTV West last May 29, 2010.Top on the agenda was to seek a solution and immediately put in place the association. To look for possible means to find a suitable site of the meeting and to put in place a bureau to run the affairs of the association.

Briefed the members
While in their official meeting at the Buffet Bamboo, a temporary site in Bafoussam last Saturday June 12, 2010, the initiator of the meeting Charles Tembei briefed the members on what it takes to become a full member of CAMASEJ. He briefed them on some basic issues of the association like subscription of a member, registration and entertainment levies during meetings.

Worth noting
Those elected to pilot CAMASEJ affairs in the West are: President - Charles Tembei, Treasurer - Patience Vuga, GS Fusong David and finally Steve Dufe as the Financial Secretary of CAMASEJ West chapter. Worth noting also is the fact that the membership of the association now stands at 15. That is why only four have of now been chosen to run the association pending more members for the bureau to be completed.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Orphans cautioned to restore fatherless, motherless hopes

By Wambo Emmanuel in Babungo - Some 33 orphans from across Babessi Sub Division in the Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region have been cautioned to restore the lost motherless, fatherless feelings and embrace nature. The call was made at the Finteng hall recently during celebrations marking the official launching of the orphanage foundation by PCC Parish Pastor for Babungo Parish, Rev Emmanuel Ndah representing Bua Mabel the founder of the association in the Diasporas.

Help the mother- and fatherless
Addressing the heavily attended occasion, Rev. Pastor Emmanuel Ndah described the founder of the association as a God-fearing one designed to help the motherless and fatherless children. The man of God went further to say that a Christian who preaches without examples is merely passing out empty words which will have no impact. He quoted from the book of James 1:27 that says, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the father is to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction”. This is the reason why the founder of the association has chosen an orphanage foundation than going for other foundations in a quest of money.

Act as Jonas in the Bible
At a carpet start of the association, Rev Emmanuel called on the entire population to join hands in seeing that the problems of the orphans in the area will become a thing of the past. Earlier, the appointed Chairman of the day appreciated the initiator of the project and called on them not to copy from the past but act as Jonas in the Bible who was sent to rescue the people of Nineveh .Bua Mabel’s husband, Usmanu Ali, on his own part, donated books, pens, rulers and bags to the orphans and promised to do more when the time comes.

Officiated and spiced
The coordinator of the foundation Kizitu Nafunwa on his part briefed the population on the criteria they used in sorting out the orphans. He called on the caretakers of the orphans who were not informed on the coming of the foundation to do so. The occasion was officiated by a college of pastors and was spiced with traditional dancing.

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Woman shamed for stealing husband’s Pigs

By Wambo Emmanuel in Bafoussam - Madam Anastasia Talla is currently smarting from the disgrace of pig theft. Anastasia and husband live in Foto of the Menoua Division of the West Region of Cameroon. Gabriel Talla, her husband is a pig farmer in Foto. His wife has been fond of stealing from him. She steals money, materials and even the pigs, yet accuses family members and some neighbours.

Raised an alarm and launched a serious search
On May 14, her husband went to the bush market to buy more pigs for rearing. Upon his return; he discovered that five of the pigs he had arranged to transport to Douala to sell had disappeared. He raised an alarm and launched a serious search in the neighbourhood. After a serious search from quarter to quarter, the husband was informed that his usual customer from Douala had visited the pig fence late that evening of May 14. Worried why his customer should enter his pig fence in his absence and take away pigs he had to sell, Gabriel called the supposed customer to find out if he was the one. Since he and the wife had agreed on a deal, the buyer refused having visited the fence. Gabriel immediately took off for Bafoussam where he caught up with his client with his five pigs in the usual transport car.

Disgracing him in the public as a wife
The Douala customer for fear of mob justice disclosed that the wife had told him that the pigs were given to her by the elder brother to sell to assist the father who was sick and badly needed money for his medical attention. That was the reason why she sold the pigs without the consent of the husband. The husband, however said he was not angry about the pigs and materials she was stealing but for disgracing him in the public as a wife. He said that the Bible says when two are joined together, they become one, but wondered aloud why this would happen.


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wacuda Bafoussam branch picks new executive

By Wambo Emmanuel in Bafoussam - The Bafoussam branch of the Warr Cultural and Development Association WACUDA, of the Donga Mantung Division, of the North West Region, now has a new executive. The election of the new bureau took place at the WICUDA multi-purpose hall Bafoussam in the presence of some senior elites of the Division. The election of the new bureau came shortly after the installation of the old executive by National president of WACUDA Hon. Awudu Cyprain Mbaya.

Refusal due to poor health
The out-going president, Roland Nfor, declined against the wishes of many who still wanted him to contest. Members who were disappointed with his refusal to contest boycotted the session leaving the hall almost empty. He had earlier on pleaded to stay aloof due to his poor health. Never-the-less, he thanked those who supported him during his tenure of office.

First listen and than speak
Roland Nfor cautioned the new executive of the association to work in good faith bearing in mind that: “A leader is he who must be prepared to listen and be the last to speak” Talking about projects realised back home, Roland cautioned the new executive to give priority to projects in their various villages.

Protocol officers
The election saw the emergence of Julius Kwande as president and Captain Sih Cletus Vice General secretary, Amos Ngeh, Treasurer Martin Ngafi, Finance Secretary, Carine Talla and Timothy Ngwane, Leonard Chifu, Emmanuela Kamje and Emmaculate as protocol officers.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cameroon scammers studying abroad exposed

From our news desk, Bamenda - A list of 26 Cameroonian scammers studying in Malaysia, the UK and Germany has been exposed by anti-fraud agents. According to a report by the agents, one of the agents whose names The Vanguard got only as Poirot, also the name of a famous TV detective, explaining how they came about says they were appalled ‘to receive a request for help such as we never imagined we would see in our days on anti-fraud sites’.

Escape the loneliness
According to the report the story begins with a young American girl who created a Facebook profile to escape the loneliness created by the break-up of a relationship. Being of Cameroonian origin by her father, she began adding people from Cameroon to her profile, although she had not visited the country in over 15 years.

Taken by a love scamm
Less than 2 months ago, she was contacted by one of the Cameroonians on her profile, to quickly be taken in by what quickly became a love scam. She fell head over heels for this him, who knew just the right words to tell. Hard working and a brilliant student, she soon promised to sponsor his entry into the United States and to help him get into the same university, where of course, she would be paying the fees for him. She also recently bought a plane ticket to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she was to join him for a brief vacation.

Alarm bells
Her parents finally got the alarm bells going when their daughter asked to get hotels and a car rental booked for her stay in Malaysia (as the parents have access to her bank account) that the young girl was going to pay for. A few days later, she asked them to take $1000 out of her account to send to this scammer by Western Union, as she could not do so herself because of her job restrictions. This is when the parents finally searched for their daughter's profile on Facebook and received the shock of their lives when they saw what was going on there.

The nightmare she was about to enter
The mother, a well connected US law enforcement official, knows that chances of being able to do something would involve letting her daughter receive this man in the United States, which is out of the question. This is when she contacted the anti-fraud agents for help, as she wants to make sure that other young women out there are warned against this type of scam. Today, they finally got their daughter with them and showed her exactly what nightmare she was about to enter. The anti-fraud agents were given access and permission to go into the young woman's profile, e-mails, Skype and chat accounts, as long as they would change the passwords and delete the accounts at the soonest time possible.

Expose this gang
“We wish to put them all out of their misery rapidly and have now had time to back up the major part of the information needed to expose this gang of Cameroon scammers. I'm sure that most will be horrified by what they are about to see,” concludes the report. The report of all their communications by Facebook, email and the rest have been published.

List of Cameroonian scammers we are ready to expose today, more will be coming soon:

• Abomo Christian Serge, aka Serge Maintaine Olu - Presently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Matou Ngando Elvis, aka Arafat Debordo, aka Elvis Nibson, aka Cigar Champagnard - Presently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Che Collins Fru, aka Don Collins - Presently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Anicet Khan - Presently in Malaysia
• Njume Effilo, aka Mexes Victor - Possibly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Ayafor Junior Petissok, aka Junior Seductive - Presently in London, UK
• Tse Napoleon Ntumazah, aka Napocité le Magnifique, presently in London, UK
• Tah Blaise Akeh, aka X-Machine X de X, presently in Berlin, Germany
• Tresor Alangue, aka Johnny Walker, aka Tresor Abdominale, aka Johnnie Walker- Presently in Ussuriysk, Ukraine
• Ade Muamaah Junior, aka El Moko - Presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Aleh Munde Fokam,aka Allen Munde presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Ngwengi Konyui, aka El Curtis - Presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Sangi Boro, presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Che Curtis, presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Desmund Egbe Eyongkongho - presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Che Chris - presently in Ivory Coast
• Amah Bertrand Achou, aka Amah Bertrand, presently in Bamenda, Cameroon
• Atabe Njikang Epie, presently in Yaoundé, Cameroon
• Anthony Solomon, aka Pacman Solomon appears to be in Limbe, Cameroon
• Tatsa Fabrice, aka Fab Yayo, aka Fab Fame - presently in Bamenda, Cameroon
• Manyungu Fritz, aka Fritz Dollar, location to be confirmed
• Forlemu Clovis, aka Le Buss, location to be confirmed
• Mangi Leslie Nkouweh, aka Yong Duke Sweetty, presently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Donald Muban, aka Donald le Canadien, presently in Limbe, Cameroon.
• Dingbobga Melvin Sama, presently in Limbe, Cameroon
• Azeafah Alain Nzotah, presently in Limbe, Cameroon

We shall be publishing details of all of them in small groups in our subsequent editions.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

37 Inmates freed from Kumba Central Prison

By Prince Oben Agbor, Kumba - 37 inmates from the Kumba Prison of the South West Region were set free last June 15, 2010. This action was in keeping with a ministerial order signed by the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Amadou Ali, setting Tuesday June 15, 2010, as the deadline for prison authorities in the country to respect a recent presidential decree commuting and remitting sentences in Cameroon.

Urged to do right
In a grand ceremony presided at by the Deputy State Counsel for Meme Division, Madam Nzene Florence, in the company of her colleague, Magistrate Mbiatem Oben Charles, the 37 inmates were urged to be the prison's ambassadors by going into the society and do only the right things. She told them to engage themselves in one thing or the other so as not to be idle, for idleness she said was the devil's workshop that can push them into wrongdoings. She further called on them to pray always for God's mercy.

Ameliorate prison conditions
Meanwhile, speaking earlier and in a welcome speech, the Superintendent of the Kumba Prison, Fombouo Thierry Fopa, said the government is doing its best to ameliorate prison conditions in the country. He cited the purchase of a new van for the prison. He enjoined the 37 inmates to go and face the reality of life and not to come back there again even though everything therein is free of charge.

Presidential pardon
A total of 158 inmates benefited from the presidential pardon number 2010/158 of 20 May, 2010 signed by the Head of State, Paul Biya, on the occasion of 50 years of Cameroon's independence and reunification. Of the 158, 121 others benefited from reduction of their sentences. Those freed had their sentences equal to or less than one year.


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Monday, August 2, 2010

Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign launched in Southwest

By Prince Oben Agbor in Kumba - In response to a suspected yellow fever case confirmed positive and presently living in Kumba Town, the Ministry of Public Health is carrying out a six day emergency mass vaccination campaign against yellow fever in the Kumba and Muyuka Health Districts. The campaign that started on June 21, 2010 will end on June 26, 2010.

From 9 months and above
In a release number D61\SWR\RDPH\RCU-EPI\DM.DS\Log\5678\525 of 10 June, 2010, the Regional Delegate of Public Health for the South West, Dr. Chuwanga John Ndengue, states that the exercise targets everybody from 9 months and above, but with the exception of people suffering from immunodeficiency disorders and pregnant women.

Free of charge
The activity which is free of charge is being carried out using two main strategies: The Fixed - at all Health Centres and Mobile Fixed - from community to community. The populations of Kumba and Muyuka have been called upon to make good use of this important Emergency campaign that ensures protection against this killer epidemic Yellow Fever.

Bite of infected mosquitoes
It should be noted that yellow fever is an acute viral disease that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes, Aedes aegyptii mosquitoes, the Tiger Mosquitoes. The virus can be transmitted in the following ways: transmission from monkey to monkey, from monkey to man, from man to man and from mother mosquito to the eggs then the larvae. The incubation period, that is the time from infection to illness, is usually 3-6 days.

Not “contagious”
Also worthy of note is that, yellow fever is not “contagious” in the usual sense because it cannot be transmitted from one person to the other by coughing or contamination of food and water but rather is a hemorrhagic illness that has the potential to cause uncontrolled bleeding from the intestinal lining, gums, and nose of the patient. It begins suddenly with fever, headache, chills, back pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting but may resolve within six days.

20 percent of the cases fatal
Meanwhile, 15 percent of the cases enter a second phase, the toxic phase, characterised by; recurring fever, this time accompanied by jaundice due to liver damage, abdominal pain, bleeding in the mouth, the eyes and in the gastrointestinal tract, vomits containing blood. The toxic phase is in 20 percent of the cases fatal and surviving the infection causes life-long immunity and normally there are no remaining organ damages.

No specific treatment
Health experts say, there is no specific treatment for yellow fever but treatment is symptomatic. Prevention of yellow fever includes vaccination and destruction of tiger mosquitos’ breeding grounds and equally environmental sanitation. The protective effect of the vaccine is established 10 days after vaccination and lasts for at least10 years.

A total of 261.549 and 84.445 persons are targeted in the Kumba Health District and Muyuka Health Districts respectively.

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Development of road infrastructure is essential for sub regional integration

By NDI Eugene NDI - Members of the Ministerial Committee in charge of monitoring the Central African Master Plan for Transport in the sub region have ended a series of statutory meetings in Yaoundé. The meetings were aimed at taking stock of the implementation of the six years old plan.

The Central African Master Plan for Transport dubbed PDCT-AC was adopted by the Heads of States and governments of the member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) during their meeting in Brazzaville, Congo on January 24, 2004.

During the meeting the Heads of State also agreed on putting in place a follow-up and monitoring committee that will assure the monitoring of the plan with Cameroon’s Minister of Public Works, Bernard Messengue Avom as chairman of the committee.

Meeting in their second conference in Libreville last June 22, 2007 transport and public works ministers of the member countries of ECCAS mandated the Central African Development Bank to organise round table of donors on the financing of priority projects in the sub region. Since then, little has been done by the committee in terms of fund raising towards these projects though more has been done on individual basis regarding the development by individual member countries.

The Yaoundé meeting that was organised to scrutinise the master plan focuses on the raising of funds for the development of road infrastructure that would link the political capitals of the eleven member countries that make up ECCAS.

Given that the development of road infrastructure constitutes one of the major factors in the promotion of sub regional integration within the African countries involved in the program, some 55 road projects have thus been identified by the project and experts were meeting to fine-tune strategies on how to generate funds for the execution of these projects.

Successive speakers at the Yaoundé conference, like the Deputy Secretary General of ECCAS, Roger Tchoungui, the president of the Central African Development Bank, Michael Adande and Cameroon’s Minister of Public Works, Bernard Messengue Avom who doubles as the chair person of the Ministerial committee all underscored the need for political capitals of the region to be linked up by tarred roads.

In the Central African sub region (CEMAC) for instance only Bata, Libreville and Yaoundé are linked with tarred road meanwhile in neighbouring West Africa, almost all of its political capitals are linked up by tarred roads. In order to boost economic activities in the sub region, the development of road infrastructure therefore has to be given a lot of attention given the primordial role it plays in economic development.

The Yaoundé meeting ended with a series of resolutions among which was the decision to mobilise funds for the financing of the 55 road projects identified. The Central African Development Bank was also mandated to organise an investor’s round table next year with the aim of mobilising funds through public-private partnership to raise funds for the project.

At the end of the meeting, our Yaoundé Bureau correspondent, Ndi Eugene Ndi caught up with the Chairman of the ministerial committee, Cameroon’s Minister of Public works and started by asking him to situate the importance of the Yaounde meeting and this is what he had to say “The importance of this meeting is quite obvious… development of the master plan for the construction of road infrastructure in Central Africa has been adopted by the Heads of States of ECCAS… and this meeting is to look for ways and means to ask people to finance…finally construct roads linking the capital cities of the Central African Sub region.

A round table will take place we hope before June next year that is the mandate we have given to the Central African Development Bank. We already have 55 roads that we have identified and the finances that we are looking for is to start with the construction of these roads. You know the development of road infrastructure is essential for sub regional integration”

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Biya Appoints New SG to Kumba City Council

By Chifu Edward - Mr. Shei Henry Nganji, Regional Chief of Councils for Northwest Region, has been appointed new Secretary General to Kumba City Council by a recent Presidential arêté. He replaces Mr Makoge Ivo Charles appointed SG to Northwest Governor’s office.

Shei Henry, who hails from Donga Mantung, is a shrewd an experienced cadre, conversant with council management. He is currently being groomed on Decentralisation of councils in an international workshop in Kribi under the auspices European Union association of Francophone Mayors, United Councils and Cities and Congo Mayors. He is expected to give Kumba City Council a new face given his rich academic and professional profile.

Who is Shei Henry Nganji?

Before his appointment as the Northwest as Regional Chief of Councils Shei Henry served in the Ministry of Territorial Administration for sixteen years. From 1986 as Chief of Bureau for Local Council taxes, he moved up to Assistant Chief of Service for Economy and Finance in the department. Thereafter he was raised to the rank of Chargé d’Etudes in the same department. In 2002 he was appointed Chief of Councils for the Northwest Region where he worked up to his present appointment in June 2010 as SG to Kumba City Council. In all he worked in the Ministry of Territorial Administration for about sixteen years and eight years as Regional chief for Northwest Region.

The meticulous council administrator noted within Northwest councils as a workaholic read Political Science in Ahmadou Bello University Zaria in Nigeria. In 1989 he was granted a scholarship to study Urban Management and Planning in the Israeli Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Diploma. Henry also read Council Management and Decentralisation and works in Public service.

The Vanguard accosted Shei Henry Saturday June 19 at the “Ngen” Junction, Nkwen Bamenda en route to Kribi for the workshop on Decentralisation to comment on his new office.

“Since our service is non-existent following the new organigramme my appointment is welcomed”. He hailed his hierarchy for his appointment adding, “It is apparently due to my works in the Northwest Region”.

Quizzed on what he expects from the Kumba population and the City Council in particular to enable him use his rich educational and professional experience, Henry said “I like working a lot and hope Kumba people are hard working. I will encourage the staff of that council to work hard to give Kumba K-town a facelift. I want to see Kumba develop. I hope with the collaboration of the Government Delegate Kumba will develop.”

Shei Henry attended a meeting in Congo on March 10, 2010 where he was voted into a 14-man pilot committee where they discussed on the training which involves the North West, Centre, Littoral Regions; Douala and Yaoundé city councils.

The capacity-building workshop will close in July. After that they will become experts in training other people in the region or elsewhere. “Now that I am going to South West I think Kumba City Council will be first to benefit from the training,” Shei Henry said.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Conman attempts to dupe Detained Minister of CFA 2.5 millions

By NDI Eugene NDI - A certain Georges Meyong Ebo’o, 27 years old failed to con detained Minister, former Secretary of State for Secondary Education, Catherine Abena, of FCFA 2.5 million francs recently. Mme Abena is presently under detention at the Kondengui maximum security prison in Yaoundé for embezzling state funds. The unsolicited visitor’s intention was to get his own share of the much money allegedly embezzled by the female senior prisoner.

Boldly visit
The story goes that Georges Meyong Ebo’o, paid a visit to Mme Catherine Abena in her Kondengui Prison cell. According to reliable sources he sells planks at Messa in Yaoundé. Aware of the fact that the former Secretary of State is not in good health while at the Kondengui prison; Georges Meyong Ebo’o boldly visited the latter claiming to be a high official from the Presidency of the Republic.

Had to pay
While with the former Secondary Education official, Georges claimed that the Head of State was aware of the troubles that Catherine Abena was going through and was ready to release her from the prison through medical evacuation. After telling her this, Georges told Catherine Abena that she had to pay the sum of FCFA 2.5 million at a certain State Council’s Chambers, whose names were given as Jean Pierre Mvondo Evezo’o.

Sensed danger
Marie Catherine Abena gave this ‘high personality at the presidency’ an appointment and immediately alerted the Judicial Police in Yaoundé. At the time the appointment was about to mature, Georges Meyong Ebo’o, probably sensed danger, and pretended he was too busy to come for the money. He proposed sending his ‘driver’.

Awaiting trial
He was later arrested on June 4, 2010 when he came again, this time posing as the State Council’s driver. When arrested he admitted his aim was to extort part of the money the former Secretary of State for Secondary Education embezzled. Georges Meyong Ebo’o is now awaiting trial in the same Kondengui.

Hunger strike
It should be recalled that while in prison, she went on a six days hunger strike that finally took her to the reanimation ward of the Yaoundé Central Hospital last January 2010. However she was not arrested alone as she was taken to Kondengui alongside some of her former collaborators amongst which are Nicodème Akoa Akoa, Inspector of Services, Jean Rouly Mbila, ex-director of Exams, Concours and Certification, Augustin Mvondo Mvondo, former head of the PPTE unit, ,the mayor of Mengong, Eboutou Akono épouse Minlo’o former Financial Controller. The head of the communications unit Hilaire Njewel, was later arrested too as being part of the corps.

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