Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Humiliation of N.W MPs.

By Sylvester Gwellem - Reports from the Ministry of Agriculture in Yaoundé that North West CPDM MPs were roughed up, humiliated and frisked by a thug in police uniform said to be a bodyguard to the Minister of Agriculture, pork-eating Jean Nkuete of Dschang extraction could be very disturbing and should not go unpunished.

It is even more disturbing and worrying when one takes into consideration that apart from the fact all of them come from the same CPDM party, this sad event took place in an office which is supposed to be open to all users let alone the elected representatives of the Cameroonian people who still enjoy their immunity.

I find it difficult to imagine how a pork-eating Dschang guard could subject our burly looking MPs to upper-cuts and face jabs from a politically pampered Region like Bamenda. The Anglophone Press should not put this matter to rest until punishment is meted out on the perpetrators.

To add salt to injury it is said that the bodyguard opened his fangs to say that Anglophones disturb too much. He should know it is because of the docility of Francophones that Cameroon can only boast of two Presidents in 50 years and has become the laughing-stock of the world. It is only in Francophone Cameroon that leaders still believe that witchdoctors could cause a football team to win a match. Why should such barbarians not beat up MPs?

There is no doubt that the Minister of Agriculture gave orders to that guard to punch the MPs. This is why the Secretary General did not behave differently. Brutality has been the stock-in-trade of Francophones. They are beastly and we know that.

The shabby treatment given to the MPs should serve as a lesson to all those CPDM people who stand in public places to say that it is the Anglophone frustrated minority who say that there is an Anglophone problem in Cameroon. They have had a taste of what the ordinary Anglophone goes through everyday. It is even said that when the MPs were being pushed around, there was an Anglophone top baron of the CPDM who instead of condemning the brutality, instead admired what was being meted out on his kith and kin.

This was a sign of cowardice and must be condemned in stout language. Time has come for all Anglophones to put on one thinking cap irrespective of political leanings to say enough is enough. Anglophones should not answer Francophones with their tails between their legs as they have been doing. We have seen their limitations.

That said, let’s talk other issues. Those who feel that a change at the helm of the SDF may necessarily change the mentalities of the party sympathizers are making a mistake. It is not just enough for Fru Ndi to parade somebody around as his successor that people will vote for that person. Charisma is not transferable.

Most top-ranking and trusted members of the SDF have turned out to be mercenaries and traitors. Imagine that trusted party barons take money and turn SDF victories to defeats. Those who are in the inner circles have come to discover why some people push themselves up to high posts in that party. This is why each time a sympathizer loses a post he jumps over to the next party and starts condemning the party that projected him to Cameroonians.

Time has come for any aspirant to any post in the SDF to pass a true militancy test. Political chameleons have brought the party to its knees and we must avoid them now.

Should a leader be loved or feared?
Reading through the story of Jesus in the Holy Bible one can easily say “For Judas Iscariot so loved Jesus so much that he sold him for some few coins, believing that he (Jesus) being so powerful can never be captured and killed but will use his heavenly powers to get over his enemies.” The truth is that Judas feared not Jesus but loved him. For (love) as someone has put it, “is held by a chain of obligations which, men being selfish, is broken whenever it serves their purpose”

In our context, what one sees is unconditional love and support for our leader. This love, as exhibited by many of our ministers, is conditioned while our leader has come to know that he needs to be feared not loved because “fear is maintained by a dread of punishment which never fails”.

Now the president has chosen never again to rely solely on the words these blandishers without making other preparations to the wellbeing of the nation. Today many of them are staring at walls and ceilings of prisons in Yaoundé and Douala for economic crimes committed against this nation. Today many of them are free but for how long. History is not a respecter of persons. Our leaders today are very much uncomfortable with the type of service he has received from his collaborators and as we know the first mistake a leader can make is from the choice of those to work with.

The time then has come for the leader of the state to make a better choice. He must choose but people who fear him as a president and not his person. He emanates the laws of this nation and nobody has ever been in love with the law. It is only the fear of the Lord that people are afraid to commit crimes.

Cameroonians need is only a change of mentality; and attitude can only be changed by laws that are enforced and respected. We are where we are today after 50 years because we love and do not fear. Our president should be feared.

*Leadership is not showbiz and coming into the country to show love and support should be checked because behind such dances are malicious plans by the organizers.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nsahlai Shadrack shot in the head

By Ndi Eugene Ndi and Nyassah Julius - Close relative blame for senatorial struggle. A highly placed statesman has hinted that Mr Nsahlai Shaddrack, was shoot in the head as he had a wound on fore head and back. How it happened: an irritation revelation contained in burial his program document. On the 13th of January 2010 just one year in retirement Nsahlai Shadrack was called to the Regional Delegation of Secondary Education ‘for some questioning’. His wife only forced him to eat before going as he resisted saying he would not be long.

Questioning in Yaounde
While there, he was told the questioning was to be but in Yaounde. Having been refused even ten minutes to rush back home and pack his bag, he only called his wife to do so and meet him at the Judicial Police. She did and with his brother and other well-wishers watching him drove off Bamenda never to see him anymore.

Detained in Kondengui prison
In Yaounde, he was detained in Kondengui prison awaiting trial for the 174million FCFA he was supposed to have unlawfully executed. When asked what he knew about it, he said that type of money had never passed through his hands throughout his life. He was then told the investigation was to take six months. Surprisingly, the ‘Maximum Security Kondengui Prison’ gates opened and swallowed Mr. Nsahlai to his greatest shock and that of everyone who knew him and his life style.

The particular document hadn’t his signature
Being the wise and careful worker he was, Mr. Nsahlai kept photocopies of every expenditure that passed through him. He however lacked only one document which carried the major amount of 110million FCFA just because he was not in the country when that was executed. This happened to be the lone document hung on him for all the six months. Finally, a good samaritan of a woman brought this particular document which truly hadn’t his signature to him in July and coincidentally on the day before he was to appear in Court.

Family member was told he would die
That completed his justification file and from the 31st of July. What was being pending now was the signing of his release. Meanwhile, he kept complaining of insecurity and even told a friend that he felt he might never leave that place. A family member was also told in the face that Shadrack will not leave Kondengui alive.

Prison gates left open?
Day after day, hope mingled with impatience mounted until that fateful 25th of August that his condition was not good. On their way to Kondengui another call came that the giant had given up the ghost. Arriving there all the prison gates were exceptionally half closed. The mortal remains were just taken out and either by design or out of shock, the gates were unusually left open.

The giant fell
It took again the next two hours for the remains to arrive the mortuary of General Hospital after a lot of gymnastics. Yes, Mr. Nsahlai was no more. The ambulance finally emerged with him facing up, hands swinging by the sides of the stretcher, a bandage on his fore-head a little above his eyes, on a wound? Yes, a deep wound… and bleeding nostrils… Yes, it happened. The giant fell. Yes, a Christ-like figure, innocent but crucified. Crucified for rivalry? Why? Collapsed? Yes, but ironically, he is like he has saved the remnant of the Nsahlais’. Yes, God allowed him seven months in detention to reconcile with Him and prepare for his reception in Paradise. A tragic hero? Yes…? No! But ‘vengeance is mine’ says the Lord.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MPs recommend sacking of MINADER SG, Bodyguard House Speaker Rebuffs Minister

By Nyassah Julius - The acrimony between the Vice PM, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, MINADER, H.E. Jean Kuete, following the beating of six Northwest CPDM Parliamentarians by his body, is far from over. Parliamentarians of all shades, especially of the North and Littoral regions, have been swearing fire and brimstone over the issue which may degenerate into an internecine war.

“Until the Secretary General and minister’s bodyguard are sacked we will never forgive the minister or let go the issue,” the MPs are said to have told the Minister who was on his knees pleading for peace as instructed by the Head of State.

Fight will be far from over
H.E. Jean Kuete, reports say, had tried to play big, promising to consider all the projects to be submitted by the MPs into the 2010, 2011 budget. He was shocked when one of the MPs told him in a very firm tone: “The matter is hurting them and until the SG and his bodyguard are sacked the fight will be far from over”. The Hon MP reminded the beleaguered Minister that Parliamentarians were elected officials while ministers were merely appointees, either based on political, family or friendly ties as per the system. Talk less of a bodyguard.

Insolence and insubordination
A source hinted The Vanguard that the MPs were still waiting for the sacking of the SG and the Minister’s bodyguard for their gross insolence and insubordination. The same source hinted that the MPs were planning to block the passage of the 2011 budget of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development if these miscreants were not sanctioned. The matter had become an institutional and was degenerating into an ethnic fight not only for Northwest CPDM MPs. The Northern and Littoral MPs were reportedly gearing up for any ugly consequences.

Molestation of Hon Aya Paul by a traffic policeman
Recalling the molestation of Hon Aya Paul by a traffic policeman the source regretted that up to this moment no sanction has been meted on the said gendarm. Contrastingly, the guard who rough-handled the CPDM parliamentary group Leader, Hon Ndongo Essomba, at the Ministry of Public Service was sacked immediately.

Many question the state
Many have questioned whether the state is lax about the issue because it concerns Anglophone MPs. Some people are quick to conclude that, truly, Anglophones are considered underdogs in the country. This school of thought seems to be supported strongly by the events that followed.

Ghoghomo Paul’s rebuff PM’s
Ghogomu Paul, an Anglophone of Bambalang extraction from Ngohketunjia Division in the North West Region, Chief of Cabinet in the PM’s Office reportedly rebuffed his own brother when they ran to the PM for rescue. According to our informant Ghoghomo reportedly refused to receive them when they stormed the Prime Minister’s office to table their grievances. Contrarily, he preferably ushered in his village men to meet the PM in lieu of the elected authorities. So goes the saying that a friend in need is a friend in deed, so is a brother, but Ghogomu just did the converse. When the PM got wind of the incident he invited the MPs and reportedly urged them to go back and reconcile with Jean Kuete. The MP’s reportedly objected the request as that was only going to stupefy them more.

Hon Bochong Francis Nkwain chickens out
The Vanguard gathered that while the Anglophone MPs were undergoing their scourging humiliation, Hon. Francis Nkwain was in the Ministry of Agriculture but did not raise any finger against the issue. Rather he maintained sealed lips, for obvious reasons. As an Anglophone of his social standing, his indifference to the problem exposed him as an enemy to his brothers and bootlicker or a stooge of the system apparently for crumbs of bread from the master’s dustbin! He only fortified the hypothesis that Anglophones are considered substandard Cameroonians, exacerbated by the Anglophones themselves. “What a shame!” our source fumed. He blamed the plight of the Anglophones on such states men who most often play an inferior role in issues concerning the welfare of Anglophone Cameroonians.

Call to order
The Vanguard’s informant, names withheld, reminded the MP’s that power is seized and never given on a platter of gold. “They should call some of these hand-picked statesmen with vaulting ambitions to order”.

MPs beaten up
The six CPDM MPs from the Northwest Region were beaten up on August 11, 2010 and called all sorts of mean names at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The MPs were at the ministry to table a list of proposed projects for their constituencies for consideration in the 2011 budgetary year. The CPDM Members of parliament who had proxies for other comrades were: Hon.Andrew Kwe, Hon. Njingum Musa, Hon. Ntoi, Hon.Enwe Francis, Hon. Genesis Mbuecksek, Hon Wallang Richard, Hon.Wirngo Buba and Hon.Nji Fidelis. The incident took place at about 5:30 p.m.

Hon Cavaye Rebuffs Jean Kuete
Hon Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, Speaker of the House, and a Northerner, was the first highly placed authority to sympathise with the MPs. When the Minister, Kuete, reportedly drove to his office he was frustrated by the Speaker. Cavaye reportedly questioned why he came to his office with the very Gendarme who roughed-handled his MPs? Considering the move as a deliberate ploy by the Minister to minimize his collaborators, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril reportedly refused to receive Jean Kuete.

Ramifications
The issue might also affect the visit of the Head of State to Bamenda to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Armed Forces later this year. Anglophones from the region will not take it lying down and all efforts made by President Biya would be flirtatious if their representatives are not respected by his collaborators from other regions.

Could degenerate to an ethnic fight
According to our source the mutiny of the MPs against the ministry could degenerate to an ethnic fight that could plunge the entire nation into a serious political turmoil if care is not taken.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Newspaper editor hospitalised after being attacked in his cell

From our international desk Amsterdam Zuidoost - (RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the condition of the former editor of the weekly "Le Devoir", Robert Mintya, who was taken from Yaoundé's Kondengui prison to a hospital on 25 August 2010, more than two weeks after being seriously injured in an attack by a fellow inmate in his cell.

The press freedom organisation has rushed emergency funds to Mintya, who was incarcerated in Kondengui prison on 10 March along with two other journalists, one of whom, Ngota Ngota Germain, also known as Bibi Ngota, subsequently died there.

"The authorities have clearly not learned the lesson from Bibi Ngota's tragic death in April in circumstances that have yet to be explained," Reporters Without Borders said. "Now it is Mintya's turn to be in a critical condition. We reiterate our call for the release of him and the third journalist, Serge Sabouang. They have been held for too long in pre-trial detention."

The Reporters Without Borders Cameroon correspondent was due to visit Mintya on 31 August in Yaoundé central hospital's department of neurology and physical medicine, to which he was admitted on 25 August. The funds being provided by Reporters Without Borders are to pay for a specialist to examine him and determine what treatment he needs.

His medical file, which Agence France-Presse has seen, states that he needs "hospitalisation in an appropriate hospital centre." He has not, however, been given access to free medical care.

Describing the attack that he received in prison on the night of 8 August to Agence France-Presse, Mintya said: "I was clubbed over the head and lost consciousness (. . .) I was admitted to the prison infirmary and spent 10 days there before being taken to hospital."

Mintya and the other two journalists were arrested as a result of a complaint by Laurent Esso, the secretary-general of the president's office, accusing them of forging his signature to a document and then using it in an attempt to discredit him. Mintya denies that he had any role in the forgery.

Reporters Without Borders has been told that individuals close to Esso promised Mintya that he would be freed if he signed a statement saying he was led astray. Mintya wrote many letters to Esso – some of which were published in "L'Anecdote", a newspaper that supports Esso – begging forgiveness for the fact that the document was forged.

After failing to obtain his release, Mintya then wrote many letters accusing other leading Cameroonian personalities of being responsible. The attack on him could have been carried out at the behest of one the people he incriminated.

Sabouang, the editor of the fortnightly "La Nation", will also receive an emergency grant from Reporters Without Borders.

Sabouang and Mintya are facing the possibility of 20 years in prison if convicted on the forgery charges. "Bebela" journalist Simon Hervé Nko'o, the alleged author of the forgery, cannot be found.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Where is Al Jazeera?

International desk - The site of Al Jazeera international news source is unavailable. It looks like the organization is updating its systems and design. And the process is causing the news to be unavailable.