Thursday, December 30, 2010

9-11-2010: Dance With Kings



Amsterdam Zuidoost, The Netherlands - international desk - Dance With Kings, is an annual celebration of Ghana's cultural heritage. On the Anton de Komplein, Amsterdam Zuidoost, the Dutch-Ghanese community welcome Ghanese kings and queens with traditional ceremony. Queen Beatrix, or any member of the Dutch Royal Family, does not attent the festival.

As 2010 will go, 2011 will come, we think this digital photo book, Royals Shot, is a nice treat for you on your screen. Where ever you are, celebrating our cultures at home and abroad. Representing who we are and where we come from. Calling on us to stand tall and proud. To make something out our selves, our potentials and our country.


The Vanguard Cameroon staff wishes all our readers the best for 2011

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kah Walla SAGA: Fru Ndi Deplores Decision of Douala Electoral district

Fru Ndi Deplores Decision of Douala Electoral district

-Party to radicalized position on ELECAM,
-Contemplate reducing severity of application of article 8.2

By Chifu Edward - Bamenda - The National chair man of the social democratic Front SDF has dissociated himself from the decision of Douala Electoral district against he president of the strategic committee of the SDF Kabbang Walla.


The national chairman John Fru dissociated him self from the decision taken by Douala shortly after the National Executive Council meeting held in his compound on Saturday to Sunday 1November .Fru Ndi argued that the decision was in violation of secular issued by the Secretary General of the party suspension all disciplinary sanctions against any militants till the national convention holds. It was on this premise that Kah Wallah’s decision to declare her resignation on air was hasty. Fru Ndi further disclosed that no resignation letter has been received fro her to that effect.

Quizzed on the mechanical rise of Kah Walla reportedly master minded by him, Fru Ndi said the party gave him the prerogative to choose or appoint any militant to occupy certain positions of the party. The case of Kah Wallah was for gender balance.

On ELECAM, the Second National Vice Chairman of the party Osih Joshua disclosed that the party is going to take a more radical approach to the ELECAM holdup. He averred that ELECAM was masquerade and SDF still maintain its stands. He insisted that until the regime abides by the eleven conditions tabled by the party, they will never be part of any election organized by ELECAM in Cameroon.

On the departure of militants he said SDF is a dynamic party as people come and go but the party still remains strong. He however opined that ‘the party needs to be much more flexible in its treatment of internal day to day issues’. He said the adjustment in the treatment of issues is being effected gradually. This apparently explains why the Secretary General of the party Madam Elizabeth Tamanjong issued a secular suspending all disciplinary sanctions against militants until the National Convention of the meets.
It is this line that Kah Wallah’s decision to resign from the party based on her diatribe with her Douala electoral District is considered hasty. He said no official letter was received from her to that effect.

About Biya’s visit, Fru Ndi admitted that he officially addressed an invitation to Biya through the governor of the region for Biya to visit him. This might be the reason why Biya ordered for the tarring of the road leading to Biya’s residence.

Monday, December 6, 2010

PEN: editors conditionally released


International desk - Amsterdam- Source IFEX/Pen - The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International (WiPC) welcomes the release on 24 November 2010 of editors Robert Mintya (Le Devoir - pictured left) and Serge Sabouang (La Nation) on orders of the President. 

The journalists, who had been imprisoned for alleged forgery since February, were released conditionally pending trial but no date has been announced yet. The WiPC welcomes their release but calls for all charges against them to be dropped. 

The WiPC also calls for a full and transparent investigation into the death of co-defendant Germain "Bibi" Ngota Ngota, editor of Cameroun Express, who died in prison on 22 April 2010. It calls too for the immediate and unconditional release of singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga, who has been detained since April 2008.

Background
Editors Robert Mintya (Le Devoir) and Serge Sabouang (La Nation) were arrested and briefly detained in early February 2010, along with editor Germain "Bibi" Ngota Ngota (Cameroun Express),and reporter Simon Hervé Nko'o (Bebela). The journalists had been investigating alleged corruption involving Laurent Esso, Secretary General of the President's Office, and the state-run oil company, National Hydrocarbons Company (SNH), of which Esso is also board chairman. Nko'o, who was reportedly tortured while in custody, went into hiding following his release.

Mintya, Sabouang and Ngota were re-arrested on 26 February and charged with forging Esso's signature in a document and using it in an attempt to discredit him. They were transferred to Kondengui prison in the capital Yaoundé on 10 March.

Ngota died on 22 April, according to his death certificate due to a lack of medical attention. The government has denied this and allegations of torture and maintained that Ngota died "as a result of opportunistic infections linked to HIV". Ngota's widow denies that Ngota had the HIV virus, while his brother says that the journalist was tortured in February when he was arrested and taken to the DGRE.

On 8 August, Mintya was reportedly beaten around the head by another prison inmate, causing him to lose consciousness. He was admitted to the prison infirmary and on 25 August was transferred to Yaoundé central hospital but reportedly had no access to free medical care.

A date has not yet been set for Mintya and Sabouang's trial. They reportedly face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga (aka Pierre Roger Lambo Sandjo) remains behind bars. Mbanga's final appeal and request for parole have still not been considered by the Supreme Court despite having served two and a half years of a three-year prison sentence for allegedly taking part in anti-government riots in 2008.

For more information on Mintya and Sabouang case, see:
- http://www.internationalpen.org.uk/go/news/cameroon-fears-for-health-of-imprisoned-editor (2 September 2010)
- http://www.internationalpen.org.uk/go/news/pen-international-commemorates-50-years-of-its-writers-in-prison-committee-on-the-day-of-the-imprisoned-writer (15 November 2010)

Useful links
Reports on the release of Mintya and Sabouang:
• Reporters Without Borders (25 November 2010): http://en.rsf.org/cameroon-newspaper-editors-released-25-11-2010,38899.html (English)
• Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) (25 November 2010): http://www.ifex.org/cameroon/2010/11/25/cjfe_welcomes_release/ (English);
• Journaliste en danger (JED) (25 November 2010) http://www.ifex.org/cameroon/2010/11/25/mintya_and_sabouang_released/fr/ (French)