Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Terror on Tribesmen in Ngoketunjia

Cameroon - Elhadj Danpullo Intensifies Terror on Tribesmen in Ngoketunjia. Billionaire land owner intensifies terror against tribesmen despite interventions by the United Nations Human Rights Council and several international Human Rights Organizations.
Mr. Baba Danpollo Ahmadou billionaire land owner and commercial rancher in North-West Cameroon, member of the Central Committee of the ruling CPDM is alleged to have seized horses from tradesmen in accordance with a recent ‘LAW’ in which ‘His Excellency’ ‘banned’ horse trade in the Region under the pretext that horses are being exterminated through the trade!

According to eye-witnesses at least 38 horses were confiscated by gendarmes and militias acting on Mr. Danpullo’s orders on Sunday 13, November 2011, at Bamukumbit village in Ngokitunjia. The horses were then taken by the gendarmes and militias to Mr. Danpullo’s ELBA Ranch several kilometers away where they are being held illegally.

In a report sent to an Anti-Corruption Hotline in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé and copied the Ministry of Justice and Dignity Campaign, a source has hinted the Vanguard that “Some representatives of the owners of the horses who went to Ndawara next  morning to recover horses met with stiff resistance and threats of imprisonment from Baba Ahmadou Danpullo.

Other unconfirmed sources contradicted that the said individuals have effectively been detained by gendarmes in Ndop town several kilometers from their homes. The detainees join other horse traders, namely Seini Yamsa and two others unlawfully arrested in Babanki by the Gendarme Commander of Ndawara since 7th October and arbitrarily detained at Ndop Gendarmerie Cell without charge – their crime being that they are horse traders – a business ‘banned’ by Mr. Danpullo.

Danpullo’s agents all over the region are allegedly taking the law into their hands by confiscating horses from their owners. One Yaya Juli a.k.a. Jamaica of Tahkui and Ardo Bobbo Sule of Vekovi are said to have attempted to seize horses from traders in the village of Vekovi, North of Bamenda, recently but the State Counsel of the area intervened to stop an ensuing violent conflict, pointing out that there is no law banning horse trade in any part of the country.

In a letter supposedly addressed to the Governor of the North-West Region, which leaked, the horse owners said, “on Sunday 13/11/2011 that our horses were intercepted by gendarmerie services of Ndawara, Ndop and Balikumbat at Bamukumbit village in Balikumbat Sub Division of Ngoketunjia Division, led by their brigade commanders.

Our 38 horses were taken to Ndawara and impounded there. We sent some of our agents to Ndawara this morning and Alhaji Baba Danpullo told them that he will arrest all of us and send us to prison for defying his law abolishing horse trade.

All our herdsmen have been bundled down to the Gendarmerie service Ndop and we do not know what will follow after their interrogation at Ndop Brigade.” In reference to Mr. Danpullo’s ultra the law, the letter further states, “He addressed the said letter to about 40 Ardos in the region.

He later called a meeting of some of the Ardos paying allegiance to him at his Ndawara residence and in Sabga where he told them that he has banned the sales of horses in the entire region. He promised to arrest any person who tries to defy his Marshall Law.” Sources at the Office of the Governor confirmed that a complaint has been received and is ‘being acted upon’ but would not give further details.

This initiative is yet another of Danpullo’s bizarre obsession of control over the Mbororo community and their pastoralist economy and his blatant lack of understanding, bad advice or refusal to follow laid-down administrative procedures and the law. It is unacceptable that an individual who travels on Cameroonian diplomatic passport takes upon themselves to make draconian and stupid rules and then order state security forces to enforce them!

Mr. Danpullo and ‘his’ Gendarmes need to understand that HE is not the State and cannot make bizarre rules and enforce them against the law and the wishes of the Mbororo community!

The Justice and Dignity Campaign condemns this latest strategy of further impoverishing and subjugating the Mbororo pastoralists of North-West Cameroon and call on the authorities to stop Mr. Danpullo and his agents forthwith.

All those involved should be investigated and prosecuted for carrying out unlawful instructions and confiscation of private property. All properties should be returned to their rightful owners who should be compensated for lost earnings and damages suffered.

These abuses give an unfortunate impression of Cameroonas a lawless country where wealthy individuals can preside over life and death of ordinary people! No other Cameroonian economic operator has been the subject of intervention by UN in Cameroon, except Danpullo!

The UN Human Rights Council has intervened more than once to get the Cameroon government to stop these violations to no avail. The matter has also reached the African Commission, the US Senate and many international organizations, all of whom have called on the authorities to stop the human rights abuses against the Mbororo pastoralists by Baba Ahmadou Danpullo.

We again urge the government to fully implement its own Jani Commission finding on Baba Ahmadou Danpullo’s exactions and get all government agents in the Region to stop acting on orders of Mr. Danpullo, as he has no authority to instruct them! The Justice and Dignity Campaign NGO reacting to the unruliness of Danpollo.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Opposing Independence

Bamenda - Opinion and debat desk - Bamileke Oppose to the Restoration of the Independence of the Southern Cameroons. By Prof. Carlson Anyangwe. 

La République du Cameroun, the Bamileke are the chief opponents of our liberation in the hopeless belief that we can continue to be held captive in their country. This is something of a puzzle. We sheltered people from virtually all the ethnic groups in République du Cameroun fleeing bloody French repression and exactions: Bamileke, Ewondo, Bulu, Duala, Bassa, Bafia, and some ‘nordistes’.

People from these various tribes in République du Cameroun did not flee to neighbouring French-speaking countries for reasons they know only too well. They chose to come to us and out of our generosity we welcomed them and settled them among us in a spirit of African brotherhood and solidarity.

This is the pay we get from them, especially the Bamileke who constituted the largest group of refugees. Could they have forgotten so easily?

Even today, our African French-speaking friends opt for the world of the very Anglo-Saxons they and their French Masters lampoon so often: Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States of America. France (or any French-speaking African country for that matter) is not a preferred destination. 
Those who succeed in making the treacherous Mediterranean crossing to France use that country merely as a transit point to other destinations of preference. It is further puzzling why these people should vote with their feet by going to English-speaking countries and yet instinctively reject the very value systems, the very mindset, the very culture and the very governance model that make those countries so attractive and so inviting.

The basic ‘argument’ of the opponents of our freedom is that they too suffer from the same evil we decry; an evil, they say, visited upon everyone by what they themselves admit is a satanic regime; replace that regime with a ‘good’ one, they maintain, and we shall all be happy ever after. That is a fat lie.

The difference between our cause and their case is so patent that even an intellectually weak person can see it. We are a separate and distinct people and country fighting against brutal colonial occupation by a neighbouring country, their country.

The only remedy for our forlorn land and condition of captivity is decolonisation, freedom. The coloniser must pack and go! The Bamileke, Bassa, Ewondo, Bulu etc. etc. etc. are ethnic groups within République du Cameroun.

The remedy for their malady in their country lies in good governance, rule of law, and free and fair elections. How they face up to that challenge is their cup of tea not ours, and attempts to enlist our involvement in it in the name of a sorry and content-less brotherhood must be puerile.

In a sense their task has been made a lot more easy thanks to the various cases we have instituted against their country’s regime as a result of which that regime has time and again been found guilty of gross human rights abuses, including torture and other inhuman treatment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and extra-judicial killings.

The judiciary in that country has also been found to be a dependent judiciary completely under the boot of the country’s ruler. For us, a new regime that comes to power in that country, even if it is an angelic regime, will not make us discontinue the fight for our manumission so long as that country continues to hold us in terror and captivity.

©2011 The Vanguard Cameroon, Bamenda. A publication of Media World. All rights reserved.  All are welcome to comment. Leave a comment, speak your mind and take part in any discussion. As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions are fundamental for our democracy. And will push Cameroon forward. Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed. Leave the CAPS-LOCK off, no reason to SHOUT.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Frank Biya’s inertia on father’s aspiration founded

Bamenda - Frank Biya is the son of President Paul Biya. He is university-groomed in political science. Frank’s purported preference for his current business, timber logging, to offers of joining government indicates sound judgment.

Paul Biya took a somewhat good economy from first President, Ahmadou Ahidjo in 1982 and handicapped it. Cameroon today, despite government whitewashing, is heavily indebted (HIPC), corrupt, insecurity-rife, bane to ballot democracy, composite components fragile (SCNC and allied threats). The place can erupt to total chaos at short notice.

It is because of this state of affairs and management style of the country that Frank Biya must have cautioned his father on hovering doom. Hence talks of Frank’s inertia with respect to the idea of rocking him with this setup are understandable.

The media is awash with President Biya’s clandestine preparation to be succeeded by Frank as obtained with many a dictator. Legend has it that heirs of socially accepted parents are not frowned at, but taking the hereditary position of an autocrat is a curse and source of worries. More, here, Cameroon is a Republic and not a monarchy.

Citizens have rejected ministerial and other top government positions to avoid faintest contact with the incumbent CPDM-led government, which administration [CPDM] is considered the cause of the country’s varied woes. Others, meanwhile, embrace the rot looting the commonwealth.

They insult the ordinary folks like mad. Cameroonians of this calibre include Polycarp Abah, Ondongdong, and Fonjindam Z. Their excesses at times exceed Biya-tolerable level thus getting them into trouble.

Further, many more including, Biya himself, are discarded especially at the ballot by particularly the downtrodden and social critics.

We hear Frank Biya has snubbed at offers to enter government. This is laudable considering the derogatory expectations of self-aggrandisement of political and administrative officers in Cameroon.

Should Frank maintain this assumed social posture of hatred for injustice, then he would have propelled himself onto the famous pedestal of good people’s choice and desires.

President Biya, who will be utterly embarrassed by his son’s anti-establishment stance, possibly will solicit help from even his cronies to arm-twist Frank Biya to submit.

©2011 The Vanguard Cameroon, Bamenda. A publication of Media World. All rights reserved.  All are welcome to comment. Leave a comment, speak your mind and take part in any discussion. As exchange of ideas and debates between opinions are fundamental for our democracy. And will push Cameroon forward. Comments with racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful, extreme Christian or extreme Islamic content will be removed. Leave the CAPS-LOCK off, no reason to SHOUT.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Time bomb for Biya: devaluation of CFA Franc

Bamenda - Devaluation of CFA Francs in January 2012 is a 
time bomb for Biya. Cameroonians and African countries using CFA francs will face toughest time beginning January 2012. Following scheme by France to devalue the CFA francs of its colonies to enable her stabilise her economic problems. 
The cost of foodstuff and basic commodities already skyrocketing will rise even higher from january 1st onward. This may cause Cameroonians to take to the street. It is feared that the nation wide strike would be more than that of February 25 2010, given that Cameroonians are stll smarting the stolen victory of the opposition Party at the April 9 2011 presidential election.
The devaluation is only beneficial to those who export. Most countries in the CFA-Zone do import more than they export. In this light, the CFA, which is currently pegged to the euro at the exchange rate of 1 euro for 655.59 CFA, will soon fall at the rate of 1,000 CFA for 1 euro.
The decision to devalue the CFA is a consequence of the crisis in the Euro-Zone, which has for the most part been carried by Germany. This also is intended to protect the economies of the Euro Zone from further crash of French economy as the burden saving the Euro has become too heavy for Germany to bear. All of this will be detrimental to the African French colonies that will require more Euro in the import trade.
France would gain enormously in financial deal at the expense of French African countries. These are some of the economic exploitative moves of the West that late Colonel Gadaffi of Libya stood against. 
France spearheaded his elimination and is now implementing the hidden economic agenda he schemed to continue French colonial grip on her colonies.
This disproportion in the terms of exchange, compounded with France’s shameless exploitation of Francophone African agricultural and geological resources, means that very soon France will gain the billions of Euros Sarkozy has been desperately seeking everywhere in order to pull France out of it’s economic slump. 
Economic experts have predicted that African countries will use 40% of their assets to restore France’s broken economy.
The war that France fought openly against Cote d’Ivoire in April 2010, and which resulted in the fall of President Gbagbo and the installation of  Alassane Ouattara, was as bloody and savage as to obliterate most nationalist inclinations in Africa. 
The war has eradicated any tendency in French-speaking African leaders to enfranchise their countries’ economies from France’s command by diversifying their political and economic partnerships.
In Cote d’Ivoire, the aftermath of France’s 2010 military assault is the re introduction of all the 1961 Franco-Ivorian colonial agreement. French companies are now snatching all the contracts in the country. French Bouygues has taken over the economy of Cote d’Ivoire.
Today, it appears normal that Sarkozy should compel the government of Cote d’Ivoire to use France as an indispensable go-between on the global market.
France has priority right in Cote d’Ivoire. It is first to France that Cote d’Ivoire should sell its export commodities and from France that it should buy its imported goods.
With the CFA devaluation, countries of the CFA-Zone will spend a lot of CFA in exchange for few goods from France. As it happened during the 1994 CFA devaluation, once again aid-seeking African countries will receive a lot of money from European countries, since the euro’s value will increase with the devaluation of the CFA.
Once again, the naïve praise-singers lodged in African presidential palaces, unaware of the deception, will greet the ‘rain of billions’ brought down by European ‘benefactors’ in a carnivalesque celebration. 
Future generations of Africans, once again, will be left to service huge debts to Europe with high interest rates.
They import almost all of their manufactured goods, their processed food, and their rice. Starting January 2012, African importers will need to spend 1,000 CFA for every 1 euro-worth of the commodities they buy from Europe. African retailers will raise their prices on local markets to compensate for their losses. The crunch will be felt in African pots and pans and gas tanks. The poor African populations will only keep enduring, powerlessly.
This explains why the Emerging Giant Economies of Africa are scheming Currency break away from Euro and Dollar to avoid the economic exploitation of the Western Countries.
South-Africa is reportedly backing plans for a single currency unit within the exclusive Brics grouping that the emerging giants could use to trade among them and circumvent the need for euro and dollar conversions.
The focal point is the question of conducting trade between member countries in such a way that does not require recourse to third-country currency and to convertible currencies like the dollar and euro, which are incredibly volatile these days.
Although creating a single currency would be a complicated ‘long-term ambition’, Davies revealed that an interim ‘clearing-out arrangement’ would be negotiated so that the Brics countries would not have to use dollars or euros to trade.