Thursday, June 14, 2012

Arrest of Marafa: Marks End of Biya’s Regime


Cameroon - By Oumarou Hammed - The arrest of the former Minister of Territorial Administration Marafa Hamidou Yaya marks the end of Paul Biya’s regime. A source has hinted Vanguard that there are underground plans to get rid of Paul Biya from power either by Hook or by Crook. 

Hamadou Garaga, a Garoua elite, talking to Vanguard shortly after the announced arrest of Marafa exclaimed that it was the end of Biya’s Mandate. It was on this premise that the CPDM boycotted the installation of North Governor. 
He complained bitterly that Marafa hails from Garoua, birth place of the first president of Cameroon, Amadou Ahidjo whose death has been blamed on Biya by Northerners. Biya is said to have tricked Amadou Ahijo with the aid of France to take over power.
“Biya pretended to be a humble servant to our father (Ahidjo) just to cajole him and rise to power; he frustrated him, reasons why he died an untimely death. More over Biya has refused to honour him by bringing his corpse home for a stated burial. Now he has arrested our illustrious son Marafa on grounds of his ambitions to become a president of the Republic. As if not enough, he is nursing plans to arrest more of our elite to add to those in Kondengui. We have had enough from Biya and we think it is time for us to react”, he said. 
Will they hire the services of Boko Harram from Nigeria or some international terrorists? Evidence of dangerous plans against the regime was brought to limelight, during the installation of the Governor of North Region. CPDM militants noted over the years for their heavy presence during such ceremonies were conspicuously absent, an indication of the wrath about Marafa’s humiliation for his alleged involvement in Albatross.
On the political platform, the Northerners are scheming to give a total blackout to the CPDM in up coming election. Care must be taken as Vanguard over heard one of the northern elite describing Cameroon as sitting on a time bomb. Some say Cameroon is like ‘Mount Cameroon’, which nobody knows when the volcanic eruption would occur.
Political pundits have opined that Biya is being misled with the intension to cause the collapse of his government given that Marafa has been the architect of all electoral machinations to keep Biya in power. Some of them concluded that Biya’s advisers are deliberately misleading him to commit more political errors that could trigger a political upheaval to lead to the collapse of his regime.



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Man attempts killing own father for money


Cameroon - A 38-year-old man is presently at large with his gang of 4 following an abortive attempt to kill his own father for love of money. The man whose name Vanguard got as Jerome A. T. is said to have rallied five hoodlums in the night of the 23rd April 2012 to attack his own father and collect money. 
As the story goes, Jerome’s father, a retired state servant reportedly received his pension and Jerome his son who happens to be a school dropout forced the father to settle him, but the father insisted that he must learn a trade before he can settle him.
Angered by the father’s resistance, Jerome arranged with his friends to rough handle his father and force him to sign a blank check or tell him where he had kept the money – his father who is in his late 60s vowed to die than comply with their demands. 
Angered by the resistance of his father, Jerome and his gang handled him to near-death. The father reported collapsed. Jerome and gang. thought his father dead and took to their heels.. He later on regained consciousness but still asked to be taken to the Hospital, where he is still having bed rest and a secured environment to avoid Jerome and his gang. Investigations are going on to track down the said Jerome.



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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cameroon National Assembly: House Speaker deplores  manipulation of public by embezzlers under costudy

Yaounde - The second ordinary session of the National Assembly opened this Tuesday 5th June 2012. At the opening session, House Speaker, Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril recalled recent happenings in Cameroon with special zoom on government’s anti-corruption fight.

In a stern tone, the House Speaker deplored at the fact that some suspects of the present operation Sparrow Hawk attempt to manipulate public opinion by transforming an issue of common law to a political issue.
He indicated that the National Assembly is in total support of all those who are involved in the fight against corruption. The Speaker of the House began his speech by recounting the different activities in which the Assembly was involved during the period of recess.
The opening ceremony was witnessed by top government authorities.



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Milla’s fight  against FECAFOOT  frustrated


Cameroon - Cameroon football legend, Albert Roger Milla has seen his fight against the Cameroon football federation president Iya Mohamed and the coach of the Indomitable Lions Denis Lavagne frustrated.
The erstwhile honorary president led a campaign for the ousting of Iya Mohamed from the federation and the dissolution of the entire FA executive. His critical stance against the management of the Cameroon football body and especially its president earned him his firing as honorary president. Instead, the general assembly of Fecafoot pledged more support for Iya and also praised his management of the FA since he took over in 1998.
Milla, alongside the committee for the redress of football in the country, an organisation he champions, had also been demanding the sack of Denis Lavagne. His campaign almost came to fruition when the Prime minister asked Fecafoot to clarify on the appointment of Lavagne. There were equally moves to seek a local coach to replace Lavagne.
In a recent interview following the sack of Milla from Fecafoot, Lavagne said while Milla was campaigning for his sack from the national team, it is he (Milla) that ended up with a sack from Fecafoot.
With the confirmation of Denis Lavagne as the Indomitable Lions coach with a one-year contract, Milla is seen to have to another battle. A private meeting between Milla and Claude Le Roy, former Indomitable Lions coach who led DR Congo for a World Cup qualifying match in Yaounde, was rumoured to be a ploy by Milla to sell out the Lions’ secrets to Claude Le Roy and thus sabotage Lavagne.
Mila nonetheless reacted angrily to this, denying any intention to betray the national team. “It is unfortunate for people to think that way. Is it wrong to have a meeting with my former coach?” he questioned.
While the roving ambassador is seen to have failed in his campaigns, Milla is still pleased that players and clubs presidents are heeding his call to boycott the second round of the professional league till conditions to resume are met.



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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Why Marafa Hamidou Yaha and Ephraim Inoni have no Case

Cameroon - Cameroon presidential aspirant Marafa Hamidou Yahya and former Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni detained for an investigation into the 2004 purchase of a presidential plane name “Albatross”, are only victims of political machination. The focal point is Etoudi, a source has hinted Vanguard.
Hamidou Yaha was minister of Territorial Administration until he was sacked in December in a cabinet reshuffle by President Paul Biya. He was still widely seen as harbouring ambitions to succeed the 79-year-old Biya, reasons why Biya has caged him.
He arrest and detention has nothing to do with Albatross .The press have it all wrong. An investigation by Vanguard now put the records straight before Cameroonians 
Marafa 
Why Marafa has no case concerning the Albatross. His arrest is related to his alleged ambitions to become president after Biya. France had earlier on indicated open support for Marafa. 
How it happened
The Head of State instructed him to buy a new plane for the presidency at the time he was Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic. Marafa reportedly contacted Yve Mitchel Fotso the hitherto Director General of CAMAIR (Cameroon Air Lines) to source a company to render the service to the state. 
Yve Fotso reportedly contacted an American Company CIA to look for the plan on behalf of Cameroon Air Line.  The company GIA reported received CFA 31 million Dollars an equivalent of 29 billions for the purchase of the plane.  The said sum was paid by SNH Cameroon to GIA for purchase of the plane from Boen Company for the manufacture of B.B.J plane for Cameroon’s Head of State. BBJ means Boen Business Jet. 
It should be noted president Paul Biya could not have bought the plane directly, given that Cameroon was blocked by IMF from purchasing any new plane due to the precarious economic state of the nation at the time. That explains why Biya camouflaged under CAMAIR to obtain the plane. Note should also be taken that the SNH is said to have paid the said amount directly to the Boeing Company not through Marafa.
When Marafa was appointed Minister of Territorial Administration, Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara replaced him as Secretary General at the Presidency and Board Chair of SNH. He reportedly cancelled the B.B. jet business project on grounds that it was expensive. 
When the manufacture of the plane was completed, Jean Marie Atangana refused to collect the plane insisting that it was very expensive. He then annulled the deal and convinced the Head of State to go for an old plane far less than  BB jet. The Head of State reported gave his accord and Jean Atangana then sourced an old plane called Albatross. Unfortunately, the Head of State after a test flight discovered that the plane was faulty. He asked that the plane be sent back to the company. 
It is however not clear whether the money has been refunded to Cameroon government through the then Cameroon Ambassador to USA Jerome Mendouga now in Kondengui for involvement in the deal.
Yve Fotso’s involvement 
Yve Fotso is reportedly said to have been a share holder of the American company GIA that mediated the purchase of BBJ plane. It all happened when Marafa was no longer at the presidency. How then is he involve it Albatross? This is question pundits are asking.
Enters Inoni
This is another complicated case and his involvement is obnoxious. Chief Ephraim was never associated with the BBJ plane issue which Marafa was mandated to buy, pundits have argued. He was not also associated with the Albatross plane deal which Jean Marie Atangana bought. His problem stems from when the 2nd Assistant Secretary General at the presidency Rene Awana’s nephew created a company to represent APM London in Cameroon. He then appointed Chief Inoni as Chairman of APM Cameroon whereas APM London Director General was Kaven Walls. Kaven reportedly had a deal with Jean Marie Atangana to be buying crude oil and lease planes and equipment in Cameroon. He then awarded a contract to recover debts of defunct CAMAIR. This contract was signed with the then Minister of Transport John B. Ndeh representing Cameroon government on alleged instruction of the SG at the presidency Jean-Marie Atangana. Cameroon government reportedly paid CFA 287 million to the Managing Director of APM London; Kaven Walls to enable him recovers the debts. Kaven collected the money and left, and never came back to render account of his assignment. Till date, no body knows his where about as he has never come back.
Inoni’s problem here is that the magistrate is saying that if APM Cameroon was representing APM London of Kaven Wall, and Inoni as chairman of APM Cameroon represented by Awona’s nephew as General Manager already in Kodengui, Inoni should produce Kaven.  The controversy here is that, Inoni was not at the signing of the contract, since it did not constitute part of job specification of APM Cameroon. Moreso, he was not  the signatories of the debt recovery contract  contracted with Cameroon government under the auspices of John B Nde hitherto Minister of Transport and   Kaven Walls director of APM London, who was based in London. APM Cameroon was limited buying of crude oil and lease planes and equipment in Cameroon, not recovering debts for CAMAIR. The person who signed the contract on behalf of Cameroon government was John B. Ndeh and Kaven Walls Director of APM London not Inoni.  Why bordering him to produce Kaven.

Enters John B. Nde
John B. Ndeh is being criticized for having signed the contract without consulting the PM,  Head of Government. A source has hinted that he did it under duress by the then SG at the presidency. It is alleged that he posseses written document to justify his claims.
John B. Ndeh’s adversaries are arguing that he, J. B. Ndeh, ought to have been a co-accused not a prosecution witness because if he had not signed the contract Kaven Walls could not have collected the money from finance. But could he have contacted the PM to disobey the almighty SG of the presidency of the Republic, given that Anglophones are the underdogs of the country? Does an Anglophone PM have powers in this country? pundits are asking.
In reality, Inoni never signed any contract and no money passed through him. Chief Inoni was 1st Deputy Secretary General at the Presidency at the time.




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