Category Archives: Inspiration

Did the court of First instance summon only the Bishops of Bamenda?

The allegations that three out of the 4 mainstream churches in the Anglophone region of Bamenda  summoned to court (Catholics, Presbyterians & Baptists) have been declared as mere rumors by the Presbyterian authorities as they argued that such a summon had not reached the moderator yet. “The Communication Secretary of the PCC, Rev Mokoko Mbue Thomas said it was only a rumor and told reporters that to the best of his knowledge the PCC Moderator has not been summoned except the said summon is still to reach them.” CIN

Nothing has been heard from the Baptist authorities but the Bishops of the catholic church have made the summon public, and it is even all alleged that the Archbishop announced in church Friday 14th during Friday service that he and his collaborators have been summoned before the court of first instance in Bamenda because of some “silly” allegations on the 21st of april 2017 and that Christians were welcome to accompany them who are also part of the accusations.

Bishops from Nso

Archbishop of Bamenda

 

Bishop of Kumbo

Here are the scanned copies of the Summon of the Roman Catholic Bishops in the Ecclesiastical Region of Bamenda . Some major points/accusations worth noting; the complaint accuses the church of not paying teachers hence affecting or depriving the state of enjoying taxes, want to win the sympathy of teachers and parents for collecting money and not paying teachers and most interestingly for me demands the church to pay 150 billion francs cfa for the damages while jailing the church leaders.

If the Catholics have to pay the price, what of other church authorities? CIN reports that “The PCC has 22 Secondary schools, 233 Primary and Nursery schools with 640 and 980 teachers respectively. All these schools have remained closed since the strike action began.” Does this mean that they have been paying their taxes and teachers and therefore should not appear before the court?

The Muslims have a good number of schools and teachers as well, but they have not been accused meanwhile schools have also been interrupted likewise the Baptist institutions. Shall the government look into their cases later after dealing with the Catholics? Could the Catholics alone have stopped the strike if they asked their schools to resume?

It should be noted that during the PM’s visit, the Catholics and other authorities promised to keep their premises open and that it was left on the parents to decide when to send their kids to schools, but the parents had opted for security of their kids than education.

After reading the summons and the counts, Gwaranko Mdzeka had this comment to make; “The government of this nation,just like any with of its ‘type’,is a specialist in diversion.the government must know like us all,that her failure to give subventions to private / confessional sectors of our educational system,has contributed also to the non payment of these teachers.has the government,now throwing the first stone paid the contract teachers she employs ? Has any one dragged them to court ? These are the last tricks of a ‘dying dog'”

The Church leaders have opted to write to the faithfuls and also asked them to accompany them to court.

Why should the church and religious leaders be used as “escape goats” for the failed school resumption? Who did not do his homework well. With the religious leaders called up to court, might change then events of things and this can again be another ploy to buy time for the struggle and carry out more arrests disrespecting the orders of the UN that has called for release and dialogue.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem.

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What is the Fate of the SDF chairman John Fru Ndi

There is not doubt that SDF maintains as the main leading opposition party in Cameroon with its party leader as the only opposition leader who has stood the test of time as far back as the early 90s. Today, the popularity of this charismatic leaders has experienced a drastic decline. Is he on his way down to ruins?  what could be the causes for the popularity loss of the party chairman.

When one looks at the iamge above, one will agree with this write that, no even, no political leader/event has ever pulled a crowd with one goal as the SDF did in the 90s with its party chair. When they won the elections in 1992 and refused to get to the parliament, many asserted this was the first major blunder of the chairman as they gradually gave the majority and influence to the ruling CPDM.

The chairman continued in his struggle and quest for leadership both as party chair and declaring his candidature for the position of the head of state up till date. His challengers especially in the pary have been either replaced or excommunicated from the vice presidents and group presidents/secretaries. This aspect exhibited by the chair earned him the title of a dictator not different from President Paul Biya.

During the 50th Anniversary of Independence and the celebration with the military in Bamenda when Fru Ndi came face to face with the President, things took a U-turn. Many concluded that the chairman was bought as he constantly visited the Unity palace, discussed with the president and skillfully stood against many demonstrations that planned in the name of peace. The Unity palace surely rewarded him handsomely.

The on going Anglophone crisis has been a big challenge for the SDF chairman, he has been unable to directly state where he belongs. Is he an Anglophone fighting for the Anglophones’ plight or a Cameroonian fighting for social Justice. Is he an opposition leader who wants to take over the command baton from Paul Biya or someone playing a double edge sword role to stand stand victorious on whoever wins. While the Anglophones are asking for a two state federation, he is asking for a four state. Where really does he belong?

The fact that SDF in the midst of the Anglophone crisis went ahead to admit  Sen Jean Tsomelou as the Secretary General of the party brought a lot of discontent amongst many Anglophones who easily tagged the chairman as a traitor. Although he defended that SDF stands for Federalism and not secession. Ewi Elvis on the 14th of January in the “We Love You Bamenda” forum tried as much as possible to explain the position of the chairman and SDF stating that people may often not understand the choices of the party, and that except that we want to conclude that SDF is an All Anglophone party, one should look at the position of Jean Tsomelou in the first place. He adds that Tsomelou as a senator defends the truth more than any in the party and that his role would be a boast to the Marginalization fight. Tsomelou stands as one who always advocate for a walk out when CPDM stands on useless reforms. He defended the demonstrations at the parliament and stood behind the SDF match in Buea. This explanation bought the sympathy of many like princess Nene who added that she was not an SDF member but reiterated that an opposition party could not be an Anglophone party. “The Chairman happens to be an anglophone and it is more advantageous for us to use him for the struggle, he should explain things better to the people, ” Princess Nene added.

It is true the chairman has been unable to state clearly where he belongs. When the struggle started, one could conclude that as an anglophone, he stood for the anglophones. He went to Governor many times and to the cells to get many of those arrested freed. He joined the match in Buea but the new year has brought the chairman under fire.

After the planned NEC meeting to excommunicate Hon. Wirba Joseph for his bravery on the National Assembly, Fru Ndi later lashed on his actions which expressed some acts of “jealousy” for a patriotic MP.  The letter Wirba later exposed which he wrote to his chairman addressing him as a father made many lose confidence in SDF chairman. His refusal to protect his son and went to the media to question him was a big blunder on the part of the chairman.

Today and sad enough, the one who stands to defend the SDF MP Hon. Wirba is paradoxically an MP from the south a CPDM militant Martin Oyono, one who has nothing to do with the Anglophone crisis but stands as an upright MP who wants to see true change in Cameroon. Right now as we write, he is being interviewed on CRTV as questioned why? He states clearly that someone has to do it and that those of them who represent the minds of the people and refuse to vote for the CPDM bad reforms are referred to as Radicals. He has taken the role that should have been played by the SDF chairman and his MPs to state clearly that he “Will Resist Attempts to Lift Immunity of Wirba Joseph”  said Hon. Martin Oyono

The clarion and challenge call by Oyono Martin has pierced a painful hole in the hearts of the SDF MP to obliged them take the opposite side against their chairman Fru Ndi. This solidarity if practiced all through might be the one that can put an end to the close to 30 years rule of Ni John Fru Ndi. The SDF MPs did not only in their 3rd position statement this time addressed to the Speaker of national Assembly, asked the speaker to provide and protect the immunity of Hon. Wirba to permit him return to the country and perform his duties as an MP.

According to a Press Conference held yesterday in Yaoundé Tuesday April 11, 2017, “Hon Jospeh Mbah Ndam, Vice President of SDF Parliamentary group urged House Speaker Cavaye Yege to ensure that Parliamentary Immunity of Hon.Wirba is not tampered with. He also read out that the House Speaker should protect the escapee and make sure that he returns home without being arrested.” CIN

The question is, If Hon. Wirba spoke the minds of the people and is being lashed by the SDF chairman, then on whose mind is the SDF representing now?

“Hon. Mbah Ndam flanked by other MPs including SDF National Vice President, Hon. Joshua Osih, reiterated their support for Wirba saying that he spoke their mind on the fateful day last November when he spoke on Anglophone marginalization.” CIN

With the SDF MPs asking for the return of Hon. Wirba to his position, does it mean that the call by the Anglophones for the SDF MPs to resign has fallen on deaf ears? Are they willing to fight for the people they represent? Is the interest of being an MP more important to that of liberating the people? If Hon. Wirba were to return home today, after asking the MPs to resign and leave the Glass house for the people, who will he return home as? MP? Freedom fighter? West Cameroon president?

With the SDF chairman asking of what use should the SDF hold elections when the anglophones are on strike, is giving the impression that he is either using the struggle to stay in power or is not willing to handover as the SDF chairperson. If the Anglophone crisis is so important to him, then why is he not able to heed to the call by the Anglophones by boycotting the events organized by the Regime in power. The chairman was spotted during the funeral in the West region of Chantal Biya’s mother, an event that was boycotted by the Presidential couple. How can one mourns more than the bereaved?

During the tour with the CAF cup, the same chairman despite all calls for boycott by the Anglophone leaders, Fru Ndi was again spotted at the podium, a repeat of his trip to the unity palace when the Lions were being received by the head of states. These actions and more have pushed many to conclude that Fru Ndi works as a CPDM agent in the anglophone zones. Is it time for him to go?

Only time will tell.

 

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I won’t Go to Court on Tuesday 02.05.2017,Barrister Akuwiyadze fires Back

A lot of noise has been made throughout mainstream media well and social media on the Press Release by The Bar President Jackson Kamga asking common law lawyers to return court on Tuesday the 2nd of May as indications of calling off the Strike. Barrister Joseph Akuwiyadze a Barrister at Law in Kumbo has reacted to Bar president fearlessly as another warrior of Nso. Worth reading and sharing

Pictures taken infront of kumbo high court with Shey Tatah last year

I WON’T GO TO COURT ON TUESDAY 02.05.2017!!!
(By ShuSheey Barrister AKUWIYADZE)
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I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Lawyers in West Cameroon have lost income for six months and their families are suffering. Were they sacrificing for the usual promises?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Consortium Leaders are in jail, some on self exile, while their families are suffering in Cameroon. Did they ask for promises?
No, Mr. President of Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Over 100 West Cameroonians, arbitrarily arrested and incarcerated in East Cameroon are suffering in jails for months. Is that why they are paying this price?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Some of our children have been killed and their families are still in pain. Did they die for promises?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Our children have sacrificed a whole academic year; parents have lost school fees paid; teachers in private schools are without salary for 5 months now. Is that what they sacrificed (and are still sacrificing) for?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

Business people in West Cameroon have lost income from sales by adhering to Ghost Towns. Some have seen their fortune go up in flames! What have they got in return?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

My colleagues are in jail while others have been forced to go on exile for daring to stand for the TRUTH! Are Lawyers not the watchdogs (whistle-blowers) of society?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.
How can I go to court in a country where a Superscale Magistrate in active Service at the Supreme Court (Ayah Paul Abine) is arrested and incarcerated with impunity ~ without due process?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

How can I go to court when an Honorable Member of Parliament (Joseph Wirba) who did nothing more than his duty as a true Representative of the people (and not a hand-clapper) has been forced out of his country for telling the TRUTH?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

West Cameroonians have suffered more than enough in this Triangle since 1961 as their heritage has been completely wiped out!
Where is Cameroon Bank?
Where is NPMB?
Where is WADA?
Where is PWD?
Where is Yoke Power Station?
Where is Santa Coffee Estate?
Where are our much cherished Institutions? Health? Education? Justice? Law and Order? Etc, etc?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, you are not an Anglophone and I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017.

If I should go to court on the 02.05.2017 or thereafter:

1. ALL our brothers and sisters arrested as a result of the strike action that we (Common Law Lawyers) started on the 11.10.2016 must be UNCONDITIONALLY RELEASED (with guarantees that there won’t be any further arbitrary arrests).

2. Internet Connection cut off from West Cameroon on 18.01.2017 must be re-instated.

3. The towns and villages of West Cameroon flooded with soldiers, must be de-militarized.

When the above pre-conditions would have been met, dialogue will resume so that the problem of marginalization of Anglophones in Cameroon is dealt with once and for all. The time is Now!

Is this a poem?
No, Mr. President of the Cameroon Bar Council, I won’t go to court on the 02.05.2017 or any date thereafter as I’m ready to boycott the courts for two years (renewable) until JUSTICE is done and seen to have been done to us.

ShuSheey AKUWIYADZE,
(Barrister-At-Law)
Kumbo.
West Cameroon.

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SDF Chairman Finally confirms NEC warned and questioned Hon. Wirba

The saying “No smoke without fire” seems so true today in a statement made by the SDF chairman John Fru Ndi today at the NEC meeting in Yaounde, where he confirmed that the NEC did warned Hon. Wirba Joseph on his declarations as “As a descendant Warrior from Nso and that no one draws a line on Nso warriors… ” This statement must have angered the NEC members who felt that Hon. Wirba through his courage must have “Stolen the Show”.

Fru Ndi SDF chairman

In the Mid January this year, some Print media like The Guardian and some online media like the Cameroon Journal precisely on Jan. 19th had a breaking News The lifting of Hon, Wirba’s immunity and that some SDF MPs were to help the parliament revoke this because Hon. Wirba Called the shots.

Wirba was being accused of preaching rebellion and separation. which were gainst the SDF constitution as well.When this rumor circulated like wild fire, and when the SDF NEC found out that the public understood reason for the an emergency meeting convened some weeks back.

“A top SDF official who hinted The Cameroon Journal on the development yesterday said the expulsion of Hon. Wirba using the party’s unpopular article 8.2 will be top on the agenda when the NEC converge on Bamenda.” The meeting that was convened by the newly-appointed Secretary General of the Party, Senator Jean Tsomelou, the stormy get-together, however, was chaired by Fru Ndi himself.

Today on CRTV 7.30 News, The SDF chairman, after stating that they appreciated Hon. Wirba’s boldness at the Nationa Assembly, did not only confirmed the allegations but contradicted himself by going further to question who gave him (Hon. Wirba Joseph) the power to speak the way he did, if he was speaking on behalf of the party or for himself when he called himself a warrior that no one draws a line across, and that they will resist the regime.

Fru Ndi SDF chairman SDF NEC Meeting

The chairman surely forgot that the MP was representing the people at the parliament, the same people that voted for him. To SDF, Wirba forceful speech about the marginalization of Anglophones in December 2016, contradicted the SDF stance of the party which has always been a two-state federation and not the restoration of the statehood of the former Southern Cameroons as Hon. Wirba  advocated. As such Article 8.2 of the SDF constitution expels ‘wayward’ militants from the party.

In another development, the NEC also discussed the heated debate of the VP Josuah Osih to contest against the party chairman for the up coming SDF elections next month. The chairman reacted to this by asking which was more important? Resolving the Anglophone crisis or organizing SDF elections, a statement many interpret as Fru Ndi not willing to quit the chairmanship yet or might be using the crisis to postpone the elections. Only Time will tell.

The SDG SG Jean Tsomelou on an interview said the meeting was also to seek ways on how to resolve the Anglophone crisis and to seeks ways of asking the government to engage in another dialogue that will call off the strike and get the school started. One begins to ask at what period of the year and time should the school year begin.

Shey Tatah sevidzem

 

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How Many People accompanied President Paul Biya to Italy?

The news of the Yaounde 1 choir to accompany the president to his state visit in Italy was received as a shock and surprised to many especially those based here at home (Cameroon). About 50 students were flown to Italy, more than 5 Cabinets ministers and many without portfolio joined the presidential couple. With these groups put together, one could come to the neighborhood of more than 100 people. This gives the estimate of more than 100 Million to be spent on transportation and logistics alone by the delegation excluding that to be spent by the Ministers, diplomats and the presidential couple. Theirs might be in a special budget.

Many are of the opinion that tax payers money should be used to rescue emergency situations back home like in the health care industry, providing more infrastructure and medical care to many who can not afford. Images of patients needing attention and care flourished all over the social media as examples of where such funds could be put to use.

For the students selected and who had the opportunity to perform at the chapel of the Italian president, they insistingly claimed that their trip to Italy was at the invitation of the Italian president Sergio Mattarella in relation to the state visit of President Biya and not the other way round. Is this what these students need at this time of their career?

A cross section of the CPDM militants in Italy (Europe) and some French speaking Cameroonians cheered as the president paraded and was accorded military honors. The English speaking on the contrary were spotted with placards protesting from restricted positions as the police blocked them from the scene.

President Biya in his press conference acknowledged the situation in the two Anglophone regions promising to do everything to bring peace and calm in the regions, stating that Cameroon is united and rich in its diversity.

The state visit of president Biya has not been an issue as it was but normal to return the visit based on the invitation. The problem Cameroonians have is the misdirected charity that takes place during this visit. It has become a tradition that public funds are misuded anytime the president leaves the country for another. Those in the diaspora can testify this and it is often used as an opportunity for both the diplomats and those who sacrifice to go welcome him to make some extra cash.

It suffices enough to suddenly create a CPDM ward (branch) and get some of the attire and the Cameroon flag shared by the diplomats.

I happened to have enjoyed from this source of charity and can speak with facts.

In 2009 while studying in one of the Universities in Scandinavia, President Biya was invited amongst other presidents of the world for the COP15 (Climate Change) in Copenhagen. When news reached  Cameroonians in Copenhagen, i was convinced to call for a meeting to seek ways on how to welcome him and present our issues. I was acting as the interim coordinator of a newly created group called “Goodwill”.

In that meeting i found myself debating alone and supported by just one lady who later change sides that the meeting was a CPDM meeting. A group i never knew existed suddenly became very strong active. They must have learnt from other countries how easy it was to make money.

To make the long story short, we had to agree at some point when the Ambassador came to form a neutral group to welcome the president. I was asked to coordinate this new  group purposely to Welcome President Paul Biya. The Hotel was reserved for the president with a 17 man delegation. Our president came with 62 and there was no space for them, knowing Copenhagen as a not very big town to host all the delegates. This number 62 excludes those brought by the ministries, so you can alrerady have an estimate yourself. He had to stay in the private home of the Honorary consul Axel Juhl to provide space for his delegation. (Usually military men)

But guess what? We stood in the snow for hours at the entrance to the consul, and when the moment came, he drove passed as if no fly existed. We retired to the hall where we had prepared dinner worth 8 Million for a crowd of less than 50.

It was at this Hall that money was distributed to us. I stood my grounds and with the “holier than thou attitude” not to collect any dime as i saw almost everyone rushed for their share. The owner of the Hall Mr. John Njombua scolded me of my foolishness; He said and i quote; “Look Shey Tatah, i know you as a man of honor, whether you collect of not, the money has already been budgetted as spent…someone else will fake a signature and have, it is our tax payer money, i collected because of ther many hours i spent on the snow…”. Do i need to remind you of the “speed” i shamefully ran for my own share? We all received about 100.000 Frs each and something special of course for the Coordinator.

On the president’s departure two days later, i received a call from the Ambassador, he was still at the airport to accompany the president and be sure that he left for France. In this Call, the Ambassador did not speak long; this is what he said to me: (Mr Shey Tatah, the president is about to leave, is it possible to meet with some few Cameroonians and say thank you? I still have some Change.) Yes you read right, he still had some change, meaning after having spent all that much, there was still some to share out while our people are suffering back home.

In 30 mins, i called him back to confirm the venue, a student hostel where i lived had a very nice Bar and all we needed to do was to buy drinks. In less than two hours, news spread like wild fire and more than 50 Cameroonians were there. The white guys who lived at the Hostel and came to the bar benefitted from our hospitality but not generosity of cash. They drank to their satisfaction. We went home with an extra “change” of about 50,000 Frs each.

This story is to paint the picture of how much money is displayed and spent when the president leaves the country. You can then imagine how much money leaves the country. So do not be surprised to see even protesters going for their Gombo when it is time for it is their right and Money.

Do we therefore need to take people from Cameroon along when we have enough in the diaspora already? Share the money to the students, buy them laptops,(laughs) equip the Schools and provide them scholarships not flight tickets for 2 days.

News reaching me  states that some have already escaped to their networks, some stranded and some still thinking whether to return or not. Yes during such moments, Business men and women use their “heads” to get visas for many to travel and become illegal. Lucky ones end up legal but do not be surprised that some of these might use the present crisis to seek asylum. Relatives and friends of others already came to Italy to pick them up to their various countries in europe as they still have valid tourist visas.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

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