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Bamenda road completely shut down

Akum mile 8- Bamenda

More images of the incident at mile 8 Akum where unidentified armed men blocked the ‘high way’ and destroyed some cars especially those of Amour Mezam and Vatican. Some say their aim is to send signals of not inter urban transport and to stop any elections taking place as from the 16th Sept to the 10th of October 2018. With such actions care should really be taken and people should have a rethink before engaging in any activities.

Despite the fire 🔥 visiting some buses, the population was well handled and managed under the operation that took roughly 4 hrs.

One begins to ask why the so called dialogue and negotiations are being delayed .
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Peter Esoka is 50 Years as a Journalist but was he jailed?

Today Peter Esoka was at Hello  Cameroon program brought by one of the journalists that admire him Mr Edwin Kindzeka, who met Peter in church and invited him to this program when he learnt that Peter Esoka the Veteran Journalist clocked 50 this year in the field.

In this panel, Peter shared his experience from the 60s when he joined the broadcasting industry, stating that at that time they only did rebroadcast from Nigeria as Cameroon especially Buea where he was reporting never had the resources and equipment. He stated that they reported mostly through imitating the journalists they admired and this probably might have been one of the reasons they went to the field. Although he never intended being a journalist, he was lured to the profession through a friend.

Although they never had professional training like we have today with students graduating with decrees in Communication and Journalism, they had internal training which compared to that time was far better. Far better in the sense that people should not do journalism as a career(to earn a living)alone but as something they like and are committed to it. He expressed the things he should have done better and the things that could be improved.

Peter for the first time cleared off a prejudice i had and which many still believe today, that because of his vocal reports, he was jailed to underground prison and that this even affected his eyes as he almost went blind. This false rumor and belief is still deeply rooted in the minds of many, who claim it was only President Biya who decided to release him.

Peter Esoka today denied these allegations, admitted he did work with President Amadou Ahidjo by reading his speeches in English likewise with President Biya but never was jailed by whoever. He only after 1972 relocated to the USA and returned when President was already in power. Goose pimples were seen all over me as i saw how naive i was and could believe a thing for close to 30 years without investigating  the truth. It took only today to get facts from the horse’s mouth.

Peter today now serves as the president of the communication commission a position he said was met with congratulations from the head of state recently. He has also faced challenges with the decisions of shutting down some media houses in which many believe that has been unfair in doing so. His job has been very challenging as to freedom of expression in the case of Cameroon.

Although Peter did not have a lot of women at the time he started, he later mentioned some that are still very active today in nation building although not in the journalism industry. He ended his panel by reenacting on the importance of journalism. Be truthful, honest and humble. He admitted that journalists could make mistakes but even at that, they should apologize sincerely when they do. He admits that at his time there was no social media but that any serious and committed journalist will fit even in today’s media architect.

One wonders how many journalists today especially in the crtv can truly and sincerely stand to state that they report what is true and facts. Many have been manipulated by the politicians and many have sold their consciences and help in the society that we have today. As we wish Peter Esoka a happy anniversary, we hope that journalists will take to this call for honesty and humility and help to better the society with facts and truths and maybe sincere analysis for the nation building and eradicate corruption and injustices. Journalists should be like the lawyers who stand as the voice of the voiceless.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

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Lawyers Call Off Strike and to return to Courts 2nd May: True of False

There is an unofficial letter circulating all over social media supposedly written by The Bar President Jackson NGNIE KAMGA esq and stated that it is done in Douala and not in any of the Anglophone area. Below is the soft copy of it without any letterhead, neither a stamp nor a signature.

lawyers striking

PRESS RELEASE OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

Following the extraordinary Bar Council meetings held respectively in Buea and Bamenda on the Saturdays 18th and 25th March 2017, which meetings were immediately followed by working sessions between lawyers of the two Anglophone regions and the Bar Council,

It was recommended that a unique framework comprising of very senior advocates from the North West and South West regions be set up to reflect on the way forward.

By The Bar President Decision No N° 038/BOABC/ADM/03/17 of 31st of March 2017, a conclave of senior advocates of the North West and South West regions to which some junior colleagues were integrated to elaborate the modalities of the way forward, was set up with the missions of making proposals on the way forward.

The conclave met in Bamenda on the 1st of April 2017 and in Buea on the 8th of April 2017.

Mindful of Government’s response to the demands of the Anglophone lawyers as announced by the Minister of State in charge of Justice ,during his press conference of the 30th of March 2017 , and the creation by the Minister of Public Services of an adhoc committee in charge of organizing the special recruitment of Common Law magistrates and judicial officers,
The conclave unanimously came up with the following recommendations:

1- That the President of the Bar Association is hereby authorized to enter into dialogue with the Government on matters bearing on the Common Law Lawyers.

2- That Advocates of the South West and North West regions shall resume work on the 2nd may 2017, for the resolutions of the ad hoc committee submitted to the Prime Minister and approved by the Head of States to be fully implemented

3- That this conclave shall be convened on the 30th July 2017 to evaluate progress made on the implementation of these resolutions.
On behalf of the Bar Council, the Batonnier sincerely thanks his colleagues of these two regions for this renewed confidence bestowed on the ruling organs of the Bar Association.

He especially thanks the members of the conclave who made enormous sacrifices and walked the extra mile to ensure the normalization of our activities.

He is mindful of all their recommendations, and announces that the lawyers in the North West and South West regions will resume work on the 2nd of May 2017.

He pledges to continue negotiations with the Government in order to satisfy the demands of the common law lawyers as well as the release of our two colleagues currently under detention in Yaoundé.

In the days ahead, the Batonnier, with a delegation of Bar Council members will travel to Buea and Bamenda to meet the heads of these jurisdictions in order to discuss and define concrete modalities for the resumption of work.

The Batonnier stresses that the return to normal is the fruit of dialogue between the Government and the Bar Association, dialogue which should be perpetuated and reinforced in a determined and responsible manner

Done in Douala this 9th April 2017

The Bar President

Jackson NGNIE KAMGA esq.

The copy of this letter in French is also presented by Cameroon-info.net on the link here:

Analysis:

Comments gathered from many groups state that if such a letter were valid, it would have fallen short of its legitimacy as it comes 9 days earlier to the awaited Judgement of the colleagues in jail. It is interpreted by many as the highest state of treason, as the terms for dialogue based on the release of arrested, return of those on the run, re connection of the internet, demilitarization of the regions and possible promise of no further arrests have not been fulfilled and respected. What about invitation of the third party to the dialogue?

To have taken such a drastic turn of events based on the press release from the Minister of Justice is seen as the Minister’s  ploy to play the similar game by the Secondary Education minister who went around convincing various trade unions to sign press releases calling off strikes that never was called off. Is Jackson Kamga therefore the right person to call off the strike? And why from Douala? This would have been a big victory to the Government and the National TV would have stopped any other program to broadcast and celebrate such victory. Why have they not? Propaganda?

On the 27th of April, the fate of 28 Anglophones shall be decided by the Military court. Shall this decision hasten their release or shall the case again be adjourned to hold those calling off the strike responsible in case it does not effective halt. ? Why is the date of the return to Courts announced only after the 27th of April? Mere coincidence or based on “Good Faith” judgement? Remember the crimes they are allegedly accused of are  secession, vandalism, propagation of false information, terrorism among others will be held against the 28 persons.

What are the reasons of others on this controversial letter?

Jonathan Taphe, refused to succumb to such a letter and that the only letter that could be taken serious would be that from The president of the Common Law bar Bobga Harmony. This same Lawyer  is on exile in USA. Ngeh Samuel calls on Anglophone lawyers to confirm this as according to him common Law lawyers do not behave unprofessionally. Atali Dickson believes only Barrister Agbor Balla has the mandate to deliberate on this and that it is unacceptable. He goes further to refer to  it as “waste of time” and that this can not be accepted.

Ambo Ben, Gejung Mildred, Teneng Rogers and Sylvia Cavl, mock at the release, asking where the Bar president was when the leaders of the Consortium were jailed. They call this baseless as the venue of the release defeats the purpose.

It is all interpreted as the Regime’s ploy to see the reactions of the Anglophones as a measurement of calculating their next move. Could it be a way to state that all those arrested shall be set free on the 27th of April at last?

With the assertion that “impossible n’est pas Camerounais” your guess will be as right as mine.

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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Appointments: President Biya Blunders again

President Biya appoints some Anglophones to the posts of Secretary General at the Governor’s office and some  Prefects, removing some Francophones from some Anglophone Regions and bringing in some Anglophones. The Francophones brought into the English regions are those with an english background. This goes to confirm the speculations that we reported 2days ago about the use of appointments to satisfy the Anglophones.

These decrees are circulating all the social media with whatsapp groups sharing the audios as well.

From the comments made online, i  understand that this is not what the Anglophone crisis is about and that many say that they are not after positions…But…This goes a long way to show the impact this strike has made so far…Some did not believe when we wrote that the president shall be using appointments to fight the struggle. Many claim that had long passed that stage and are at a level of restoration and not appointments;  But you know what? He just blundered by signing them only in the French Language as usual, another evidence of Marginalization. This is just the beginning. Has this got to do with any of the demands of the Anglophones?

Talking to one guy Mr Kinga Damasius, that shared the papers with me, he said president Biya is very consistent and that is why all his decrees are signed in French. He went further to remind that “these appointments have no relevance…It only shows how the enterprise of President Biya Paul and his family have been divinised.” He added that “He and his company are so gullible that they can’t read the handwriting on the wall; It hurts to be so dull and so insensitive”.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

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