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Mbah Ndam Vs Joshua Osih: Who has the masterstroke to end Biya’s 35 years reign prematurely

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As the SDF convention looms, political observers and analysts have been have been weighing the chances of the two front runners to succeed Fru Ndi as the SDF’s ticket to face the mountainous CPDM in the forthcoming Presidential elections.

Hon. Mbah Ndam and Hon, Joshua Osih are not the only candidates vying for the position to represent the party at the elections, Hon. Nchinda is running too, but truth be told, he got no real political chance and has been dubbed the “spoiler”

Fru Ndi who remains hugely popular and commands an avalanche of powers within the part has decided to run as Chairman but is yet to decide on which o0f the three candidates he will support at least not in public

The two front runners are very close to the national chairmen and both of them are his political protégés. They have unconditionally and in countless occasions defended him in the past and continue to do so whenever the Ntarinkong landlords come under fire from the public about his political activities.

Hon. Mbah Ndam is the SDF Member of Parliament from Batibo and currently one of the Vice presidents of the national Assembly.

The legal mind has been with the party for over 20 years and sources say enjoys cozy relationship with the party’s founder and national chairmen Ni John Fru Ndi with whom they both hailed from the North West region of the country

On the other hand, Hon. Joshua Osih is a business magnet and another political heavyweight in the party.

He is currently the party’s number two and also a member of parliament for the littoral even though he hails from the South West region and as is seen by many as the favorite to win the race.

Joshua Osih also enjoys considerable support from the youth wing of the party and his South west and Littoral contingents who think it’s their time to rule the party many dubbed the Anglophone party

But amongst the two political heavyweights, noted for their fierce critics of the government and unquestioned allegiance to the party and its chairman, who really has what it takes to dethrone president Biya in the fourth coming elections?

If there is one thing Fru Ndi’s critics had decried about the politician, it is his soft heartedness in the face of “brutal regime”. Many say he failed to take his chances when they  did present themselves and gave his political opponents the chance to reign for as long as they could.

In this light, many say Osih will be the man for the job, considered tough and offensive, his supporters says Osih will fight forcefully to preserve his votes and will response aggressively to any idea of voter fraud during elections, and represent the kind of person many say is needed to deal with the government at this point

Osih also enjoys massive support from the youths of this country, they easily identify with him as he is still very young and believe he can help bring  fresh impetus to the ageing government run by the CPDM where youths have no place.

And finally, his international cloud. Osih is seen as one of the few within the party with massive international connection which is an asset to help him make a case whenever there is discrepancy in the political outcome of the elections.

On the other hand, many say Mbah Ndam despite mastery of the law, does not have what it takes to dethrone Biya. Youths don’t believe very much in him as many considers him too “old” and too weak to lead the chief opposition party as these monumental moments of our country’s political crossroads.

Mbah Ndam will certainly enjoy huge support from his native North West regions of the country where he hails from but representing the party might alienate some section of the party who might see the party as a “North West thing” and be reluctant to identify themselves with its activities out of the region

TNN has learned that party bigwigs within the ruling CPDM are aiming and hoping that Hon. Mbah Ndam gets the SDF tickets which will make the road for their candidates even easier

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You will not win this militarily-Nagy tells Biya

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Washington (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday urged Cameroon to devolve power in its troubled anglophone region, saying the government´s military response was only strengthening separatists.

The warning came weeks after the United States ended certain preferential trade benefits for Cameroon, citing human rights violations including arbitrary killings.

Tibor Nagy, the top US diplomat for Africa, said he believed advisors to Cameroon´s veteran resident, Paul Biya, were telling him “you can win this militarily.”

“The truth is, it´s not going to be won militarily,” Nagy told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

“Every day more Cameroonians who in the beginning were probably very loyal Cameroonians are starting to think that maybe declaring a separate country is the way we want to go,” he said.

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Buea hospital Director reacts to TeboPost reports about ongoing crisis at the kidney center

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The Director of the Buea refional hospital Annex Dr Martin Mokake has reacted to the reports of price hikes at his hemodialysis center and patients running to other downs for dialysis.

According to a message he sends to TeboPost management, the youngest hospital Director in the country says his management is not aware of the developments reported  by TeboPost but says they are open for more information and will investigate some of the things mentioned in the report.

“The last time I checked which was three days ago, there has been no such event in our center” he writes

“Perhaps you have information you want to share with us about patients who were ask to pay these sum……we can open an investigate and send report to hierarchy” Dr Mokake concluded

Dr Mokake who was installed few months ago had said his administration will prioritize among other things the building of a feedback oriented hospital.

TeboPost had reported an increase of prices up to 500% at the Buea hemodialysis center due to faulty machines. Many patients say they can’t afford the price and have fled the center to other regions.

Lack of machines also mean the few patients still there can only carry out dialysis once a week instead of the traditional two times a week for the patients, worsening their condition in the long run.

Sources at the center had told TeboPost patients were advised to go to other centers across the country. Atleast 5 patients are presently in Ebolowa for the life-saving treatment

TeboPost can independently confirm that at least one person has died due to the crisis.

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Editorial: Ambazonian election ban is music in the ears of CPDM

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As the election drum beats across the couuntry, political parties and candidates are holding emergency meetings to strategy and deliberate winning strategy to dethrone the ruling CPDM which hasn’t lost any election in the country since yhe start of multi-party politics in the country.

Critics of Cameroon’s democracy say even the electoral code gives the ruling party an unfair advantage in any poll in the country and most of those opposition parties preparing to run agree with them but they also argue they can’t stay home and let their rival have a free ride with its rigging mechanism.

With the ravaging Anglophone in full display, Ambazonian activists and their ground fighters now have a huge say in atleast two regions of the country, making electoral code trivialities the least thing any politician of the opposition will be worry about in 2019 Cameroon

For starters, next year’s municipal and legislative elections in the country is like no other in the history of the Biya’s Cameroon

Anglophones have been in crisis for the past three years which has tore the regions into shreds, forcing a trigger-happy Yaounde to grant concessions by adopting a special status for the two English speaking regions in an attempt to appease the aggrieved population and end the war during a recently held Major National Dialogue in Yaounde from September 30th to October 4th 2019

The resolutions of the dialogue are yet to be implemented through but Biya has announced it in Paris this week.

A look into the document promises “paradise” for the the two regions and any opposition party who wins there could be better-off without taking any other seat elsewhere in the country in both elections.

The special status tag if implemented means councils in the two regions will have more autonomy, more budget to control and consequently more powers. Positions of government delegate will be scrapped and governors elected with house of chiefs restored as well as other structures reestablished as was the case after 1961 plebiscite when the two Cameroon came together in a friendly marriage.

Many say proper implemnatataion of the proposal will mean all but federated state for the two regions but for the name, something many Anglophones have been clamoring for.

The stakes therefore are extremely high as the months ahead promises to be pregnant, parliamentary seats and councils in those regions to be a bloodline for any party’s long term survival including the ruling CPDM who fear they risk losing control of some of the richest regions of the country.

It was no surprise therefore when the SDF party which has been suffering from tumbling fortunes reversed its decision not to participate in the elections at the 11th hour, sacrificing its remaining reputation in the process and effectively declaring itself an anti-restoration party, after all, SDF was until recently the indisputable political king of the two regions- those days, now a distant memory.

Anglophone crisis has killed any political apetite in the regions, displaced about two million people and killed thousands, very few people are interested in politics talkless of political allegiances which they say betrayed them during times of need.

Many now believe all politicians irrespective of the party are same and their help could only come out of the borders of Cameroon.

Ambazonian activists have campaigned tirelessly through their favorite platform-social media, about the need to boycot the elections as they focus on restoring their statehood

Foreign based activists say elections will legitimize the Yaounde regime and kill their hopes of independence. But as the message gradually fades in an increasingly competitive social media space with varying voices, many have resorted to threats, issuing ultimatums and instructing ground fighters to ensure no such election takes place irrespective of who is hurt.

Lenthy ghost town and deafening gun battles frustrated last year Presidential elections in the two regions, even though CPDM won with more than 70% and winning the North West region for the first time since 1992 when multi party elections started in the country.

The humbling and shocking victory of the ruling party was blamed in part due to the ghost town which forced almost all voters to stay home, leaving only heavily guarded state officials to go to polling stations, most of whom are regime loyalists.

Opposition parties also raised alarm about fraud, saying statistics from the regions were not only shocking but shameful. Opposition lawyers struggled in vein to prove to the constitutional council evidences of fraud, citing examples of places where no one went to the polls and yet the ruling party emerge with 99% victory with thousands of voters turnout.

The judicial body ofcourse rejected the claims and declared CPDM winner at the end of a lenthy and breathtaking legal battle which was broadcast live on national television for the first time in the country’s history.

Many back home have called Ambazonian activists and ground fighters to give the population the chance to vote come February 2020, given the stakes of the election

But activists insists its a no go area , vow similar measures of 2018 election or worst, sending early warning shots and calling opposition parties running for the elections as traitors while embracing those who have boycotted the votes in solidarity with Anglophones.

Ambazonian activists are already beating the sound of war, the people are worried about their security and couldn’t care less about any election and some opposition parties who heavily rely on Anglophone regions like SDF risk losing political relevance in the high stake polls- but it’s a gamble they have decided to take.

All these confusion sounds like music in the ears of the ruling party.

CPDM Party officials are rallying in Yaounde this week end at the famous Yaounde Conference Center to strategize with respect to the elections, and for a party which is not shy to control both Houses of Parliament with abnormal majority for any democracy, news of election ban by armed groups in North West and South West will sound like melody in the ears of potential hopefuls who believe the cards will be in their Favour to decide who gets what come February 2020.

Ambazonian activists are effectively empowering the CPDM, handing them total control over “special status North West and South West regions” and that might mean three years of wasted blood for many of this chance is missed.

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