Connect with us

Cameroon

SDF Convention: Separatists warns against rallying on “their Soil”, Fru Ndi remains defiant, government extends curfew as tensions remain sky high.

Published

on

The much awaited SDF national convention is around the corner. The grand ceremonies which is scheduled to take place from the 22nd to the 24th of February 2018 in the birth place of the party and opposition stronghold Bamenda will bring together thousands of militants of the party to decide on their future leaders and possibly the strategy to dethrone the CPDM natural candidate in the forthcoming presidential election as well as other elections scheduled around the country

For starters, we know that the battle for who will represent the SDDF lies between super favorite Littoral-based business magnet and SDF MP and Vice president of the party Hon. Joshua Osih and Fru Ndi’s right hand man and political protégé, Hon. Mbah Ndam from Batibo who still have real chances to upset the race.

Fru Ndi will stand as chairman of the party and as things stands he will likely win while other major positions too will be up for grasp

But this year’s convention is like no other. Holding amidst brawling Anglophone crisis which has deeply affected the entire English regions of Cameroon, places where any of its people are considered staunch SDF supporters, the staked could not be higher

There has been debate whether the convention should even hold in the first place amidst the rampant arrests, killings and fighting by government forces and Ambazonian forces in recent months and even the town to host to convention is presently under extended curfew to curb rising insecurity there.

But as the convention whose outcome might determine the political future of this country draws closer, it’s not the agenda which is under discussion but whether the convention should even hold in the first place

Critics say following government’s refusal to engage in genuine and meaningful dialogue with the people, the SDF should boycott forthcoming elections because participating will give the embattled Biya’s government credibility and a visa to continue with their abuses in this part of the country.

But SDF knows too well than any other party the dangers of elections boycott, they have threatened to boycott in the past and changed their position at the end while their last boycott in the 90s many say killed the party in many parts of the country.

But the strongest opposition to the party yet have emerged from the so called “Ambazonian defense forces” and its proxies who have threatened to attack and disrupt the gathering of the party in what they called” their soil”

But in a town where supporting SDF was like a religion and its national chairman Ni Fru Ndi fondly referred to as the “President of Bamenda” , the latest threats from secessionists would have been considered a 21st century joke. But times have changed and so have the people and nothing is surprising anymore.

The SDF no longer holds the kind of leverage it once did just three years ago in Bamenda and their national chairman and party founder Ni John Fru Ndi no longer enjoys the kind of rock star status he once did before the crisis

Many have accused the party of colluding with the ruling CPDM which they consider its government brutal, corrupt and systematically biased against the Anglophones, and labeled its leader as “power drunk”, a charge the chairman has always deny whenever the need arises for him to do so

But as observers continues to warn that despite SDF fall from grace in the North west region epitomize when the crowd unceremoniously walked-away the chairman at the Bamenda commercial avenue over a year ago during protests accusing of being part of the problem, the party still enjoys considerable support and many there still look at the party as their only glimmer of hope and any attack by extremists against the party there could risk jeopardizing the security situation of the entire country.

The party chairman has however remained defiant, insisting that the convention must hold against all odds. A litmus tests perhaps to his crumbling popularity and growing political misfortunes.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
Notify of

Cameroon

February 2020 elections: SDF prepares to run, Anglophones prepare to bury the party

Published

on

In November 2018, top brass of the Social Democratic Front SDF organized a press conference after shocking results at the polls.

The chief opposition party or should I say former chief opposition party had just emerged a distant 3rd, surrendering its natural second position to a rising Kamto for the first time in its history and blaming government and party top brass for the shameful fall.

Defending the their allegations of fraud at a marathon post election trial at the constitutional council shortly after 2018 Presidential elections, the party’s lead counsel Barister Sama made a shocking and chilling admission “if this results were done fairly and transparently, SDF would have emerge winner or at-least our second position which has always been ours since 1992”

It is the second part of the statement which which exonerates crictics of the party who say the party have entered an unholy and secret agreement with the regime and are satisfied with the position of first opposition party.

But if that dismal Defeat of 2018 was the death of Fru Ndi’s party, 2020 municipal elections might be the funeral service.

Anglophones who constitute the historic base of the SDF have been in crisis for three years now, they blame the ruling party for their predicaments and SDF for not supporting them forcefully.

There have been calls for SDF MPs and senators who constitute an insignificant minority anyways to abandon the parliament and throw their weight behind the people.

Critics of the party says SDF cannot survive without Anglophones and risk losing relevance if they don’t respond to their demands

Even a one time SDF MP honorable Joesph Wirba who gained rockstar status and political prominence  following his defiant speech in parliament which endeared him in the hearts of many back in December 2016 has urged his former colleagues to resign en mass  and leave parliament as a sign of support to the cry of the people

The party has stubbornly resisted the call, brandishing its credentials as a national party and rubbished any suggestions that it’s an Anglophone party.

Its chaireman John Fru Ndi insist his MPs and senators needs a platform like the parliament to advance the peoples concern, something almost all his supporters disagree, saying they haven’t changed anything since 1992 when they started taking part in elections.

The Anglophones drifted away from the party and what followed was a humiliating and disastrous defeat to first timer Joshua Osih as head of the party in the 2018 Presidential race forcing national executives of the party to go on apology spreee.

When the party in it’s August 10th 2019 executive meeting announced it will not run for municipal and legislative elections if government doesn’t resolve the Anglophone crisis,most of its crictics and those left of its dwindling supporters welcomed the move, saying it will put government under pressure to do more to end the crisis and reconcile the party with its lost supporters many of whom don’t  see any future through the ballot.

On November 13th 2019, barely two days after the party confirmed its decision to boycot the February race, party officials make another shocking revelation yet again, they are satisfied with government’s efforts so far to resolve the crisis, effectively announcing their plans to take part in the elections

Fru Ndi issued a communique calling for his MPs and mayors across the country to compile documents for the elections- a shocking king twist of  events for a party struggling with identity

The decision has not gone well with many who took to social media to express their indignations.

Wafor Wilfred writes “SDF had long been dead and buried since the last presidential election. it is only crying in the grave in spirit”
Another user by name Tony Ngah writes
“This is the end of the CPDM branch called SDF” one social media writes

“ We don’t even care anymore about anything politics, we are focus on our freedom” another equips as thousands of comments flooded social media

This is not the first time SDF is making a u turn when it comes to election participation in the country leaving many to question the independence of the party and its secret dealings with the CPDM

SDF might consider itself a national party at par with Biya’ CPDM but in reality it has never realy resonated beyond North West, South Wes, West and Littoral regions

Even some of the South Westerners see the party as a Bemenda party while the West region has decided to embrace one of their sons, political rising star Maurice Kamto, abandoning the SDF in the process.

Littoral still looks uncertain but Kamto’s MRC seems to have that covered if results of last presidential elections are anything to go by

If the unpopular decision by the SDF to run for 2020 elections is seen by party hierarchy as a way to win back lost voters , 2020 might prove to be the year SDF finally died and indeed got buried.

Continue Reading

Politics

Chaos welcome Biya at Paris Peace forum

Published

on

President Biya joins world leaders in Paris France on the invitation of Macron to attend the second edition of the Paris Peace forum.

The two days forum which seeks to create a peaceful world will see one of the biggest gathering of world leaders in European soil

But amidst debates and criticism at home for snubbing landslide victims’ memorial service in Bafoussam where he was represented by premier Dion Ngute to attend a peace forum in France, President Biya has come under fire from the diaspora pressure group known as BAS

Members of the much threaded BAS who have made Europe uncomfortable for the President “welcomed the 86 years old with massive protest outside his hotel

Shocking images and videos of a protest-ready Cameroonian diaspora battling with hundreds of anti riot French police infront of Maurice Hotel lodging the Presidential once again embarrass Yaounde and put the country in the spotlight for wrong reasons

French anti riot police had battled to contained the sometimes violent protesters yesterday November 11th 2019 who wanted to force open the door of the hotel , leaving Cameroonian Presidential guards to scramble as more people all over the country troop into Paris to join the protest team

Protesters where chanting “Paul Biya assasin” in French while others sang the team song for Anglophone protesters “how many people Paul Biya go kill?”

While there are no reports of any casualty, TeboPost gathered the French authorities have demarcated an area around the hotel where protesters can carry out their civic right of protests.

President Biya’s visit in Europe lately have been met with violet protests from the so called a “Brigade Anti- Sadinarde” , a group which has constituted themselves as Kamto supporters but seen in Yaounde as traitors of the republic.

In January 28 ,2019, BAS protesters joined MRC militants at home to strike in many European countries, calling for President Biya to end the war in Anglophone regions, free Kamto and step down

Cameroonian embassy in Paris was attacked, properties within the embassy destroyed as diplomats flee for safety.

Many back home had criticized the French police for the attack and their failure to protect the property from violent protesters.There were also protests in Belgium and Germany that same day

In July 2019, members of BAS from different parts of Europe stormed the intercontinental Hotel in Switzerland which was hosting the Presidential couple for a private stay, clashing with protesters and forced the Swiss government to send the President and wife back home prematurely in a move which was seen as a big win for the movement which is causing serious headache to Yaounde.

Some body guards of the president were also charged in Swiss court for harassing a Swiss reporter who was filming the protests. None of them was arrested or sentenced.

The latest round of protest comes barely a month after opposition leader professor Maurice Kamto and his team were released from prison on October 5th 2029, satisfying one of the key demands of BAS movement has raise fresh concerns about the end goal of the protesters.

After Kamto’s release, the movement issued a brief statement, saying they welcome the move but will continue to protest until President Biya steps down.

Biya is currently enjoying a new mandate which runs til 2025. He will be 92 Years of age.

Continue Reading

Cameroon

How competent is CONAC? Agency shockingly snubs $15.3 million embezzlement lead

Published

on

Ever since it’s creation in March 2006 by Presidential decree with the mandate to fight corruption and embezzlement of public funds, the country’s anti-corruption agency CONAC which is suppose to be one of the busiest anti-corruption agencies in the world given the decree of corruption in the country has been in the spotlight -but for all the wrong reasons

The body incharge of ensuring a corrupt free Cameroon has come under scrutiny from critics for its selective investigations, incompetence and ironically corruption within its ranks

The head of CONAC, Rev Dieudonne Massi Gams has always insisted that his agancy which doesn’t have the mandate to persecute is doing its best efforts even though it seems those efforts rest in their annual reports which government then decides which one to implement or not

But amdits the shortcomings of the text creating arguably the most important agency in the country, CONAC isn’t helping its own course, and its mode of operating only adds firepower in the hands of its critics.

Despite massive sensitizations and about the need for people to report cases of corruption to the agency, TeboPost finds out CONAC is so poorly equipped to fight corruption in modern day Cameroon

A three minutes phone call this reporter had with a member of the CONAC team today Monday Movember 11th 2019 reveals the gross incompetence of the agency to ensure safety of witnesses who might be willing to come forth to testify.

A Staff member showed text book expample of bad customer service and put into question the competence of some staffers and agencies’ ability to rid out corruption in Cameroon

Following a lead from a lady (whose name and nationality TeboPost is withholding for security reasons) who claims to have knowledge about a supposed 15.3 million USD theft by a former Cameroon ministers, with knowledge on where the money is kept and when the plans to remove it from the country, this reporter tried reaching CONAC for days in order to hook them up with the witness.

Their mobile and fixed lines were not passing for the better part of Friday throughout weeknends as time the witness says was running out

When this reporter finally gets to CONAC through the number 6 58 26 26 82 on Monday November 11th 2019 at 11:18 the feedback was not only discouraging but offers a rare glimpse at the inner workings of the agency and how poorly equipped they are to fight corruption

After introducing myself, this reporter explained the situation and tried to inquire if the agency could setup an urgent and secure means of communication with the Zambian lady to get the necessary evidences and hear her testimonial about the supposed stolen fund.

The lady who was in no urgency refused to tell this reporter her name but rather insists she is CONAC saying the agency cannot make any special arrangement for any weakness because according to her, it goes against their agency’s policies

Pressed on why an anti-corruption agency can’t ensure a witness feels safe enough to give incriminating details worth over USD 15 million which is about to be taken out of the country? The lady replied in a rude and unprofessional tone “ if she cannot tell us like this then let her leave it “ shocking and disbelieving as it may sound this reporter insisted given the importance of the of the subject matter and it’s urgency.

Let her leave it? This reporter ask again and she replied “ yes other!people have been given us information through this means so why can’t she” she replied

This reporter added , she can’t because she is scared that her phone might be tapped or something, I don’t Knowe her dealings with the said ministers and how she got hold of the information but it will be important you get to hear from her Madame, then the lady replied “ why is she scared” if she is scared th let her leave it”

But I didn’t stop asking

Madame I have introduced myself to you and where I work, please can I know who are my talking to? “Why do you want to know my name”she asked

Me: just so I can tell the lady Mrs. Say Glory from CONAC says they can’t arrange for a secured call say though WhatsApp with you as it is against their policy

The lady: I can’t tell u my name, I am CONAC and I’m the only one who uses this number.

Me: No Madame I know you are working for CONAC but you aren’t CONAC, administrative protocol demands you atleast introduce yourself, name and desk when taking calls on behalf of your company

Lady: if you insist on knowing my name then you have call app or download it and you will see my name

Me: Really? Madame! I have to download an app just to know your name

Lady: have a nice day
End of call

The late morning phone calls between this reporter and staff member at CONAC reveals appualing neglect of security measures necessary to build confidence on the part of any person willing to come forward with a helpful information.

The unprofessional approach and zero customer service exhibited by the staff is replica of what obtains within our very corrupt government structures and brings into serious questions about the credibility and competence of CONAC to fight corruption

If an Agency charged to fight corruption can neglect with so much unprofesionalism and nonchalance a lead worth tens of millions of US dollars of stolen wealth in an improvereished country, then one really begins to wonder the fate of Cameroonians in CONAC’s erra

Continue Reading

Advertisement

Recent Posts

  • How to add Instagram photo feed to your WordPress site (in 5 minutes!) October 1, 2019
    How (and why) to add Instagram to WordPress and see more benefits from that match? We give you all the details and tools to do it successfully yourself! The post How to add Instagram photo feed to your WordPress site (in 5 minutes!) appeared first on Meks.
    Ivana Cirkovic
  • 13 best headline & blog title generator tools to easily boost your SEO September 12, 2019
    Ready to increase traffic to your website today? Use these headline generator tools and improve your click-through-rates! The post 13 best headline & blog title generator tools to easily boost your SEO appeared first on Meks.
    Ivana Cirkovic
  • How to create a Facebook Page for your blog (plus PRO tips) September 4, 2019
    Wondering how to create a Facebook Page for your blog knowing that you really do need one? Follow our in depth guide and learn how to create and manage attractive and successful Facebook Page! The post How to create a Facebook Page for your blog (plus PRO tips) appeared first on Meks.
    Ivana Cirkovic
  • Beginners guide on how to redirect a page in WordPress August 29, 2019
    Whether you’re trying to redirect a page in WordPress or just want to discover and understand why it’s important, use this guide to help you get ahead of it and learn all there is to it. The post Beginners guide on how to redirect a page in WordPress appeared first on Meks.
    Ivana Cirkovic
  • The best Facebook Groups for SEO to improve your knowledge and rankings August 21, 2019
    Are you tired of searching for the best Facebook groups for SEO to improve your knowledge and learn about the tricks from the trade? The post The best Facebook Groups for SEO to improve your knowledge and rankings appeared first on Meks.
    Ivana Cirkovic
  • Useful rank tracking plugin and tools recommendation to improve your WordPress website SEO August 15, 2019
    Are you looking for a reliable rank tracking plugin to track your rankings on search engines and improve SEO strategy? Here is our top recommendation! The post Useful rank tracking plugin and tools recommendation to improve your WordPress website SEO appeared first on Meks.
    Ivana Cirkovic

Trending

Copyright © 2016 TeboPost Media.Powered by Mbah Lucas Tebo.