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October 1st celebrations in NOSO: Yaoundé is on borrowed time



As the now controversial dialogue-at least  on social media  enters day two in Yaoundé conference center amidst a sea of criticism, accusations and counter-accusations about government’s real intentions to resolve the three years old bloody conflict in North West and South West region continues, another drama is playing out in the affected regions-even though its full of reality

Armed Ambazonian fighters have done what many could barely ever dreamt a few years back.

Stunning images of huge crowds of people watching and applauding a parading “military” force celebrating October 1 across the two English speaking regions have rubbished talks of any kind of decentralization, dealing a big blow to the ongoing dialogue

As Yaoundé battles over nomenclature as to the way forward for the bilingual and bi-cultural west African nation, armed fighters seem to be looking beyond the post-1961 borders when the population of the English speaking regions voted unanimously to join the then La Republique du Cameroun on February 11th, 1961 referendum which united the country.

But the marriage hasn’t been peaceful. Plaque by troubles of discrimination, marginalization, and assimilation, cracks begun to emerge.

As the nation’s best minds rally in Yaoundé to find the best possible formula of living together as divorce looms over the estranged marriage, many are those who believe Yaoundé is on borrowed time if events of October 1, 2019, and indeed the past three years are anything to go by.

A massive display of “military prowess” both on Land and in the sea by armed groups flooded social media as activists seized on the images to up their propaganda and embarrass the government, showing the world that the people believe in their course and are embracing them on the ground- different reality from the kind  of  elitist come together taking place at the Yaoundé conference center

While former fighters are on an apology spree in Yaoundé begging the nation for forgiveness for being “deceived” into picking up arms, their unrepentant counterparts who are still in the bushes are indeed now living amongst the population are busy celebration new found independence-even if it only exists in their minds.

Separatists have a stronghold in most villages, controlling the population and radicalizing the kids and jobless young persons are who targeted for recruitment at an increasing rate,  making it a military and ideological warfare.

Armed fighters are hugely welcome in small towns and villages and the population perceives them as a savior from “aggressive army” even though armed grops in the past have been barbaric and grueseme in their killings of civilains

Separatists’ leaders snubbed Major National dialogue

Separatists’ leaders were quick to distance themselves from the dialogue in Yaoundé, labeling it “political charade” even as the dialogue received huge support from the majority of the people of English speaking Cameroonians according to our polls.

In a rare area of unity within separatists’ ranks, they roll out a series of pre-dialogue demands such as any dialogue must take place out of Cameroon, such diaolgue must be  chaired by a neutral person and have their incarcerated leaders in attendance-as if they say they are in no rush and are winning.

Many of them say the government has no true intentions, adding “they have a pre-planned agenda”

Pessimistic tone filters out of the dialogue

As leaked information from disgruntled delegates accusing government officials of high jacking, the dialogue surfaced almost immediately as some accuse the government of refusing to discuss the form of the state many now believe the separatists were right after all.

Barely one day to the dialogue, internationally acclaimed lawyer and opposition leader Akere Muna says Prime Minister Dion Ngute and Chair of the dialogue has warned delegates from discussing taboo topics such as federation and constitutional reforms, cautioning them to “stick to the agenda of the dialogue” and not to “go out of topic”

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Sultan Mbombo Njoya calls for limitation on the Presidential term of office to 2x5years and two round Presidential election. The PM reminds us to stick to the agenda and not go out of topic.</p>&mdash; Akere Muna (@AkereMuna) <a href=””>September 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Opposition kingpin John Fru Ndi after day one of the dialogue says it won’t solve the Anglophone crisis and even some CPDM supporters and MPs have decried how the dialogue has been conducted as many fear it might be a waste of taxpayers’ money

But with time running out and an unpleasant outcome risk radicalizing more people back on ground zero, Barrister Agbor Balla- frontline leader of the Anglophone movement fired a warning shot during one of their committee deliberations “federation will be the minimum the people back home” will accept, a stark reminder perhaps to the power brokers in Yaoundé that time for politics is over and the script might need a series of editing if they love the unity of the country we all call home.

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Coronavirus: Mixed signals from Yaounde shows survival depends on you



Earlier today Monday May 25th 2020, public health minister sent out a wake up call

He took to twitter to announce the worst is yet to come, saying we are entering a critical phase of the virus and more than ever before we need to respect government measures and keep social distancing to the best of our ability.

His message of social distancing and to avoid public places is consistent with his daily tweets to guard the public against contracting the deadly global pandemic.

The early morning tweet today though caries different underton, it signals we are yet to reach the peak of this virus,many more Cameroonians are likely to be infected and worst of all many more might die in the weeeks ahead especially as schools are planning to resume come June 1st 2020.

But his message of caution is in sharp contrast with government’s actions vis sa vis the fight against the virus

Government had rollback almost all the measures imposed in March to help curb the spread, deeming bars, hotels, restaurants, beeches, clubs and other services as essential and handed the burden of control back to business owners and citizens as the economy started to suffer under the weight of the lockdown.

What followed has been a spike in number of infected persons and deaths as many ignore social distancing and basic Hygienic calls

Same day government was announcing normalcy or near normalcy across the country, its public health minister was tweeting about the need for people to stay at home as much as they could, warning the risk of contracting the virus is higher and advising people to remain indoors and respect constant hygiene.

Today’s tweet on the eve of school resumption once again sadly reminds the population that the government is tasking them to fight for their very own survival amidst a deadly global pandemic

Cameroon has 4,890 infected cases this far, one of the highest in Africa.
1,865 have recovered while 165 persons have died according to latest official figures.

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Human Interest

Intelligent, nice and hardworking: A friend to Nkeng Lizette paints saint-like picture of deceased



A very close friend to Nkeng Lizette, killed and abandoned at a student hostel in Buea has describe the girl as nice, hardworking and intelligent

Tifuh Sandrine who has known Lizette for years now was speaking to TeboPost this day May 25th 2020, saying her friend was anything but those she now reads on social media

She describe the deceased as reserved with strong facility values and says she was from a very comfortable home.

“ it’s pains me when I read online and Peoppe say she was dating men for me money” Tifuh told TeboPost before adding, she was from a very comfortable home, went to one of the most expensive universities in this country was was suppose to be abroad if not for coronavirus for her post graduate program

She wasn’t into men as people put it and wasn’t materialistic beceuse her family provided her with all her needs

Her remarks about the deceased is in sharp contrast to what has been trending on social media where reports say she was dating two boys for money and was allegedly killed by one of them

The corpse of Nkeng Lizette was found in a hostel in Buea on May 23 2020 while already at an advance stage of decomposition

Reports say she had been killed five days later by unidentified person(s).

She was immediately buried by the hygiene and sanitation unit of Buea council.

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June 1st School resumption: Teachers make demanding demands



Teachers say they will Boycott June 1st School Resumption if Certain Conditions are not in Place by government to ensure smooth and safe teaching and learning  during the era of Covid-19

This is apparent from the document they issued during the week end where 19 Cameroon teachers syndicates including TAC and CATTU have declared that they will boycott the resumption of classes on June 1, 2020 if the conditions below are not met by the government

1. End of year exams be giving on basis of programs they have covered
2. Compulsory provision of sanitizer and face mask on campus
3. Risk allowance for teachers and allowance for overload
4. Not more than 24 students per class
4. Funds provided to schools to take care of health emergencies.
5. Remainder of school fees be paid to the schools among others

But amongst the numerous demands, the risk allowance for teachers has caught the eye of many Cameonians

Coming at a time when the nation like the rest of the world is suffering from the deadly pandemic, it’s only normal that teachers should fight for a safe learning space for their students and themselves

But demanding a risk allowance at a time when medics at the frontline are dying directly due to the virus and are yet to make any financial demands is seen by man as selfish in the part of the teachers

Many point to the fact that some of these teachers have not been teaching since 2016 when the Anglophone crisis started despite being paid their salaries in full and now are making strangulating demands before they go to class

Critics say Should government pay them risk allowance for teaching during the era or COVID-19, same allowance would have to be paid to all civil servants who risk their lives in one way or the other each day as they serve their nation.

Teachers they say are increasingly losing their sense of patriotism and all too often think only about their week being irrespective is the general interest.

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