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Opinion: This week Yaoundé gave up everything…or almost

The five days national dialogue which sought to reconcile the country’s elites with its history and craft a pleasant and acceptable future with a segment of its disgruntled population has finally come to an end.



President Biya after the Major National Diaolgue

As you are reading this, delegates of the major national dialogue are home or on their way home.

The five days national dialogue which sought to reconcile the country’s elites with its history and craft a pleasant and acceptable future with a segment of its disgruntled population has finally come to an end.

More than 1500 delegates had converged in one of the country’s most famous building-Yaoundé conference center to rewrite their own history and have the rare opportunity to correct the past.

They were responding to a call from the country’s commander in chief President Biya who had announced a Grand National dialogue to resolve a crisis many say was born out of his government’s own making.

As delegates (most of them Anglophones) discussed the fate of the country especially the English speaking regions of North West and South West in raucous at times near punching debates, the expectant populace watches in wait and make meaning out of every debate as the dialogue spilled over on social media

After five days of hard and honest talk, the government finally makes some concessions, granting special status to the disgruntled Anglophone regions where power will be concentrated to local authorities even as critics say they aren’t enough.

But as delegates left the dialogue visibly divided as before, the country’s president was not done just yet.

In two separate decrees, pressure-insulated Biya ordered first; the discontinuance of proceedings against 333 persons connected with the Anglophone crisis for acts of misdemeanors and secondly, the release of political prisoners ( MRC supporters) who were arrested for staging a nationwide protest denouncing the results of the 2018 Presidential election.

While the first Presidential pardon will not see the Ambazonian leaders out of jail, it remains to be seen if the President of MRC (the party at the heart of the political protest east of the Mungo) professor Maurice kamto will be released along with his supporters.

The one-time regime loyalist turn critic had claimed he won the 2018 presidential elections, calling for multiple protests at home and abroad to change the ruling of the constitutional council which declared Biya winner with more than 70% of the total vote counts.

As the debate over who is who in the soon to be released list makes waves, many have welcomed the moves, praising the head of state for the taking important steps for the nation’s political healing and finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

The first week of October has seen the government made more concessions than the past three years of bloody conflict which has changed the face of the nation and put its political leaders on international scrutiny

The Biya regime is famously known for its ability to survive the pressure, hardly gives concessions and historically finds its way past local problems for the past 36 years, but the latest events of the week have changed everything….just anything.

Many now hope the barrage of concessions made will silent the guns in the two English speaking regions of the country at least for now as the country searches its political soul.


Forgotten Vamoulke goes the Marafa way, writes from Kondengui







“Section 131. It is the cell of the Kondengui Central Prison, in Yaoundé, which has become my home since July 29, 2016.

When each of its ten occupants (for 20 square meters) has slipped under their sheet, I sometimes, before finally getting to sleep, relive these strong emotions that had embraced me in high school when the history teacher told of the slave trade. I imagined one of these chained slaves, sitting bent in a hold and wondering, “But what am I doing here? Where are we going ? What gods have I offended and what price will I pay for my redemption? ”
The slave of the time had no answer, any more than I do today, since I cannot be satisfied with that which justice gives me of my country: “Misappropriation of public funds by artificial inflation of the Audiovisual Royalty »For the sole benefit of the Crtv which I then directed.

Indeed, it has been established that there has been neither embezzlement, swelling, nor loss of money. The Audiovisual Royalty is a tax intended to finance public broadcasting. This money is managed by the Treasurer Pay Master General only. Who can think that, coming from the offices of Cameroon Radio Television (Crtv), I could have broken into its services to manipulate its accounting books and thus “inflate” the figures that were there? Well, since justice here admits against all common sense, I can only endure the more than three years of illegal imprisonment in light of my acquired status as a free accused.

This lack of credible charges justifies the record of 24 dismissals from my trial which cannot be validly held and which resembles a … dramatic comedy. Because, here, the mass is said as soon as you are indicted. You are rightly hoping that the obvious truth to be established. Seeing nothing coming, you cling to the hope that violations of the Law during the various hearings will be denounced and will eventually be recognized.

This shows ignorance of the fact that justice does not rest on the laws and that nothing will change in it any more the legal deadlines largely exceeded (detained for more than 1200 days whereas the Law fixes a limit of nine months) that the illegal commissions forensic experts who are not. You cannot dream of any recourse, as the law has no procedure when it is violated by the courts.

You understand then that you will not solve the squaring of the circle, any more than your judges who are sometimes instructed by their “hierarchy” that they must “defend the position of the prosecution to the point of absurdity”.

We can continue to talk about this “independent justice” and the “separation of powers” supposed to prevent the Keeper of the Seals from getting involved in legal proceedings.

What cynicism must I have to prevent me from going to treat myself abroad even though Cameroonian and foreign specialists have stressed the extreme gravity of the severe neuropathy from which I now suffer? These same experts requested my medical evacuation given the absence of the necessary infrastructure in Cameroon and the proven risk of paralysis.

It was undoubtedly still the “hierarchy” which decided on November 28 to deprive me not only of my freedom but also of all the medical assistance which I urgently need. The Tribunal still had to resolve to “obey” the law and to reject my request for provisional release, which was essential on humanitarian and legal grounds.

So what is the point, as my lawyers have pointed out, of the long list of “criminals” convicted and released on medical grounds? Did you say “double standards”? You wonder then why this justice crushing lives, which overwhelms high-ranking personalities hit with prison terms for periods between 10 years and 50 years: Prime Minister, Secretaries General of the Presidency of the Republic, Ministers, Rectors of university, DG of public companies, SDOs, mayors, public accountants. For my part, I continue to wonder constantly about the relentlessness of which I am the victim. My career cannot be the reason, because my collaborators, my environment, my family, all plead in my favour, putting forward my probity and my integrity. But what good is it to want to plead?

President Paul Biya could himself testify in my favour since it was to him that I wrote when I was appointed to refuse to inherit the salary of my predecessor, which I found indecent and which I was able to divide by four.

If not my career, then what ??? Seeing no credible reason, I can only deliver a few in bulk, without hierarchical order: “he is haughty” (police, intelligence); it has nothing to do with the Crtv “(a minister); “He showed on television the daughter of the President of the Republic in light clothes” (video montage made without my knowledge to press the head of state to resign me); “He dismissed the daughter’s business from the legal counsel of the Head of State of the Crtv” (which is true, for objective reasons); “It is not reliable” (understand “controllable”), etc.

It is true that I had made sure that professionalism was not sacrificed too much to other essential considerations. I have always taken care to place the cursor, especially editorial, as close to balance as possible without taking the risk of going too far so as not to break everything. Despite the constraints (pressures), I think I have managed to reconcile the public with its public radio and television which must be situated “in the heart of the Nation”, a slogan that I designed and coined for the Crtv. It is also true that I signed, as president of the Union of Journalists of Cameroon (UJC), a memorandum directly addressed to the Government asking for nothing less than the liberalization of the audiovisual landscape as well as the decriminalization of crimes of hurry. These actions have put me under great pressure and have built a reputation as a free electron, that is to say, in the national context, an undesirable personality!

Even today, out of naivety or out of confidence in the future of my country, I cannot admit that all this can justify judicial harassment, my illegal imprisonment and the inhuman treatment of which I am the victim. I am indeed deprived of exams and medical treatment adapted to my severe neuropathy recently diagnosed and for which I remain deprived of all care, at the risk of losing the use of my lower limbs. I am well aware that openly exposing the hostage justice of my country today is not likely to move the accused actors who believe they are still unshakable. So one of them, accustomed to colorful words, is said to have said “If you expect me at the final judgment, know that I will not come.”

I would like to continue to hope that these words from a thinker of the 19th century will one day appear to us as a truth from which we must not stray too far: “The truth is revenge, and whoever hates or despises it, sooner or later will be its prey”.
(Our loose transaction)
Mwalimu McMua Paul

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Where is Fru Ndi isolating? Cameroon faces first crisis in a generation without its iconic opposition figure.



Call him a national heroe or liberation fighter, opposition leader and founder of the social democratic front party- SDF will always go down history as one of the pillars of Cameroon’s democracy or what seems like it.

Ever since the introduction of multi party politics in the early 90s, Fru Ndi has been in the frontline of every single activity in the national triangle

Whether it’s natural disaster in the Far North or political crisis in the South West, Fru Ndi has been seen in the last 30 years by many as the face of Cameroon’s leader during turbulent times- infact if he is not leading the nation whenever there is need for leadership, he is criticizing Yaounde for doing a bad job.

Fru Ndi has been one leader who was revered by millions of Cameroonians and adored by his own supporters.

Many look up to him for direction in times of crisis like this and in some parts of the country, he was beyond an opposition leader, he was infect a “President” cherished by his own people especially in his native  Bamenda which constituted his political base.

But amidst deadly conflict which has killed thousands of Anglophones (most of whom are supporters of his party) in the restive North West and South West regions of the country, the SDF party has been fragmented, with polling at embarrassing numbers and the one time chief opposition party has lost grip even in areas many could only have dreamt.

The party looks abandoned as secessionist feelings grow in the restive Anglophone regions which constitutes the base of the party.

Many accuse the party of failing to do enough and  standing with the Anglophone beyond criticism of Yaounde  and some say the party is in an unholy bromance with the ruling CPDM which  many  blame for their predicaments

Calls for Fru Ndi and his party to align with separatists failed to sway the principled national chairman and multiple kidnappings and torture of the 78 year old by Ambazonian armed fighters have done nothing to swing his mind either.

In June 28 2019, he was kidnapped at his Ntarikong residence after he just returned from  a medical checkup. His body guard was shot on the leg and he was taken to the Bush by armed separatists before he was later released.

It was the second time he was kidnapped in two months after he suffered similar fate in April that same year.

In all two kidnappings, he says he was pressured to recall his MPs  and senators from lower and uppers Houses of Parliament as sign of support to the growing separatist  sentiments but he refused.

The consequences have been an embarrassing deafat in recent elections as the people turn their back against the man and party they once called their own, SDF  surrendered its chief opposition status to other smaller parties and holding a laughable number of seats in parliament which makes mockery of Cameroon’s Democracy

But as Fru Ndi agreed to experiment the survival of his party with young leaders, surrendering Presidential race in 2018 to his young vibrant political protege Joshua Osih, his party’s  tumbling popularity greeted him in the face, forcing him to quit the stage for an undisclosed location abroad for many months now due to “health reasons”.

No information this far has filtered about the whereabouts of the Ntarinkong Lanlord.

Cameroonians like many citizens around the world are facing a once in a century kind of pandemic and for the first time in 30 years, their darling opposition figure is conspicuously missing in action, leaving the space for others like Maurice Kamto to seize the opportunity and reign disorder and confusion within the deteriorating political arena of the country.

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Parliament: Cameroon’s deputy speaker recommends prayers to solve Anglophone crisis



We Should “Cry” To God To Take Away Coronavirus, Restore Peace In Nw/Sw. Hon LIfaka

The Vice President of Cameroon’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, Hon Emilia Monjiwa Lifaka has called on Cameroonians to go down on their knees and seek the face of God in this turbulent times.

According to the Member of Parliament, we need God’s intervention in fighting the dreaded COVID-19 virus as well as in seeking lasting solution to the socio-political cataclysm rocking the Northwest and Southwest Regions for over three years.

Hon Lifaka made these remarks during an ecumenical service on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

The service brought together government administrators , traditional rulers and civil actors.

Source: The Ultimate author

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