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Living together chorister storms “above the law” Sangmelima

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Paul Atanga Nji gets hilarious welcome at Sangmelima this day the 17th of October 2019. The entire population and Elites, political and traditional authorities, Alongside the ETA Major of the Administrative jurisdiction of Sangmelima had to welcome the MINAT boss few hours ago.

Paul Atanga Nji is in Samgmelima for a working visit which comes after an inter commuting conflict erupted there last week following the death of an indigene.

The Bulus (indigenes of Sangmelima) attacked the Bamuns and Bamilekes, breaking their shops and looting their goods for two days continuously, all in the watchful eyes of seemingly “helpless” law enforcement officers.

They (Bulus) say the the Bamums were responsible for the murderer of one of theirs who died on Tuesday October 9th 2019.

The two days violent which engulfed  the town quickly drew the attention of the nation as many watched in consternation the degree of restraint exhibited by the country’s trigger happy police in the face of unprecedented violence against a minority.

Many Cameroonians where quick to take to social media to condemn  the violence, describing it as “xenophobic” with  government struggling  to contained the situation.

But perhaps the most eye catching situation amidst the violence was the lack of action from the police, who failed to deter the protesters and had no one arrested after two days violence which led to the destruction and looting of goods estimated at hundreds of millions.

Many were quick to draw comparison with similar  violence or non violent protests  in other parts of the country which are always met with heavy police crackdown.

The inaction by security forces was largely due to the fact that the town is the hometown of the President of the republic, and most of its indigenes occupy some of the most senior role in government- forcing the police officers to watch helplessly for fear of arresting or injuring the wrong citizen.

The last week violence sparked a national debate about the rule of law in the country, many now question if some Cameroonians are more important than others before the very law which governs the entire nation.

Many young non-indigenes left the town after the the attack by the locals and the decision from mayor and other stakeholders  that all bike riders must be indigenes of the town, another move which  questions the “vivre ensemble” preached by the government and sets a dangerous precedence across the national triangle.

The visit of the all powerful MINAT boss who is the frontline leader of the living together mantra will be highly monitored as many are hoping perpetrators of such violence will not go unpunished to say the least.

Atanga Nji has proven before that he is a political bulldozer, daring to go places his peers can’t imagine and a champion of oneness for the country.

His visit to Biya’s hometown will be yet another test of his unwavering political might and his ability to prove doubters of “the living together” policy wrong, should he do what many believe is another impossibility- Nailing the Bulus for crimes against another tribe of a nation where the rule of law is supreme.

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Coronavirus: Mixed signals from Yaounde shows survival depends on you

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

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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

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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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