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Editorial: Nkea ascends, Panicky Buea says it’s a coup…but this is why

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Christians of the Roman Catholic Church in the entire Anglophone regions wake up today Monday December 30th 2019 to the announcement of their new shepherd.

Bishop Andrew Nkea of the Mamfe diocese, South West region has just been appointed by a papal decree to a position of Archbishop  of Bamenda.

The appointment in theory makes the Cannon law expert the head of the entire Anglophone church and in practice the chief sheperd of Bamenda and Buea diocese.

The appointment of the revered priest to the supreme office of the ecclesiastical province comes as no surprise to many who have been following the politics of the church.

His Grace Andrew Nkea is not only young which makes him ideal for the position but his enormous achievements and works in the diocese of Mamfe and Buea all these years makes mockery of any question over his competence by distractors.

Many dubbed him the future Cardinal of the country to replace religious heavyweight emeritus Christian Cardina Tumi. But amidst the joy and celebrations as the church says farewell to Cornelius Fontem who retires as archbishop of Bamenda, there are silent protest and nervousness in some quarters of the church

Nkea during crisis time

His grace Andrew Nkea is taking over the helm of the church at a very critical time in the life of the church in the Anglophone regions. The Roman Catholic Christians  who constitutes the majority of the population have been really affected by the crisis and as former Bishop of Mamfe, one of the places hard hit by the crisis, Bishop Nkea knows all too well the impact of the crisis

His position on the crisis has been very clear and he has been one of the forefront church leaders to find lasting solutions to the crisis

His appointment also comes at a time when the trouble-riddle Buea diocese is preparing to welcome its Apostolic Administrator which means Bishop Nkea will be in charge of the mother diocese directly from his throne in Mankon-Bamenda

The right man to bring order to Buea?

Many say there are few priests in the province that can bring much needed order in the out-of-order Buea diocese.  Rocked by financial scandal and power struggled which has divided religious and kept Christians in disbelieve, the leadership of Bishop Buea has been marred by endless crisis of all sort.

Reports of financial scandals, outright embezzlement and senior priests calling the shots with punitive transfers and public display of political vendetta, all in total violation of church laws has ridiculed the diocese, making it laughing stock in the entire ecclesiastical province Bamenda

Bishop Bushu, a saint-like shepherded whom many say has failed in his leadership announced he was not going to continue to head the church during his anniversary in 2019 as he reached retirement age, drawing mixed reaction from the Christians as many began to pray for the coming of Nkea to bring  back order in a post Bushu era.

As former priest of the Buea Diocese and religious protégé of no-nonsense Bishop Pius Awah of blessed memory, many see Nkea as one of the architect of modern day Buea diocese.

He was hugely influential during his days as Chancellor of the Diocese under Pius Awah and acted as defacto Bishop of the diocese for the final years of Awah’s days, a job which earned him the appointment as bishop of Mamfe.

Many believe he knows the trouble makers in the diocese of Buea who have hijacked the church and divide its people and his first major task will be to bring order in the diocese

The appointment of Apostolic Administrator

While Bushu retires, the church had appointed Michale Bibi as the Apostolic Administrator of Buea diocese just two days ago who will be reporting to Andrew Nkea, effectively making Nkea the head of the Buea diocese alongside Bamenda which is the seat of his throne.

Sources within the church told TeboPost  Bibi was given the position of Administrator to give Nkea time and opportunity to “clean the house” before he (Bibi) is made a full bishop given Nkea’s in-depth knowledge of the crisis which has rocked the Buea diocese for more than a decade

Sources tell TeboPost there is panic within the circles of some senior priests in the diocese as many now fear their fate under the shrewd leadership of Andrew Nkea.

His unapologetic history of recovering church money and stolen assets from recalcitrant priests in Mamfe will certainly worry many in Buea as the Holy See gives an unexpected New Year gift to the Christians of the Anglophone regions

But as the politics continue to play out in the five cathedrals which constitute the Bamenda ecclesiastical province, the Mamfe diocese continues to wait for their new shepherded while Bamenda makes joyous noise onto the lord

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Limbe chiefs vomit embattled Motanga amidst corruption scandal

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Report from the city of Limbe says 7 chiefs have written a memo calling on Andrew Motanga – government delegate to the Limbe city council to resign

The leaked letter from the chiefs which TeboPost has a copy says the chiefs are not happy with the embezzlement allegations hovering over the head of the embattled government delegate hence,he should resign immediately

Motanga is due to appear before the special criminal court in Yaounde on the 5th February 2020 to answer to charges of embezzlement of 9 billions francs CFA at the Limbe city council

The money CONAC (Cameroon’s anti corruption agency) says was stolen over a 9 years period and the government degate has been occupying that seat for almost a decade.

Motanga is running as Councillor of Limbe II council and was widely expected to be the new city mayor of limbe following special status granted to Anglophone regions.

The positions of government delegates are expected to be scrapped and be replaced by city mayors who will be exted by other councilors

But his political future now looks shattered amidst biting allegations which risk sending him behind bars for a very long time if found guilty

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Cameroon teachers under attack: Why is everyone beating up teachers?

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The latest shocking incident in a government high school in Ayos where a divisional officer unchorograhically brutalized a teacher in front of students comes to cap a month of ceaseless attacks on teachers and indeed the noble profession

Reports there (Ayos) say the Divisional Officer was momentarily blocked from entering a class in the school she was visiting because students were taking exams.

But the teacher’s plea for the DO to give more time to the students to complete their evaluation was met with brutal force from an administrative official whose superiors have been noted for reckless brutality against the people

Earlier this year, a teacher was stabbed by a 15-year-old student in a class to dead for violating school rules and bringing a phone to class, the attack shocked the nation and sparked an on-line debate about the safety and security of teachers in school.

Teachers have therefore been the laughing stock of the Cameroonian society; lately as many have been subjected to ridicule and their once revered status disappeared.

On Thursday, September 29, 2019, a military officer, adjudant Boris Djouledem, got a teacher in government school Garage Militaire in Bafoussam almost beaten to death for punishing a form five student who happens to be his son who failed to do his assignment.

According to the ministry of secondary education, teachers have been attacked at least 15 times in the past month alone by parents, begging the question of what is happening?

Records of administrative officials and powerful parents beating up teachers with the complicity of some reckless law enforcement officers are not new but becoming rampant lately

The rich and powerful are wasting no time to benefit from Cameroon’s lawless system to beat up teachers, lock them up for very basic reasons as correcting their kids in school in a manner they do not like.

It’s no news that the rich and powerful in the country are themselves the law. Most of them have the powers to incarcerate the poor and underprivileged even for no crime for as long as they are satisfied, but what is surprising is the fact that this culture has been brought even to the people responsible for their children’s future-teachers were once seen as noble and secondary parents of kids

For a profession once admired and regarded as one belonging to the morally upright and privileged few who are charged with the colossal task to raise future doctors, engineers, scientists, and all other professions, the long respect and ‘adoration’ teachers once enjoy is now history.

Some argue the teachers are partly to be blamed for their own misfortunes in a brutal and increasingly hostile workspace, arguing that teaching profession has been ridiculed, filled with incompetent workers who can afford to buy their way through government entrance exams to the teaching profession even without the passion for the job, committing unacceptable mistakes in the process thereby attracting the rod of brutal and powerful parents and administrators.

But even that argument will not justify the latest aggressive onslaught against teachers by those who should be protecting them-after all; everybody was once a pupil or student under a teacher

The latest incident in Ayos involving a DO brutalizing a teacher for protecting the right of students have sparked debate in the country about the state of the law in Cameroon as   attacks from present and current students increases and salary stagnates, making them a laughing stock of the society

There have been calls for the administrator to be sanctioned by authorities. The secondary education minister has expectedly maintained sealed lips over the incident…but this is Cameroon, Some DOs are more powerful than some ministers and the business of sanctioning can be quiet tricky.

Students in the Ayos high shool today January 24th, 2020 staged a protest earlier in the morning calling for their teacher who was locked up for defending them in the hands of an overzealous administrators, some teachers announced a protest of their own, calling for no chalk day-But many of them will be consoled by the fact that at least they still have the rights to protest. Other Cameroonian doesn’t seem to posses even that basic right to protest against what they think is wrong-Excerpt, of course, it’s to support the regime in place

Faced by multiple crises, armed conflict in Anglophone regions, rebels in the east and terrorists in the North, many say the state of Cameroon is gradually fragmenting and losing hold of its strength, as everything seems to be wrong at these moments.

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Ghastly motor accident in Yaounde claims senator’s entire family

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Senator Dingha Ignatius Bayin said to have lost his son, daughter-in-law, father-in-law and grandson in a ghastly motor accident this morning January 24th 2020 in Yaounde

Reports say the family left the senator’s house at about 2 am. And was crushed by a trailer on thier way out of Bastos.

The son lives at Emana. They were at the father’s residence to attend the wake of their uncle (family chop chair).

He was kidnapped in Balikumbat and kept without his medication for three days and he died as a consequence. Now, the former senator will have to bury four , including the unborn.

May their soul Rest In Peace!

 

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