Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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CRTV SW, Buea:

Kange Wasaloko is new Station Manager
By Boris Esono in Buea
New CRTV Buea and Mt. Cameroon FM Station Managers
The new station manager of CRTV Buea, SW region has fired a grim warning at staffers of the station who will not show a sense of commitment and assiduity at work.
                Kange Williams Ndiva Wasoloko was speaking to reporters following his installation Monday, by the deputy GM of CRTV, Emmanuel Wongibe.
                Wasoloko promised to bring his 21 years of experience at CRTV and his 25 years of journalism practice, to bear on the challenges that await him in his new functions. He also warned against indiscipline and laziness.
                “My vision is the vision of the Director General of CRTV, which is first to up-grade the standard of CRTV South West and also sell the potentials of CRTV SW to the wider public. I come in with 21 years of working experience at CRTV and 25 years of journalism practice. I will combine this experience with that of my collaborators to make CRTV what it should be. I am going to instill discipline and fight inertia and laziness. I am sending a very strong message to all my collaborators. People must come early to work. Those who are not ready to work will definitely be punished, “Kange warned strongly.

Military Headquarters, Yaounde:

Bakossi Community steals show as new Generals receive insignia
Brigadier-General Ekongwese Divine
The 11 new brigadier-generals appointed on 29 June 2017 by the Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, President Paul Biya, on Saturday 15 July 2017 received their insignia and other attributes
The minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, presided over the brief but solemn ceremony that was devoid of speeches.
                The ceremony was witnessed among others by government ministers, senior military and police officials, diplomats, traditional and religious authorities and a stampeding crowd of curious family members, friends and onlookers.
                After receiving their insignia and other attributes the senior army and gendarmerie officers now become full generals. They will later in the course of the week be commissioned into their respective posts of responsibility.
                A thrilling march past by detachments of the military and the gendarmarie added colour and solemnity to the event.
                Expressions of joy and happiness got to frenzy when the new Generals were called up to take their various positions to immortalise the event through group photos with the Defence Minister, Beti Assomo, the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence in charge of the National Gendarmerie, Jean Baptiste Bokam and the secretary of state in the ministry of defence in charge of Ex-servicemen and war victims, Koumpa Issa.

Macron’s Election, the Anglophone Problem and the Generational Question (1)

A democratic revolution is under way in France, while Cameroon is stuck in political sclerosis and inertia with an insipid gerontocracy comprising tired old men, tottering on the borders of senile decay.
By Ekinneh Agbaw-Ebai*
Flashback...November 24, 1981, 36 years ago, President Ahmadou Ahidjo cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the Song Loulou hydro-electric dam accompanied by Paul Biya (Prime Minister), Marcel Niat Njifenji (GM of SONEL),  and Philemon Yang 
(Minister of Mines, Water and Energy).

For Cameroonians, the most obvious lesson from the election of Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron as President of France is that the youths too can do it, if the conditions are right. At age 39 and one who has never held elected office, Macron founded La République en Marche (Republic on the Move or REM), a centrist political movement with an ideology, structure, and a campaign machine that within a year, took on and defeated long existing and experienced mainstream political parties on the right and left. In the presidential run-off, Macron trounced Marine Le Pen’s National Front winning over 66% of the vote. In the next chapter of his democratic revolution, Macron’s party, and its allies won a handsome parliamentary majority - a remarkable result for a party founded only 14 months ago. The election of Macron is an opportunity that beckons on Cameroonians, with the next Presidential election in sight. Already, the nation is being treated to a comical spectacle by self-seeking morons and scums stumping around, in a bizarre campaign aimed at getting the “anointed” CPDM incumbent to seek re-election in 2018. These efforts to orchestrate another 7-year mandate for the ailing 84-year-old Paul Biya, stands in mockery to the leadership recruitment process that put a 39 year-old into the French presidency. It is a travesty that insults and diminishes even Biya’s own person. CPDM political jobbers should spare Cameroonians the noise as the nation laments in agony for better governance.
                Macron, an investment banker, may not have contested elections before but had substantial experience in the corridors of power. He worked as a public servant; was once a member of the Socialist Party and held different government portfolios. His success is a function of a political environment that is relatively healthy and civilized, where politicians, servant-leaders go into politics for the public interest. It is said that only the deep calls to the deep. Macron’s mentors and senior politicians, like erstwhile President Francois Hollande who leveraged his career are patriotic French politicians who identify and nurture youths with such positive qualities. The leadership recruitment motive and process that put a 39 year-old into the French presidency must therefore be commended. It is worth-noting that though 22 years younger than Biya, Hollande at age 62, chose not to seek re-election because of his low job approval rating. Such sensitivity to public opinion is indeed a mark of statesmanship and the wisdom of a patriot.

As military vessel capsizes:

34 Cameroon soldiers missing at Sea
A Cameroon army vessel transporting "dozens" of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Brigade capsized on Sunday off the country's southwestern coast, a security source told AFP
The boat "capsized on Sunday between the city of Limbe and Bakassi. There were 37 BIr elements on board, including a colonel," a source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
                The Rapid Intervention Brigade is in the front line of Cameroon's fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the far north.
                "The army has begun searches," the source said, while another source close to the Cameroon army said three bodies had been recovered.
                As well as the troops, the boat was also transporting equipment for construction work at a military base on the Bakassi peninsula, where the Brigade has helped to bring security after a previous spate of hostage-takings.

Allegations of fraudulent admission:

CPDM bigwig shames GCE Registrar for betraying his own brother
By Boris Esono in Buea
Humphrey Ekema Monono, GCE Registrar
The Section President of CPDM Meme 1A, Tabot Lawson Bakia fondly called Njalla, has criticized the registrar of the GCE Board, Dr. Humphrey Ekema Monono for exposing the results slips of the Mayor of Buea, Ekema Patrick Esunge, following the recent wave of speculations on the social media that the mayor frauded his admission into the Buea University without satisfying the requisite entry conditions.
                Tabot Lawson thundered his dissatisfaction with the way the GCE board registrar, the public and the social media have handled the matter, which continues to animate a vast amount of discussion and debate in the country.
                He was speaking on the sidelines of the CPDM Meme II section conference that took place on Friday 14 July, at Mbonge.
                Responding to questions from prying reporters as to his reaction to the scandal over alleged faked certificates by the Mayor of Buea, Lawson said:
                "I must say that the way the social media and some people are blowing the allegation of fake certificates by Mayor Ekema is beyond proportion.  Ekema is not the only person who has faked certificate, that is, if he actually faked the GCE certificate. Others have been discovered with fake certificates in big companies like Pamol, CNPS, CDC, Councils and even in Universities and the government. I cannot call names here but we all know them. We have people who have entered big schools like ENAM and other big recruitment schools in this country with fake certificates. Ekema even had one 'A' level which he used to get admission into the University.  There are those who frauded the 'O' and 'A' levels and have gotten big jobs in places. Some of them are today honourable MPs, Magistrates, Mayors etc," Lawson said, before blaming the registrar of the GCE board, Dr. Humphrey Monono for readily publishing Ekema’s results slips to the public.

CPDM Meme II Section Conference:

Senator Otte Mofa donates inputs to farmers
By Doh Bertrand Nua in Kumba
Equipment donated by Senator Otte Andrew
Militants of the ruling CPDM party in Meme II section, Mbonge have jumped in jubilation following the donation by their section president, Senator Otte Andrew Mofa, of farm inputs and other valuable agriculture equipment to help boost agriculture in the typically rural locality. The militants in their multitude showed their undying support to the section president on Friday July 14 at the explanade of the Mbonge grandstand on the occasion of the conference of CPDM Meme II section.
                The crowd pulling event that brought together militants of the party from far and near was held under the theme: "Consolidating Unity and Strengthening our resolve, our day to day experience of living together". It witnessed the presence of party bigwigs from the central committe and other sections like CPDM Meme III-Konye, Meme 1A Kumba and Ndian.
                Speaking to the jubilant militants, Senator Otte Andrew Mofa by providing the farm inputs he wants the populations to be able to catch fish by themselves, rather than be provided with fish. He expressed the hope that the donation will help improve agricultural productivity and improve livelihood.
                The Questor of Cameroon's Upper House of Parliament who according to militants and a cross section of the population is a father and God sent son to them, provided 20 Wheelbarrows,  20 trucks, 3 large trucks, water pumps for boreholes, electric generators for offices and court areas without electricity, grinding machines for corn and spices, farm holes, rainboots and other rubber shoes, complete sets of footbal equipment for three amateur second division football clubs in Mbonge (Barca Junior FC, Vipers of Small Ekombe & Eyonde FC of Mbonge), machines for oil mills, cutlasses, fertilizers, high yielding seeds, spraying machines,  complete sets of hospital beds for health centres, buckets amongst others. Senator Otte Andrew as well provided 400 already sewn party shirts to militants of the section in order to make them appear in party uniforms during occasions.
                Quizzed on what motivated the donation Otte Andrew said that after a very busy session at the Senate voting laws and checking government action he thought it wise to mobilise the population and commune with them. Expressing his joy for the massive turnout, Otte Mofa said the section conference was aslo aimed to test the enthusiasm and mobilisation capacity of the militants.