Sunday, 20 August 2017

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Keeping Expectations alive:

Biya consults with PM Yang over cabinet reshuffle
Reports say the president of the republic has received the sitting PM in audience at least two times within the past week in view of forming a new government
By Tanyi Kenneth Musa in Yaounde
President Biya
If press reports are anything to go by, then President Paul Biya will be announcing a new government in the days ahead. President Biya has received his Prime Minister, Philemon Yunji Yang, on at least two occasions in the last few weeks to discuss the configuration of the new government that he intends to to form anytime sooner than later, according to reports in both the local as well as the foreign press.
                Though Paul Biya told the Prime Minister during the audience that he may no longer keep him in his post, the president at once asked Yang to propose some names of persons he would want in the new government.
                Biya also thanked the PM for his unalloyed loyalty, and for the good job he has so far done as the head of government business. He reaffirmed his confidence and trust in Yang but said he would assign him this time to other duties.
                Though it is not immediately known where Biya will assign Yang after dropping him as PM, speculations are that he would make him either the Grand Chancellor of National Orders in replacement of MafanyMusonge or make him the pioneer president of the constitutional council that is yet to be constituted.
                For his part, Philemon Yang also thanked Biya for the high confidence and trust he placed on him by keeping him as PM for nearly a decade. He pledged his continued and total loyalty to the President even after he would have left the star building.
                But Yang also suggested to his boss and mentor that giving the present agitations by Anglophones it would make sense if the President could consider also handing some sovereign ministerial portfolios to Anglophones.

Horrible, Horrible!

23 perish at Mile 29 ‘death trap’ in Muyuka
Corpses of victims covered with banana leaves
A ghastly road accident has killed 23 persons and left several others seriously wounded at the notorious mile 29 hill near Muyuka in the South West region. This was in the early morning hours of Saturday 17 August 2017.
                According to reports from the scene of the accident, a truck carrying merchandize lost its breaks as it descended the very steep hill from Ekona; it lost control, left its own side of the road and bashed into two vehicles that were going in the reverse direction. The two cars – a 20-seater transport bus carrying 18 passengers and a private car.
                Official sources say at least 20 persons died on the spot, while two others were seriously hurt. The 18 persons in the bus were returning to Buea from a funeral in Muyuka.
Informed of the ghastly accident, the SG of the South West Governor’s office immediately got to the scene to see for himself the situation on ground.

Solution to Anglophone Crisis:

Kamto suggests creation of PEACE and Compassion Commission
Prof. Maurice KAMTO
Since the launching of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) in 2012, the party had announced that there exist an Anglophone Problem in Cameroon (it is found in CRM’s party manifesto published on its website: and the party proposed that the said problem can be solved through dialogue.
                The National President of CRM, Prof. Maurice KAMTO did re-echo the same message during CRM party’s public meeting that held in Commercial Avenue Bamenda, on the 25th of June 2016.  Prof. Maurice KAMTO in his speech insisted, to the hearing of the population that gathered that, there is the necessity to solve the Anglophone Problem through dialogue.
                Unfortunately, the Government of President Paul Biya decided to give deaf ears to this strong positive signal from the CRM leader and in November of 2016, the Anglophone Problem burst out.  Since the outburst of the Anglophone problem, the President of the Republic, whom following the Constitution, is the one to incarnate national unity, ensures the respect of the Constitution, guarantee territorial integrity, and to secure permanently and continually the State, would have gone to these two regions concerned (Northwest and Southwest) meet and assure the population, that he has come himself, to directly listen to their grievances so as to finally provide appropriate solutions to their wellbeing within the Cameroon Nation.  Such moves imperatively inscribed in our country’s Constitution above cited, having not been respected, even when there is a serious crisis, the President of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement did proposed a solution grounded on two points to wit:

                The putting in place by the Head of State a POLITICAL DELEGATION comprised of:
             Religious Leaders
             Traditional Rulers (01 each from the 10 regions of Cameroon)
             Representatives of Political Parties represented in Parliament
                This Political Delegation shall be bearer of a message of PEACE and COMPASSION to their fellow brothers and sisters of these two Anglophone Regions of our country.  The Political Delegation, as a point of duty, shall go to the Northwest and Southwest regions to make the population understand that we are all one and that they have heard their cries and have come to wipe their tears.
                This shall show good faith on the part of Government in resolving peacefully these problems, the Political Delegation have to carry with them accompanying measures to pacify, give confidence notably the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested in Northwest and Southwest Regions during the Anglophone crisis.
                On the basis of this political move and the above measures, the CRM party think that parents of these Regions will sent their children back to school in order not to further compromise their children’s future.

Anglophone crisis:

SWELA against Southern Cameroons secession
By Johnson Batuo in Kumba
The assistant Secretary General of the South West elite association SWELA in charge of Meme has castigated those who want to divide Cameroon.
                Prince Nasako Daniel Molondo was speaking to The Median on Thursday august, 17, 2017 in kumba, where he said ‘SWELA cannot be part and will never be in support of those who are clamouring for secession”.
                Prince Nasako Daniel Molondo described those who are preaching secession as devils who want to destroy Cameroon that the president of the Republic Paul Biya has taken many years to build.
                He said Cameroon is one and indivisible, and those clamouring for separation will not succeed.
                Nasako added that instead of preaching separation, people should be talking about the regional councils that the President of the Republic can put in place very soon.
Prince Nasako Daniel Molondo who was speaking against the backdrop of the Anglophone crises, said the people of the south west region will never and cannot support the idea of separating the country.
                He challenged those in the Diaspora whom he accused of fanning the crisis in Cameroon that has plunged the country into chaos and the continuous ghost town that has caused economic hardship to the people of the south west and North West Regions.
                Nasako challenged Anglophones living abroad who want to divide the country to resign from their jobs and stay at home so that, they will know how the people back home are feeling when they observe ghost towns without going about their businesses.
                On the issues of school boycott, the Assistant Secretary General of SWELA in charge of Meme said the education of children cannot be sacrificed because of some misguided individuals.
                Hear him “our children cannot be sacrificed because of those who want to achieve their political aim and want to stop our children from going to school”.

Poverty alleviation policy:

CSPH builds first ever petrol station in Nguti
-Nguti Populations extol Minister Elung Paul’s dev’t vision
By Doh Bertrand Nua Just Back From Nguti
Ongoing works at newly constructed Petrol station in Nguti
The populations of Nguti Sub Division in KupeMuanenguba Division of the southwest region will soon heave a sigh of relief with assurances that their first ever petrol filling station presently under construction, will go operational by the end of September 2017.
                Mayor Tong George Enoh, revealed the information Friday 4 August 2017 during the first ordinary session of the council devoted to reviewing and adopting the administrative, management and stores accounts of the council for the year 2016.
With unconcealed joy and happiness Mayor Tong announced to the councilors and the administrative officials present at the session that Nguti municipality will by the end of the month of September begin making use of the petrol station under construction. He said the project was a gift from the Hydrocarbons Prices Stabilization Fund (CSPH) and falls within the framework of the petroleum company’s determination to accompany president Biya and his poverty alleviation policy.
                “By the end of August or September, the new petrol station constructed by the Petroleum Prices Stabilization Fund will go operational,” Mayor Tong assured Nguti councilors with visible excitement.
                He used the occasion to extol Minister Elung Paul Che, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance, who doubles as the General Manager of the Hydrocarbons Prices Stabilization Fund (CSPH), for his development vision.
                Discernibly overwhelmed with joy, the Mayor noted; ”i want to register here my profound gratitude to the management of the CSPH, which is headed by our own illustrious son of KupeMuanenguba, His Excellency Minister Elung Paul Che.”

Elections in Cameroon:

What perspectives for 2018?

In principle, five elections are expected to hold in Cameroon in 2018. Political enthusiasts look at this special election year with mixed feelings. In the following analysis, our political correspondent argues that success in 2018 depends on what preparations will be done in the country in this direction before 2017 runs out.
 By our political analyst
Since the return of political pluralism in Cameroon close to 30 years ago, public speech in the country has been replete with words and expressions such as ‘democracy’, ‘governance’, citizen’, electoral lists’, ‘consensual electoral code’, and especially ‘alternation’. The reason for this is that Cameroonians being more and more citizen-oriented and tired of a deceptive democracy compared to what is observed in countries that are authentically democratic, seem to be waiting impatiently for the 2018 elections in order to be done with inertia, as they say. This, in the hope that the vote will not be hijacked this time around by a hegemonic party and occult groups. 678496194
                For this dream to come true, the 10 to 15 million potential voters have to register on the electoral lists and effectively go and vote, each with the intimate conviction that the vote cast in the ballot box will translate into the expected result. Such result would prevent the maintenance in power of leaders who despise them, sanction them through a blank vote and/or massive abstention or replace the current occupants of the seats of power with those from whom they can expect better governance.
The attainment of this result no doubt requires the prior responsibility of both the government and the opposition. That is why, knowing only too well that as you make your bed so shall you lie on it, it seems timely for us to draw the attention of men and women in politics to the fact that preparations for the 2018 elections must begin today.

Will all five elections hold?
                As a matter of principle, five elections are expected to take place in 2018: a presidential election in which Mr. Biya still seems to be candidate for the CPDM, senatorial, parliamentary and municipal elections, to which are added regional elections, i.e. if the Senate has to be in conformity with the constitution of the republic – that is to say, elected by municipal and regional councillors.
                Will things happen in this way? Nothing can be too sure. When we look at the sociopolitical, economic and security context of the country, we do not need to be religiously pessimistic to doubt the capacity of the government to meet the challenge of such a calendar at the organizational and financial levels as well as in the democratically established norms. The question is therefore not only if 2018 will be a year of alternation but also if all or some of the elections will effectively take place.
Sources at MINATD say that whereas the Constitution obliges the Head of State to respect the programme of holding the presidential and senatorial elections, the electoral law gives him the latitude to either anticipate or postpone the parliamentary and municipal elections. Rumours thus have it that only two elections will take place next year, that is, the presidential and senatorial elections, which Mr. Biya cannot anticipate or postpone without changing the Constitution anew. The postponement of the other elections would easily be justified by the particularly difficult security and economic contexts.
                How then could the President of the Republic go ahead such that the Senate is not elected again only by municipal councillors and himself without part of its electorate (regional councillors who are still non-existent)? It is indeed hard in the near future to envisage the election of regional councillors whose non-existence is tantamount to the strangulation of the decentralization process in Cameroon.
There is no doubt that the absence of an official justification for the non-election of the above-mentioned councillors for 21 years now looks like a systemic rebellion of the government against the Constitution, the electoral code, the law on decentralization and all politico-legal instruments which could make our country resemble a state of law. Simply put, the deliberate refusal by the powers that be to organize the election of municipal councillors reveals the country’s governance as lacking credibility.
2018: A year of hopes and risks
                Coming back to 2018, it should be stated that if Cameroonians talk so much about it, it is because the year promises more to be one of all hopes than one of all risks. Yes, there are hopes and risks. Hopes because from within the country there is a popular clamour for alternation of power, and risks because there is a stubborn resistance to change by the CPDM-led administration, which could lead to post-elections violence whose beginning is known but whose end can never be determined.
                It is therefore proper for us to call on all political actors in Cameroon to do just what is expected of each of them when the time is right. Through a participative and peaceful democratic process, they are expected to make our country one in which common goodwill prevails; one in which everybody’s rights are respected; one in which governance gives every individual the pride of their identity as citizen and the motivation of their patriotism.
                In consonance with the concept of democracy being “government of the people by the people and for the people”, leaders have to accept that in their political parties supporters are not behind them but rather around or beside them, i.e. with them, so that together they can conceive ideas and propagate them. Leaders must bear in mind that the people are not the subject of a government that came from nowhere, but rather its producer (or creator). That is why the government is at the service of the people and not otherwise.
                And if we subscribe to the principle that political parties compete for the expression of universal suffrage, then we have an obligation to:
             constantly explain to citizens the stakes of their vote and their impact on the quality of governance;
             present to them well ahead of elections (and not only during the 15 days of elections campaign) a political offer (society project and governance vision) which enable them to see the difference between the candidates;
             sensitize and accompany them, as the case may be, on their registration on electoral lists and on the defence of their vote.
By leaving the people to slumber behind them, those who want to conquer power in Yaounde are more or less “apprentissorciers”, to borrow the term from Mr. Biya who himself borrowed it from his predecessor, AhmadouAhidjo.
                It would be most unfortunate if Mr. Biya, in 2018, continually pays a deaf ear to the cry of the voiceless through the collective voice of the opposition and the civil society for transparent elections to take place. We can be sure that such an action or inaction would negatively impact the electoral process.