Information round to clock
- Monday 13 March
Hon. Wirba absconds opening of March sessionJournal du Cameroun - 22h38
Hon. Joseph Wirba, SDF MP for Jakiri Special Constituency was absent at the opening of the March session of parliament at the National Assembly today. Reports say the MP who was allegedly marked for arrest in relation to the on-going protests in Anglophone regions, has fled the country to Nigeria where he is reported to be seeking a visa to travel to the US.
His disappearance has created camps amongst English-speaking Cameroonians, particularly on social media. While one camp argues the “descendant of a Nso warrior” is a coward for running away from a fight he had vowed to fight to the finish, the other maintains he was rather wise to have chosen to run away and fight another day.
- Friday 10 March
Lawyers begin legal process to free detained Supreme Court magistrateCameroon Journal - 09h43
Lawyers defending Ayah Paul Abine, one of the Advocates General of the Supreme Court of Cameroon, have filed a Habeas Corpus, requesting the President of Mfoundi High Court in Yaounde to free the detained Judge.
According to Barristers Ndong Christopher Nveh and Luke Mirac Chengayam, respectively representing CNN & Partners Law Firm and Kisob Law Office, Ayah’s arrest and detention are mired in a lot of irregularities. Ayah was whisked off from his Tam Tam Weekend residence in Yaounde in the evening of Saturday January 21, and detained at the Secretariat of State for Defense in charge of the National Gendarmerie (SED).
- Wednesday 08 March
Two perish in Betaré-Oya quarryJou - 10h54
Two people have died in a quarry in Betaré-Oya, East region. The two men, aged 35 and 40, reports say, died when a portion of the quarry collapsed in the evening hours of March 1. Four other people who were covered underneath the dirt, were still alive when they were pulled out.
Betaré-Oya is known to be richly endowed with natural resources.Many villagers in the locality are engaged in artisanal mining, but like the two who died in the quarry, they all use primitive technics.
Uncertainty over Hon. Wirba’s immunity as March session of parliament opens on MondayJournal du Cameroun - 10h25
The March session of parliament will will open on Monday March 13 at a time when political analysts are casting doubts over the fate of outspoken SDF Member of Parliament, Hon Joseph Wirba. They argue his immunity may be lifted.
The Jakiri MP boosted his popularity among English-speaking Cameroonians when he mounted the pedestal in the National Assembly in November 2016 and pleaded their case. It should be noted that the SDF MP is more or less seen as one of the motivators of the on-going protests in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon.
Almost every influential English speaking Cameroonian who has, in the past couple of months, been vocal about the Anglophone problem has either been arrested or is in hiding. Hon. Wirba, it should be recalled, told the House Speaker that his observations of the marginalisation of Anglophones have made him to conclude that Southern Cameroons secessionists are right in their struggle.
Some local newspapers, earlier this year announced the possible holding of an extraordinary session of parliament during which Hon. Wirba’s immunity was going to be lifted so he can be arrested. The speculative articles also suggested that Hon. Martin Oyono, Douala-based MP of the ruling CPDM was also going to see his immunity stripped off for being critical of government.
Construction of Douala-Yaounde highway may be suspendedJournal du Cameroun - 09h59
China First Highway Engineering Company LTD, Chinese company constructing the Yaounde-Douala double carriage road may suspend work. Du Siyong, Managing Director of the company has complained that the company has been working on the construction project for two years, but is yet to receive any money from government. Siyong told state-run bilingual daily, Cameroon Tribune that the company has been struggling to continue constructing the road despite the numerous difficulties, but noted it is high time government pays them.
- Tuesday 07 March
Nkoulou takes break from national team- 12h28
Cameroon’s ace defender Nicolas Nkoulou, has announced he is taking a break from playing for the national team.
The 26-year-old scored in the just ended Nations Cup final with a powerful header, helping Cameroon to beat Egypt 2-1. Nkoulou has made 74 appearances for the Indomitable Lions and is a former captain of the team.
Nkoulou reportedly told the Foot Mercato website that he now has a sense of having accomplished his duty for country “.
“Since the beginning of my career, defending the colours of my country has always guided my steps. This mission has always constituted a motivating factor and one of my priorities. This decision has been difficult to take and I considered the advantages and disadvantages before arriving at a conclusion.”
Nkoulou however hinted he would return to the national team, adding: “A lion never dies.”
FESPACO 2017: Burkina Faso sweeps four awards- 09h44
The 2017 award ceremony for African filmmakers and actors has ended with Burkina Faso winning four of the twelve special awards.
The closing ceremony which took place March 4 at the Burkinabe national arts and audiovisuals centre was attended by high profiled dignitaries, outstanding film maker who were recognized with various distinctions.
Burkina Faso won four special awards with its long and short films like “la rue ne pas mere” and “Frontieres” while Benin film maker Douada coulibaly and his long film “wulu ” was confered the ousmane Sembene award. The young Rwandan filmmaker Marie clementine dusabejambo won the thomas sankara special award and the price of chance from the burkinabe parliament.
Despite Cameroon’s outstanding representation at the Burkinabe event, with nine of its films selected, none succeeded in bringing an award home.
- Monday 06 March
Joseph Charles Ndoumba, former CPDM SG diesJournal du Cameroun - 11h11
Joseph Charles Ndoumba, former minister and one time Secretary General of the ruling CPDM has died in Yaounde at the age of 80. He gave up the ghost on Sunday March 5. He was SG of the CPDM from March 1992 to April 2007.
The deceased who passed away at the Yaounde general hospital held several posts in government. These included the post of ‘Substitute General’ at the then Federal Court of Justice in Yaounde and SG of the National Assembly from 1966 to 1974, Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency, GM of SOPECAM, just to name but these.
GCE 2016/2017 registration; deadline extended- 10h37
Registration for the Cameroon General Certificate of Education, GCE, ordinary and advanced level examinations for the 2016/2017 academic year has been exceptionally extended to march 20.
This is one of the outcome of the March 3 extra ordinary Council Session of the GCE Board which took place in Buea South West region of Cameroon.
Registration for the 2017 session of the GCE exams had earlier ended on Tuesday, February 28. It is reported that only about 70, 000 candidates had registered across the country, as against 183, 000 last year.
Meanwhile, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, secondary education minister had earlier signed an order increasing school hours in the North West and South West Regions.
Going by the Ministerial Order, 17 hours of teaching per week will be added in the two English speaking regions from March 6 to May13. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will have two additional hours while Wednesdays will have three hours. Saturdays will have six additional hours.
Minister Bibehe also pressed for an extra two weeks of lessons for examination classes and one week for other classes during the Easter holidays scheduled from Friday March 31, to Monday April 17.
Even Barrack Obama would lose 2018 elections in Cameroon if he is oppositionJeune Afrique - 10h32
Joshua Osih, First Vice President of the Social Democratic Front, SDF; frontline political party of Cameroon’s opposition has said even if former US President Barrack Obama were to take part in the upcoming presidential elections in Cameroon he will lose. He argues that no one else can win presidential elections under the current dispensations except President Paul Biya.
“Everything is run by the (ruling) CPDM and the presidency”, he told Pan African magazine Jeune Afrique. To Joshua, the opposition has been able to obtain several reforms such as the creation of ELECAM. But he also insists there is little hope that the electoral organ can adopt a real biometric system and also organise a two-round presidential election for transparency and fairness.Link
Prime Minister Yang visiting the North West region again- 09h04
Philemon Yang is on working visit to the North West region. During this visit, Prime Minister Yang is expected to hold working session with traditional rulers, administrative officials, education stakeholders and elites of the North West region.
The official statement announcing the return of the head of the Government to the Northwest states that, from Monday 6 to Friday 10 March 2017, Philemon Yang will go to all the seven divisions of this Region. The Prime Minister’s visit will begin with Mezam, followed by Menchum, Boyo, Momo, Ngo-Ketunjia, Donga-Mantung and will end with Bui Division.
This is the second time the prime minister is officially visiting the region in a bid to resolve the crisis that has grounded activities in the region for close to four months.
- Thursday 02 March
Bafoussam; four persons die in fire incident- 12h16
Four persons have lost their lives in a fire outbreak which occurred Tuesday night around 11 pm in Djeleng 5, a locality in Bafoussam West region of Cameroon.
According to eye witness account, the victims, a woman called Beatrice who works in a local financial institution and her three kids perished in the wild flames despite all attempts to save them by the Bafoussam Firefighting brigade.
Their bodies have been deposited in mortuary while the exact cause of the incident has not yet been established
Cameroon well represented in Burkina Faso film festival- 12h11
8 Cameroonian films have been selected for the ongoing FESPACO competition in Burkina Faso.
The competition to run from February 25th to March 04th , 2017 is a Pan African festival for movies and TV in Ouagadougou; Burkina Faso.
Out of the 1000 films that were submitted; 20 were retained to compete for the price l’Étalon d’or de Yennenga, which is a prestigious award handed over during the festival. In this prestigious category, Cameroonian film “Life Point” directed by Achille Brice is featured.
The film is a success story between collaboration between Anglophone and Francophone film makers and actors. Life Point, is the first Cameroonian film and only movie from the Central African Sub-Region to be selected for the official competition at the 2017 FESPACO festival.
- Tuesday 28 February
Cameroonian arrested in US for fraudJournal du Cameroun - 15h54
Rodrigue Bongam, 32-year old Cameroonian has been arrested in the US for fraud. He was arrested in possession of several fake credit cards and gift cards for pizza in fast food restaurants. Security forces also found fake IDs in his car and other valuables such as expensive sunglasses, a Versace watch, Luis Vuitton sneakers etc.
The suspect is said to have been found with tools with which he falsifies credit cards, one of which he used to pay his bills after lodging in a Hilton hotel in Washington DC where he resides. Reports say he was imprisoned and would pay circa 92,000 US dollars (circa 50,000FCFA to be freed.
Yaounde & Douala feature on list of top 30 African citiesJournal du Cameroun - 15h51
Cameroon’s political and economic capitals, Yaounde and Douala respectively, are now among the best 30 cities in Africa. This is according to a classification by the African Cities Lab’ and the Afrique Méditerranée Business.
The classification is based on the quality of infrastructure in cities under survey, housing, spatial development, governance, and also takes into consideration environmental and ecological protection factors. Douala is on the 26th position while Yaounde is last on the list of 30.
Telecom regulator calls smartphone vendors to orderJournal du Cameroun - 15h49
The Telecommunication Regulatory Board, TRB, after a fact-finding mission, has issued warnings to companies selling smartphones in Cameroon without authorisation. Other enterprises which do not respect laid down regulations for operators in this domain have equally been called to order.
The companies include Huawei, Max Phone, Net Telecom, Agence Selecte, X-TIGI Mobile, X-TIGI Famille Phone, Sacom Plus, Famille boutique ; ETS DJANA’ARE Com, SMS Telecom, Tecno, Boutique Marque d’origine, Boutique Vanelle, Boutique Illa, Omega Telecom, ETS A.Nzieko Sarl, among others.
The move is for consumer protection, according to Suzy Noah Owona, head of legal affairs and consumers’ protection department at the telecommunications regulator. TRB has called on these companies to regularise their statuses or face heavy sanctions.
- Thursday 23 February
Bamenda welcomes AFCON trophy with placards of grievancesJourn - 11h33
It was with placards and grievances that some inhabitants of the city of Bamenda welcomed the trophy of the African Cup of Nations on February 22. Some of the placards carried messages such as #BringBackOurInternet, and “we want our right to education”. Internet has been shut down in that part of Cameroon for 37days now. A teachers’ strike has also paralysed education in the region for over 3months.
In a video shared on social media, one could hear some youths shouting out “things are not moving” from a crowd in one of the streets of the city. Another could also be heard yelling out, “Well done! But things are not moving”.
Reports say the trophy was received by a calm crowd at the Bamenda Grand Stand which was heavily guarded for its official presentation to the public and authorities of the city. The Indomitable Lions won the trophy after beating Egypt 2 goals to 1 in the AFCON 2017 competition in Gabon. It’s the fifth time Cameroon is winning the trophy. It will be presented to Cameroonians in all regions of the coutry.
- Wednesday 22 February
Fame Ndongo orders translation of Yaounde varsity examJournal du Cameroun - 09h35
Prof Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education has ordered Maurice Aurélien Sosso, Rector of the University of Yaounde I to ensure that examinination questions are available in both French and English as from this month. The letter, a copy of which Journal du Cameroun stumbled upon, was signed on February 2 and was received on February 8 at the varsity rectorate. It went through administrative channels and only got to the faculty of letters, arts and human sciences on February 16 despite the fact that Prof Sosso indicated its urgency.
Minister Fame Ndongo, stated in the release that the decision was prompted by the on-going protests in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon where protesters decry a perceived marginalisation. Anglophones reactions on social media to the decision have been diverse with some people praising the minister while most of them either saying it is too late.
- Tuesday 21 February
Indomitable Lions arrive Zambia for 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of NationsJournal du Cameroun - 12h00
All 21 Cameroonian players convened for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations are currently lodged in Crests Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia where they will spend three days before flying to Ndola for the competition. The U-20 Indomitable Lions arrived Zambia at about 2am and are expected to take part in their first training session at 4pm Zambian time.
Only six of the 21 players were called in from abroad, namely Eric Ayukmbu (Philadelphia Union, USA) Kalvin Jih Ketu (Alcobendas Levitt CF, Spain) Joss Moudoumbou, (Perugia AC, Italy), Nouhou Tolo (Seattle Sounders, USA), Kevin Olvier Soni (Pau FC, France) and Herve William Bodiong Andiolo (Akristas Chlorakas FC, Cyprus).
Cameroon will play its first match on February 27, against South Africa.
The rest of the players selected for the 20th edition of the U-20 come from local clubs such as Coton Sport, Union Sportive, Apejes, UMS, New Stars and Best Stars of Limbe. The competition is organised biennially by the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Minister hires tribesmen to fill openings in the ministryCameroon Journal - 11h29
Water and Energy Minister, Basile Atangana Kouna, has come under scathing criticism after publishing a list of some 135 recruits into the ministry with only Eight Anglophones and following it up after with another 30 names, most of them from his own Beti tribe.
The Minister, it should be said, had released the list of 135 newly recruited technicians and engineers with Anglophones numbering just eight in the list. While the list of the 135 recruits was still being criticised, the second 30-man list came up, made up of only Betis, Kouna’s tribe.
The recruited technicians and engineers according to a communiqué made public last week, are expected to be trained on the installation of solar panels in some 166 localities across the country.
Magistrates taking human rights lessons in YaoundeCameroon Journal - 11h17
At least 50 magistrates drawn from across the county are upgrading their skills in Yaounde on the promotion and protection of human rights at a time there are lamentations about gross rights violations by security forces in Anglophone Regions of the country.
The three-day workshop which wraps up February 23 is organized by the Ministry of Justice in collaboration with an Italian university known as the Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies.
Cameroon has over 1, 600 magistrates and a majority of them, Justice Ministry officials say, have very little knowledge about human rights issues. This workshop, they say, seeks to increase their awareness on such human rights norms and principles and how to apply them in the process of dispensation of justice.
The seminar on human rights comes in the wake of the lingering crisis in the North West and South West Regions of the country which has been characterised by several reports of gross human rights violations by security forces.
Government honours 17-year old Google hacking championJournal du Cameroun - 11h06
The Ministry of Post and Telecommunication organised an event in Yaounde on Monday February 20, 2016 to honour 17-year old Collins Nji Gbah who won the 2016 edition of the international Google Code In Challenge. Nji whose region of Origin has been in an internet black out since January 17, 2017, is the first African to emerge champion in the competition.
He was honoured alongside 35-year old Habsatou Nadia Kalkaba, and a five-man team of Angels Tech of Africa.
Some 1.300 partcipants aged between 13 and 17 from 62 countries, took part in the competition which consisted of identifying cyber hacking geniuses. Nji bagged home the trophy for this category. Kalkaba for her part won the TechWomen 2016 Seed Grant Award, for which she competed with 2300 candidates from 19 countries around the world. She is a staff of the Cameroon Telecommunications Corporation, CAMTEL.