Unending commissions of inquiry

By Ngoko Monyadowa

For the umpteenth time, a commission of inquiry has come into being from the desk of President of the Republic; this time on the heels of regrettable, even if, avoidable wastage of the lives of no fewer than 34 soldiers and civilians – victims of a tragedy that struck at sea, when a vessel transporting heavy duty equipment and building materials capsized at the outskirts of Limbe, precisely in Debuncha, Idenau Sub-Division.

Ordinarily, there would have been nothing to ride home about such an occurrence, since the area is notorious for such calamities. However, given the necessity to delve deep into the issue and ascertain the exact cause of the mishap to avoid future replication, and in case of negligence, bring culprits to book, a dispassionate examination of these one-too-many sad pages in our history becomes imperative.

As had been expected, the Minister Delegate in the Presidency in charge of Defense in his official communiqué addressed to local and international communities,  has begun preparing the minds of the gullible to accept the fact that bad weather alone, was responsible for the capsize of the vessel. While conceding that inclemency of the atmosphere at sea contributed to the calamity, the fact that the trajectory between Isongo, in the outskirts of Limbe, where vessels of the Rapid Intervention Brigade, BIR, take-off and the other bases in the Bakassi peninsula is well known by military and civilian users to be sometimes treacherous, ought to have caused BIR high command to tread with a lot of care.

From the pictures that have been released of the vessel before take-off, it is clear that the element of overload cannot be ruled out. There were at least four heavy duty trucks, a front end loader and, if we factor in the fact that the trucks were not empty as some carried fuel, building materials for military and civilian contracts, we would easily come up with a scenario that had clearly predisposed the vessel to the calamity that occurred on the high sea. An aggravating circumstance was the torrential rain that caused all the soldiers to seek refuge in the cabins of the trucks and the vessel conveying them, thereby reducing the possibility of leaving their hiding places and swimming to safety as the vessel capsized.

Also, the sea′s depth on the Limbe coast that is acclaimed to be second only to Walvis Bay in Namibia, did not help matters as the vessel must have gone beyond 60 metres below the sea. What painful deaths for valiant youths who were poised to serve their fatherland with honour and loyalty! The issue that readily begs the question is; having noticed that the vessel had been overloaded, would it not have occurred to the BIR superior officers that another vessel ought to have been made available to the soldiers to act as escorts to the cargo vessel? It is certain the lack of stability occasioned by overload caused the vehicle that is alleged to have been blown off the boat to succumb to the vagaries of intemperate waves.

Be that as it may, the Head of State has ordered that a Commission of Inquiry be set up with the Secretary of State for Defense in charge of Gendarmerie as Chairperson. While not casting aspersion on the integrity of the Jean Baptiste Bokam, the fact that he is part of the problem – that is, he is in charge of a paramilitary outfit and not part of the solution raises doubts as to the level of dispassion he would bring to bear on his current assignment. A commission of inquiry requires that thorough investigation be carried out by independent minded individuals with no stakes in the matter under investigation. In our case, a civilian judge assisted by some military personnel and maritime expertise from both the civil society and the army, as members of the commission, would have inspired some confidence in the minds of Cameroonian regarding the quality of work to be done.

Which is why, many Cameroonians are becoming wary of commissions of inquiry owing to what they have detected as Government ploy to cover incompetence, insensitivity and snobbishness to the plight of the ordinary Cameroonian. They draw inspiration for such mindset from recent occurrences in the country where, commissions of inquiry have been set up with the avowed mission of calling names and meting out commensurate punishment to guilty parties as deterrent to cavalier approach to national assignments, only for the findings to turn out being insults to the intelligence of the entire nation.

A commission of inquiry is very serious business that must be seen as such from the calibre of persons called to serve on board. Needless to say unassailable integrity must be given high premium in the selection of members. To this effect, the current custom that ascribes preference to civil servants in matters bearing on capacity to operate dispassionately, in times of national grief, certainly, does not endear commissions of enquiry with such colouration to the masses. There is the civil society and members of liberal profession whose input can be very instrumental in coming up with incontrovertible conclusions on final reports.

Furthermore, although Government might have been leaning on the acceptable, even though, tenuous, contention that it is more at ease with people with whom close contact has been established for a long time, such disposition easily crumbles under the scrutiny of public opinion and conventional knowledge that requires commissions to be representative in terms of competence and stakes. This is so because a commission of inquiry with terms of reference that are not clearly defined will lead to outcomes that may be embarrassing to both the party that requisitioned the investigation and victims or their relatives.

Moreover, against the backdrop of the deleterious announcement by the State Prosecutor of the Centre Region Court of Appeal, consigning the cause of death of Bishop Benoit Mbala of Bafia, to the door steps of drowning, this latest commission of inquiry evokes lack of seriousness on the part of Government to prove to Cameroonians that its headship has the memory of the perished souls deep in its heart. Indeed, it cannot be otherwise, given the gravity of the calamity at sea, in terms of human and material loss. If we add to this, the current posturing on the Eseka train accident that has failed to convince in terms of apportioning blames where necessary and adequately compensating the actual victims and relatives of the deceased, we come up with a very somber scenario.

Such levity in the handling of issues of sovereignty, come as insurmountable embarrassment to those who have had the privilege of either living the experience or hearing about the Commissions of inquiry into POWERCAM and its General Manager, Mr. Mbiwan, or the West Cameroon Development Agency and  Muyuka Sawmill and its Manager, Bob Ngante.

Without leaning on the preposterous and nauseating conjecture that commissions of inquiry must always end up with indictment of those being probed, the fact that our system is used to informing those under scrutiny in advance of their impending visit, raises the spectre of impossibility to come up with impartial conclusions.

The Endely Commission and its now notorious verdict of verdict of ″Zero mort” or no deaths, readily, comes to mind. The conclusions of the commission of inquiry into the Eseka train disaster are being washed away with promises of compensation to victims tainted by shortfalls in the amounts, to be paid out. The deleterious position of the Minister of Transport Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo′o, in the matter is being modulated or totally ignored to pamper some untouchables. How then do they expect Cameroonians to repose confidence in the findings of this latest commission of inquiry commandeered by the Head of State?

The commissions will remain unending as long as President Biya does not realize that it is not the number of times that an erroneous path is used that will eventually cause it to lead to the right destination. What this means is that more seriousness should be brought to bear on commissions of inquiry in terms of their constitution and the terms of references. This way, such outfits will be able to elicit the confidence among Cameroonians as they are ordinarily supposed to radiate.


Biya rewards ‘fisher’ of Bishop′s corpse

By Claudia Nsono

Amid lingering controversy bearing on exact cause of the death of Bishop Benoit Balla of Bafia, and accusations of using the unfortunate incident to surreptitiously engage in pre-elections campaign regarding next year′s buffet of elections, President, Paul Biya, has dished out some FCFA millions as compensation to the fisherman who retrieved the late prelate’s body from River Sanaga.

In a meeting at the Ebebda Council Hall, the Governor of the Centre Region, Nasseri Paul Bea, presiding at the handing over ceremony on behalf of the Head of State, revealed that the fisherman like the traditional authorities present had asked for reimbursement for the contribution they made in finding the late prelate’s body. “When the notables and fishermen of Ebebda worked hard here to recover the corpse of the late Bishop, they wanted an incentive for what they had done. And that is why the Head of State has sent us here with a small parcel for them, just to be sure that everybody has something for the efforts they put in.” he let slip.

The Governor did not mislay the opportunity to shower praises to the President whom the late Francoise Foining somewhat exaggeratedly called the “only son of God.”  Read him, “The Head of State in his characteristic manner attends and listens to the population wherever they are.

Note that, this has come to dismiss social media claims that the fisherman who first saw Bishop Balla’s mortal remains had been “disappeared”.  Some of these social media psychopaths maintain that the quick compensation might be an attempt to keep Cameroonians in the dark.

Questions have since the gesture been hording.  Some people wonder if the move is an early campaign ahead of the multiple elections earmarked for 2018. In this light, some disgruntled Anglophones, have for their part, noted with disregard the fact that the National Chair of the Popular Action Party, PAP, Chief Justice Ayah Paul Abine, a presidential hopeful might not have the luxury of early campaigns, if at all he would have been released before the elections.

Meanwhile, the Bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon in an earlier communiqué signed by their President, Archbishop Samuel Kleda, on July 17 2017, insisted after identifying his corpse at the Yaounde General Hospital  that their colleague was “brutally assassinated.” They have thus opened a case against X whom they believe “brutally assassinated” their comrade.

Though the Governor failed to mention how much money it was he handed to the beneficiaries, those who bother to know have hinted that the sum was 2 Million FCFA.

Will this bring an end to the carnage of prelates and other shepherds of God’s lambs in Cameroon? Only time will tell.



Acquired Creativity Deficiency Syndrome, ACDS

Emmanuel is not always “God with us.” France’s Emmanuel Macron has obviously awakened Africans to this reality with his recent barrage of disparaging declarations about our continent. So much has his arrogance raised the hackles of ordinary proud Africans that they have been tearing him to pieces in the social media in the past few weeks. In fact, if this vitriolic outpouring of popular outrage were to translate into African foreign policy, the whole sordid enterprise called FranceAfrique would already have crumbled like a deck of cards, and God alone knows what would be left of France.

Unfortunately policy in Africa is determined not by what the people feel, but by the personal interests of the coteries of diaper-wearing colonial she-males we call politicians.

Macron just about echoed Pieter Botha’s infamous hate speech that was recently attributed, not altogether erroneously, to another racist, Donald Trump. That speech sought to lampoon Africa’s backwardness, chalking it up to inferiority from creation, to congenital stupidity, insatiable greed, incurable laziness, shame-proof corruption, bestial appetites – deprecations without end.

Paradoxically, it is these same low, bestial instincts that colonialism taps into, and thrives on. It is exactly the breed of Africans who incarnate these same vices that Western nations, especially France, have imposed on us as leaders, and continue to use as marionettes to pillage our economies and permanently stunt our growth.

They know that absolute power corrupts absolutely, so they choose the congenitally corrupt amongst us and build regimes around them that, like some political centrifuges, enrich the uranium of corruption in their personal DNA to produce weapons of mass destruction that could blast our countries into smithereens whenever we dare to step out of line.  And to prevent our awakening from the same stupor for which they deride us, they shield these lackeys with treaties that commit France to defending them in case of internal uprisings.

In the particular case of Cameroon, we owe our stagnation, indeed our regression despite hackneyed songs about emergence, to leadership blighted by two deficiency syndromes. The first is the Induced Guts Deficiency Syndrome, IGDS.  You may also call in the no-liver syndrome. The men who lead us, however depraved they may be, should be given credit for a modicum of good sense – of the ability to tell good from evil. They cannot pretend not to know when the people they lead have had enough of being raped. What stifles all their good will and eventually deadens their consciences is the lack of guts. It takes guts to tell the French that Cameroonians can no longer tolerate being crudely exploited. But President Biya cannot think of taking such a bold step without considering the likelihood – nay the certainty – of being “Sankaraed” by the French. For Cameroon to break free from the French stranglehold, therefore, it will take a kamikaze leader – one who is ready to listen to the voice of his people and stand up for them. It must be someone who can say, “even if you kill me, I have lived my life. Let my people live.” We need a Moses who is willing to sacrifice his personal comfort to give his people a good life.

Also undermining our evolution as a country is the fact that, even within the limits of the political and economic tether allowed us by France; our leadership is handicapped by a second syndrome – which we shall call the Acquired Creativity Deficiency Syndrome, ACDS.  Our leaders have been so used to doing nothing without prior clearance from the Elysee that they have ended up losing any capacity they ever had for innovation. They are resigned to letting the French do all the thinking for us and to our swallowing whatever they ram down our throats.  They reign, but France rules.

One of the colonial policies they have been implementing masterfully since what we call independence is “divide-and-rule. And the choice guinea pig for this experiment has been Anglophone Cameroon. For over five decades Yaounde has been consistent in using administrative fragmentation and political gerrymandering to drive the wedge between the northern and southern zones of that territory. There have been laborious attempts to forge some form of union across the grain between the Southwest and Littoral Regions, all in a bid to dismember and undermine the Anglophone sense of belonging, which is getting stronger and stronger, thanks to recent developments.

In the last few months Yaounde has taken this divide-and-rule to a brave new level. Their new approach borrows from the colonial strategy of using the Christian faith to uproot Africans culturally, so as to make them easier to manipulate. The ongoing strikes have shown that the regime has pushed West Cameroonians to the wall, making them defiant beyond remedy. The regime seems to be left with no option but to attack their spiritual roots. First it drags their leaders to court in a bid to intimidate them, knowing that you can scatter the sheep if you strike the shepherd.

Now, could the shifting positions of the Presbyterian and Catholic churches in the past two weeks be a sign that the intimidation has worked as far as the church leadership is concerned? Some even suggest, God forbid, that the Churches have either been bought with direct bribes, or blackmailed with the withdrawal of state subventions.  In any case, this shift in the position of the Churches is producing another worrying facet of the divide and rule – putting the leadership at variance with the membership.

In celebrating what it may see as success on this front, however, is the regime looking at the bigger picture? In undermining the social, moral and spiritual fabric that gives character to Cameroon as a nation of great diversity and power, are they aware that they are implementing the colonial master plan for that nation’s disintegration? What will be left of Cameroon after all its component communities have lost all character? It is about time this country was governed in the interest of its citizens, not in that of some colonial leach. Mr. Biya, and your Government, choose ye today: Are you for us or against us

Adjournments of case against prelates breed cynicism… *Prospect of schools resumption shaky

By Nester Asonganyi

Government insensitivity to the aspirations of Presbyterian and Catholic Christians in particular and, Anglophones in general, has once more been displayed via  the Presidents of  Magistrates Courts in Bamenda, Kumba, Buea, Kumba and Mamfe, by way of a second adjournment to the case against Catholic Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province and the Moderator of Presbyterian Church in Cameroon; a situation that most Christians have opined, might jeopardize schools resumption in the Northwest and Southwest Regions come September.

“We know the Government too well. It is looking for ways to cajole parents and Christians to send their children back to school, come September. Don’t be surprised that they adjourn the matter again on September 25,” Nju Tolefeh, a parent and retired teacher posited. According to him, it is not good for Government to keep dragging issues. Judgment, he thinks, should have been passed immediately, to let everyone know their stand.

The Rambler has it on good authority that an almost uniform action was embarked upon on Friday, July 21, by the Presidents of the Magistrates Courts in towns where Diocesan seats and the Synod office of the PCC are located, hinged on similar communiqués, informing the embattled clerics that the case against them has been unilaterally adjourned to Monday, September 25, 2017 in lieu of Monday, July 24, as had earlier been programmed.

This explains why neither of the parties was in the Magistrates court in Buea, particularly, that had already been inundated by presence of security operatives who barred entry into the premises as early as 6 am.

Tabot Helen, a pupil lawyer and a catholic Christian, observed that, the adjournment is like adding salt to injury because, the people are still annoyed that their leaders are being dragged to court and the adjournment of their trial only raises eyebrows. She posits that it might be that bad fate awaits the clergymen and Government wants the people to go back to school before they are sentenced. “What awaits them from the courts might not be good and they know the people would definitely refuse going to school if their spiritual leaders are put behind bars,” she said.

To Ndong Lucienne, an MSc student at University of Buea, it is a delaying tactic by the powers that be so that, the case can die a natural death. She said this was because she had learnt that, even during the first hearing, the accusers did not show up and the presiding magistrate had even threatened throwing out the case. As she puts it, her only fear is that, the uncertainty on the fate of the pastors of souls might also bring uncertainty on school resumption.

Another twist to the Government of Cameroon, Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda and Moderator of the PCC saga emerged after the last adjournment on July 5, when upon being derided for incompetence by colleagues defending the clerics, the Counsel for the prosecution proceeded to suing the Bishops at their various Diocesan seats where their courts actually have jurisdiction unlike the first suit that lumped all the Bishops in the Buea Magistrates Court and by that token, wreaked of failure to grasp elementary principles of common law practice.  This means that unlike in the first summons wherein all the Bishops in the Southwest were to appear in a Buea Magistrates court, each of them will now be appearing before the president of the Magistrate Court in the town where the seat of their Dioceses are located

It would be recalled that during the first trial of the clergymen at the Buea Magistrates court on Monday, June 5, both the ‘Consortium of Parents’ and the prosecuting magistrate had tactically avoided the trial. Even so, one of the lead Counsel, Barrister Etta Bisong Junior had qualified the case as ‘not ripe.’ Would it mean the case is still ‘not ripe’?

He had stated, “The matter is not ripe; the people who have brought the Bishops and the Moderator to court have not fulfilled conditions precedent for the matter to be ripe before the court. We never asked for it to be adjourned; it is the prosecutor who asked for it to be adjourned.”

The presiding Magistrate, Beatrice Ntuba Nambangi, would also frown at the attitude of the accusers, whom she noted were behaving as though the matter they themselves had brought before the court was a joking matter. “You can’t summon people here and you are absent or enjoying the comfort of your home,” she had snarled.

Another rather frustrated senior Barrister told The Rambler: “the sinister tactic of the official face behind this mask of so called Parents’ Consortium is to balkanize the defense, weaken their force, so that lawyers will no longer concentrate as they ought to, and won’t attract popular action.

“The ploy is to divide the strength of the population, so popular attention isn’t attracted like was the case on the first day. It is a particularly strange phenomenon, adjourning court matters by way of radio announcements…”

Strange enough, none of the radio communiqués pinpointed any particular reason for the [uniform] adjournments. They were all surreptitiously bland, yet peculiarly uniform in tone and temper.



Clinton Njie pens a permanent deal at Marseille

After much talk about the future of Lions’ attacker, Clinton Njie, whether he will stay at his current club, Olympic Marseille  on loan or moving back to Tottenham Hotspur, the Premier League club announced on Sunday, July 16 on its official Twitter account that it has reached an agreement with Olympic Marseille to retain the forward. It implies Clinton Njie is now a fulltime employee at the French side.

The Cameroon international who has in recent time fallen short of expectation in the eyes of Indomitable Lions head trainer, Hugo Broos, netted four times on loan with Olympic Marseille last season. A performance that motivated Hugo Broos to leave him out of his squad at the 2017 Confederations Cup that rounded off in early July.

This will be the third club the Small Soppo native is joining in Europe after leaving Olympic Lyonnais to Tottenham Hotspurs in 2015. The attacker’s stay at White Hartlane was brief and later sent to Olympic Marseille.  It is expected the 23-year-old will concentrate on the game to regain his position in the Lions’ den.



CAMAIR-CO flights to service Bamenda this week

By Mildred Ndum Wung Kum & Jean Marie Ngong Song

Years after its creation, Cameroon Airlines Corporation, CAMAIR-CO will officially launch its first flights into and out of Bamenda on July 20, 2017.

CAMAIR-CO General Manager, Ernest Dikoum, made the disclosure on Wednesday July 12 at the Bamenda airport site in Mile 8, Mankon during a meeting to evaluate the readiness of the airport by Northwest Governor, Adolph Lele l’Afrique Tchofo Debe and other service heads of the Region.

During the four-hour meeting all the units of the airport were inspected, including the automatic weather unit, the fire brigade unit, restaurant, registration desk, reception and luggage packs. Evaluation revealed that some equipment of the airport had been recently destroyed by vandals and the airport lacked basic facilities like water. At the end of the day tongues were wagging about the observation that the working staff already put in place was predominantly Francophone.

The head of service at the Automatic whether station explained that flights would kick off as from 8:00am when obstacles to visibility during flights such as fog shall have cleared.

As the Governor and his entourage assessed the units and airport gadgets, the French speaking staff heads explained in French the functioning of their machinery. After observation, Governor Lele l’Afrique expressed his conviction. “I call on all inhabitants of the Northwest within and without and those abroad to make good use of this tool given to us. We now have something in hand that can ease economic activities between Bamenda and the other cities of the country.”

Asked about what job prospects the airport will bring for Bamenda youths, GM Dikoum’s response was bleak. “In Bamenda we already have a working team but let’s not look at it in terms of job opportunities because we are not coming to recruit new staff in Bamenda. We are sending people to come and work but as we move ahead we would be able to develop other sources and recruit people as we extend our networks. For now we need people who are experienced and can really work in the field.”

According to Mr. Dikoum, the aircraft to be deployed is a forty-eight seater and will do three flights a week. He precluded thoughts that the Bamenda airport is intended to be linked to Douala and Yaounde, stating that the focus is to link Bamenda to the network of CAMAIRCO-CO so that people would easily navigate across regions within the shortest possible time and with less fatigue. “We should be proud of what has been done so far in terms of the investment service because you would rarely see countries across Africa with such an infrastructure,” Dikoum said. Meantime, bill boards punctuate every side of the highway carrying a price tag of FCFA 32000 for flights. It’s not yet clear whether the amount is per flight or not.

Rain water denies travelers access into Bamenda

By Jean Marie Ngong Song

Access into Bamenda was temporarily blocked for many hours last Sunday, July 16, by rain water following heavy down pour that triggered a rise in run offs.

At Up Station Bamenda, few meters to the monument erected during the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the military, a section of the road that has been a death trap and killed many, was one of the most affected.

The portion of the road for months now has had water settling inside the road that looks like a fish pond. Cars have to be practically pushed through. Most of the vehicles have to visit the garage upon arrival in Bamenda. Last Sunday was a moment to reflect on the necessity to repair or construct new roads in Bamenda. It was a sharp contrast to what the Minister of Public works Emmanuel Nganu Djoumessi said on May 16, at Santa, while launching the to-be reconstruction of the Bamenda – Babadjou road. He announced that work was to commence the next day. Till now, passengers still wait for rain to use the road. According to a post by a Bamenda based female journalist Comfort Mussa on the social media immediately the pictures were published, Bamenda needs total redemption by God himself. “Every rainy season now endures such scenes. Most of our road becomes practically impassable. Electricity, internet, and TV signals; as you drive to Bamenda from other regions, you can tell where Government priorities are. Where the tar gets thinner than plantain chips and the potholes get wider- welcome to Bamenda. I wish you could here me sing, we don tire Government premises, slogans, commissions, road map and projects launched.”

The situation in Bamenda town is no better; road junctions like New Road Junction in Mile 2 have potholes which could only be compared to crater lakes. SONAC and Ayaba Streets are a total ridicule with the bridge before City Chemist almost giving way.

The people hope Government will do something before the situation deteriorates further.


Anglophone crisis: Journalists charged with promoting terrorism

By Claudia Nsono

After over five months of detention at the dreaded Kondengui main prison in Yaounde, the Political Desk Editor of the English biweekly, ‘The Sun’ newspaper, Atia Tilarius Azohnwi, has been told the reason for his incarceration. The Yaounde Military Tribunal, Friday July 14, 2017 charged him with “apologie des actes de terrorisme” loosely translated “the advocating acts of terrorism”.

Tilarius who is the Buea Chapter President of the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists, CAMASEJ, as well as Communications Secretary for the Southwest arm of the Cameroon Journalists Trade Union, CJTU, was conveyed to the Military Tribunal in cuffs. Although he was not heard, sympathizers are hopeful his release is a step away.

The Buea-based journalist is expected to appear before the Yaounde Military Tribunal for his first hearing on July 25, 2017.

It should be recalled that Atia Tilarius Azohnwi was arrested on February 9, 2017, alongside the Southwest and Littoral Bureau Chief of Cameroon’s lone Anglophone daily, ‘The Guardian Post’, Amos Fofung and Mofor Ndong, Publisher of ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ newspaper headquartered in the Northwest capital, Bamenda. The trio reportedly spent two days at the Buea Central Police station before being ferried to the Yaounde Judicial Police and thereafter, to the Kondengui Prison where they are awaiting trial.

While it remains unclear why Amos Fofung was not in court though arrested with Atia for seemingly similar motives, Mofor Ndong, who completes the threesome, was present. Efforts to know the charges levied against him, however, proved futile. With knowledge of why they have been detained all this while, Mofor and Atia sauntered into the prison bus, sandwiched by uniform officers.

It is similarly imprecise whether Amos Fofung’s absence at the court is indicative he might have been freed. Adherents of the journo who showed up in court today noted with renewed gusto their yearning for their release. They, nonetheless, admitted their confidences that Fofung’s days at the feared prison were numbered.

Talking to The Rambler, some of those who had applied for authorization to visit the duo or trio revealed that the issued authorizations carried Atia, Mofor or Atia and Mofor, as the case may be. This therefore vindicates those who have interpreted Fofung’s absence to mean his exoneration.

Other Anglophone Journalists being held in the same prison in Yaounde include the publisher of ‘Life Time Magazine’, Tim Finian; the publisher of the monthly ‘Aghem Magazine’, Thomas Awah Junior; ‘Jakiri Community Radio’ journalist, Hans Achumba; and Bamenda-based radio entertainer, Mancho Bibixy. They were arrested in January 2017 for purportedly promoting the Anglophone crisis that has engulfed the English speaking Northwest and Southwest Regions of the country for almost eight months.

New SDO to tackle growing subversion

By Mildred Ndum Wung Kum   

Northwest Governor Adolph Lele l’Afrique has challenged the newly installed Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, for Ngoketunjia Division William Mbita Benoit Emvoutou, to combat negative upshots in the economic, educational and security domains of the division. Lele l’Afrique called Emvoutou to task while empowering him as the new SDO of Ngoketunjia.

Hailed by the presence of traditional, religious, political and administrative dignitaries, Benoit William took command baton of Ngoketunjia amid increasing worries related to rising disinterestedness in Government matters that has been loosely translated into subversion.

William Mbita Benoit Emvoutou

Commissioning the new SDO, the Governor cited the advent of contraband petrol from Nigeria, high consumption of Indian helm among youths of Ngoketunjia, growing insecurity accompanied by threats, burning and looting and the ongoing teachers and lawyers strikes that have grounded educational and judicial affairs.

He counseled the new SDO on how to reverse the bad situation “You shall wage a war against crime, armed robbery and the sale of Indian hemp, you shall launch a ban on illegal petrol in the region, ensure that schools effectively resume for the coming academic year, create vigilante groups to maintain security and rebuild the nation which is currently plagued by barbaric and unpatriotic acts,” the Governor ordered.

In addition to the aforementioned problems, the incoming SDO would have to showcase his administrative know how in settling the notorious ex

isting calamities in the division. Ngoketunjia is notorious for intertribal conflict and wars, inter village boundary issues and chieftaincy crisis. The Bangolan and Bamessing chieftaincy crisis are up in ears for jeopardizing peaceful coexistence and security. He is also expected to play a role in the fight against the increasing trend of HIV/AIDS and malaria pandemic, effective implementation of the decentralization process, promotion of hygiene and sanitation and touristic potentials of the division within his tenure of office.  He was also enjoined by the 1st Deputy Mayor, Anthony Ndapah to maintain peace, love and order in the various political, social, cultural and economic sectors.

During the ceremony, the mayor and governor credited outgoing SDO, Valerie Norbert Kuela with manifest professional expertise  in the  follow up of the council and  implementation of the decentralization process, coordination of services to enhance the wellbeing of the population, execution of investment budget, peaceful organization of the 2013 elections, promotion of cultural and touristic potentials of the division and above all successful execution  of end of year exams in which Ngoketunjia emerged first in the region regarding effective participation. The former SDO of Ngoketunjia was applauded by both mayor and governor for his strictness to the law and professional consciousness which harvested him the honour of Knight of the Cameroon Order of Valour. Mayor Ndapah noted with contradiction that “You fought so hard even with your blood but the more you fought, the more Ngoketunjia moved from one calamity to the other”

William Mbita Benoit Emvoutou was appointed by presidential decree on July 3rd 2017. Before his appointment, he was serving in the same capacity in Menchum Division.

He has worked as chief of bureau in the ministry of public service and administrative reforms and from 1993 to 1996; he was assistant research officer in the same ministry from1966 to 1998.  He began serving under the ministry of Territorial administration and Decentralization as from 2000 to2003 as first assistant SDO of Bamenda. From   2003 to 2006 he served as DO of Yagoua, 2006 to 2008 as DO of Chebua in the north, 2008 to 2011 DO of Bali Kumbat, 2011 to 2012 DO of Campo and from 2012 to 2017 he was SDO of Menchum. He was urged to use his experience to find concrete solutions to the problems faced by the region as well as tackling other political, social, economic, security and administrative issues. Know that what worked for Menchum would not work in Ngoketunjia

His predecessor Valerie Norbert Kwuele moves to the East region as SDO of Boumba and Ngoko Division. He is the longest serving SDO in Ngoketunjia with a tenure of seven years and two weeks. He would be remembered for his famous statement “What does the law say? Everything should be done according to the law” Meanwhile Benoit Emvoutou is expected to work with auxiliaries in leadership to transform Ngoketunjia from a notorious to a famous division.

Ngoketunjia is one of the seven divisions of the North West region. It has thirteen villages with a population of over two hundred thousand inhabitants. Comprised of three sub divisions- Babessi, Bali Kumbat and Ndop Central, the main occupation of the people is farming and Ngoketunjia is known as the bread basket of the North West region, including that of neighboring Gabon, Central Africa Republic and Chad.

According to Governor Lele l’Afrique, transfers are intended to lubricate the state machinery and bring in fresh impetus vital for up-tostandard services both qualitatively and quantitatively, to inform the population of the changes that have been made and to enable newly appointed to be conscious of their duties.

Mixed feelings as gendarme guns down boss, 4 others

Mixed feelings, panic and shockwaves have hit Kousseri in the Far North region of Cameroon after Jude Mbincho Woumessi, a rank and file gendarmerie serving in that part of the country, shot and killed his boss Captain Ondoua Ondoua Francoise, alongside three other officers; Mah Bebe, Liliane Ndengue Carole, and gendarme officer Moulioum and Mme Ibrahim, a woman who runs a business outfit near the brigade.

This dismal incident which occurred on Friday July 14, 2017, in Kousseri, according to unconfirmed reports, is consequent upon adrenaline which climbed to fever pitch as junior officer Jude was scoff at by his boss whom he had come to admonish against possible retribution against persistent sexual harassment of his girlfriend.

Be that as it may, reports hold that while at that peak of anger and feeling trigger happy, officer Jude Mbicho rushed for his gun and started the sacrilegious act and in the process silenced his boss, 3 other officers and a woman who runs a business outfit near the local gendarmerie brigade.

Seeing these 5 Cameroonians drenched in their own blood, colleagues of the killer gendarme tried in vain to stop him from further human destruction, as he threatened to continue with the killing if anyone would dare to stop him. According to sources, it was thanks to a smart officer who disabled junior officer Jude by shooting him on the leg.

This appalling act of a gendarme officer, not only gunning down his offender but others who are innocent of the act has raised unanswered questions as to why such a dastardly act by an Anglophone gendarme officer.

The recent indignity exemplified by officers fighting among themselves has brought forth mixed feelings in the minds of denizens who see salt being added to wounds as Cameroon is still battling with the fight against the terrorist group, Boko Haram that has snuffed life out of hundreds in recent years and is still killing despite the presence of the military. It has also made situations to become more complicated since no one may be too certain regarding whom he/she is dealing with.