Mayor neutralizes Minister, SDO’s powers

The workers claim that they have tried to meet with their mayor with a view to establishing why their re-muneration has been stopped but have met with a brick wall; that they have sought the intervention of the Senior Divisional Officer, SDO, Governor, Territorial Administration and Decentralization, MINATD, Minister and Labour authorities to no avail. Consequently,  Monono Hans Manga and three others have opted for unorthodox means of getting their employer to settle what amounts to several years of salaries accruing to them.

The threesome announced a hunger strike that was supposed to have kicked off on Thursday, May 18. Monono approached The Rambler with a story that is pathetic, yet, symptomatic of abuse of office, witch-hunting and insubordination. Hear Monono: “He (Rene Emmanuel Sadi) assigned my file to the ministry. Barrister Tambe Tiku, the Human Rights watch dog also wrote to the Mayor. I discovered that, in the process, certain things had happened. In the Council, there is a special fund to fight antagonists; so some money was given to a director and our files were diverted. Barrister Tambe Tiku is a witness. So the instructions from the ministry to the SDO were diverted along the line…”

Meanwhile, as at Monday afternoon, Monono was nowhere near where he swore they would be holding their “hunger strike sit ins.” Rather we trailed him all over town, including Clerks Quarters where he spent quite some time hobnobbing with friends.

Citizen Journalists as active democrats

This was the perceived recurring message that ACTEE sought to put across recently when the organization met in Douala on May 18, 2017. Determined to portray the
importance of the participation of all citizens in a society, the Action Citoyenne Pour La Transparence ETL’equite Electorale au Cameroun, ACTEE, has been emphasizing its “Development of man, for man and by man” mantra.

ACTEE is an initiative developed toward transparency in elections, reinforcement of democracy of every society, Cameroon in particular and massive participation of citizens during elections. “Transparency of elections is considered the number one criteria of democracy and cannot be reinforced without the participation of citizens”,
says Philippe Nanga, one of the educators on human rights as well as the animator and coordinator of popular education. Citizens in this case will refer to all, but special note on youths from 30-40 years because they are the leaders of tomorrow, political parties, ELECAM, civil society activists and most importantly, media which is the watchdog ofevery society.

“Citizenship is the ability to participate actively in the democratic life of a nation, the right to take part in the construction of the society and its living standards, the right to participate in a sovereign power while contributing in making laws and putting in place institutions that will allow you to apply those laws,” added Nanga. In order to achieve this, the media, one of the main arms of the Government must favour the intervention of citizens on issues that concern them. They should work hand in glove by producing programmes and reporting issues that will bring a positive effect on society rather than reporting on large enterprises and Government personnel because they give them bribes and advertisements.  Journalists were reminded of some of the reportorial principles such as objectivity, impartiality, integrity, and respect for fundamental rights. “You are a citizen when you actively participate in the things that concern the society,”

Nanga stressed. So it is the journalist’s place to create platforms, not forgetting its basic principles, tuesday, May 23, 2017 that will give citizens the opportunity to express themselves critically and together they can produce positive effects in a society. Distinguishing human beings in terms of their age, sex, occupation, status, or cultures are the things journalists were warned against in their reports and programmes. These are aspects that if not carefully handled, could marginalize citizens. But rather they should
create an arena were things are looked into critically, permitting  citizens to exchange their experiences and views. The first preoccupation of a citizen media is that the effect of his production must be seen on society.

Monique Ngo Mayaj shared her experience on a story on child labour featuring children who carry things on their heads and sell. She met a 10 year old boy who hawks to
pay his schools fees. The boy said he would like to be an accountant in future. When she published the article, an anonymous person called and insisted she looks for the
boy. At the end of the day, in collaboration with the parents and Monique, this anonymous person opted to pay fees for this child; even
though she did not follow up to
know how far the man went.
Another experience from Augus-
tine Wendung of Radio Veritas
tells of how justice prevailed in
kumbo during the 2011 elections.
In the course of his stay, he invited
a prostitute in his room. In the
middle of the night, this prostitute
revealed to him how there are
many of them in the hotel brought
by ministers for the night. She fur-
ther explained that, those cars
packed outside were filled with
electoral cards and that the hotel
was also filled with anonymous
voters brought in from other parts
of the country to vote in this Re-
gion. He immediately made the
right calls and the military re-
sponded and took away the cards
as well as those who came in to
vote arbitrarily. He kept the girl’s
identity a secret and CPDM lost
the elections in that area.
Claudia Nsonon of Hi TV equally
shared an experience of a woman
running an orphanage in her home.
It comprised of children of about 13
to 18 years, some of them siblings.
What happened was that she used
some of these children for prostitu-
tion. Worst of it all, the children
were also having sex amongst
themselves as far as incest was
being practiced. “We covered the
story and the orphanage was shut
down and damages paid.”

Members of parliament tagged SCNC stalwarts

The Executive Secretary of Cameroon Teachers Trade Union, CATTU, Wilfred Tassang, has vilifid Cameroon’s political frontline actors as secessionists and proponents of Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, judging by their failure to shine a light on problems plaguing Cameroonians in general and Anglophones in particular. Tassang, spoke on Oct 11, 2016 in reaction to a purported petition against him by the Northwest Administration.

Barely weeks after CATTU celebrated 20 years of existence; there has been much talk ofa petition, sent to Yaounde, accusing Tassang and CATTU of sympathizing with SCNC. The 20th Anniversary of CATTU attracted top officials of the SDF and the CPDM, including Nfor Ngala Nfor, leader of the “secessionist” group advocating for the total and unconditional independence and restoration of the Southern Cameroons State. Reports have it that the Northwest administrative authorities felt insulted being invited to an occasion alongside “secessionist leaders.” To them, the
move is a public declaration of empathy by CATTU with the “secessionists.” According to the CATTU Executive Secretary, such allegations of a petition on him might be true and false. “We are not SCNC, but as Anglophones, we identify with their cause especially, marginalization of Anglophones. Our celebrations were in two parts. 

“We are not SCNC, but as Anglophones, we identify with their cause especially, marginalization of Anglophones. Our celebrations were in two parts. e fist part was an ecumenical service for peace and national unity, while the second part was presentation of our union’s vision for education in Cameroon. Peace can onlycome into the house when everyone is speaking with one voice. National unity can only exist when those speaking with discordant voices come together, reason and bring solutions. You can’t pray for national unity in Cameroon without bringing in the SCNC. That means you are playing the ostrich,” noted Tassang! He added that if the Northwest administration has petitioned to Yaounde authorities against being invited in conjunction with SCNC to pray for National Unity, his riposte are that they are merely doing their job.

“If they want to accuse me as a member of SCNC, they are wrong. I have just returned from an evaluation meeting
with the Governor and he did not mention it. The accusations can be true or false. We of CATTU are not cowards.
Our political leaders are not representing us as Anglophones. If our uncles in the CPDM, SDF and their MPs come
together, remind Government of an Anglophone issue, it would be solved and SCNC will be history. The real
SCNC are our MPs and political leaders who are not doing their job,” Tassang regretted.  On why invite the CPDM and SDF in a purely teachers event, the CATTU SG replied that issues raised by CATTU are political and can’t be solved in a vacuum. “We invited our uncles because they are into politics. We invited the SDF Chairman, former PM and Vice President of the Senate Simon Achidi Achu and Nfor Ngala Nfor. The only difference between a trade union movement and a political party is that trade unions do not stand for elective office. Otherwise, the two are into politics. You must work with the politicians. We have been courting CPDM and the SDF to make things happen.”

“We invited our uncles because they are into politics. We invited the SDF Chairman, former PM and Vice President of the Senate Simon Achidi Achu and Nfor Ngala Nfor. The only difference between a trade union movement and a political party is that trade unions do not stand for elective office. Otherwise, the two are into politics. You must work with the politicians. We have been courting CPDM and the SDF to make things happen.”

Quizzed on CATTU’s position in relation to the just released results of competitive entrance examinations into
Higher Teachers Training Colleges of the University of Bamenda, the CATTU SG said it’s a shame in accordance with
postings on social media. “It’s shameful, scandalous and outrageous that we have a Government that is so insensitive as not to heed to the people’s cry of corruption. Djouse Sonna Yves passed chemistry with name number 13 on the list and the same Djouse Sonna Yves passed Biology and appeared 4th on the list. How can this be possible when the exam was written the same day and time? It’s like they are telling us to go to hell; they are the ones to go to hell! It is a shame on higher education,” lamented Tassang.

Twenty years after creation, CATTU still believes in scoring goals and gathering momentum as well as talking to the Government and not with Government as no response has so far come from Government. They believe that an onslaught will soon be launched in Cameroon by CATTU, comparable to non in recent times.