Tuesday, December 06, 2016

"CPDM is intimidating PAP militants" - Ayah Paul, PAP Chairman

Hon. Lord Justice Ayah Paul Abine, National Chairman of the Popular Action Party, PAP has urged members and sympathisers of his party to not be intimidated by the CPDM.
He says ahead of a "Unity March" organised by the CPDM this December 6 in Buea, members of his party are being froced to turnout to swell CPDM ranks.

His words:
I have been briefed by the intelligence unit of my party - PAP - that some so-called CPDM elites are threatening Tole Tea Estate and CDC workers (some of whom are PAP members) with dismissal if they failed to attend the CPDM rally billed for today December 6, 2016.
In 2008, all of Biya's weapons were pointed to my head. But I stood my ground as the lone voice that argued that removal of presidential term limit is/was immoral. I did it alone ... what about you - the CDC workers? You are in your thousands.
By this notice, I call on all of you to massively boycot any such rally. The times are too serious for you to succumb to such pettinness. The carpet has already shifted from beneath their feet.
Stay home! Justice4all is watching... the world is watching..."

Ayah weeps for Southern Cameroons

Ayah Paul Abine, PAP Chairman
Hon. Lord Justice Ayah Paul Abine, National Chairman of the Popular Action Party, PAP weeps for former West Cameroon. He recounts the many institutions that West Cameroon lost after joining French Cameroon.
He writes:
December 5, 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Why Biya Must Repent Now...A Word To A Wise...

By Angie Forbin

Angie Forbin
BIYA may want to begin to take a second look at the marginalization of Anglophones .It seemed smart for him to have operated by divide and rule making the best of rivalries and enmities that existed among some Cameroonians from the North West and South West Regions. As a result there's a tendency for him to think that things can't get worse than a few uncoordinated protests here and there. But times are changing is what he may not be seeing. Lawyers have taken to the streets. That's something that no right thinking government wants to brush under the carpet. Anglophones from all walks of life are beginning to catch the
Paul Biya, Cameroon's President
strike fire as well. If a strong leader were to emerge and take the forefront of these cries of 'Enough' ... Our president may wake up to an 'it's too late' reality. Anglophones are the better 
half of Cameroon in every sense of the expression. Without Anglophones Cameroon loses her English French bilingual identity she shares with only Canada in the entire world. Without the Anglo part of Cameroon ... La Republique loses the oil rich Bakassi, and SONARA refinery as such SNH and CSPH become meaningless and Biya's princely life style could be terribly affected. La Republique loses the pride of the Chariot of gods / Mount Cameroon, one of the world's highest peaks which sits majestically in Buea ... A quality English sub system of education which is by far superior to the French sub system will also be lost as part of the identity of La Republique. And I'm being modest with these few examples.

Senator Mbella Moki's rections to the issues at stake in Anglophone Cameroon

Senator Mbella Moki Charles

Senator Mbella Moki Charles, the two term Mayor of Buea who is currently enjoying his first term at Cameroon's Senate on his Facebook wall put up a statement, reacting to the recent issues being raised in Anglophone Cameroon.
Senator Mbella Moki Charles in reacting to the issues at stake writes:
"...I have learned my lessons with the Buea situation and would love to let others play their part. When the dignity and the very existence of a people is threatened you put aside your political colour and selfish ego, you set aside pride and arrogance, you don't expect political gains. You humble yourself, you bring in the human touch and know that you are dealing with with humans with flesh and blood and ask yourself questions. You then seek the face of God.Those are some of the approaches we need to look at. And all of these can only come into play if those concerned possess the moral authority to engage in crises management. That is if they enjoy some measure of respect from community members. I know the reward my so called elite set aside for my family and i during and after my several years of service to Buea. God is still saying something. No more comments. Thanks."

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Buea Mayor and the “Anglophone Uprising”

Convened by Buea Mayor, Ekema Patrick Esunge, the people gathered at the Buea Independence Square on November 30. They keenly listened to Mr. Lord Mayor and his associates.
The participants: taxi drivers, commercial motor bike riders, petty traders among others.
Dr. Ekema Patrick Esunge, Buea Mayor
Some journalists also answered present while police and gendarme officers stood at strategic places in case of any unforeseen.
Then Mr. Mayor dressed in a black suit mounted the rostrum to do what he knows to do best during political rallies. Cameras ran their lenses around the area and even Nokia touch phones had use.
Mr. Mayor spoke and spoke, then spoke again but the subject of his speech was only saluted with sighs and bored faces. At a certain moment, he said something which on a normal rally day would have received a standing ovation but to his greatest surprise just three people clapped - a certain president of an Okada union, one council police and another person whose identity was not important at that moment.
Mr. Mayor spoke about the over 100 bikes which were impounded by the Buea Council and said he has granted them amnesty. In addition, the Mayor promised to share 1000 reflective jackets to the motorcycle taxi riders in Buea municipality. These points received deafening plaudits.
Then he tried to penetrate through the teachers’ and lawyers’ ongoing strike action. He touched on the November 28 strike by students of the University of Buea and in general the Anglophone problem which I am not still convinced he admitted its existence.
According to Mr. Mayor, all had been put in place to ensure all the arrested UB students were freed and according to his initial plan were supposed to have been presented before the attendees of his rally.
On the strike action going on, the Mayor stated that violent demonstrations have been brought to the public place, and he was calling on people to return to their daily activities as before.
He further called on those he said were affected by the strike action to go to the social service of Council and be compensated. He asked for peace and requested everyone to return to their duties since peace will only reign if everyone went back to their duty posts.
Then Mr. Mayor said he had written a memorandum which was to be read before the number one authority of the Region at his office. From where I stood, I observed disappointment on the faces of those present and they kept on saying: "useless meeting”, “nonsense”, “bad luck”, “I dong waste my time for come here" etc. He ended his meeting by asking the gods of "Epasa Moto" instead of God Almighty to be with the people.
Following the Mayor's speech was a walk to the Southwest Governor's office. The Master of Ceremony mounted a mobile caravan and kept on praising the humility of Mr. "Lord" Mayor who had abandoned his air conditioned car to trek with the people for the second time as Mayor.
Then I turned behind and noted that the population had dropped by more than half and a hungry, desperate, and angry few still proceeded to Mr. Governor's office. At the Governor's office, the people gathered and waited for well over 15 minutes for Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai who appeared with his entourage and Mr. Mayor started his speech which was dominated by “Your Excellency" and "the people who voted me".
Mayor Ekema addresses “5,000 attendees” at a public talk 
I noticed he said before the Governor that his rally was attended by over 5,000 people of which I couldn't count up to that number.
Mayor Ekema Patrick Esunge presented an apology to the Governor’s office and begged for the release of University of Buea students arrested and detained as a result of a demonstration on November 28.
Ekema told Governor Okalia Bilai that he and his people had come to apologise on behalf of the population; where they went wrong, so that they should move into the festive season with purity. The festive season, he says, is a period for reconciliation and forgiveness – apparently why he shook hands with Chief (Councillor) Molinge Ikome David.
The Governor held the view that some individuals, identified and unidentified, decided to destabilise the town during the on-going 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations games.
On the teachers’ strike, Governor Okalia Bilai said some identified and unidentified people are preventing some teachers and children from going to school. He said it is criminal to prevent children from learning. “Let the children go to school,” he said.
On the way forward, the Governor agreed with Mr. Mayor that with the coming of December and Christmas, it is time for reconciliation and peace.
He assured the Mayor and his group that their memorandum and worries would be forwarded to the high quarters.
What was expected to be a memorandum became a letter to praise others. Then I couldn't continue listening since I could then agree with many other participants that the meeting was a useless one. The said meeting did not have those directly linked to the problem in attendance, it was just a way of drawing media attention, and it was politically motivated. This is where I ended my coverage of the rendezvous since I was highly provoked by the emptiness of the meeting. But I heard from an unconfirmed source that the meeting had "ngombo" which motivated some of its attendees - FCFA 1,000, they say.