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Catholic Church says video of Archbishop Kleda ‘taken out of context’

Bishop Engelbert Kameni; Spokesperson of the Archbishop of Douala Metropolitan diocese has said a 39 seconds video of Archbishop Samuel Kleda circulating on the social “…has been taken out of context”.

According to Bishop Kameni, the video is an extraction of a long message in a press conference granted by the Archbishop years ago wherein he commented on political issues in Cameroon.

In the said video, Archbishop Samuel Kleda is heard saying “people should not be forced to belong to a political party that is not their choice. In Cameroon, civil servants appointed or recruited by the state are forced to militate with the ruling party. That is wrong. Cameroonians stand for a change of such a practice “.

The video that has been making rounds on the social media, the spokesperson says has no link with several nationwide manifestations announced in Cameroon in the days ahead by some political parties, civil society groups and some individuals.

Commentators argue that the video may have been intentionally taken out of context by those against the government to give more credibility to the planned protest.

Mbatho Ntan.

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Education Live Update

Ndu Sub-Division: Fleeing civil servants ordered to resume work

The Sub-Divisional Officer of Ndu Sub-Division in Donga Mantung Division in the North West Region of Cameroon, has called on all civil servants who have deserted their duty posts in the sub-division to resume work immediately.

In a release signed on the 13th of September 2020, Adamu Shuaibu Ibrahim says 30th September 2020 is the deadline for all to resume work.

Following the massacre of people in Ngarbuh in Ntumbaw village on the 14th of February 2020 in the sub-division, civil servants and other inhabitants of the sub-division have taken refuge in other towns and villages in Cameroon.

Following calls from the D.O for civil servants to return, a secondary school teacher posted in government secondary school Ndu says the call is not backed by effort from the government to maintain security. Speaking to Mimi Mefo Info anonymously, the teacher says:

” Going to Ndu at this time can be compared to a cow getting to a slaughter house with no hope of returning alive.Let government resolve the crisis then i shall go back to teach. For now I can’t risk my life”.

Anonymous Teacher

Note that school resumes in Cameroon on the 5th of October after close to seven months break as a result of COVID 19.

Report by Mbatho Ntan

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Cameroun : Déstabilisés par la crise anglophone, les startupeurs ne reculent pas

Au Cameroun, ces derniers mois ont vu l’émergence de plusieurs jeunes créatifs et talentueux dotés de gros atouts

Parmi eux, le jeune Awah Blaise Chi, un déplacé interne des tensions dans le nord ouest et le Sud ouest. En 2019, il est il marque les esprits après avoir présenté des échantillons de son usine de jouets automobiles dénommé Chi Style.

Un an plus tard, il est poursuit sa conquête du marché. Contrairement à l’année dernière où il s’inspirait des dessins animés et utilisait du papier pour fabriquer ses premiers gadgets, Blaise est passé à la ferraille, ajoutant des fonctionnalités à ses robots. Ses créations clés comprennent des avions civils, des avions de chasse, des camions et, plus récemment, un chargeur frontal fonctionnel pour mini-pelle.

Après son exposition en 2019, il dit avoir été assisté par des âmes volonté lui permettant d’acheter des équipements plus durables, même si cela reste insuffisant. «Je vais toujours là où je peux trouver de la ferraille, car je n’ai pas les moyens de payer certains matériaux. La création des avions et d’un caterpillar (chargeur frontal) m’a pris environ sept mois, en grande partie à cause du manque de matériaux. Le caterpillar est entièrement en fer lourd, c’est pourquoi il a également pris beaucoup de temps », explique le jeune inventeur à notre rédaction.

Le manque de financement et de ressources n’a cependant pas restreint la créativité du jeune, car il a encore pu améliorer le système mécanique, la conception et le système électrique de ses innovations. Son travail, dit-il, sera plus facile à condition qu’il dispose du soutien, des outils et de l’espace nécessaire.

«J’ai besoin d’un atelier ouvert équipé de bonnes machines comme la machine à plomb, une fraiseuse et une imprimante 3D. Le prototype en fer n’est pas une conception parfaite de ce que j’avais en tête en raison de l’absence de ceux-ci…. J’ai utilisé des pièces de mauvaise qualité pour la construction car ce n’était pas facile à payer », révèle-t-il. Un déficit de ressources matérielles qui lui coûte également ses dégâts corporels. «J’ai eu une blessure grave parce que je n’utilisais qu’une machine de remplissage, une machine de forage et de soudage qui ne peut pas faire un travail parfait.»

Bien qu’il soit incapable de travailler pendant un mois en raison de la blessure qu’il a subie, Awah Blaise se décrit comme un inconditionnel de l’inovation avec dans la tête de nombreux projets.

«Je suis accro à la technologie. Je me sens troublé quand je suis inactif et ne pense pas à quoi créer… J’ai un projet pour obtenir mon doctorat en ingénierie afin d’acquérir des compétences parfaites dans le domaine de la technologie. Aussi, j’ai l’intention de créer une entreprise ici au Cameroun pour que les enfants apprennent aussi. Quand je regarde des enfants européens utiliser des appareils technologiques alors que les jeunes de mon pays ne font pas la même chose, je me pose beaucoup de questions », Awah Chi se lamente.

Appel au soutien du gouvernement

Les projets de Blaise sont peut-être à long terme, mais pour le moment, il fait de son mieux avec les ressources et les accessoires disponibles. Cequi inclue également la formation de plus jeunes en fonction de ses possibilités.

«Il y a environ cinq amis à qui j’ai enseigné certaines de mes innovations et ils sont puissants maintenant… l’un est un frère qui a récemment fabriqué son avion à Bamenda. Quand il a commencé, il ne pouvait en construire qu’une maquette mais quand je suis allé à Bamenda, je l’ai emmené à Douala et lui ai montré où acheter les gadgets électriques dont l’avion avait besoin pour voler. Après cela, il a passé environ une semaine avec moi et je lui ai appris à effectuer le câblage électrique et à utiliser la télécommande sur son avion avant qu’il ne reparte pour Bamenda.

Avec l’aide du gouvernement, Blaise croit que des jeunes aussi créatifs comme lui peuvent se voir montrer le bon chemin et avoir un moyen de s’exprimer librement. Ceci, ajoute-t-il, nécessitera la création d’une structure physique pour répondre à leurs besoins.

«Je souhaite vraiment que le gouvernement puisse créer un centre d’innovation pour les jeunes et leur fournir les outils et ce dont ils ont besoin pour prouver leurs talents innés. Dans l’espace de trois ans, le Cameroun sera plein de jeunes puissants et talentueux en matière de technologie … rien n’est vraiment difficile à faire dans ce monde.

Se servant de lui-même comme exemple, il ajoute que «la plupart des gens croient que seuls les Blancs font des machines et parfois je suis tellement surpris d’avoir sorti la version mini que vous voyez fonctionner. Je crois vraiment que les jeunes peuvent faire équipe et faire quelque chose de plus grand que les gens ne l’imaginent.

Malgré l’existence d’initiatives telles que la semaine des TIC qui voit les jeunes rivaliser avec les créations technologiques, beaucoup pensent qu’il faut faire plus pour identifier, soutenir et nourrir les jeunes créatifs.

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Human Interest/Society

Les Victimes des Inondations Reçoivent de l’aide dans l’Extrême Nord

Suite aux inondations qui a causé d’énormes dégâts matérielles et de pertes en vie humaine dans la région de l’extrême nord, 1432 sinistrés enregistré dans le département du Diamaré pour le compte, 3 communes de la ville de Maroua.

L’honorable député du FSNC Salmana Amadou Ali vient d’offrir 3000 sacs de riz de 25kg répartis aux 1432 sinistrés de la ville de Maroua donc chaque personne se retrouve avec 3 a 2 sacs en moyenne selon la charge de la famille. Alors qu’il a 2 semaines environ d’autre sinistrés ont reçu du Gouvernement Camerounais, des matelas, nattes, et bien d’autre matérielles de couchages.

Certains familles ont préféré revendre ces matérielles de couchages en échange des d’ancrées alimentaires pour avoir de quoi survivre. Mais selon les investigations des hommes des médias sur le terrain, beaucoup des victimes des inondations ont été oublier dans le partage du gâteau du Gouvernement constater ici. Et là, des personnes bénéficiaires qui n’ont rien perdu, mais qui ont plutôt profité sur le dos de ces malheureux sinistrés.

Après la remise symbolique des dons, partager par l’honorable Salmana Amadou Ali, tout ont été remis avec transparence dans chaque quartier avec le suivi d’un responsable désigné pour la circonstance. Un geste hautement nécessaire qui va un peut à léger la souffrance de ces populations qui n’ont pas de quoi manger a leur faim.

L’honorable Député Salmana Amadou Ali dit avoir répondu a ces personnes qui ont fais de lui un député de la nation. Rappelons toute fois que la commune de Maroua 2éme revient au FSNC diriger dans les années antérieures par le RDPC. De même pour la députation du Diamaré centre revient au FSNC diriger par l’UNDP.

Un bénéficiaire avec son sac de riz

La cérémonie de remise se dérouler au Stade Municipale Lamido Yaya Dairou avec la présence du représentant personnel du président national du FSNC Issa Tchiroma Bakari. Des milliers des personnes militants du FSNC ont pris part pour accompagné leurs frères et sœurs victimes de ces inondations dans la ville de Maroua. 

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Business Cameroon Food

Le Cameroun importe 200 mille tonnes d’huile de palme pour une depense de 30 milliards par an.

Le préfet de l’océan a inauguré le lancement d’un projet agro industriel samedi dernier, à Campo dans le but de résoudre ce déficit économique.

Ce sont les arrondissements de Campo, limitrophe à la Guinée équatoriale, et de Nieté  dans le département de l’Océan qui abrite ce projet baptisé CAMVERT. Une agro industrie qui s’étend sur 50 000ha, pour une production annuelle de 180 000 tonnes d’huile de palme et 18 000 tonnes d’huile de palmiste. L’Etat a fait une concession avec des opérateurs camerounais, pour vaincre ce déficit en production d’huile de palme que connait le Cameroun.

« Au Cameroun, depuis plus de dix ans, on souffre d’un déficit de plus de 200 000 tonnes d’huile de palme ; l’huile que nous consommons vient d’autres pays à travers le monde. C’est plus de 30 milliards de FCFA qui partent à l’extérieur chaque année ; et ce sont nos devises. Le projet entend résoudre ce problème économique avec une solution Camerounaise ».

A déclaré monsieur Mamoudou Bobbo, Chief Manager Officer.

La cérémonie de mise au sol des premiers plants s’est déroulée samedi dernier, sous la présidence du Préfet de l’Océan, représentant de l’Etat. C’est au terme de plusieurs concertations avec les communautés riveraines que les populations ont enfin accepté s’approprier le projet.

« Lorsqu’on nous parlait de 60 000ha, non seulement nous trouvions cela énorme, mais surtout, nous craignions la mauvaise expérience que vivent certains de nos concitoyens, riverains des agro industries. Mais dès lors que nous avons reçu toutes les assurances, il n’y a plus de raisons de résister ». 

Majesté Robert Olivier Ipouah

A rassuré sa Majesté Robert Olivier IPOUAH, Maire de Campo. Les populations vont bénéficier de 10 000ha de plantations villageoises sur les 60 000 que devra occuper le projet. 8 mille emplois directs et 15 mille indirects et dont les riverains, à profil égal, seront prioritaires.

Ayant pris des engagements dans le respect scrupuleux des normes environnementales et sociales, CAMVERT entend servir d’exemple de développement durable de l’agro industrie au Cameroun ; surtout que l’Etat a trouvé ce projet original et mature, pour réduire son déficit de production d’huile de palme et matière grasse en limitant les importations qui ont une incidence directe sur la balance commerciale au Cameroun. Ce projet utilise les capitaux entièrement Camerounais avec une expertise Camerounaise.

Le Cameroun importe l’huile de palme de la Malaisie, de l’Indonésie et du Gabon voisin.

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Buea: La police et les gendarmes utilisent des arrestations en masse pour exploiter les habitants de Muea

Les habitants de Muea, une localité à la périphérie de Buea, situé dans la région du Sud-Ouest au Cameroun, ont été victimes des arrestations incessantes massives et surtout, impromptues plus connus sur le nom “calé-calé” par la police et les gendarmes.

L’un de ceux qui ont été récemment arrêtés par les forces de l’ordre le jeudi 9 septembre dernier, a déclaré que des dizaines de jeunes se trouvaient toujours à la commissariat centrale de Buea où ils avaient été arrêtés et détenus.

S’adressant à MMI, la victime qui a préféré l’anonymat, a déclaré avoir dépensé plus de 100 000 FCFA ($118) pour se soustraire à la police à deux reprises au cours des deux derniers mois.

«Ils m’ont appelé lorsqu’ils m’ont vu et m’ont demandé ma carte d’identité. Ils m’ont alors dit de monter abord de leur véhicule et nous avons été emmenés au GMI. De là, nous avons été emmenés au commissariat central. Les cellules étaient bourrés des gens et certains d’entre nous étaient détenus dans la cellule des femmes. Ils ont passé nos mains à travers une machine pour détecter si nous avions déjà eu à tenir des armes à feu », a-t-il dit.

Victime

Bien que ses mains aient signalé vert, signifiant qu’il ne s’est jamais servi d’une arme à feu, il a été enfermé jusqu’à samedi après-midi, le 11 septembre, quand il s’est libéré avec une caution de 37 000 FCFA ($43).

Il a déclaré que la plupart des personnes détenues étaient des personnes qui n’avaient pas immédiatement soudoyé des agents lors de leur arrestation et que celles qui pouvaient donner de l’argent avaient été libérées avant d’arriver au poste.

Un autre habitant de la localité qui a survécu à l’arrestation massive a déclaré à notre rédaction que les policiers libéraient généralement les personnes qui peuvent immédiatement les soudoyer avec de l’argent et que ceix qui n’ont pas d’argent sont emmenées au commissariat et parfois détenues jusqu’à ce qu’ils soient libérés sous caution.

«Ils ont pris ma carte d’identité et m’ont demandé de les suivre jusqu’à la gare. Après avoir parcouru un peu de distance, ils ont dit que je devrais leur donner quelque chose (de l’argent) pour qu’ils me lâchent. Mais quand j’ai hésité et préféré être emmené à la gare. Ils ont alors dit que je devrais y aller. Je ne comprends pas pourquoi ils devraient toujours venir harceler les gens et collecter de l’argent auprès des autres »,

a raconté une victime d’arrestation massive à Buea.

Lors de l’arrestation de jeudi dernier, cet habitant a déclaré que les policiers avaient déclaré, lors de son arrestation, qu’ils avaient reçu pour instruction de prendre toute personne âgée de moins de 40 ans.

Il a déclaré que la crise anglophone avait rendu la vie difficile, mais que les hommes en tenue en aggravaient les choses en collectant auprès des gens les maigres revenus qu’ils tirent de comme recette quotidiennes.

Le lundi 14 septembre, dit-il, des dizaines de garçons ont de nouveau été arrêtés par des policiers en patrouille et la plupart ont acheté leur liberté en payant a somme de 10 000 FCFA chacun.

Les arrestations massives (calé-calé) sont un moyen de gagner de l’argent courant pour les militaires depuis la monté en puissance des violences dans les régions du Nord-Ouest et du Sud-Ouest.

La police et les gendarmes utilisent généralement cela comme un prétexte pour traquer les combattants séparatistes parmi la population, mais beaucoup se sont demandé si cette méthode avait amélioré la situation sécuritaire, car certaines des personnes arrêtées soudoyaient généralement des agents et se faisaient libérer, sans aucune note sur le fait qu’ils sont une menace pour la paix ou non.

Cependant, un calme relatif est revenu à Muea, qui était l’une des zones les plus dangereuses de Buea, car les coups de feu sont désormais moins répandus, selon un habitant.

La plupart des commerces en bordure de route ont rouvert et la vie se normalise progressivement avec la population, principalement des agriculteurs, qui reprennent le travail sur leurs sites autrefois abandonnés.

Rapport par Tata Mbunwe.

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Politics

Anti-Biya protest announced for September 19 in Brussels, Belgium


The information has been circulating on social media for a while now, and the signatories to the announcement who chose anonymity have specified that T-shirts will be printed for the demonstrators. It will take place in front of the Cameroon embassy in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.


With MRC president, Maurice Kamto bent on going ahead with his threats of organizing a massive nationwide protest on September 22, 2020, despite numerous government warnings, his supporters and sympathizers both in Cameroon and abroad seem ready to respond positively to his call for a general action against the regime of President Paul Biya.


The Minster of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji has on two occasions turned to the press to make his threats to Maurice Kamto and to any other individuals who would dare go out on the streets to march come the 22nd of September.


Minister Paul Atanga Nji has equally instructed local authorities in the West, Center and the Littoral Regions to use all necessary military action needed to clamp down on any uprisings if the need arises.


Cameroonians in Belgium, in this regard, decided to schedule their own protest in Brussels on September 19, 2020. Details of the gathering in front of the Cameroon Embassy in Brussels suggest it will take place between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm, with black t-shirts to be made available to the protesters.

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Human Interest/Society

Civil Marriage Celebrations: Widening the linguistic Divide in Cameroon

The past four years have heightened the language divide in Cameroon, with the gulf between the English-speaking and French-speaking sections of the country significantly amplified.

In addition to the many political arguments provided to explain the feeling of marginalisation expressed by Anglophones for many decades, there are other socio-cultural issues that have also reared their ugly heads. One of the areas that systemic social injustices seem to prevail is the current conduct of civil marriages east of the Mungo.

Many Anglophones who have had the ignominy of conducting their marriage in some parts of Cameroon have a sad story to tell.


A wedding day shattered
That moment when he was asked out of the Yaoundé III council building by the mayor, in the presence of his family members, is the main image that Nkah Rogers holds of the civil marriage ceremony of his brother.


“Everything was in French and the couple themselves were only struggling to understand French, but without success. The legal text about marriage was read entirely in French”

Rogers said.


“At a certain moment, people started grumbling in the hall, that they were not understanding, but the mayor continued as if there was nothing wrong, until the eldest man of the family stood up to tell the mayor that the family were not following the ceremony being conducted in French.

The mayor in a rather cavalier manner told them to make an effort. When I stood up to suggest English language, or that an interpreter be used for English-speaking couples especially when it comes to reading the legal text about marriage, the mayor asked me out of the hall,” Rogers recounted.

The civil marriage ceremony that took place in late July 2020 at the Yaoundé III council went bitter, not only for Roger, but for their parents and family members who braved smoking guns, rampant killings and bad roads, from the enclaved war-torn Anglophone North West Region of Cameroon to be part of the civil union.


They will become frustrated and disappointed by the decision of the civil executive for Yaoundé III council, to conduct the marriage in the French language, in disregard to English which is the first language of the couple and family.


The Anglophone family felt cheated especially as nothing could be understood from the French-speaking municipal executive official.

Qualifying it as social injustice, Rogers, who is teacher in Douala, stood up to the mayor on behalf of the family, to object the choice of French language, which according to him, has left their parents lost in the midst of the ceremony.


His concern unfortunately earned him a chase out of the council ceremonial hall by the mayor who told him that, they were not the first Anglophones to perform their civil marriage rituals at the council. The mayor according to him, said Anglophones have always had their marriages officiated in French there.


Speaking to Mimi Mefo Infos, Rogers imagined a marriage when couples are told what the law says about marriage, in a language they do not understand. He thinks many Anglophones go through that ‘injustice’ on a daily basis in many facets of their lives such that it is almost convinced as ‘normality’.


The case of French-speaking couples in Anglophone regions


To Better understand the legality of the choice of language of the mayor, MMI tried without success to get to him. Speaking to the mayor of the Bamenda III council on what obtains in a similar situation west of the Mungo, when couples are French-speaking, Mayor Fongu Cletus Tanwie says English, as the first official language west of the Mungo, often times takes precedence.

“When you choose to conduct your marriage in Bamenda III for example, what you should keep in mind is the fact that the first language of the municipal executive is English”

Mayor Fongu clarified.


“The use of French in any marriage here is only possible, when the civil magistrate can understand and speaks French” the Mayor reiterated.


To the Mayor, couples should always take into consideration the first official language of the Council executive, while deciding whether to conduct their civil marriages east or west of the Mungo.


The Mayor of Bamenda III however, says his council sometimes make use of interpreters, and/or pidgin language depending on the request of the couple.


What does the law say?


To understand what the Cameroonian law provides for, in this context, MMI sought the opinion of Barrister Richard Tamfu, a member of the Cameroon Bar and of the Nigerian Bar, based in Douala, Cameroon.


To the legal luminary, the law demands mayors to use any of the official languages in Cameroon, French or English in conducting civil marriages.

“The choice of French over English is legally dependent on the municipal official concerned”

Barrister Tamfu added.


The Barrister however regretted that a long-awaited Family Bill which would have clearly addressed all these issues, is still pending tabling, at the National Assembly.


While related concerns of social injustice suffered by English-speaking Cameroonians, is the reason why the Anglophone crisis persists, MMI, found that far from being simply a matter of marginalisation, the issue of dual language presented a challenge that ought to have received more cogent attention. The discomfort of Anglophones with the Francophone dominance in every sphere of life within the country, is probably responsible for the feeling of dissonance expressed by Roger and his family at their ceremony.


Civil law Vs Common law
Placing the common and civil law systems in this conflicting context, Barrister Tamfu says the law regulating marriages in Cameroon, is Ordinance No. 81, which is the harmonisation of both systems since 1981. What this implies is that at the level of the law, efforts have long been made to find middle ground between the two systems, as far as marriage ceremonies are concerned.

However, the experience of Roger’s family and the views expressed by the Mayor of Bamenda III and Barrister Tamfu, confirm that the practical interpretation of the law leaves much to be desired.


Could Misunderstanding be avoided?


Within the prevailing situation, one wonders if a misunderstanding such as what ensued in the Yaoundé III council could have been averted. In the absence of an interpreter, and the inability of the Mayor to speak English, what was the other alternative that could have made the wedding Anglophone entourage feel at home in Yaoundé?

A civil society leader and a prominent Anglophone voice, Dr Nick Ngwanyam says the problem is with the Yaoundé III Council Mayor’s attitude which leads him to conclude that the Mayor “is an uneducated idiot” though literate. Dr Ngwanyam says the mayor lacks emotional intelligence which would have permitted him to better manage the situation.


“Such intelligence warrants an official to understand that the language he has chosen, is not doing effective communication, irrespective of the context or situation” Dr Ngwanyam opines.

Dr Ngwanyam goes on to add that

“the problem is not with the president or the laws, but with these uneducated natives who misuse power at their deferent levels, just like a priest delivering a message and not minding the language in which it is delivered “.

Dr Ngwanyam


Dr Ngwanyam fears that such problems are recurrent in Cameroon and might continue if “uneducated literates” are not educated on how to manage the diverse population that makes up the Cameroonian polity.


Given that the ongoing crisis has forced and continues to necessitate many English-speaking Cameroonians to seek refuge within the French sections of the country, it is the sad reality that many older persons for whom it might be too late in the day to learn French, have very little choice.

While the French-speaking Cameroonians in the Anglophone regions can opt to travel and conduct their marriage in a council where the language is that which they understand and are comfortable with, the same cannot be said of Anglophone families who have been condemned by conflict to stay away from the comfort zones.

For many families such as that of Rogers Nkah, it seems there is currently very little alternative, than to attend their own marriages, where there are ‘strangers’ who are spoken at, without being communicated to.

Mimi Mefo Info

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Judiciary Security/Insecurity

Buea: Police, Gendarmes Use Mass Arrest To Exploit Muea Inhabitants


Inhabitants of Muea, a locality on the outskirts of Buea, South West Region of Cameroon have been victims of frequent police and gendarme impromptu mass arrests popularly known as “calé-calé”.


One of those recently rounded up by the forces last Thursday, September 9, said dozens of young people are still at the Buea Central Police where they were arrested and kept.


Speaking to MMI, the victim who preferred anonymity, said he has spent more than FCFA 100,000 ($118) to bail himself from the police twice in the last two months.
“They called for me when they saw me and asked for my identity card. They then told me to enter their truck and we were taken to GMI. From there, we were taken to the Central Police Station. The cells were full and some of us were kept in the female cell. They passed our hands through a machine to see if we have ever held guns,” he said.


Although his hands signalled green, meaning he has not held a gun, he was locked up until Saturday afternoon, September 11, when he bailed himself with FCFA 37,000 ($43).


He said most of those kept in custody are people who did not immediately bribe officers when they were arrested and those who could give money were released before reaching the station.


Another inhabitant of the locality who survived the mass arrest told MMI that officers usually release people who can immediately bribe them with money and those who have no money are taken to the station and sometimes detained until when they are bailed.


“They took my Identity Card and asked me to follow them to the station. After moving a little distance, they said I should give them something (money) for them to let me go. But when I hesitated and preferred to be taken to the station. They then said I should go. I don’t understand why they should always come around harassing people and collecting money from others,”

Narrated a victim of mass arrest in Buea


During last Thursday’s arrest, this inhabitant says the officers said, while arresting him, that they were instructed to take everyone aged below 40.
He said the Anglophone crisis has made life difficult, still, the uniform officers are making matters worse by collecting from people the meagre income they make from their daily struggles.


On Monday, September 14, he says, tens of boys were again arrested by patrolling police officers and most of them bought their way out by paying FCFA 10,000 each.
Mass arrest (calé-calé) has been a common moneymaking tool for the military since the escalation of violence in the Northwest and Southwest regions.


The police and Gendarmes usually use this as a pretext of tracking separatist fighters from among the population, yet, many have wondered if this method has helped the security situation as some of those arrested usually bribe officers and get released, without any note on whether they are a threat to peace or not.


However, relative calm has returned to Muea, which had been one of the most insecure areas in Buea as gunshots are now less rampant, says an Inhabitant.


Most road-side businesses have reopened and life is gradually normalising with the population, mostly farmers, resuming work at their once abandoned sites.

By: Tata Mbunwe

(C) Mimi Mefo Info

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News Roundups

National And International News Roundup – 15th September 2020

Cameroonians have been appreciating Mimi Mefo Info (MMI) in its mission of publishing verified news happening in Cameroon and other countries. As the leading online news site clocks two years today, the MMI team has increased its audience and readers by introducing the French language for the publication of news.

The Minister of territorial administration says no manifestation next week will be considered a non violent one with defaulters to face the wrath of the administration. In a release signed by Minister Rene Emmanuel Sadi, he says the manifestations are unconstitutional.

Militants of the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement in the North West threaten to order for the arrest of any journalist who dares to cover a process of selecting candidates for municipal election. The meeting chaired by Philemon Yang is taking place at the moment at Ayaba Hotel

Operation “Bamenda Clean” enters the second week with the inhabitants of Bamenda decrying military harassment. Besides, victims say military men practically extort money from them by demanding receipts for all valuable items in their houses.

The Divisional Chairperson of the CRM party in Yaounde was today arrested and detained in SED as he went to declare a public manifestation for September 22 at the DO’s office. Government authorities across the country have been putting together measures against the upcoming protests scheduled for September 22, 2020 as Maurice Kamto says would be a peaceful protest meant at demanding the president to step down from power.

The Divisional Officer for Maroua II has not issued an official response following a letter of declaration of protest deposited by militants of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement party. To militants of the party, the main aim of the protest next week is to flush the regime of President Paul Biya and put in place a transitional government. To them, the regime has failed Cameroonians at all levels since 1982.

Jean Marc Bikoko of the civil society has stated that there cannot be a change of leadership at the helm of Cameroon through the ballot box but through a political transition. Speaking on Canal 2 international this evening, he endorses the call made by Prof. Maurice Kamto for Cameroonians to come out at mass to force Paul Biya out of power.

Cameroonians in the Philippines today mourn a fellow compatriots, Bobga Daryl, 23, who was today discovered dead in his room in the Philippines Capital, Manila. Bobga Daryl was found dead while seated on a chair by his room mate as he returned from work. The Philippines police have now taken custody of the young Cameroonian’s body for an autopsy to uncover cause.

The National Weather Observatory has predicted bad conditions for the South West, Littoral, North West and West regions in the coming days. Their recent reports have predicted a plethora of natural disasters like floods and landslides caused by rains which will pour from September 11-20

The President of the National Episcopal council has expressed worries over the present Socio-politocal climate with heavy criticisms on the electoral code. Mgr. Abraham Kome said that the government’s unwillingness to revise the electoral code and grant a voice to opposition parties that cry foul is rather making things more tensed particularly with the upcoming regional elections.

The the deputy Secretary General of the CPDM party, Gregoire Owona has responded to Romeo Dika’s accusations of the CPDM and President Paul Biya. He called them lies and a desperate attempt to spread the hatred to the Cameroonian people. Romeo Dika had some days earlier publicly accused the President of owing him unpaid benefits worth 90 million FCFA.

The former president of Mali, Moussa Traoré, has died at home in the capital, Bamako. He was 83. Mr Traoré took power in a coup in 1968 and remained president until he was ousted by the military in 1991. He has played the role of elder statesman in recent years, advising the younger generation of Malian politicians.

Four men have been arrested by police in Somalia after a teenage girl was raped and murdered. Police say that on Friday the teenage girl was sexually abused by a gang and then thrown from a six-storey building in the capital, Mogadishu. The incident has sparked outrage with hundreds of women taking to the streets of Mogadishu on Sunday to protest and demand justice.

One of Nigeria’s main labour unions, the Trade Union Congress, has threatened to shut down the country if the government fails to reverse the hike in the pump price of petrol and the electricity tariff. In a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, the union issued a seven-day ultimatum to meet their demands or witness indefinite industrial action and national protests. This is the first major reaction from a labour union to the tariff hikes in two key sectors introduced by the government last week.

More than half a million people have been affected by severe flooding in Ethiopia, with some places recording the heaviest rains in a century, the minister for water and irrigation Seleshi Bekele has said. About 200,000 have been left homeless by the floods which have swept through at least five of Ethiopia’s 10 regions, he added. The floods have killed livestock, destroyed crops and damaged homes and public infrastructure to an extent not seen in decades.

An Algerian journalist convicted of undermining national unity has had his prison sentence reduced to two years on appeal. Khaled Drareni was originally sentenced to three years in jail – he’s been detained since March. He runs a news website and is also a correspondent for French TV5 Monde.