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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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Cameroon Judiciary Politics

Fâché, Le Maire scelle la recette municipale, Douala 5è

Un nouveau développement dans la crise à la Mairie de Douala 5è. Hier le Maire Richard Nfeungwang a décidé de sceller la recette municipale. Le chef de l’exécutif municipal soupçonne des détournements de deniers publics imputables à la receveure municipale. Une mesure de représailles sous fond de graves tensions entre les deux personnalités communales.

En rappel les agents de la municipalité sont à plus de 02 mois sans salaires. La receveur municipal s’opposant catégoriquement à tout décaissement. En mis Août dernier, c’est le 6è adjoint au Maire de Douala 5è qui avait bloqué la recette municipale pour dénoncer l’indifférence de la patronne des lieux.

La médiation du préfet du Wouri n’a pas mis fin à cette discorde qui dure au sein de la municipalité.



		
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Africa Business Cameroon News Travel

Insécurité routière sur la voie Maroua-Kousseri: Le calvaire des usagers de la route de tous les dangers

Le mauvais état de la route couplé à l’insécurité causée par Boko Haram sur ce corridor hautement stratégique a également contribué à plomber l’économie locale de la zone. C’est un parcours de combattant et des risques énormes que d’effectuer le trajet Maroua-Kousseri. La distance est de 260 km mais il faut 8 à 10 heures de route pour les bus de transport sur le tronçon tandis que les camions gros porteurs sont obligés de passer des jours en route.

Un parcours parsemé d’attaques de Boko Haram, de pannes, des accidents graves
Plusieurs sources indiquent des centaines des personnes ont trouvé la mort entre le village Zigué et Zigagué avec des dégâts matériels énormes.

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Circuler sur cette route, suppose avoir une discipline et de la patience. Car à cause des nids de poule, les véhicules sont obligés de circuler à 20 km par heure. Certains avec des chargements lourds vont rouler à pas de caméléon. Un rythme qui n’est pas sans conséquences. Les membres de Boko Haram en profitent pour mener des attaques. En l’espace de 3 ans 21 gros porteurs ont été incendiés, 4 camionneurs pris en otage par les assaillants de Boko Haram selon les membres de comité de vigilance de Zigagué l’une des localités les plus touchées par ce conflit Boko Haram.

Très proche de la frontière Nigériane, la zone est difficile d’accès, ce qui ne permet pas aux forces de défense et de sécurité Camerounaises d’intervenir à temps. Encore que sur cette route, emprunter les déviations à travers les pistes facilite les attaques de Boko Haram. Parfois pendant la saison pluvieuse, les usagers sont obligés de débourser de l’argent pour sortir leurs véhicules bloqués par la boue de peur de tomber dans le filet des terroristes de la secte Boko Haram.

«Boko Haram surveille les mouvements de nos camions. A la moindre occasion, les terroristes pillent les marchandises, tuent les occupants et incendient les camions, nous circulons avec la peur au ventre»,

rapporte un camionneur sur la ligne du corridor Tchad-Cameroun.

Chantier arrêté

L’axe Maroua-Kousseri est d’une importance capitale dans l’économie de la zone du bassin du Lac Tchad.

«Les marchandises en provenance de Douala, des autres localités du pays et même du Nigéria passent par cette route. Et c’est grâce à cette route que le trafic avec le Tchad voisin s’opère. Aujourd’hui tout est au ralenti du fait de l’état de cette route et de l’insécurité qui y règne. Les prix des produits ont augmentés sur le marché»,

confie Oumarou, un commerçant basé à Kousseri.

Ainsi, l’économie locale subi un coup dur. Des milliers des familles se nourrissent de la route Maroua-Kousseri pars la vente des produits issus de leurs activités agropastorales et halieutiques.

Aujourd’hui seules quelques familles vendent du charbon, du bois de chauffe et du poisson.…

A cause de l’insécurité et du mauvais état des routes, des familles ont déserté leurs localités.Une situation qui embarrasse plus d’un, ce d’autant plus que le génie militaire avait repris les travaux en 2018. A la suite de l’enlèvement en 2014 de 10 ouvriers chinois des entreprises Sino-Hydro et Jiangsu chargées d’exécuter les travaux de construction de la route Maroua-Mora-Dabanga-Kousseri, les travaux ont été suspendus.

Et ce n’est qu’en mars 2018 qu’une délégation interministérielle, constituée du Ministre des Travaux Publics, des Finances, de la Défense ainsi que la Directrice des Opérations de la Banque Mondiale avaient procédé à nouveau au lancement des travaux attribués au génie militaire. Deux ans après, les travaux piétinent, condamnant les usagers de cette route à un calvaire à n’en point finir.

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Cameroon

Kribi: DO of Lokoundje transferred despite pending murder accusation

Eyono Ebanga Franck Derling has been transferred from Lokoundje sub division where he served as the divisional officer.

In a presidential decree signed Wednesday September 9 2020, the civil administrator was transferred.

He has been replaced by Manga Ombolo Christian Seraphin.

Eyono Ebanga Franck Derling is accused of having murdered his girl friend; Lydienne Solange Taba with his gun on the 25th of July.

Unconfirmed sources have so far stated that the administrator mistakenly fired as he was cleaning the gun.

To the family of the girl, justice has not been done following the death of their daughter. They regret that the administrator is still free exercising his functions despite the death of their daughter.

In other appointments, Esambe Malle Enongene has been appointed sub divisional officer of Babessi sub division in the North West. Boroung Mbamba Yacoubou is the new administrative head of Kombo Abedimo sub division in the south west while Ntihnwat Valentine has been appointed DO of Ndop.

New DOs appointed in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon will have to handle issues of insecurity, reconstruction of the regions and to champion back to school in areas that have been paralysed since 2017.

Mimi Mefo Info.

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Cameroon

Police officer supplying arms to separatist fighters arrested in Tiko

A 1st grade police officer, whose name we got as Richard Moka Mokosso is now under police custody.

Mokosso was arrested Wednesday, by elements of the 2nd Amphibious Battalion in Longstreet Tiko – over alleged supply of weapons to separatist fighters.

“He has done so on several occasions, authorities say it was not the first time,” says a source.

Our sources tell us the police officer had come from Buea where he is on duty and was expected to collect some money owed him from a certain Ebenezer Njoh Tengoh, a separatist fighter said to be operating in Mutengene.

The police officer has had over 38 weapons delivered to the fighter, reports say.

“The police officer had been an accomplice to the separatist fighters for quite a while as they collaborated to instil terror and attacks on the people of Mutengene and its environs,” MMI was told. Separatists have not reacted to the alledged collaboration with the military.

Mokosso was apprehended while in civilian attire. He was asked to call his client, who was also arrested.

The pair is currently under detention at the Southwest military branch in Buea with investigations into the matter presently ongoing.

It will now be left to the law enforcement officers to find out if there is much bigger police, separatist collaboration cartel.

Mimi Mefo Info

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Cameroon World

U.S. Senators in 13-man Bipartisan resolution suggest ceasefire, dialogue to solve Anglophone crisis

Jim Risch, a Republican Senator from Idaho in the U.S., is leading a delegation of his colleagues, to condemn the violence in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions.

In an address to the press, the group of Democratic and Republican Senators say the crisis has crippled the country’s political and economic landscapes.

To Senator Jim Risch, “The international community must do more to speak out against the atrocities of this conflict, and engage all sides to pursue an inclusive and constructive path toward peace and stability”.

To them, “Resolving this conflict will allow Cameroonians to fully realize their own constitutional and democratic ideals, pursue justice for those whose lives have been lost or destroyed, and restore Cameroon’s robust security and economic partnership with the United States”.

The United States Senate, they explain, cannot be silent in the face of grave human rights abuses.

This is not the first time U.S. senators are calling for intervention in the crisis. It is, however, the first bipartisan call of this nature.

To Senator Ben Cardin, a high-ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere among other duties, their bipartisan resolution, “marks Congress’ commitment to working with the Cameroonian people to put an end to violence and human rights violations, pursue justice for victims, and support Cameroon in reconciliation, development, and humanitarian efforts”.

Among the key resolutions reached at are the need to conclude and uphold an immediate ceasefire, guarantee unfettered humanitarian access and assistance to the Northwest and Southwest regions and exercise restraint and ensure that political protests are peaceful.

To them, it is also necessary to “establish a credible process for an inclusive dialogue that includes all relevant stakeholders to achieve a sustainable political solution that respects the rights and freedoms of all of the people of Cameroon”.

Government and separatist fighters have for close to four years today ignored possible avenues and solutions, engaging in a conflict that has left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more displaced.

Mimi Mefo Info

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Cameroon Human Interest/Society Politics

Security forces raid Bamenda localities, make indiscriminate searches, arrests

Soldiers have stormed several neighborhoods in Bamenda, North West region of Cameroon, carrying out systematic checks in private homes.

The operations are still going on at the moment.

“They are present in most quarters now…Searching houses and so on,” says a resident at Bianche Quarter.

In another neighborhood, a lady with an Identity Card near expiration was almost taken away until relation paid 5.000 ( about $8 US )

“We are all indoors, no way to go out because the military is everywhere around Mbengwi road, Nitop1” a source tells MMI.

“They entered my house and search everywhere and even search my phone” another local testifies.

Meantime, activities in the town are on a standstill, a resident tells Mimi Mefo Info.

“The streets of Bamenda remain very dry, no bike, taxi, even private cars cannot be seen on the street, shops are also close with almost everyone just at home.The military can be seen in their numbers on every street”.

Today’s arrests come after last week’s terror meted on the population of Bamenda by security forces last week.

Many have raised their dissatisfaction with a series of measures taken over the past few days. Authorities among other measures have prohibited the circulation of motorbikes in several parts of town after a police officer was shot dead by separatist fighters on a bike.

Mimi Mefo Info

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Cameroon

Cameroonians stranded in Kenya seek to return home

A group of seven Cameroonians who left Kuwait for Cameroon, are stranded in Kenya.

Their Covid-19 tests are due to expire this Monday, yet, they are being asked by the Qarter and Kenyan Airways to get another tests done before taking their flights to Cameroon.

“We left kuwait to kenya, we were on transit tickets but we missed our our flight because they keep saying our Covid-19 tests have expired…But thea are still valid…We are stranded at the airport…Qatar Airways has refused their responsibility and same as Kenya,” one of the passengers explained.

“They said they can only allow us to travel if the Cameroon government accepts to receive us,” she went on.

The airline companies have not reacted, but the passengers say they are not financially viable to get a new Covid-19 test done. “We need help,” says one of them.

Mimi Mefo Info

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Cameroon Politics

Biya defies SDF, MRC, CPP boycott threats, sets regional elections for 6th December

Cameroonians are expected to head to the polls on Sunday, December 6th, 2020, for the country’s first ever regional elections.

This was made known in a presidential decree No. 2020/547 of the 7th, of September 2020, signed by President Paul Biya, 87.

The decree which came as a surprise to many, states that the mandate of elected representatives will run for five years. The announcement comes at the time when leading opposition figures in the country have intensified calls for boycott – requesting for political reforms and solutions to the Anglophone Crisis.

The Regional Election Explained

According to the provisions of the electoral code, there are two electoral colleges, as regional councilors could be delegates of divisions elected by indirect universal suffrage or representatives of traditional rulers elected by their peers.

While delegates of divisions shall be elected by an electoral college comprising municipal councilors, “the representatives of traditional rulers shall be elected by an electoral college composed of first, second ad third class traditional rulers whose designation has been approved in accordance with the regulation in force” the national station reports.

Given that some traditional rulers hold the position of municipal councilors, they shall be called upon to cast their votes in only one electoral college.

“Delegates of divisions shall be elected through a mixed single ballot comprising a majority system and a proportional representation system. The vote for representatives of traditional rulers shall be of a single candidate majority system.”

CRTV’s George Kelong further explains that “while the 90 councilors in the 8 French-speaking regions of the country will be called upon to meet in their respective regional councils, the institution in the North West and South West regions will be known as a Regional Assembly comprising two houses … the house of divisional representatives with 70 members and the house of chiefs with 20 members in each of the two regions.”

With the election date announced, municipal councilors and traditional rulers are expected to begin expressing their desire to contest in the upcoming process.

National Dialogue Outcome: Way Out Of Anglophone Crisis?

A bloody gun battle triggered by an independent quest has torn the Central African nation apart. Pro-Independence Advocates have insisted that their freedom must become a reality after they proclaimed an independent state called Ambazonia in 2017.

An estimated 3.000 people have died while over one million persons have been displaced within and out of Cameroon. In a move to calm flaring tempers, President Paul Biya who has been in power for nearly four decades organized a national dialogue. Separatist advocates described the talks as “a sham”.

But within the Yaounde administration, resolutions arrived at during the dialogue forum were enough to resolve the Anglophone crisis which is now in its fourth year.

Lauding the initiative, the spokesperson for the Major National Dialogue, George Ewane says it comes to fulfill one of many recommendations of last year’s Major National Dialogue.

“Although it might have taken time, the length of time is justified by the diligence and finesse that the head of state wanted to bring to this elections,” he said.

To him, another justification is the “reinforcement of responsible participation of Cameroonians in the management of public affairs.”

“It is through these elections that these regions North West and South West] therefore take full shape with regional assemblies, house of chiefs and all the advantages of local development that go with it” he added. This to him is another step towards enhancing peace in the troubled Anglophone regions.

Coming days after the inaugural session of the follow-up committee of the major national dialogue, the announcement of regional elections comes amidst a tense political atmosphere.

Opposition Threats Set In

The Social Democratic Front, SDF, the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, MRC, and the Cameroon People’s Party, CPP have announced a boycott of the election, threatening to organize street protests. Officials of the opposition parties who acted on an individual basis called on the Yaounde government to address this Anglophone crisis among other issues.

Kamto and Kah Walla hold that a fair and transparent election is impossible with the current electoral laws in place.


Kah Walla has been leading a black Friday movement with Stand Up For Cameroon, to call for political transition and regime change

Running Gun Battles Intensify In Anglophone Regions

The past one week has been marked by intensified shooting in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon – with no peace in sight.

Communication Minister, Rene Emmanuel Sadi issued a statement, condemning the killing of a soldier on September 1st, 2020 – and vowed to dismantle armed groups in the communities wreaking havoc. Critics have remained categorical that a hitch-free election is unlikely to happen.

In the 2018 presidential election, only some 5 per cent of registered voters went to the polls in the Northwest region, according to ELECAM, the official electoral body, and 16 per cent in the Southwest. The figures for the Southwest could be inflated, according to multiple sources

The effectiveness of the election and electoral process remains uncertain,.

Many have maintained that only an inclusive and frank dialogue will solve the war that has raged for close to four years today.

(C) Mimi Mefo Info

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Cameroon Politics

Bamenda: Shopkeeper dies after sustaining bullet wounds during military rampage

Complete calm is yet to return to Bamenda in Cameroon’s North West region as soldiers broke lose last week.

This was after a police inspector was shot dead by separatist fighters on September 1.

Reports say a civilian who sustained bullet wounds as soldiers opened fire, has died in hospital.

A source close to the said victim, Chibikom Ignatius, said he had left home like everyone else on Thursday, September 3, to his drycleaning shop below the General Hospital.

“During the shooting, he hid inside his shop. When things came back to normal around 2PM, neighbors say he left his shop to buy airtime from a telephone booth nearby,” the family source narrates.

The source adds: “When he got the airtime and was rushing back to his shop for safety, they shot him from behind.”

Ignatius, he says, was rushed to the hospital and placed on oxygen.

“He had lost a lot of blood. Unfortunately, he died that same night.”

The brother is still to come to terms with his death. “I’m shivering, I’m hurt, this has affected us all, what a stupid war,” he told MMI in tears.

The 43-year-old, a father of three, is one of several civilian casualties due to the crisis.

Like many others, his death has gone almost unnoticed, as government has remained mute over the soldiers’ excesses last weekend.

(C) Mimi Mefo Info