IDPs, host population in Babadjou to be issued birth certificates

Many people especially Internally Displaced Persons from the crisis hit English-speaking regions of Cameroon, now settled in Babadjou Subdivision, West Region, and in other host communities are without birth certificates for reasons directly or indirectly linked to the crisis. A need that is also very important in their day-to-day lives.

On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at the premises of the Babadjou council, a sensitization workshop on the “DO NO HARM” principles and protocol in the implementation of civil status activities and conflict prevention was organized by officials from the decentralization and local development ministry.

The workshop which was presided over by the 1st Deputy Mayor, was aimed at bringing out strategies that will be implemented later to facilitate the process of issuing birth certificates to the needy, especially IDPs.

Among the strategies listed, were communication, data collection, deployment, and many others.

“I very much appreciate the session because it will help us IDPs get new and authentic birth certificates. My family is here and I have some of my family members whose documents were burnt and are without a birth certificate. So we help give them proposals on how to hasten things. ” a participant said.

With the precious documents, their socioeconomic integration in the host communities will also be facilitated.

” Most of the IDPs are vulnerable, and cannot have access to many things because they lack the first certificate in life. An ID card for example is done with a birth certificate meaning if you don’t have a birth certificate you will not have an ID. And you will be faced with many challenges. So we just succeeded in this step and the next one will be to implement the project because we already know how they live here” said Mr Sadou, the facilitator.

The project is in partnership with other ministries such as Women Empowerment and the Family, Social Affairs, Youth, and Civic Education.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Qatar Attaches Great Importance to Its Wide-ranging Relations with Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, November 9/2023 (ENA) State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Mesganu Arga, received the Deputy Head of Mission of the State of Qatar to Ethiopia Jaber Jemal Al-Awami, at his office today.

On the occasion, Mesganu expressed that Ethiopia and Qatar have strong political and economic cooperation.

The sate Minister also stressed the need to capitalize on the existing potentials of investment and development cooperation between the two countries.

Jaber Jemal Al-Awami on his part stated that Qatar attaches great importance to its wide-ranging relations with Ethiopia, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

DPM & FM Demeke Holds Phone Conversation with Foreign Minister of Tanzania

Addis Ababa, November 9/2023 (ENA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, held a telephone conversation today with the Foreign Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, January Makamba.

The discussion between the two sides covered bilateral and regional issues of common interest.

Discussions included AU issues, high-level official visits, and the next joint ministerial commission meeting of the two countries, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Cameroon: driving school promoters announce strike

By Stephen TADAHA with additional information from Ecomatin

Some trade unions and promoters of driving schools in Cameroon have announced a strike action starting on Thursday November 9, 2023.

This is the substance of a release jointly signed by some heads of driving schools and some driving school promoters in Cameroon in which they express their grievances, threatening to boycott the December session of driving license exams in Cameroon.

In the release, the promoters and driving school teachers, who say they’ve exhausted “all peaceful means” are demanding among other issues,

a new driving license exam calender for the year 2024, with 12 sessions throughout the year instead of 4,

a total and full stoppage of driving license exam sessions in Cameroon,

the non intrusion of strangers as jury members in exam sessions,

the non-distribution of driver’s licenses to persons who have niether undergone theoretical nor practical tests.

The stakeholders are threatening not to register candidates for the December 2023 exam session if solutions to these problems are not found.

This strike action if undertaken, might further dampen the image of the country’s driving system which has for the past years been pointed as one of the main reasons why so many road accidents keep occuring.

According to a report made public in 2021 by the ministry of transport, 7,200 deaths were registered in over 21,000 road accidents from 2011 to 2017, of which 10,5% were were caused by the non-mastery of driving lessons. Also, in the National Anti Corruption Commission’s (CONAC) two recent reports, complaints linked to driving schools and concerning the delivery of falsified driver’s licenses and corruptions in drivers license exams have been recurrent.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Rigobert Song says objectives attained despite focus on his failures

Rigobert Song has said it is needless to focus on his defeats with the Lions, arguing that he has not failed to attain set objectives.

The coach highlighted his first milestone with the national team which was the qualification for the World Cup in Qatar, as well as the AFCON 2023 qualification.

Song was speaking while announcing his list of players selected for Cameroon’s first two games of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, and added that friendlies are not his main concern.

“For friendly matches, I wasn’t told to go and win but it is part of preparation. For me, that is not what interests me. I know what I’m looking for. It is not victories in friendly matches.”

“I’m in the process of learning, there have been several errors and lack of vigilance at certain points,” he pointed out.

The coach assured the public that he will take more precaution.

“I no longer have to commit any error. So these two matches you will see a competitive team that will make the difference. Let Cameroonians not be stressed.“

Song unveiled a list of 24 players that will play against Mauritius in Douala on November 17, and Libya in Benghazi on November 21.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

CRM party disappointed at growing unpunished police brutality

The Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) party, through its human rights and governance committee has expressed disappointment at the brutality used by three police officers serving at the public security police station in the Douala II subdivision on civilians.

“In that video we see three elements of the Cameroon national police atrociously beating up a defenseless surrendered individual who shows no sign of aggression. In anger, inhumanity and barbarism, these police officers inflicted violent punches and kicks on the head and limbs of the victim already on the ground. Even if the brutalized individual initially pushed one of the police officers away, nothing can justify the torture inflicted on him, when he has surrendered” a part of a CRM release published November 7 reads.

To the CRM, this act is regrettable as police violence is on the increase and authorities seem unbothered by it encouraging the perpetrators to keep up.

“The CRM is surprised that since the publication of the said video, no comment has been made or action taken by the General Delegation for National Security, relating to available disciplinary measures against the police officers involved” the CRM realease further states.

The Kamto-led party further states “in any case, the CRM reiterates that law enforcement forces in general cannot effectively accomplish their missions without benefiting from the support of citizens. No citizen would be willing to provide them with assistance, if they do not instill within them, confidence.”

CRM, requests that, very severe sanctions be taken against the three police officers involved.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Mamfe massacre: Sisiku Ayuk Tabe calls for moment of reckoning

The leader of the Ambazonia Interim Government, said the killing in his Division, is painful and unreasonable. While at the Kondengui principal prison in Cameroon’s political capital, the man who was arrested in Nigeria on January 5, 2018, alongside nine others, said, ” What happened in Egbekaw is unconscionable and barbaric and there is no justification for it.”

Full outing

My fellow country people, the images of families mourning, of bodies being pulled from the burning houses and wrapped in loins in Egbekaw village this past weekend must force a moment of reckoning on us all. What happened in Egbekaw is unconscionable and barbaric and there is no justification for it.

On behalf of the leadership team, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the families of our fallen family members and call on the Ambazonian people to observe a moment of silence wherever they are for the repose of the souls of our departed people. Our deepest gratitude to the valorous people of Egbekaw and the surrounding localities who have remained resolute in the face of this carnage and provided support to those wounded and scared by this despicable and inhumane massacre. We remember that the people of Egbekaw’s neighbouring village of Esagem were among the first to be ordered to leave within 24 hours and driven out of their homes in 2017 by the LRC Senior Divisional Officer in Mamfe.

Some will say that it is hard to be hopeful and impossible to be dispassionate seeing the horrific images coming from the scene, but the world and the regime in Yaounde must understand that all this is taking place against the backdrop of decades of failure to address the root causes of the conflict to achieve a durable peace for both La Republic du Cameroun and the people of Southern Cameroons, now known as Ambazonia. A resolution of this crisis is based on a recognition of the rights of Southern Cameroonians to a viable state, justice, and an end to the recolonization of its territory.

If the world and the regime ever want to solve this problem, then there is the obligation to know the whole truth and address the root cause of the problem.

This is decades-old penned-up anger within the people of Southern Cameroons against the recolonization of their land and the way they have been treated in the contraption called Cameroun and this certainly has raised strong emotions against the declaration of war on our communities by the regime in Yaounde.

Social media sloganeering provocative diatribes and blaming Ambazonian self-defenders for the bloodbath and carnage are not going to resolve this crisis and anecdotal evidence shows that for the past 6-7 years, the half measures and ridiculous solutions applied by the regime in Yaounde have not worked. No name-calling or finger-pointing will change the indestructible power of the truth. We remain resolute on the truth.

We are at an inflection point in this crisis with both sides dug in and without international mediation, unfortunately, we will not stop those innocent babies, women, men, the old and the disabled from dying.

I am appealing and calling on the international community to constitute a broad base investigation into these senseless and endless killings and hold the perpetrators and their accomplices accountable. We made this call after the Mamfe hospital killings. We made this call after the massacres in Ngarbuh. Every time that these atrocities have happened, we have made this call.

These killings and atrocities ultimately and eventually are attributable to the Yaounde regime that declared this senseless war in November 2017. The government of La Republique du Cameroun should be compelled to return to the negotiating table to bring an end to this crisis because these killings are directly and inextricably tied to the question of the lack of political and moral will by the Yaoundé administration to engage in frank talks to address the root causes of this completely senseless and avoidable war that is raging in Southern Cameroons.

Sisiku AyukTabe

Kondengui prison principale Yaoundé (KPPY) – 7th November 2023

Source: Cameroon News Agency