Liberia is ready for kickoff, take off if you like. The West African nation today, January 22, swears in one history maker as the other bows out.
George Manneh Weah will become its president – the first African footballer to achieve that feat while Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Africa’s first democratically female president will leave office after over a decade in charge.
Weah won presidential elections last year to emerge the successor to Sirleaf beating then vice president Joseph Boakai twice in a space of three months.
In the first round of voting in October 2017, Weah came top but failed to garner the necessary votes. He went into a runoff with Boakai in December and emerged winner with over 60% of votes cast. This will be Liberia’s first democratic handover of executive power in decades.
Chinese technicians are expected to start offering after sale services to beneficiaries of President Biya's controversial laptops later this month. The two state universities in Yaoundé have received 80,000 of the 500,000 laptops promised by Mr Biya in 2016.
The manager of the Chinese firm behind the fabrication is expected in Cameroon on Monday, reports have said.
The technicians will have to handle eventual problems with the computers as well as drill some students on how to be exploit them.
In the meantime several problems have been observed by some users of the laptops. Most people complain of bad chargers. Some students have sold theirs for as less as FCFA 15,000, which is far below the cost price, estimated at over FCFA 150,000.
Cameroon's upper house of parliament is to be lodged at the premises of the Social and Economic Council in Yaoundé as early as the next ordinary session in March, Mutations newspaper has reported.
The Senate went operational in 2013. Previously the prestigious chamber of parliament was lodged at the Conference Centre. Later when renovation works began at the Conference Centre, the elitist institution was moved to the premises of the market regulation agency.
Cameroon's senate has been described by critics as a centre for old people, with the oldest member in his 90s. There are 100 senators, with 30 appointed by the head of state and the 70 others chosen by voters.
According to the Ministry of Public Works, the elected Mayor of the localities shall be responsible for planning, programming and execution of the road construction projects. This is done to minimize the risk of having failed projects as well as reducing the cost of follow up. The communal road project for the year 2018 have been stopped.
The Mayors shall be the project supervisors as indicated by the minister of Public works, Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi, the Mayors shall subsequently be responsible for the conception, programming, supervision and execution of the said projects.
Those projects to be executed shall be done with the technical assistance of Council engineers, who are charged with their construction and maintenance of such roads.
In other words it's the Mayors who shall give instructions as per priority of the project. They therefore shall need a project roadmap for their respective Council areas and shall take responsibility for all the decisions that they shall take.
Engineers from the ministry of Public Works shall give succour to the Mayors wherever there shall be technical challenges on the technical domain. These engineers shall be at the service of Mayors so as to help them in the designing of the structural plan if the project. Whenever a Mayor desires or wishes to maintain a trench of road, the chief of service for Technical maintenance or the Divisional Delegate for Public Works shall intervene to arrest the degradation as well as say what should be done.
These workers are at the disposal of the Mayor. Contract supervisor is charged with having a project book as requested by the Minister of Public Works. The transfer of competence to councils that was announced since 2012. The competence of Mayors is limited to secondary and feeder roads. The construction and maintenance of mayor roads is the responsibility of the Minister of Public Works.
In the quarters,the issue of road maintenance is in the hands of the Mayor. These are the fruits of the request of the population. Once more the needs of expressed by the people,the Mayor should solicit the assistance of the Divisional Delegate for Public Works, who shall carry out the studies on the field. After these field studies, he shall transmit to the hierarchy.
At the end of the procedure, the minister of Public works might release funds for each Council worth twenty seven million.
Marafa Ahmidou Yaya in a French speaking tabloid called for an alternation as the way forward in resolving this present sociopolitical impasse in Cameroon. Marafa Ahmidou Yaya, the one time second in command to Paul Biya, openly calls for alternating format of governance, so that the nation can appreciate an immense electoral year.
The former Minister of State for Territorial Administration and Decentralization called upon his compatriots to seize this golden opportunity offered by this year's Presidential elections. " I am inviting you on the contrary to have this opportunity and chance. The chance to make 2018, an important year for Cameroon.
An important year after many decades of wasted immobility and denouncements. It shouldn't be a year for the settlement of scores with the present regime. On the contrary, let us systematically put aside all democratic alternatives. It shall be a new era and a remarkable occasion for our Country" as written by Marafa Ahmidou Yaya on a French tabloid published on Thursday. Marafa Ahmidou Yaya the architect of the ugly system as the former Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon.
The architect of the system condemns in very unequivocal terms the present sociopolitical climate in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon since a year ago. Marafa Ahmidou Yaya equally regrets the trend of corruption that presently is so common in Cameroon.
It's regrettable that Cameroon now has an poverty rate that affects close to eight million Cameroonians.Of equal worry is the 50% unemployment rate in a country so abundantly blessed with human capital and natural resources. For recalculation, Marafa Ahmidou Yaya, a former dignitary of the present regime, was arrested in April 2012 and subsequently judged in September of the same year. He was slammed a twenty years imprisonment term at the Secretariat of State Defence, the headquarters of the Gendarmerie.
On Friday the 19th the French newspapers or tabloids had the following ratings as per candidate. Paul Biya: This diaper wearing octogenarian who has never won any freely and fairly organized elections in Cameroon is standing unopposed. This is the opinion of Patrice Balme whose work station is Poli since 1999.
That is his own perception of the elections. Akere Muna: Barrister Akere Muna is a black horse recruited by France to charm the people of Southern Cameroon's. France desires completing through Akere Muna, what they couldn't complete through his father, Solomon Tandeng Muna.
For his open support for French Francophonization drive, he has recruited a French born animator by name François Meynent. François Meynent runs an organization tagged as " En marche" that gave Emmanuel Macron, the victory during the last French Presidential elections in France While waiting for the candidates of other political parties to be announced, Paul Biya seeking to replace Paul Biya and Barrister Akere Muna, have thrown their depositions to foreign campaign cabinets, whose cost is expensive and at a golden price.
This is done at the expense of home horned expertise, where life isn't enjoyable anymore. Visibly, Paul Biya, the head of state since 1982, similarly has challenges to prolong the French masquerade, the Francafrique that is in the genes. How to understand why the choice of Akere Muna searching for Muna?
He who says that it's going to be a another kind of government, should try to open their eyes at the Macron Emmanuel campaign team, in case of the protracted contestation of election results that usually characterize elections in Cameroon.