President Paul Biya has embarked on a mission to bring behind bars all strong anglophone voices of opposition.After the arrests of Consortium leaders and Coffin revolution leader Mancho BBC, his agents attempted an arrest on opposition leader and Deputy Attorney General at the Supreme Court of Cameroon Ayah Paul.
A team of gendarme officers led by a Colonel from SED, told AYAH Paul that he's being arrested. He quoted the law - Section 629 of the Penal Code which stipulates the process involved in questioning a judge of his status. After 90 minutes of phone calls to their boss, they backed out. They have asked him to report to SED, Yaounde tomorrow at 11:00 AM.
Senegalese troops have entered Gambia after Adama Barrow was sworn in as president. Political crisis continues in the country as longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down.
News agencies reported on Thursday that troops from Senegal had entered the Gambia. "We have entered Gambia," Colonel Abdou Ndiaye wrote in a text message to Reuters news agency.
A hastily arranged ceremony took place in the Senegalese capital of Dakar to inaugurate Adama Barrow as the new president of Gambia. Around 40 people were present in the ceremony, including Senegal's prime minister and head of Gambia's electoral commission. Several hundred people watched the televised event standing outside the Gambian embassy in Dakar, news agencies reported.
"This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in a lifetime," Barrow said in his inaugural speech.
Following the ceremony, he called upon security forces in his country to "demonstrate their loyalty," asking soldiers to remain in their barracks. Those who did not would be considered rebels, the Reuters news agency reported. Thousands of Gambians were reported to have fled the country fearing unrest, the UN said. Officials from ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, were also present at the swearing-in.
The group has threatened to invade Gambia to force out Yahya Jammeh. The UN Security Council has meanwhile unanimously backed the new president and called for a peaceful transition of power.
Jammeh has been in power since a coup in 1994. His mandate ended after Barrow won the elections in December. Jammeh conceded initially, but backtracked later, saying the vote was flawed. Subsequent talks to persuade him to step down also failed.
Adama Barrow is a former businessman and a real estate tycoon. He was chosen the head of the coalition of Gambia's opposition parties. After winning the elections in December, he announced his country's exit from the Commonwealth - a group of former British colonies - and the International Criminal Court, which tries crimes against humanity.
A new Gambian president has been sworn into office in neighbouring Senegal while the Gambia’s defeated longtime ruler refuses to step down, deepening a political crisis in the west African country.
Adama Barrow was inaugurated on Thursday in a hastily arranged ceremony at the Gambia’s embassy in Senegal. The embassy room held about 40 people, including Senegal’s prime minister and the head of the Gambia’s electoral commission.
A huge TV screen broadcast the swearing in ceremony to several hundred people watching outside. “This is a day no Gambian will ever forget,” said Barrow, dressed in a flowing white robe.
Also at the event were officials from west Africa’s regional bloc, Ecowas, which is threatening to invade the Gambia to force the outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh, to step down.
The UN security council was set to vote later on Thursday on a draft resolution endorsing the west African regional force’s efforts to remove Jammeh.
Jammeh was at his official residence, State House, in Banjul, the Gambia’s capital, and intended to stay there, said an official close to the administration. He added that the regional force would have to arrest him there.
Many of Jammeh’s loyalists at State House will resist, the official added. But the Gambia’s army, estimated at well below 5,000 troops, is divided over its loyalties to Jammeh, and those not sympathetic to him will not leave until they are invited by the new government, the official said.
Barrow won the December election, defeating Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994. Jammeh initially conceded defeat but then changed his mind and said he would not accept the results, saying the election was marred by irregularities.
Jammeh has resisted strong international pressure for him to step down. His mandate expired at midnight.
African nations began stepping away from Jammeh, with Botswana announcing it no longer recognised him as the Gambia’s president. His refusal to hand over power “undermines the ongoing efforts to consolidate democracy and good governance” in the Gambia and Africa in general, it said.
The African Union earlier announced that the continental body would no longer recognise Jammeh once his mandate expired.
Cameroonian Opposition leader Kah Walla released a statement today on her Facebook page after she paid a visit to the arrested Anglophone Consortium leaders currently being held at the SED in Yaounde.Below is the stement she posted on her Facebook page:
Very happy to report that we have seen Barrister Nkongho Felix Balla and Dr. Fontem Neba today.
They are both well and in strong spirits.
They report being literally kidnapped from the South West region on Tuesday 17 January and brought to Yaoundé by car, via Douala in the very early hours of Wednesday morning.
They are being held at the SED (Sécretariat d'Etat à la Défense). Since their arrival there they have been treated humanely.
The charges brought against them are of extreme gravity including secession, treason, inciting rebellion and acts of terrorism. These charges require that we as Cameroonians mobilize and act swiftly, non-violently, but with mass determination, to ensure their IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
If we do not mobilize quickly, efficiently and effectively, these leaders will pay a very heavy price.
Dr. Fontem Neba and Barrister Nkongho Balla have been part of the leadership of a movement that will forever change the perspective of how we determine the future of Cameroon. We must not let them pay the price of decades in prison or even their lives for these unfounded charges.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Cameroon People's Party and myself as President of the CPP joined a delegation of lawyers from the South West who had traveled to meet with Balla and Fontem.
We discussed the importance of mobilization with them. We are asking all political and civil society organizations and all citizens to follow the lead of the lawyers as they mobilize for the IMMEDIATE RELEASE of Dr. Fontem and Barrister Balla.
We must not cede to the fear that the government is trying to instill in us. It is time to STAND UP! Stand Up for Nkongho Balla and Fontem Neba, Stand Up for all those who have sacrificed their lives in this movement. Stand Up for Bobga and Tassang, stand up for the many who stood in the streets of Buea, Bamenda, Kumba and throughout the SW and NW.
It is in the eye of the storm, that the strength of the people will be known. STAND UP, STAND UP, STAND UP!
We must act without violence and with utmost determination to obtain freedom for these leaders! As we receive information on precise non-violent action to be taken, we will relay here.
Note: As we left the SED, we were informed that Mancho BBC had been brought there in the night. We were unable to see him, but will provide more information on his situation as we receive it.
While chairing on 18 January 2017 in Yaoundé, the discussion panels on the power grid update programme for the period covering 2016 to 2022, the Minister of Water and Energy (Minee), Basile Atangana Kouna, revealed that Cameroon will invest FCfa 800 billion in this endeavour.
To this effect, the Minee indicated, the management of said programme was given to the Société nationale de transport d’électricité (Sonatrel – National Power Grid Company) created on 8 October 2015. With regards to the financial aspect, he assured, the Cameroonian government has initiated successful approaches with some international lenders. Which for example led, according to the Minee, the World Bank Board of Directors to approve, in December 2016, a financing of USD 325 million for a section of the power grid project. The signature of the corresponding loan agreement is imminent, the Minister specified.
Basile Atangan Kouna also welcomed the fact that loan to finance structures to remove the energy to be produced by the Warak hydroelectric plant (75 MW) on the Birni River was signed in 2016. Moreover, still based on his comments, the processes to raise the funds for the “Yaoundé Loop” component awarded to the Spanish company Elecnor are moving along smoothly. The signature of the corresponding loan agreement should be completed latest by February 2017.
Cameroon Tribune reports that the government of veteran leader Paul Biya is planning a massive rehabilitation of roads in the North West region.This disclosure was made in the MINEPAT Conference Hall in Kumbo, Wednesday, January 11 during the last quarter Divisional Participatory Follow-up Committee Meeting for Public Investment Projects in Bui for 2016. Although participants had had the erroneous believe that the public investment budget for the Division in 2017 had been greatly sliced, the MINEPAT divisional delegate Chief Forsop Dominic Yenai Asaa said the budget had rather witnessed an increase with much programmed for road works.
According to the delegate, the sum of FCFA 4 billion has been slotted in the budget of the Public Works Ministry for continuation works on the Ndop-Kumbo stretch of the ring road. In the same vein FCFA 5.8 billion has been budgeted for the tarring of the Babungo-Oku-Nkor Noni road. This was corroborated by the delegate of Public Works, Botiba Romuald, who said his ministerial department has allocated the sum of 125mCFAFrs to rehabilitate the Takija- Ngondzen- Kuvlu- Mbinon-Lassin-Nkor road, while CFA 85 million will be used to open up the Dzeng-Kifem-Tatum axis. Like other councils in Cameroon, the six councils in Bui will each receive 27mCFAFrs for road works within the municipalities. Other projects include the continuation of rural electrification in the Noni area with an allocation of 52 million for 2017.
The Vice Chair of the Committee, Kighe Free Mnkuwiyayen Abel announced that Bui Division’s rate of execution stood at over 88 per cent for the physical and 85.7 per cent for financial realization at the close of 2016. He lauded the improved working climate between the technical services and went ahead to remind participants of one of the objectives of the committee. “I feel it incumbent on me to remind you that one of our objectives is to appraise the level of satisfaction of the needs of the project beneficiaries. For us to achieve this goal, project engineers are expected to control all projects as per the official jobbing orders in question,” the Vice Chair said. He urged contractors to respect the terms of their jobbing orders especially in respect to technical specifications and contractual durations.
Bui First Assistant SDO Dr Mohamadou appreciated the level of execution and urged stakeholders to improve on the situation in 2017. A video projection by the delegate of MINEPAT gave participants an overview of the projects executed in the Division in 2016 with emphasis on good and bad practices. Participants however, frowned at the phenomenon where contractors satisfactorily complete their jobs but have to wait for long to be paid.