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In recent days, a wave of hysterical abuse has been raining down on Cameroon’s minister of water and power, Basile Atangana Kouna, for the Beti-heavy list of candidates admitted for training in his ministry as solar power technicians and engineers. The outrage is bipartisan, coming in equal measure from the Beti elite, who are incensed that by publishing this list of Beti-only candidates, he has given more ammunition to the West Cameroon Resistance to attack a regime that’s already on the ropes. Mathias Eric Owona Nguini, a Beti university don, calls it a “list of shame that has shocked all the regions of the country, including the Beti regions.” The newspaper “L’Emergance “ angrily accused the minister of attempting to destabilize the regime.

The list has indeed shocked most Francophones, as it provides further irrefutable evidence to bolster the case West Cameroonians have been making for weeks. Namely, that the entire system has been rigged to favor the tribe in power and the Francophones have supinely accepted it.

The shock and outrage being expressed by the rest of the francophone regions shows that a light bulb has finally gone on in their brains. Biya and his gang realize this and are beginning to panic. Such lists are a common practice in government ministries, even those supposedly run by West Cameroonians who so fear losing their perches and perquisites that they dare not even include the names of their own siblings who might have performed better in the selection examinations.

In an interview with a local paper on Wednesday, Minister Kouna said these candidates were being recruited to work in their regions only (Center and South) and that recruitment in the other regions would follow that model to take account of language, availability and cultural practices.

If you believe him, then I have a bridge over the Menchum Falls to sell to you, cheap.

But what he intimated would make eminent sense if only it were true. It would mean that we should have had our own teacher training colleges (or ‘normal schools’ in English*), training local men and women to teach in their towns or villages of origin. You would get true commitment from these teachers and better results from their schools. The same would hold true for the other professions – police, nurses, doctors, etc. In the same vein, we would elect our own local governments (the chimera in the 20 year-old “Decentralization Law”) from governors to village councils. That is actually the old West Cameroon model.

But back to that light bulb that is stealing the sleep from the gilded rooms in Etoudi. There is a growing chorus of ordinary Francophones raising their voices in strident support of our cause. From call-in shows on French radio and television networks to online forums and street demonstrations, the Francophones are following the lead of West Cameroonians. There’s even a demonstration planned for Paris, France – France! – this week to support our cause.

Recent history shows us that it is nothing new for West Cameroonians to show the way in that benighted republic and many Francophones now readily concede that. I still remember back in the late 80s and early 90s when we had to fight with these people to get their children to wear uniforms to school. All their school children used to look like street urchins. They finally succumbed to our logic but resented us for it for years because we were right all along.

In an online video doing the rounds these days, francophone lawyer Jean de Dieu Momo is giving his East Cameroon brethren a tutorial in the leadership West Cameroonians have exhibited since independence. He points out that the ‘office de baccalaureat’ came about thanks to our fight for an independent GCE board (which we have partly lost back thanks to Anglophone government stooges). Momo reminds everyone that the multiparty system, many of whose numerous well-fed leaders now shout about ‘national unity,’ was only achieved when John Fru Ndi and a band of intrepid young West Cameroonians marched from Ntarikon to City Chemist Roundabout and were fired on by francophone gendarmes, killing six of them.

This is the kind of history Biya does not want Francophones to be reminded of, for fear that it could be contagious.

There are signs that the regime has become practically paralyzed by fear, given the very unorthodox methods of the West Cameroonian peaceful resistance movement. That the ruling CPDM party has been effectively banned from Bamenda by popular fiat; that the usually reliable tactic of diving our two provinces has failed abjectly this time, with Musonge and his jingoistic elite being booed out of Buea; that Philemon Yang and Paul Atanga Nji are basically persona non gratae anywhere in West Cameroon now, was already troubling enough.

But what must be giving the regime true nightmares was the shocking spectacle in Bamenda on Wednesday, February 22. That was when a company of soldiers in military trucks from Yaounde paraded the streets of the city with the newly won African Cup of Nations and basically no one came out to see them. And if you want further proof that CRTV has sunk to the depths of journalistic depravity, you would notice that the newscasts of that Wednesday evening didn’t mention the Cup visit to Bamenda. Because of this alone, you can ignore the photo shopped pictures now making the rounds of the internet, showing adoring crowds welcoming the cup in Bamenda as the fakes they really are.
This is the stuff of waking nightmares for the regime. As we say at home, football is Biya’s ‘final joker,’ the magic bullet, the stuff he has used the most to perpetuate his rule over the years. He uses it as the prime drug, the ‘opium of the people,’ dispensed to the country in large doses during periods of extreme crisis, to keep the population subdued. It has always worked. So to see it fail so spectacularly is stomach churning for the regime.
If they were any wiser they should have seen this coming after Victoria turned its back on the Women’s Cup matches. But they never learn.

They still cannot come to terms with a defiant population that ignores presidential decrees, government edicts, ministerial decisions and governors’ orders. They probably thought they could outwait us or find a balm to salve the wounds of a West Cameroon tired of strikes, ghost towns and unschooled children. The Nations’ Cup, they thought, would begin to break down the resistance. They thought wrong. Maybe now they begin to understand what we mean. We are fed up and we won’t take it anymore. And the people are just, for the most part, peacefully staying in their homes.

The government through its propaganda media house, CRTV has just disputed claims that 2017 has been declared a blank  year in Cameroon,in the midst of the socio-political crisis in the anglophone regions of the country.

In a statement released last Friday, Youssouf Hadidja Alim,Cameroon's  Minister of  Basic Education of Base, and president of the National Commission of Cameroon for Unesco, indicated that the anglophone crisis can not cause a blank year in Cameroon.

According to the Minister, examinations will take place as scheduled in all anglophone and francophone subsystems.

The Minister went ahead to denounce claims circulating on social media that the school year has been declared blank as "malicious".

According to UNESCO rules , when certain hours of the school year are not covered, the school year could be declared Blank.
Schools have been closed for months now in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

Meanwhile the Anglophone consortium says the school year has already been declared blank.The consortium writes:

1. There would be no GCE in Southern Cameroons and eventually no one in La Republique will take the exams.
2. The school year is blank already. La Republique is keeping this from its people. All those few Francophones running to have classes in UBa, UB etc, you are wasting a big time because certificates this academic year from the Cameroons would not be recognised.
3. The government continued push for schools to resume is a way to keep french cameroun from rising and down playing the unity of the country that Southern Cameroonians have punctured. The government has been in a series of lies telling.
What do we do now? As advised by our UN contacts we must continue the pressure so that the UN fact finding mission comes in. We must make sure Ghost towns on Mondays and Tuesdays are effective till the end of the month when it shall be reviewed and all schools must remain closed plus other actions such as taxes boycott.
Our parents should occupy the kids home to learn other skills, do some community work.
This is a struggle that needs patience and sacrifice thus let's all communicate back home to our families. Special caution to the Francophones who are currently sabotaging this struggle.
This is a winning struggle and our current action hurts La Republique.

Cameroonin athlete Faï Elvis Ndzedzeni, is the winner of the Men's category of the Mount Cameroon Race, 2017 edition, which took place this Saturday, February 25 in  Buea in the South West region.

In 2016, Faï Elvis, occupied the 6th place in the final classification, while Godlove Gabsibium came second, followed by Lyonga Essome in the third position.

For women, Lisette Ngalim won for the second time. After winning the 2014 edition, she was ranked fourth in the 2016 edition.

The 50 years old six-time champion, Sarah Liengu Etonge this time around did not feature in the for three for the women,but however, she crossed the finish line.

The winners each received  10 million CFA francs, while the second and third positions  positions went home with  5 million FCFA  and 3 million FCFA respectively .

600 athletes from 8 countries, including Cameroon, took part in this years edition of Mount Cameroon.

There was a poor turnout of fans to cheer the event as citizens of that region of Cameroon boycotted the ceremony massively.

The citizens boycott came as a result of the current anglophone crisis plaguing the area.Guinnnes Cameroon, which was a main sponsor of the event also pulled the trigger by cancelling its sponsorship this year.

Former Cameroonian International,  Francois Omam Biyick, has been appointed coach of the Central African National soccer team
The 50-year-old former Lions striker will replace Blaise Kopogo at the head of the RCA national team, where he will be assisted by his compatriot Jean Baptiste Bissek.

The Cameroonian technician will lead the Oubangui wildcats (108th in the FIFA standings), to qualifying for the African Cup of Nations 2019 (CAN), to be held in Cameroon.

US Judicial Drug Task Force made sizable bust last week when they pulled over the car of a Cameroonian citizen last week in DICKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN)

The agents found thousands of dollars worth of gift cards for pizza and other fast food restaurants.The discovery was made during a traffic stop that morning. After agents pulled over the rental car, the 32 year old Cameroonian, Rhodri Bongam, was driving.During the traffic stop, he was was unable to find his I.D.

He told them it may have been in a suitcase in the back. Authorities say Bongam then gave consent for them to search a suitcase.
During the search, agents reportedly found a die set, which is used to punch names and numbers onto fraudulent credit cards. They say they also found an embossing machine, which is an even faster way to alter fraudulent credit cards.

Authorities told News 2 this was the first one they had personally seen.

Bongam was ultimately arrested.

A further search of the car yielded fake I.D.s; fraudulent credit cards, and close to 100 gift cards from Pizza Hut, Jimmy Johns, Krispy Kreme and Home Depot. Agents also found expensive designer sunglasses, high top Louis Vuitton sneakers and an exclusive Versace watch.

“When you don’t use your own money, you can buy stuff like that,” one of the agents told News 2.

Bongam is accused of using stolen financial data that he loaded onto gift cards which, unlike Visa and MasterCards, are more difficult to cancel.According to arresting officers, Bongam made money by selling $50 pizza cards for a cash discount to unsuspecting citizens.

“Fifty to $.80 on the dollar,” one of the agents said.

Bongham, who is a Camaroonian national living in Washington D.C., was staying at the Hilton in downtown Nashville and was reportedly paying for his room with fake credit cards.

He has been charged with 18 counts of criminal simulation and was placed in jail on a $92,000 bond.

Bongham had no previous criminal history outside a suspended license.

Police said that no ransom was paid and the two Germans were freed after being kidnapped in Kaduna state. They were seized near a road between Abuja and Kaduna.

The two Germans had been abducted on Wednesday during excavation work at Jajela village in Kaduna state.

No ransom was paid when they were freed late on Saturday, a police official said, without giving details.

The men were kidnapped along a road running from Abuja to Kaduna, which will soon serve as a temporary entry point for visitors to the capital, Abuja. The main airport in Abuja will be closed for repairs for six weeks beginning in early March.

During that time those travelling to the capital via air will have to land in Kaduna and then make the 100 mile (160 km) journey to Abuja by bus.

Kidnappings for ransom are not uncommon in Nigeria, and several have occurred along this stretch of road in recent years. One victim, last summer, was Sierra Leone's deputy high commissioner.

Most international airlines have said they will not fly into Kaduna, and some embassies in the capital are trying to limit staff travel while the airport is being repaired.

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