Daily Archives: January 26, 2015

Cameroon Military Dispels Rumour Of Boko Haram Food Poisoning

The Director of Communication in the Ministry of Defence, cleared the air on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Following persistent SMS phone text messages which have been making the rounds in the country of late of alleged poisoning by the Boko Haram sect of some crops and fruits from northern Cameroon destined for the southern part of the country, the military reacted over the weekend.
Speaking on Saturday, January 17, 2015, on the Armed Forces programme, “Honneur et fidelité,” on CRTV national radio station, Group Captain Didier Badjeck, Director of Communication, Ministry of Defence, said as far he knew, Boko Haram does not cultivate fruits or crops. “Even if they have poisoned any such fruits or crops, it is difficult to imagine how the potency of such poisoning would survive, given the present level of heat in the country and the long distance from northern Cameroon to the southern part of the country,” the spokesman explained.

Group Captain Badjeck however warned that the public must remain focused on the war efforts in the Far North Region. “I believe the Ministry of Public Health is keeping an eye on the situation. If there is any need for them to make a public statement, they will do so; but we must remember that this is all about psychological warfare,” he reassured. When contacted on January 17, 2015 by Cameroon Tribune, a director in the Ministry of Public Health in Yaounde said it was not in his habit to respond to rumours. He added that since there was no factual, scientific basis for such a story, it was needless for him to comment.
For some time now, the alarmist SMS text message has been making the rounds through the country’s different mobile phone networks. Written in French, the message says: “Good evening. Please, pass on this SMS text message: Do not consume Irish potato, water melon and other fruits from the North. The Boko Haram sect is said to have sent 54,000 Irish potatoes, poisoned with chemical products, to the southern part of the country. Pass on this message to as many people as possible.”

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Paul Biya Comforts German Freed Hostage

Nitsch Eberhard Robert was received in audience at the State House Saturday, January 24, 2015. It took roughly one hour at the State House last Saturday, January 24, for President Paul Biya to listen to the predicaments of Nitsch Eberhard Robert, the German citizen held hostage for six months in Nigeria by the Nigerian based Islamist sect, Boko Haram and to provide Presidential words of comfort for his tenacity. Mr Nitsch who stayed in captivity since July, 2014 and was released January 21, following a special operation of the Cameroon defence forces was accompanied in the Saturday audience by Klaus-Ludwig Keferstein, German Ambassador to Cameroon.
“We came first to express our gratitude to the President, the government and the armed forces of Cameroon for the crucial role that Cameroon played in liberating Mr Nitsch held hostage for six months by the Islamist group, Boko Haram”, the German Ambassador who spoke on behalf of Nitsch Eberhard Robert told pressmen at the end of the audience. These words of satisfaction were a veritable translation of the happiness that could be seen on their faces.
In effect, unlike the miserable appearance at the Nsimalen International Airport when he was transported to Yaounde two days earlier, Mr Nitsch looked neat with his shaved beard and sharp in his simple white shirt and trouser. But one could still see the reminiscence of psychological and physical torture on someone who two days ago declared he had lost 50 kilogrammes of his normal weight.
The Saturday audience was equally occasion for Nitsch to personally thank President Paul Biya for his personal involvement in his liberation. “Mr Nitsch explained the experience he went through while in captivity and personally expressed his gratitude to the Head of State”, Klaus-Ludwig Keferstein said, stating that the President on his part acknowledged and underlined the personal strength of Mr Nitsch and hailed him for his steadfastness. “We also discussed the danger that Boko Haram is posing for both Nigeria and Cameroon”, he said.
Within the framework of historic relations between Cameroon and Germany, the State House event equally opened floodgate of continuous cooperation especially in the direction of security. “High level political talks are expected to hold between Cameroon and Germany very soon to discuss the contribution of Germany in assisting Cameroon in its fight against Boko Haram”, Klaus-Ludwig Keferstein assured.

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17 Illegal Immigrants Apprehended In Kumba

They were arrested as they entered Cameroon through Nigeria on January 21, 2015 illegally.
The Commissioner of Kumba Central Police Station, Wilson Njumenjikang, in collaboration with officers of the Special Police Intervention Unit, ESIR, arrested 17 illegal immigrants on January 21, 2015, at Ikiliwindi in Konye Sub-division, a few kilometres from Kumba, the headquarters of Meme Division in the South West Region.
The aliens were apprehended as they were being transported from the border town of Ekok in Manyu Division by a clandestine public transport vehicle. According to the Commissioner, the 17 were arrested because they had no official documents that permitted them to enter into Cameroon.

Though he said some of them were in possession of passports without visas. The illegal immigrants disclosed to the police that their destination was actually Gabon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Congo in search for jobs.
After serious investigation carried out by Wilson Njumenjikang, it was discovered that out of the 17 immigrants, seven were from Burkina Faso, four from Cote d’Ivoire and two each from Senegal, Togo and Guinea Conakry. They were later taken to the Legal Department in Kumba where the learned State Counsel, Affa Emmanuel Annah, remanded them in custody at the Kumba Main Prison, while awaiting trial. It is only the verdict of the court that will determine whether they would be sentenced or repatriated.

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Vie et mort de Françoise Foning

Décédée vendredi dernier à Yaoundé, le maire de Douala V, laisse un grand vide sur la scène politique, économique et sociale. On pouvait l’aimer ou pas, une chose est certaine : « Mme Foning » ne laissait personne indifférent. Les réactions à l’annonce de son décès sont ainsi à la dimension de sa personne. Elles émanent de partout, du petit peuple comme des personnalités, des jeunes et des moins jeunes. Parce que Françoise Foning était à la fois, une femme du peuple et des palais. Peu instruite, elle était sans complexe. Dans les milieux d’affaires où elle a percé, elle restera une identité remarquable. « C’est une dame qui s’est bâtie à la force de son bras. Elle savait briser les protocoles et était coriace en affaires. Dans les années 70, elle était déjà dans le cacao et traitait avec la Guinée équatoriale. Sa non-maîtrise parfaite de la langue française ne la gênait pas : le plus important pour elle était de faire passer ses idées », confie un journaliste de la presse privée, assez proche de la défunte.
Des idées, Françoise Foning en a fait passer. En faveur de son parti surtout. Combative, militante convaincue du Rdpc, elle était engagée en politique depuis sa jeunesse et soutenait ce parti contre vents et marées. Qui, en effet, ne se souvient pas du célèbre « Avec nos maris, il faut le… supporter » ? « A la voir, on avait l’impression qu’elle mangeait et dormait avec la politique. Elle ne respirait que Rdpc. Le parti semblait couler dans ses veines. Et quand il s’agissait des intérêts de ce dernier, Mme le maire ne faisait pas dans la dentelle », assure une source introduite dans sa commune. A près de 66 ans, cette femme d’action et de cœur au parcours atypique était une véritable bête politique qui ne laissait rien au hasard, dans son dynamisme légendaire. Elle s’est longuement battue au milieu des hommes pour asseoir son autorité politique. Elle ne reculait devant rien. Même les menaces à peine voilées de ses adversaires ne lui faisaient aucun effet. Militante de la première heure, Françoise Foning savait attirer les foules et rassembler.
Ses meetings étaient de véritables shows et drainaient de nombreux curieux. Ses pas de danse faisaient sourire. Ses fréquents retards ne choquaient même plus. Les hommes des médias, après l’avoir longtemps critiquée à ce sujet, avaient fini par s’en accommoder. Sa forte présence, son sourire constant, sa voix, sa loquacité sans pareille… elle les traînait de meeting en meeting, par tous les temps, infatigable. Joviale, elle savait mettre l’ambiance et semer la bonne humeur. Dans les cérémonies officielles organisées dans la capitale économique, où elle officiait comme maire à Douala 5e, sa présence était incontournable. Pleine de ressources, l’imagination débordante, elle a multiplié les projets de société. Malheureusement, elle ne pourra les mener à terme : Bigs shops, adductions en eau potable, construction de l’hôtel de ville, etc. Les populations de Douala ne verront plus, celle qui plaisait et « agaçait » à la fois. Adulée par les uns, chahutée par les autres, la « mère Fo », comme l’appelait affectueusement les populations, est toujours restée debout malgré les multiples critiques. C’est que, par ailleurs, sa générosité légendaire faisait l’unanimité. « Elle prenait et donnait » entend-on ici et là. Accueillante, aimable, elle a toujours été proche des jeunes, des groupes sociaux, démunis et autres personnes vulnérables. A tous ces gens, Françoise Foning manquera assurément.

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