Daily Archives: April 4, 2015
Des décrets du président de la République attribuent la médaille de la vaillance à plus de 400 d’entre eux qui se sont distingués au combat.
Ils sont officiers supérieurs, officiers, sous-officiers, militaires de rang en service au sein du Bataillon d’intervention rapide (BIR) et dans les autres unités des forces de défense du Cameroun. Ils se sont notamment distingués par leur abnégation, leur patriotisme et leur détermination à défendre l’intégrité territoriale du Cameroun dans le cadre de la guerre contre la secte islamiste Boko Haram et sur d’autres parties du territoire national. Ces hommes viennent d’être distingués par le président de la République, chef des Armées. En effet, trois décrets signés hier attribuent la médaille de la vaillance à ces valeureux soldats. Ce sont environ 406 personnels, tous grades confondus, qui ont ainsi été distingués par le chef de l’Etat, chef des Armées.
Les 128 sous-officiers ont, pour leur part, « conduit en tant que chef de poste ou de patrouille, avec détermination et bravoure, plusieurs -combats ayant permis de repousser les assauts des membres du groupe terroriste Boko Haram, sauvegardant ainsi l’intégrité du territoire national… » Quant aux militaires de rang, les plus nombreux, 240 personnes, le texte de citation indique que « par leur courage, leur abnégation et leur détermination ont activement contribué à repousser plusieurs assauts des membres du groupe terroriste Boko Haram, sauvegardant ainsi l’intégrité du territoire national… »
Il faut indiquer que la médaille de la vaillance fait partie des distinctions prévues dans le cadre de l’ordonnance N°72/24 du 30 novembre 1972 portant organisation des Ordres nationaux et de la Grande chancellerie de la République du Cameroun. Il s’agit « de récompenser les actes exceptionnels de bravoure accomplis par les membres des forces publiques » du Cameroun. Cette distinction peut donc être conférée de façon exceptionnelle « à toute personne ayant accompli un acte de bravoure au cours d’opérations de guerre ou de maintien de l’ordre quelles que soient ses fonctions ou sa nationalité. » Les différents décrets du président de la République, chef des Armées sont d’ailleurs suffisamment explicites sur les actes posés par ces soldats dans le cadre de la guerre que notre pays mène contre la secte islamiste Boko Haram. Par ces différents actes, le président de la République a tenu à distinguer ces hommes qui œuvrent en ce moment, parfois au péril de leurs vies, à la protection de l’intégrité du territoire national dans la partie septentrionale du Cameroun.
By Yerima Kini Nsom
The hierarchy of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, is contemplating sanctions on some of its Members of Parliament, MPs, for asking President Paul Biya to table a bill that would legalise double nationality in Cameroon.
The demand of the MPs is contained in a petition the MPs sent to the President of the Republic recently. The Post learnt that a majority of the over 100 MPs who signed the petition are of the CPDM Parliamentary Group. According to the law on nationality, once a Cameroonian acquires the nationality of another country he or she must lose that of his country of origin.
Cameroonians in the Diaspora and pro-democracy activists have been calling for abrogation of such an obnoxious provision. It was in this respect that the MPs of all the political parties represented at the National Assembly wrote a petition to the President of the Republic, asking him to table a bill that will give a veneer of legality to double nationality.
But The Post learnt that the CPDM hierarchy received the petition with acrimony. According to sources at the National Assembly, the CPDM Chair, President Paul Biya took great exception to the fact that a majority of those who signed the petition are members of his own party. Our source, who is one of those who signed the document, said the CPDM hierarchy is raising hell, threatening to mete out exemplary sanctions on them.
It is reported that the CPDM hierarchy had prepared warnings to all its MPs who signed the petition but its Parliamentary Group leader, Bernard Ndongo Essomba, sensed danger and tactfully avoided serving them the document. Our sources noted that the President is said to have been very angry that they expect him to slam sanctions on them at any moment from now.
The petition which was titled: “The MPs Call on the Nation,” was spearheaded by the CPDM MP for the Ntem Valley Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Mbiam and the SDF MP for the Momo Constituency, Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam. Both MPs are also lawyers. The MPs argued that Cameroon’s Nationality Code adopted since June 11, 1968 is obsolete and needs to be amended to match with the current socio-political, economic and cultural dispensation in the country.
While commenting on the petition, Hon. Mbiam told journalists that its content represents the aspirations and wishes of Cameroonian citizens. Article 25 of the Constitution of Cameroon empowers MPs to table private member’s bill at the National Assembly.
But the MPs said given the doom that private member’s bills have always met in the house, they were rather encouraging the President of the Republic to table the bill. They said they were motivated by the fact that the President promised to table such a bill when he met with the Cameroonian Diaspora in France in 2009.
The President first made the promise in 2010, when an inter-ministerial delegation met with representatives of the Cameroonian Diaspora. Cameroonians are actually calling for the abrogation of article 31 of Cameroon’s Nationality Code. It stipulates that once a citizen acquires the nationality of another country, he or she instantly loses the Cameroonian nationality.
After acquiring the right to vote, Cameroonians in the Diaspora are battling to have a veneer of legality on dual nationality. According to Hon. Mbiam, the legalisation of double nationality will enable more Cameroonian citizens in the Diaspora to contribute their own quota to nation building. He said the petition dated December 4, 2014 is a positive move which should not be misinterpreted by anybody.
In November 2014, the SDF Parliamentary Group tabled a private member’s bill on the legalisation of double nationality. Yet, the majority of CPDM MPS despatched the bill to the dust bin by roundly rejecting it. Many Cameroonians in the Diaspora have expressed bitter ordeals they have gone through because double nationality is illegal in Cameroon.
One of them, who acquired the American (USA) nationality 15 years ago, said he was not able to attend the funeral of his parents because the Cameroonian Embassy refused to give him a visa.
ndian hemp weighing about 100kgs was impounded by the gendarmes in Biyem-Assi last week.
A gang of Indian hemp dealers was arrested by gendarmes of the Biyem-Assi Gendarmerie Brigade recently in Yaounde. Reports say a 16 year-old lad whose name was got as Toukou who deals with Indian hemp was caught selling marijuana on March 11, 2015 in Yaounde. According to the report, Toukou told the gendarmes that he buys the drug from a famous dealer called Ndenle Ngeumba Arnold alias “Daddy”. On the same day when the gendarmes went to daddy’s home, his wife, Ngono Marie threw a bundle of Indian hemp over a fence but the gendarmes were able to find it. Both of them were arrested.
In order to proceed with the case, the procurer ordered for the immediate arrest of Daddy. Daddy was arrested on March 24, 2015 in a room in Acacia in the Biyem-Assi neighbourhood at 11:00 p.m. Daddy told the gendarmes that he buys the marijuana from his supplier called Sergio but whose real name is Sanin Simon and lives in the Elig-Edjoa neighbourhood. On Thursday March 26, 2015 Sanin Simon was arrested in Elig-Edjoa with 204 packages of marijuana. When he was arrested, he told the gendarmes that he had a supplier who lives in Batcham near Mbouda in the West Region called “Mbom” but whose real name in Singne Roger.
Sanin then told the gendarmes that he had an appointment with Singne Roger the following day Friday March 27, 2015 in Yaounde. On that Friday instead of Singne coming for the appointment he sent his wife, Matsasse Anne with a bag of marijuana weighing about 40kgs. Following gendarmerie investigations, an ambush at the Emana Borne Fontaine where she alighted, Anne was arrested. In all, the quantity of marijuana impounded weighs about 100kgs. A source at the Gendarmeries Brigade said the majority of marijuana found in Yaounde comes from the West Region. The suspects were expected to be taken to court yesterday April 1, 2015.
The man behind an ivory tusk trafficking incident that grabbed the public’s attention last year has been sentenced to one year imprisonment. Nourou Abdouraman was arrested in Edea for illegal possession of 30 elephant tusks and the Edea Court of First Instance pronounced the court ruling on March 11, 2015 that also ordered him to pay damages and fines of over 44 million francs. TV viewers in Cameroon were glued to their screens one May evening in 2014 as images of the seizure of 30 ivory tusks were broadcast over one of country’s leading private television channels. The suspect behind the ivory haul was arrested by the gendarmerie in Edea through the efforts of a bus driver.
The driver had discovered that he was transporting illegal ivory after a luggage fell from the boot of his bus that had flung open during the drive from Yaounde to Douala. Ivory tusks were found protruding from the luggage that had fallen off the bus and on closer inspection the driver and a custom officer who was among the passengers confirmed that the content was ivory. Without telling anybody what the matter was, the driver calmly drove the bus to the gendarmerie motorized brigade in Edea where the trafficker was duly identified and arrested. Wildlife officials would be brought in as procedure demands and a prosecution process was begun with the drawing of an offence sentence. The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA) was also contacted for technical assistance. The organization has been collaborating with MINFOF since 2003 in the domain of wildlife law enforcement.
It was revealed that further investigations into the activity of the ivory trafficker equally showed that he was well connected to other suspects and at one point during his arrest, he emitted and received over 200 telephone calls just within 3 hours from people who were suspected to be his accomplices. It was gathered from the investigators on the matter that he maintained a tight-lip on the identity of the persons.
The case that withstood severe corruption attempts was finally brought to court and after over one year of court hearings and adjournments, the court convicted the trafficker for illegally killing totally protected wildlife species and slammed a 1-year imprisonment term according to 1994 wildlife that stipulates that anyone found guilty of illegal possession of a protected wildlife species shall be sentenced to a prison term that can be from 1 to 3 years.
A defiant and very committed wildlife official, the Sanaga Maritime divisional delegate of forestry and wildlife, Hyachinthe Etienne Nlegue, who was very combative during the process and present at the various court sessions representing his ministry declared that, “the sentence was the least we expected and this demonstrates government’s strong political will to shut out wildlife trafficking which is orchestrated by some individuals. We are sending a strong message to wildlife traffickers, the public and to the international community that our government is making sure that wildlife trafficking is stopped”. Experts say governments’ commitment in fighting wildlife crime is going to be a deciding factor for the future of the African elephant.
Ivory trafficking has witnessed an exponential growth over the last few decades and this is being blamed on rising Asian economies and it emergent newly rich middle class who stop at nothing to display their newly found wealth through expensive elephant ivory chopsticks, hairpins, trinkets and many accessories made from ivory. The demand has been fanning the illegal trade in ivory which is gotten from the slaughtering of elephants on the African continent. It is estimated that the population of the African forest elephant that live in countries in the sub region including Cameroon has fallen by 62% between 2002 and 2011 and if nothing is done to stop this trend the elephant would soon be facing extinction.
Photo: Seized ivory, elephants may become extinct.