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Kenya Airways trails Ethiopian and Rwanda Airlines in global aviation ranking
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

Air Moroc of Morroco, Rwanda and Namibia Air are the best airlines in Africa according to the latest global aviation ranking.

Despite its effort to expand its networks, Kenya Airways (KQ) has dealt a major blow by dropping from position 85 to 90 as per the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Kenya has been trounced by her neighbours, Ethiopian airline which was placed in position 44 despite her two latest fatal crashes. In March this year the airline was hardly hit after its plane Boeing 737 Max 8 involved in a deadly crash killing 149 people on board.

The crash was the second in five months after a plane with the same model crashed minutes after leaving Jarkata, Indonesia killing 189 people on board.

The loss making national carrier was also beaten by South African Airways which is forty four positions above her standing at position 46 worldwide.

The best airlines in the world are Qatar Airways at position one, Singapore Airlines, Japan’s All Nippon Airways, Cathy Pacific Airways of Hong Kong, Emirates and Lufthansa of Germany are in the position two, three, four, five and six respectively.

KQ has recorded losses in the past six years with the latest being a shs7.5 billion ($75 million) net loss for the year ended December 2018.

Members of Parliament are calling the government to take over the debt-ridden airline. National Assembly’s Transport Committee wants the government to buy the 51.1 per cent of shares owned by other entities.

Government owns 48.9 per cent of its shares, 38.1 per cent by a group of 10 local banks, 7.8 per cent by KLM and 5.2 per cent by its employees and other Kenyans.\

In a bid to increase revenues and create a financial turnaround, the carrier has established new routes widen its network. This month it launched flights to Rome, Italy, and Geneva, Switzerland.

Other new routes are Mauritius, Libreville, Mogadishu and Cape Town and New York.

 

 

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80 per cent of Kenyans are behind handshake
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E Raila Odinga

President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E Raila Odinga

A research conducted by Ipsos Synovate has disclosed that majority of Kenyans are rallying behind the March9, 2018 handshake between the opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The duo agreed to work together following chaos that marred the country following the bungled 2017election leading to death of a number of people, destruction of property and closure of businesses.

The study shows 86 per cent of the respondents support handshake because it has restored peace and unity which was on the verge of crumbling.

However, the coastal region has the highest number of people who have never heard about the handshake at 25 per cent, followed by western and eastern at 16 per cent and 15 per cent respectively.

Northeastern and Nyanza residents lead in those who feel that the truce has brought development.

In general, 12 per cent of the respondents have never heard of Uhuru-Raila dalliance. The research also found that many people are of the idea that the opposition party, ODM is on its death bed while 60 per cent felt that internal wrangles would kill the ruling party, Jubilee.

24 per cent of those interviewed hold that it has weakened the opposition. The research was conducted between April 15 and 18.

Since the famous handshake the ruling party has experienced fracas which has split the party into two factions, anti-handshake led by the deputy President William Ruto and pro-handshake spearheaded by former party vice chairperson David Murathe.

Ruto’s lieutenants have been criticizing the new friendship between the former arch-rivals claiming that there is a plan to scuttle his presidential ambition.

“As Jubilee Party from Rift Valley, we are demanding that the handshake thing should come to an end as it is an impediment to bar Ruto from becoming president,” reiterated Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei (Ruto’s staunch supporter).

Recently, the anti-handshake team was dealt a major blow after its three staunch members decamped to handshake camp.

Governor Anne Waiguru, who was deemed as the potential running of Ruto during next polls shocked many last week when she vowed to rally behind the handshake.

“Let’s give President Uhuru Kenyatta time to serve Kenyans then campaign at the right time,” said Waiguru.

Others who have ditched Ruto’s camp are legislator Richard Onyonka and former sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

 

 

 

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South Sudan: JMEC calls on army forces to vacate 54 occupied civilian centres
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Deng Machol

Interim Chairperson H.E. Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge

Interim Chairperson H.E. Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge

Juba – the body tasked with a monitoring peace deal in South Sudan has called on the South Sudan People Defense Forces (SSPDF) and other army forces to immediately vacate occupied civilian centres across the country.

Speaking during the opening of the 7th Monthly Plenary’s meeting, the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) Interim Chairperson H.E. Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge gave an update on the status of implementation of the signed nine months revitalized peace deal.

South Sudan has descended into another conflict, just two years of gained her independence from Sudan after decades of scorched – earth conflict, following the political disagreement between Salva Kiir and his former deputy Dr. Riek Machar.

Through the regional bloc, IGAD’s efforts, the two principals reached a peace deal in 2015 but has been violated within months in 2016, following renewal fighting in Juba, forced Dr. Machar to an exile again.

But in September, 2018, president Kiir and key opposition groups, including main opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar again reached a fragile ceasefire and peace deal, promising to ended the civil war that has claimed nearly 400, 000 lives and uprooted 4 million people from their homes.

However, the plans to form a new government in May, returned Dr. Machar as the president Kiir’s deputy were delayed after there was no funding to disarm, retrain and integrate militias and rebels, until November, 2019.

Despite the peace deal, Gen. Njoroge says the military are still occupied the civilian centres across the country.

“Regarding the occupation of the civilian centres by the military, I wrote to the Chairman of the Joint Defense Board (JDB) requesting him to issue instructions to respective commanders for their troops to vacate all occupied civilian centres,” says Njoroge in Juba on Tuesday.

However, in draft seen by the Pan African Visions, 54 buildings remain occupied by the army forces across, which contrary to international laws and principles as well as SSPDF General order of 14 August 2013 and R – ARCSS articles 2.2.3.1. This areas, including Torit, Yei, Malakal, Juba, Wau and Yambio and among others.

Those buildings or schools are mostly occupied by the government forces.

The SSPDF, spokesperson, Major Gen. Lul Ruai has confirmed it, saying the SSPDF is on process to vacate the civilian premises as the security is relative calm.

“There are other centres remain occupied by the army, however, we have made a positive development by vacated 17 centres and we have cleared timetable on some of the building that are still occupied,” Lul told this news agency.

The army spokesperson further unveiled that the army leaderships would complete the vacation of all forces within this month.

Lul decried that the vacation exercise is encountering imminent challenges such as lack of shelters to move a forces to.

“Well, of course in every exercise, there are some challenges, you know, this is a rainy season, some of the building that are being occupied, are being using as a shelters. Of course, when we vacate – we shall have a problem of where we will take this forces but of course, we can comply with what require of us,” says Lul.

On Security

Both the peace monitor and the army has confirmed that the permanent ceasefire is effective in the country.

“On the security situation, I am pleased to note that the permanent ceasefire continues to hold across the country, while attention is turned to cantonment and the training of the Necessary Unified Forces,” says Njoroge.

The JMEC chairperson urged the security Mechanisms to open cantonment sites and ensure that forces report to the designated sites or barracks, as stipulated in the R-ARCSS.

“Unfortunately, there is still violence and an unacceptable number of deaths linked to cattle rustling. This requires the urgent attention of the government,” Njoroge continued said

Sexual Violence

Despite an apparent reduction in reported cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in the country, it remains a concern, the Interim Chairperson noted.

“I urge the Parties to the Agreement to takes steps to eradicate SGBV in their areas of responsibility, to ensure protection and safety of women and girls in areas under their control, and to continue accountability measures for those found culpable of SGBV violations,” said Amb. Njoroge.

Lt. Gen. Njoroge concluded that he is encouraged by the “ongoing discussion about the establishment of an SGBV court by the Judiciary, and the adoption by the South Sudan Peoples Defence Forces of an Action Plan to eradicate SGBV by the military.”

 

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Cameroon can function without development aid-Experts Say
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Panellists at the first Nkafu policy debate

Panellists at the first Nkafu policy debate

The first series of #Nkafudebates has been organized by the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation. The event took place June 20, 2019 at Mansel Hotel, Quartier Fouda-Yaoundé. The live-stream public debate on the subject “Economic Freedom ought to be valued over Development Aid” brought together some 60 participants consisting of government officials, students, researchers, CSOs, and NGOs.

Prof. Alain Ndedi, founder of Economic Freedom, Former Senior Consultant at the World Bank categorically said that there is no free offer. If the West says they have been giving money to African countries but they are badly used, it therefore begs the question why they are not stopping it? “Aid is there to push us to remain dependent. The aid must have a beginning and an end. We cannot say it is bad but it must be time bound”.

“…I am actually astonished to see people thinking that we can develop or change our destiny with aid. One cannot say aid is good when you count the number of people living under the poverty line. There are many countries that have refused aid and are prospering”.

“Once you start taking money from these people, any problem in your country will attract these people who will want to dictate on you. In Cameroon, we can function without aid and the day we are going to take that decision, we are going to see how much potential we have and with the resources we have, we can change our standard of living” Prof. Ndedi added.

Prof. Ndedi further indicated that when countries get these development aids coming from European countries, they are not going to use them effectively. “These development aids has a hidden agenda which is to make the receiving countries to privatize their companies. They (Western countries) make money from these companies and leave them dry. Economic freedom is essential because it means a country taken ownership and the development of its country.”

According to the concept note, the unfavorable business climate in Cameroon is trigger by frequent administrative bottlenecks and red tape- and prevalence of public enterprises limits foreign investment. Prices remain heavily regulated and enforcement of contracts is neither timely nor efficient. Cronyism is systemic and corruption is endemic in all sectors

Mr. Emmanuel Chesami (Development Aid)-Director of Communication, Promotion and Capacity Development- Standards and Quality Agency (ANOR) says we need to change our mindset in Cameroon and Africa in general. The issue of development aid and economic freedom is complex as one is a panacea over the other. Developed countries and developing countries depend on each other in terms of aid and aid should not be interpreted from the micro perspective such as finance like most people look at it”.

He added “African countries have and are still benefiting from it; each and every country has in its history benefited from development aid”. “How economic aid is efficient all depends on the policies, checks and balances and what that development aid does and in the case of Cameroon, we will always depend on economic aid until we change our governance structure and also put checks and balances”.

According to Dr. Hugue, economic freedom is better because we can have a situation where qualities of services are improved and prices are reduced. “Economic freedom favours private ownership of property. For example a policy that favours the economy is to make it easy for Cameroonians to own land property”.

He added “you should not implement one side of the economic freedom. It is a combination and you should implement every part. You should not increase corporate tax without having a sound justice system. Also you should not just conduct privatization without having a sound justice system because after you carry out the privatization, you must look for a good governance team to manage it”.

Sub-Saharan Africa is an aid magnet and more than $400 billion has flowed into this sub-region since 1970. If foreign aid worked, then Africa would be booming in prosperity. Contrarily, countries that was once poorer than much of Africa (South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong) but adopted free markets and globalism in trade developed much more than Africa. This prompts one to insinuate that economic freedom- and not development aid- is the proven escape hatch from an otherwise never-ending loop of intergenerational poverty.

There are several state-owned enterprises operating on deficits and sometimes depending on bailout money and subsidies from the state. The country continues to suffer from endemic corruption, weak rule of law, poor infrastructure, top-heavy civil service and a large inefficient parastatal system. Cameroon has a bloated government (66 ministers and state secretaries) for an economy with a GDP of $35 billion, while South Africa with a GDP of $350 billion has 33 ministerial portfolios. There exists several regulations and it ranks 166th out of 190 countries in The Doing Business Index for 2017.

 

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AFCON 2019: Can Cameroon Defend their title in Egypt?
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Cameroon will participate at AFCON 2019 with only 10 players who won the competition in 2017

Cameroon will participate at AFCON 2019 with only 10 players who won the competition in 2017

The 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Egypt this Friday June 21, 2019 with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon seek to defend their title which they won in 2017.

The opening game of the competition sees host Egypt who have won the competition a record 7 time, facing Zimbabwe at the Cairo International stadium.

It will be the first time that 24 African countries will be looking to win the coveted prize and also the first time that the competition takes place in June-previous editions took place in the month of January with 16 teams

Cameroon will participate in the competition with 10 out of the 23 players who won the trophy in Gabon, due to various reasons. 2017 captain Benjamin Moukandjo and Nicolas Nkoulou, who scored in the final against Egypt, have all ended their participation with the lions.

The lions will be without star striker Vincent Aboubakar who was ruled out of the tournament due to injury. The 23-man squad released by Head Coach Clarence Seedorf left many sport analyst in the country questioning his decision and asking if at all those selection were actually done by him, without a hiding hand. Two notable players included in his selection are that of goalkeeper Carlos Kameni and Zach Zoua.

Idriss Carlos Kameni has not played competitive game for a long time. He is basically a full time bench warmer for his club side. That of Zoua has equally left many wanting as the player has not been consistent in front of goal, having not scored in a competitive game for Cameroon for some 8 years now.

In a press conference at Mont Febe hotel, head coach Clarence Seedorf defended his choice of selecting Zoua. He said “Zoua is a very important player. He can play in several positions. If Aboubakar would have been fit, Zoua maybe wouldn’t have made it. He can keep the ball. He works hard; he is always present with training”.

He does not scored goals but he works hard for the team. He has other characteristics we want, I hope you value how he works hard and press for the ball” Seedorf added while saying that “he scored goals against Alcoron, though it is not the best team you still need to be there to score”.

Cameroon qualified for the competition after finishing second behind group winners Morocco. Since qualifying for the competition, the team has been engaging in friendly games to better prepare themselves. Cameroon’s last friendly game was a 1 all draw against Mali.

Cameroon will get their title defence underway against Guinea Bissau in group F on the 25th of June 2019 at the Ismailia stadium. The country has won the competition four times and will look to climb up the winner’s medal and make it five wins. The other heavyweight in group F is Ghana, who faces Benin in the opening round. The next tough challenge for Cameroon that will test their credibility as champions comes against multiple winners The Black Stars of Ghana which comes up June 29, 2019.

The 32nd edition of the competition will be hosted in 6 stadia across four cities in Egypt (Cairo, Suez, Alexandria and Ismailia) with the final scheduled to take place on Friday July 19, 2019 at the Cairo International stadium.

 

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Cameroon: World Refugee Day commemorated with thousands still displaced
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Amid the political conflicts and wars within the globe and the deteriorating crisis in the restive English-Speaking Regions of Cameroon in particular, the 2019 edition of the World Refugee Day has been celebrated with thousands of people displaced due to the Boko Haram crisis in the North and the crisis in the NW/SWRs.

The day is celebrated every 20th June. This year’s edition of the World Refugee day was commemorated under the theme “stepWithRefugees”-Take a step on World Refugee Day.

Taking into consideration the 1951 Convention Refugees Status by the United Nations General Assembly, the political crisis and the rising need to curb force migration of people from one nation to another, the United Nations General Assembly on the 4th of December 2000 passed Resolution 55/76 declaring the 20th of June as the World Refugee Day.

The crisis in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon which started since October 2016 has witnessed hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced both internally and externally. According to the recent statistics gathered by national and international non-governmental organizations, about 50 thousand Anglophones have been displaced internally and more than 50 thousand refugees registered in Nigeria.

Accordingly, the United Nations, “every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror”. The question now remains, where do these people go to and how they survive after haven left everything behind? It is for these reasons that the United Nations General Assembly thought it wise for the international community to show support by providing basic needs to the millions of refugees who have fled their homes because of terror, conflicts/wars and or tough economic conditions to other nations. It is earnest to note that not only the victims are affected but the host communities as well who are courageous enough to take these displaced persons in.

Commemorative activities took place in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde with the UN resident Coordinator in Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi, the Minister Delegate at the Ministry of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Islamic World, Adoum Gargoum and heads of diplomatic missions in Cameroon in attendance.

While addressing the audience during the event, Mme Antoinette Ngama, President of Refugees in Yaounde saluted stakeholders for their respective contributions. She further called for more support to refugees in Cameroon.

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guteress commended countries including Cameroon for continuous assistance to refugees “I want to recognize the humanity of countries that host refugees even as they struggle with their own economic challenges and security concerns.

Today, the global refugee number is out and it is alarming. The total number of refugees worldwide reached a record 70.8 million by the end of 2018 according to the UNHCR report released on Wednesday.

Statistics from the UNHCR reveal that close to 1.4 million refugees live in Cameroon. Close to 300 thousand came from the Central African Republic and 100 thousand from Nigeria.

 

 

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Cameroon:AGC Gathers Momentum with Full Gospel Mission Joining the Organizers
June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

AGC Convenors pose for photograph after Buea conclave.

AGC Convenors pose for photograph after Buea conclave.

As the search for a meaningful solution of the Cameroon Anglophone crisis heats up, organizers of the Anglophone General Conference, AGC have announced that the Full Gospel Mission has thrown its support behind the conference.  The information was made known in a recent media outing by the the coordinator of the AGC, Elie Smith.

He said “Anglophone General Conference is glad to announce the coming on board of the Full Gospel Mission in Cameroon”. “They bring with them a large pool of God loving, peace loving and law abiding Christians and citizens who believe in God and their country. Truth, Justice and Peace,” Elie Smith said on his twitter account on Wednesday,

According to media reports, the announcement came just hours after a press outing by organizers of the AGC was suspended. Reporters were informed that a last minute concern accounted for the postponement. It is still unclear whether it was the membership of the Full Gospel Mission which accounted for the mutation, NT reports.

The Full Gospel Mission is therefore the first Pentecostal mission in the country to throw its weight behind AGC. The Cardinal Tumi-led AGC at its inception period featured the Imams of Buea and Bamenda as well as the heads of the Presbyterian, Baptist and Catholic Churches. The membership of the Full Gospel therefore brings to four the number of Christian Missions militating for the AGC.

The importance of the Full Gospel Mission cannot be overemphasized. It has invested heavily in social life including hospitals, schools and other social centres. The Full Gospel Mission is therefore adding its voice to those who want an Anglophone confab to fine-tune nonviolent strategies to end the three year old bloody conflict.

It is still unclear as to when and where the said conference will take place. According to officials, preparations are on-going in that light. “After the meeting of the conveners which is not opened to the public, a new date will be set for the Anglophone General Conference” Elie Smith said while disproving a communiqué purportedly announcing the date of the conference.

He added that: “That communiqué-the one being circulated online should be ignored, until we come out with something authentic. Giving the date of the conveners meeting in Bamenda after which the date and place of the conference to take place will be made known”.

 

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FIFA WWC: Nchout Ajara’s last gasp effort sends Cameroon into round of 16
June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

Nchout Ajara, player of the Match

Nchout Ajara, player of the Match

The indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon have booked their ticket to the round of 16 of the 2019 edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup after beating New Zealand in their last group game. The lionesses knew that a win will guarantee that they reach the knock out stage for a second successive world cup, and a brace from inform striker Nchout Ajara made sure that happened.

The striker, who plies her trade in the Norwegian League with Valerenga scored a brace in the second half to beat New Zealand 2b goals to 1, thereby qualifying as one of the third best teams.

Ajara’s goal equally saw her being named as the player of the match.

It was a difficult first half as both teams were even placed as they cancelled each other. The second half was however very productive as both teams went for goals, knowing a victory sends either of them to the round of 16.

Cameroon quickly went ahead through Nchout Ajara at the 57th minute of play with their qualification ticket on the horizon. The team was however left struck and fearing elimination with an own goal from Marie Aurelle Awona at the 80th minute.

Both teams pressed for the winning goal with numerous chances missed by the New Zealnd side as Cameroon’s Ngo Ndom on fine form, keeping out the New Zealand side. At the last kick of the game, it was Cameroon who made sure they are still in the competition as Nchout Ajara scored her second goal of the game to give Cameroon a 2-1 victory.

Cameroon eventually finished third in their group behind Netherlands who topped the group with 9 points, second by Canada with 6 points. Nchout Ajara is the second Cameroon player to score in multiple women’s world cups (2015 and 2019) after teammate Gabrielle Onguene.

 

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Kenya:Shock as former female athlete turned out be a man
June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

26-year-old suspect caught posing as a female intern at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. PHOTO| COURTESY

26-year-old suspect caught posing as a female intern at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. PHOTO| COURTESY

A court in Eldoret in Kenyan North Rift Valley was bemused after it found that ex-international athlete Shieys Chepkosgey is a man by the name Hillary Kiprotich.

The man was on June 17 arraigned in Eldoret’s Chief Magistrate court and charged with impersonation after being nabbed at the County hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) where he was working as a female nursing intern.

The court was told the suspect was working at the emergency wing using the name Pamela Mulupi. His presence at the hospital brought suspicion among nurses given the name was not in the list of interns forcing them to alert the police. He was arrested while dressed in the nurse’s uniform complete with a badge.

Once charged, he was detained at Eldoret Women Prison as he had been arraigned as a woman. The suspect was then established to be a man one day after remand by wardens during the normal routine check. The wardens carried out physical examination to satisfy their curiosity.

While before the Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa, Kiprotich identified as Chepkosgey admitted that he is a man noting he associates more with the female gender.

His documents such as passport, National Identification card and birth certificate produced in court indicated that he is a female.

The court was told that he had presented Kenya in marathons in Zambia, Tanzania, Malaysia and Morocco and won three medals.

“I was identified as a male, but when I became an athlete, I registered myself as a female,” reiterated the suspect.

The Magistrate ordered him to be put in remand for 10 days pending investigations over his documents. He further directed the hospital to carry medical examination on him to determine his gender.

“As I issue this order I even do not know whether the suspect will be detained in male or female cells. I hope the investigating officer will use his wisdom to ensure that the suspect is detained at a right place,” said the magistrate.

 

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Renowned Nollywood Star, Stella Damasus weigh in on Cameroon Crisis, calls for global attention
June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Stella Damasus; “Cameroon has become an object of conspiracy intended to destabilize the country.”

Stella Damasus; “Cameroon has become an object of conspiracy intended to destabilize the country.”

Popular Nollywood actress, singer and writer, Stella Damasus, has decried the limited amount of media attention being given to the Anglophone crisis, saying much more has to be done. This was in a series of posts on her official twitter handle.

“I wonder why [the crisis] does not have the kind of media coverage that it deserves,” one of her tweets read.

In another tweet, she said she was not interested in discussing sports when women and children are being killed. “The country (Cameroon) needs help.

Have you seen videos of women and babies being killed? I don’t understand how this is okay,” she said.

“I feel that social media can sometimes do a better job than mainstream media,” she added in yet another tweet.

She went on to add a Help Cameroon hash tag on her messages that went viral moments after being posted. Several social media users have since been reacting to the celebrity’s messages, with some blaming foreign powers for voluntarily keeping quiet. Stella’s call comes barely weeks after Speaker of the National Assembly Cavaye Yeguie Djibril denounced foreign interference in the country’s internal affairs which he referred to as a “conspiracy.”

“Cameroon has become an object of conspiracy intended to destabilise the country. To justify their interference in internal affairs, the conspirators pretend to denounce it. According to them, the political system in Cameroon is against all dialogue, upholds violence, and refuses to promote human rights,” he had said.

While some foreign powers say it “lacks the will” to solve the conflict in the English-speaking regions of the country, government has always maintained that it is working very hard to restore sustainable peace and security in the two regions.

As part of measures to seek a solution to the crisis, Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute visited the troubled regions weeks ago, calling on separatist fighters to drop their arms.

He added that the Head of State is ready to dialogue on any matter except secession and separation because he had sworn before the Cameroonian people to protect the fatherland.

It should be recalled that the armed conflict was ranked among the world’s most neglected crisis by the Norwegian Refugee Council last month. In March, spokesperson for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, Babar Baloch said the organization needed 184 million US Dollars (about 108 billion FCFA) for Cameroon’s internally displaced persons and Nigeria’s refugees.

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Cameroon’s football striker, Christian Bassogog, donates 20Million FCFA to promote entrepreneurship in school
June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Inside the NBC TV studios in Namibia (Photo: extremityproject.blogspot.com)

Inside the NBC TV studios in Namibia (Photo: extremityproject.blogspot.com)

Cameroon international footballer, Christian Mougang Bassogog, has made a donation of 20 million FCFA to help promote entrepreneurship at the Government Technical and Vocational High School of Agriculture in Yabassi in the Littoral region. Bassogog who currently plays for Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League presented the donation during a brief ceremony chaired Wednesday in Yaounde by the Minister of Secondary Education, Professor Nalova Lyonga.

The event was equally witnessed by Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education, Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo and his colleague of Public Service and Administrative Reforms, Joseph Le. Speaking during the donation exercise, Secondary Education minister, Professor Nalova Lyonga, said assistance from Bassogog to the Government Technical and Vocational High School of Agriculture in Yabassi is part of the promotion of entrepreneurship or business in the pioneer government technical and vocational high school of agriculture in the country.

She said: “Today is a very special day because we are on the eve of the African Nations Cup which Cameroonians are waiting for. We are so glad to have Bassogog with us today who just arrived in Cameroon only yesterday. We are very happy to see him here; we were supposed to have had him when we started FENASSCO but knowing the jammed timetable of footballers, he was unable to come. But he has made it a point not to miss this opportunity for him to come and give his donation in person rather than be represented”.

“…his ambition for Cameroon is what makes him special…For him to be able to give something to the young people, I think it’s great statesmanship and we thank him so much,” the minister said before adding: “…we are already celebrating the football jamboree.

We are here to tell him, go and bring back the goals. We hope he will continue to be the best player and that he and his fellow footballers should ensure Cameroon remains the champion of Africa”.

Meanwhile, speaking at the close of the event, Bassogog who emerged best player of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations said the gesture offered was his own small contribution to the promotion of education in general and entrepreneurship in particular.

He said he was pleased to be home and to share the little he has with his “brothers and sisters”. “…yes, it’s true I didn’t school to a certain level but that doesn’t stop me from assisting others…,” Bassogog said before requesting, through the Minister of Secondary Education, that the Chinese language be taught in schools across the country.

“The Chinese language is amongst the most important languages in the world. To me living in China, I think it will be a good thing to have the language taught in our schools” he recommended.

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Namibia, Cape Verde, Ghana, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Botswana beat US in 2019 Press Freedom Index
June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

Botswana newspapers

Botswana newspapers

Though regarded as a pillar of democracy, champion of freedom of the press and guarantor of the free world, the United States is repeatedly losing its grip and influence in the world with other nations, including African states, taking the lead where the “world leader” fails.

After falling short behind thirty African states in the 2018 global peace index, the US this time around came in the 48th position on Reporters Without Border 2019 Press Freedom Index. The champion of democracy, freedom of expression and the press is beaten by six African states. A stack contract of what most western media propagate.

According to the report, the countries ahead of the United States are; Namibia, Cape Verde, Ghana, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Botswana respectively. Similarly, the United Kingdom was topped by the first four African countries.

Africa, the report holds registered the smallest deterioration in its regional score in the 2019 Index but performed generally well as compared to other continents.

Of the 180 counties sampled, the first African country, Namibia comes in the 23rd position and the last being Eritrea occupying the 178th position.

The first country rated by the Press Freedom Index is Norway while Turkmenistan, a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea comes last.

The freedom of press index ranking is an annual report of countries compiled and published by Reporters Without Borders, a non-governmental organization based in Paris that conducts political advocacy on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press.

Its objective is to reflect the degree of freedom that journalists, and news organizations in each country, and the efforts made by authorities to respect such freedom.

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