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The Cameroon civil service and the war of figures

The recent outing of the Minister of Economy and Finance, Esimi Menye, to joyfully announced and with much aplomb that 15000 fake civil servants have been caught in the civil service, was at its best, a badly calculated move to cajole those who are not versed with Cameroon mishandling and juxtaposition of statistics.  In fact, the announcement could trigger elite-driven motions of support from party militants, in government efforts at cleaning the civil service of crooks.


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The Examples from Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal

Three African countries recently made great strides in the field of technology, scientific research and politico-military decisions. They are Rwanda, Ethiopia and Senegal. The news might have gone unnoticed in many African forums and news organisations which are more overwhelmed with the terrific management by African neo-colonial rulers in general. "Hey alas", this is something worth talking about because it is far from the wars, famine, embezzlement that many are used to.


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Chinese bus plant in Cameroon: An alert to the west.

Few years of economic partnership against decades of economic “aid”

News of the opening of a Chinese bus factory in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital, is more a fruit of reciprocal relationship and a big lesson to the hitherto “old-time partners” of Cameroon. It shows that Cameroon and Africa is not only a place for raw material but equally, a place where finished goods can be made, a myth that has been propagated by colonial partners for the past 5 decades.

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Cameroon-Haiti Money Saga: Doubts persist after minister’s outburst

Almost two weeks after Cameroon’s Minister of Communication ferociously attacked Le Messager and claimed the Cameroon government had issued a cheque for Haiti following the 12 January earthquake; there still seem to be more doubts as to whether any effective payments have been made.

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Cameroon: Threats and insecurity accelerate as 2011 election approaches

There are mounting threats and insecurity in Cameroon ahead of the 2011 presidential elections. President Paul Biya, already in power for more than 27 years, modified the constitution in 2008 to enable him stand re-election.

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Confused Confederation of African Football (CAF) fumbles again

There is an ongoing feud in Africa following the recent award of the 2009 African Player of the year to Ivoirian Didier Drogba who plays for Chelsea Football club of London. The event was not only “boycotted” by the supposed three contestants, but it has come under heavy criticisms across the continent adding to a number of gaffes CAF has committed of late.

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Fifty Years of “Independence”: The rhetoric of Sarkozy and (Omar) Ali Bongo

Several countries across Africa including Cameroon are presently celebrating what is referred to as fifty years of “independence”. On February 24, 2010 it was the turn of Gabon, which also invited colonial master France. I listened with curiosity to the French President, Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarkozy and Gabonese ruler (Omar) Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba.

In his brief toast, Sarkozy tacitly admitted that the neo colonial forces in Gabon and the rest of Africa have been partly responsible for the underdevelopment of the continent. According to him, a chapter is closed a new page turned. Remember, just immediately after his accession to power, he made such utterances when he talked of “rupture total” with hitherto former French colonies. (Omar) Ali Bongo likewise acknowledged in his own toast that indeed, a new page has opened. Such admissions concur to the fact that Gabon just like most African countries will not progress as expected unless the neo colonial strings are cut.

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Obama 2009 Nobel Prize: Efforts vs. Achievements, Will vs. Action

The award of the 2009 edition of Alfred Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama, can be summed up to… a race in which EFFORTS are faced with ACHIEVEMENTS and the WILL is confronting ACTIONS. Effort is being “…. the making” while achievement is what is “made already”.  The will can be the “desire or the determination to” do it but, action is actually “doing it concretely” and making it visible.The world was taken aback when the Nobel Prize Committee on October 09, 2009, announced that US President, just 9 months old in office, was winner of the 2009 Edition of the Prize. As the chairperson of the Nobel Committee, Thorbjoern Jagland said, the award to Barack Obama...

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The UN and its Security Council: Time for change

Over six months ago, I wrote on this blog that I am yet to understand why most supposed media experts, communicators, political scientists and diplomats turn to misuse the appellation international community. I said so because most often, the supposed powerful countries team up with their allies and want to call those who defy them as, defiling the international community and unfortunately, this is always largely relayed by the media and the so-called global media.

Nevertheless, when one enters into the politics of media and editorial policies, then one may understand why some media prefer the line they chose to take. The United Nations General Assembly, which has almost 200 members, is the only body whose decision warrants the appellation “international community” and such a decision can only be that of the majority.

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Suspension of Sky One Radio and anarchy in Cameroon

The suspension or ban of Sky One Radio in Yaoundé, Cameroon by the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma on August 17, shows the many facets of the country.The decision, which is multidimensional, falls within the framework of stifling free speech and equally brings to limelight some of the latter’s excesses. It also shows the laxity with which the Cameroon government handles issues, the impunity in the country and the lost of faith by many citizens on the nation’s weak institutions managed by “strong men”.

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President Obama in Africa: beyond “yes we can”, yes we must

Africa can, yes, we can, as President Obama said Saturday July 11 on his maiden visit to Africa, the continent from where his father hails, and a continent he was visiting at most, for his fifth time and the first time as the President of the United States of America.

I understand the choice of Ghana was certainly motivated by the country’s democratic rule, stability and progress but again due to the discovery of oil and the need to sign juicy contracts with the now oil rich nation. The expectations of the people of Ghana have been high as they hope to improve relations, demand for fair and balance economic cooperation with the strongest nation on the planet earth.

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  Who ever told you that the scramble for Africa ended in the 1880s? No. It continues up till date with China, some European countries, American firms and some “international” bodies piloted by various imperialist lobby groups vying for direct or indirect control of the political and economic system of various countries within the subcontinent.

A lot has been written and said about the emancipation of Africa and making sure that its resources are used to develop the continent first. Many have been urged to join the fight but there are some groups, which have hardly ever been evoked.

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Governance and accountability: The private and public sector, Punishing embezzlers and thieves in Cameroon

Governance and accountability: The private and public sector, Punishing embezzlers and thieves in Cameroon

Many Cameroonians and bloggers have been pondering on what measures can really be put in place to reduce the alarming rate of bribery, corruption, impunity and inertia that characterises the public and private sector in Cameroon.

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Away with foreign military bases and foreign troops in Africa

There is almost no African country (especially Francophone Africa) without the presence of foreign troops or these funny military bases said to have been built based on bilateral relations and protection. I wonder how many military bases we have in Europe, America etc.

As part of tightening the gr…

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The World financial crisis: greed, failed policies, institutionalised corruption.

Volumes of books and analyses are being written on the causes, effects and aftermath of the current financial crises which is hitting the world. There is no gainsaying about it than to call a spade a spade as to what can be described as the worst financial debacle after the Great Depression of 1929.

Without mincing words, financial crises have often hit various nations at varying levels but that of USA which has gone far beyond it territorial boundaries is because, the country still largely controls the world economy.

The crisis is mere culmination of greed, failed economic policies, ego-centrism, institutionalised state and international corruption and embezzlement, and aggrandisement of wealth by a few countries and aristocratic class. This implies that actors of both the private and public sector are responsible for the current international financial impasse.

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President Barack Obama: As pragmatic as idealistic.

Thursday January 20, 2009 entered the annals of history as the day the first ever African American, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44 President of the United States of America, something which appeared almost impossible just four decades ago.

Obama in his inauguration speech did not only talk to please his “fans” and supporters but sounded as pragmatic as well idealistic as he briefly addressed both domestic and foreign policies issues. Conscious of the fact that he is taking over a shattered economy and a country whose image has been badly tainted, he said bluntly "Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed,"


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Media and the use/misuse of the appellation “International Community”

Various media organs around the world operating from their own agenda have always been using the phrase “international community” to accept or negate certain issues and events. It is in most cases made without attributions therefore coming as sweeping statements which may just be reflecting the views of the journalist or the media organ.

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Cameroon: Dancing forward and backward with decentralisation


On Wednesday November 12, 2008, President Paul Biya signed a decree dividing Cameroon into regions and thereby replacing the hitherto provinces. This was the application of the 1996 constitution as it had been clearly stated therein. Effectively applying the regions stuff implies, Cameroon will join the ranks of Nigeria, USA, Russia etc which have various states, and regions which are like autonomous, though with a Central / Federal government. But that is not the kind of federation Cameroonians really want.

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Life and studies in Sweden / Free Education is over

Sweden that used to hitherto offer free education to foreign students has made it clear that  international students from outside the EU region will begin paying fees as from the 2011/2012 academic year. The government tabled the bill to the parliament in February.  The exact amount of fees to be has not yet been disclosed. However, some people say it will ranged between 8 and 12 dollars US dollars per academic year while  others say the fees would be decided by various institutions.

There is however, agreement  by many international students to the fact  that for any thing near a quarter of 8000 dollars to be imposed as fees, Sweden would not only need to improve  on the quality of education offered international students, but also open it hitherto extremely closed job market to foreigners. Sweden is one of the four countries of the Scandinavia including Norway, Denmark and Finland. It has a population of 9 million people among which 1 million are immigrants according to public sources. In recent years Sweden has been an “Eldorado” of studies for thousands of migrants from around the globe.

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CAMEROON: Like the ruling and opposition parties: Why participation in the 2011 presidential election may be poor

Cameroon has over 200 political parties, with more than three-quarter just satellite parties causing confusion and ensuring current political continuity. Since 1985, Cameroon People Democratic Movement CPDM a transformation of the Cameroon Nation Union has been in power.


Current party Chairm…

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