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Separatist Fighters Assassinate Deputy Mayor of Babessi Council

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Nkwato Solomon, the 2nd Deputy Mayor of Babessi Council in Ngoketunjia Division, tragically lost his life on Friday, March 22nd, 2024, in an incident involving Ambazonia separatist fighters.

“The assistant mayor of BABESSI council in BABESSI subdivision was shot dead in his own house by Amba boys,” a resident told MMI.

The recent incident adds to a long list of targeted killings that have caused a great deal of fear and uncertainty among Anglophones, shedding light on the persistent crisis that continues to affect the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

The tragic incident occurred when Mr. Nkwato, a highly regarded individual known for his commitment to serving the public, was tragically shot at close range within the confines of his own home. Witnesses who spoke to MMI described a scene of utter chaos as the attackers made their escape, leaving the Deputy Mayor with severe injuries from which he died.

The community is grieving the loss of a dedicated advocate who worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of local residents.

The Anglophone Crisis arises from the historical neglect of English-speaking regions in Cameroon, a country where French is the dominant language. In 2016, tensions reached a boiling point as teachers and lawyers from the Anglophone community took to the streets to demand greater recognition for their language and legal system. The government’s strong response to these protests sparked a movement for independence in the English-speaking regions. A small group of armed individuals and their supporters in the diaspora, known as the Ambazonians, subsequently hijacked this peaceful movement.

The conflict has escalated into a violent confrontation between the Ambazonian fighters and Cameroonian security forces. Ordinary civilians have tragically become victims of violence and displacement, caught in the midst of a devastating crossfire.

The Babessi Council and surrounding areas are now faced with the challenging task of healing and moving forward after the unfortunate loss of Deputy Mayor Nkwato. The urgency of finding a peaceful resolution to the Anglophone Crisis is highlighted by his unfortunate passing. Dialogue and a sincere effort to address the underlying issues are crucial for Cameroon to attain enduring peace and stability in its English-speaking regions.

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Washington lance une nouvelle offensive diplomatique en Afrique

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Alors qu’un vent anti-occidental souffle dans plusieurs pays d’Afrique et que la Russie est en train de grignoter des parties des territoires en Afrique, les Etats unis viennent de lancer un nouveau ballet diplomatique dans le continent.

Richard R. Verma, le secrétaire d’État adjoint américain à la gestion et aux ressources est au Cameroun. Le diplomate américain est arrivé hier dimanche le 21 avril à Yaoundé. La visite de celui qui occupe le rôle de chef des opérations du département et dirige les efforts de modernisation, d’aide à l’étranger, ainsi qu’un large éventail de questions relatives au personnel et à la stratégie, rentre dans le cadre d’une tournée africaine qui le conduira ensuite en Éthiopie et en Angola. Selon une note d’information de l’ambassade des États-Unis à Yaoundé, Richard R. Verma « rencontrera de hauts fonctionnaires camerounais, des partenaires de la santé publique et des dirigeants de la société civile pour discuter de la coopération entre les États-Unis et le Cameroun dans les domaines de la santé, de la paix et de la sécurité régionale, ainsi que de la croissance économique durable ».

La liste des personnes que le sous-secrétaire américain va rencontrer n’a pas été rendue publique, cependant une audience avec le président de la République, Paul Biya, devrait avoir lieu. Avec le président de la République, plusieurs sujets pourraient être abordés, notamment : la crise anglophone. Un sujet qui a d’ailleurs refroidi, il y a quelques années, les relations entre le Cameroun et les USA. En 2019, le Cameroun avait été exclu de l’African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), une loi facilitant les exportations de produits africains vers le marché américain, en raison des accusations d’exactions et de violations des droits de l’homme portées contre l’armée camerounaise dans le conflit avec les milices séparatistes. Mais le Cameroun avait été réintégré à l’Agoa. Et la volonté de Yaoundé qui a toujours souhaité un soutien explicite des Etats Unis et une condamnation sans ferme du terrorisme séparatiste, semble avoir été entendue. Ces derniers mois, plusieurs séparatistes ont été arrêtés aux Etats Unis et jugés par la Justice américaine.

Le diplomate américain et Paul Biya pourront également échanger sur les relations étroites entre le Cameroun et la Russie. Depuis le début de la guerre russo-ukrainienne, plusieurs pays occidentaux tentent de contrecarrer l’expansion de la Russie en Afrique. De son coté, Paul Biya continue d’agiter la carte de l’ambiguïté stratégique.  Le président Paul Biya s’est rendu à Saint-Pétersbourg en juillet 2023 pour participer au sommet Russie-Afrique.

 Le Cameroun entretient des relations dans plusieurs domaines avec les États-Unis, notamment dans le financement de la lutte contre le VIH/Sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme. Les relations s’étendent également au domaine de la sécurité, avec la formation du personnel militaire camerounais et la vente de matériel militaire et de sécurité. Les États-Unis ont joué un rôle de premier plan en soutenant le Cameroun dans la guerre contre Boko Haram.

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Tournée nationale du Président du MDR : le Septentrion préoccupe Tigana Daissala

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Le Président national du MDR, Daissala Tigana Tassi, et son arsenal parcourent les coins et recoins des régions septentrionales depuis quelques jours. Il est accompagné des maires et députés MDR dans sa suite.

Il convient de noter que le président national du MDR, fils du défunt Dakole Daïssala, condamne fermement la position de Maître Djorwé, sénateur MDR élu président national par un petit groupe de militants du MDR. Cette situation laisse entendre que l’engagement actuel de Tigana Daïssala n’est pas fortuit et que les préparatifs pour les élections de 2025 avancent à grands pas.

Cette visite de rencontre avec les présidents de section vise non seulement à prendre contact avec les populations, mais aussi à sensibiliser les électeurs sur l’importance de s’inscrire sur les listes électorales et de voter de manière utile en 2025.

Les défis actuels pour le nouveau Bureau National sont considérables. Pendant cette tournée, Dakole Tigana Tassi pose des jalons pour sécuriser les échéances électorales à venir en 2025. Il encourage les populations aspirant au changement à exercer leur devoir citoyen à travers le vote.

“Je suis convaincu qu’il n’y a pas de lutte au sein du MDR. Sinon, nous aurions affaire à un autre parti adverse. Je crois que nous sommes le seul parti unique et que le MDR n’a pas de concurrence sur le terrain”, affirme le nouveau président national.

Bien que la santé du parti ne soit pas stable pour le moment, Dakole fils, qui succède à son défunt père, assure tous les militants de sa détermination à insuffler un nouvel élan au MDR.

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How Individuals are Feeding Fat from Penalties from Telecommunications Companies

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In 2019, the Cameroon Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, known by its French acronym ART, imposed a fine of 3.5 billion FCFA on Orange Cameroun, MTN Cameroon, and Nexttel for breaching the regulations on subscriber identification.

That was after former notices had been sent to these telecommunications companies to regularise the situation. Owing to failures to identify people using the SIM cards issued by these companies, ART fined them 3.5 billion FCFA.

In 2023, these telecom companies fell under the dragnet of ART again. ART had notified them several times to improve on the poor service offered to Cameroonians.

Yet the complaints from ART fell on deaf ears. As such, ART imposed a penalty of 6 billion FCFA on Orange Cameroun, Camtel, MTN Cameroun, and Nexttel.

The $6 billion FCFA was distributed as fines to them based on the level of violations of regulations. So between 2019 and 2023, the ART imposed penalties of 9.5 billion Francs CFA on telecom companies.

Shocking revelation

Many Cameroonians who heard of these sanctions thought the penalties would be used to improve the services of mobile telephone companies in the country.

However, a confidential document has surfaced online where the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Minnitte Libom Lilikeng, is asking the Director of ART, Philémon Zo’o Zame, to channel the money to the ministry for distribution among staff of her ministry and ART.

Money that was received as penalties is now a performance bonus and is being shared as if it were private money. The confidential letter signed on April 9 and addressed to ART Director General 2024 has the subject: Distribution of Penalties.

“Mr. Director General, Following your letter cited in reference, by which you request my services, the production of certificates of effective presence, of the beneficiaries of the penalties, subject of my decision No. 00000026/MPT/SG/DAG/PSP of March 26, 2024, and my letter No. 00000913/MPT/SG/DAG/PSP of the same day, I have the honour to inform you that it is not up to the ART to interfere in the distribution of bonuses resulting from penalties, to the staff of my ministerial department.” Minister Lilikeng said.

“Indeed, by the provisions of Decree No. 2013/0401/PM of February 27, 2013, setting the distribution key for the performance bonus for penalties imposed on operators and operators of electronic communications networks, the Minister in charge of Telecommunications, the Director General of ART, and the Director General of ANTIC are responsible, each as far as they are concerned, for the execution of the said decree,” the letter added.

She, however, added that “for reasons of appeasement of the social climate, I have given you the list of beneficiaries for payment to those concerned, including their RIB, as well as the keys to the distribution of bonuses within the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, following your request, at the end of the working sessions with my competent colleagues.”

“While you have already left your scope of competence defined by law, you require certificates of effective presence falling within the competence of the structures concerned (MINPOSTEL, ANTIC), the only ones authorized to determine the criteria to be met by the beneficiaries.

“About MINPOSTEL, the payment statements were drawn up by an ad hoc working group, set up by memo No. 00000633/MPT/SG/DAG/PSP of February 21, 2024.”

“It is in this context obvious that the beneficiaries of the penalties for the period 2017-2020, subject of your letter N°00002540/ART/DG/CT1 of August 17, 2023, have to date held various administrative positions, including assets, retirees, those assigned or seconded, and the deceased.”

“Given the above and taking into account the risks in the social climate within the administrations concerned, I ask you to proceed without delay:
payment of the statements prepared by the entities concerned, which are responsible for the quality of the final beneficiaries and the respective bonuses allocated.

“Or, the transfer to each entity of its share, by the provisions of article 5 of decree No. 2013/0401/PM of February 27, 2013,” the letter stamped confidential read.
The Prime Ministerial text of 2013 being cited was signed by former Prime Minister Philemon Yang.

Through “Decree N2013/0401/PM OF FEB 27, 2013 setting the distribution key for the performance bonus for penalties imposed on operators and operators of electronic communications networks.”

The then PM, after considering so many laws, said, as per Article 3, that the distribution key for the penalties referred to in Article 1 above is set as follows: forty percent (40%) for the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency; and sixty percent (60%) for the performance bonus for personnel responsible for the regulation and regulation of the telecommunications and information and communication technologies sectors.

According to Article 4, the rate of sixty percent (60%) referred to in Article 3 above is distributed as follows: fifty percent (50%) for personnel responsible for regulations; forty percent (40%) for agency staff of Telecommunications Regulation; and ten percent (10%) for staff of the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies.

The PM stated in Article 5 that the Minister in charge of telecommunications, the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency, and the Director General of the National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies are responsible, each as far as he is concerned, for the execution of this decree.

Who Is Benefiting?

When telecom companies render poor services to Cameroonians, ART charges them and gets the money for themselves.

The country’s telecom sector is still very poor. Businesses cannot flourish very well because of poor internet services and a lack of access to networks in rural areas.

Recently, a Cameroonian US-based tech woman said instead of banning the Starlink company for offering internet through satellite to Cameroonians, the government should just add more revenue to buy undersea optic fiber. But is the government interested? Because of the poor services rendered, those in charge of regulations benefit.

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