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Women empowerment Minister calls for legal action against alleged rapist, Hervé Bopda

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Cameroon’s Minister of Women Empowerment and the Family, Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa, has become the first government official to react to the disturbing case of sexual abuse involving Douala-based businessman Herve Bopda.

Hervé Bopda, an economic operator, has faced accusations of sexually abusing close to 100 men and women in Douala, the economic capital city of Cameroon.

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Mrs Abena Ondoa responded swiftly with a communique signed on January 26, condemning the reported actions of Bopda.

The Minister acknowledged that Bopda has been accused of engaging in “practices of harassment, kidnapping, threats with the use of a firearm, and rape” based on numerous testimonies.

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“More seriously, some complainants mentioned the fact that the above-mentioned person would be infected with HIV AIDS and would be working to spread it both among women and children, particularly little boys,” the Minister said.

Herve Bopda was first exposed last week by Cameroonian journalist and social media influencer, Nzui Manto.

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Manto accused him of operating a network of predators specialized in raping young girls and women.

The revelations also featured testimonies of alleged victims of Bopda, some of who claimed he kidnapped and raped them severally.

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The revelations sparked reactions across the nation, with celebrities, politicians and the Cameroon Bar wading in to call for justice.

Expressing her concern and commitment to justice, Minister Abena Ondoa called on the judicial authorities in the Littoral region to promptly initiate an investigation to bring more clarity to the unfolding situation.

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Pending legal proceedings, Madame Abena Ondoa urged all victims to reach out to the decentralized services of the Ministry for “urgent and free support.”

“It also encourages all victims to break the silence to break the chain of violence, and to provide the judicial authorities with the elements necessary to conduct procedures intended to establish the materiality of the facts and, where appropriate, to convict the perpetrators. these heinous crimes,” the Minister’s release stated.

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The Minister reassured all victims of gender-based violence of her unwavering commitment and complete readiness to vigorously combat the phenomenon of violence against women and children in the country.

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Cameroonian Tech Skilled Requires Cupboard To Observe Music’s Dismissal

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A Cameroonian tech entrepreneur based mostly in america, Rebecca Enowchong, has urged President Paul Biya to observe by way of along with his latest demand for accountability and reshuffle his cupboard, just like the dismissal of nationwide soccer coach Rigorbet Music.

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Enowchong took to social media platform X, stating, “Please, @PR_Paul_BIYA, apply the identical rigour that you simply apply to Music and Fecafoot [Cameroon Football Federation] to members of the federal government. It’s not simply in soccer that we’ve to be demanding.”

Her remark comes after the Cameroonian authorities opted to not renew Music’s contract as head coach of the lads’s nationwide staff, the Indomitable Lions. Coach Music’s dismissal adopted President Biya’s public tackle to Cameroonian youth, the place he instructed the Sports activities Minister to deal with the nationwide staff’s efficiency.

Biya’s directive stemmed from public discontent with the staff’s efficiency underneath Music’s management, significantly their early exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations held in Ivory Coast.

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Enowchong, a vocal critic of the Biya administration, believes that making use of the identical stage of accountability to different authorities officers might result in optimistic change within the nation. Her message resonated with some Cameroonians, who expressed help for her viewpoint, whereas others questioned whether or not a training change alone would result in vital growth in Cameroonian soccer.

President Biya’s 1982 rise to energy was marked by guarantees of “rigor and moralization.” Nevertheless, critics argue that the present administration’s actions contradict these preliminary pledges.

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Paul Biya, the longest-serving President of Cameroon, has confronted criticism for a number of points and failures throughout his presidency. A few of the most typical failures embody human rights abuses, political repression, corruption, financial inequality, dealing with of the Anglophone disaster, electoral irregularities, youth unemployment, and healthcare and schooling challenges. Human rights abuses have been reported, together with extrajudicial killings, torture, and arbitrary arrests.

Political repression has been criticized for suppressing political opposition and proscribing freedom of speech. Corruption stays a major concern in Cameroon, with Transparency Worldwide’s Corruption Perceptions Index rating Cameroon as a rustic with a excessive stage of corruption. Financial inequality stays a major subject, with many voters going through poverty and lack of entry to fundamental companies. The federal government’s response to the Anglophone disaster has been criticised for its heavy-handed strategy, resulting in additional escalation and human rights violations.

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Elections in Cameroon have confronted allegations of irregularities, and the federal government has not carried out efficient insurance policies to deal with youth unemployment. Healthcare and schooling programs nonetheless face challenges, together with insufficient assets and disparities between city and rural areas.

Enonchong’s requires Biya to use the identical measures throughout all sectors of governance are, subsequently, justified. Specializing in asking for accountability in soccer and ignoring the widespread failures of his authorities speaks of hypocrisy.

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Cameroon’s suspension from EITI may have been prevented – Akere Muna

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Cameroon’s suspension from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has stirred discussions concerning the missed alternatives to keep away from such repercussions. Former presidential candidate and distinguished lawyer, Akere Muna, emphasised that the nation’s expulsion from the programme may have been prevented had it heeded their proposals concerning the Glencore scandal.

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On March 1, EITI formally suspended Cameroon from its programme, citing the nation’s “pretty low total rating (53 factors) in EITI implementation.” Regardless of sustaining EITI reporting and enhancing systematic disclosures, the Central African Nation faces suspension till the following validation as a consequence of inadequate progress in civil society engagement and authorities restrictions on freedom of expression and affiliation, as acknowledged on the group’s web site.

The choice is intently tied to Cameroon’s enterprise dealings with Glencore, an organization indicted for bribery in accessing oil and different mineral merchandise in Cameroon and different nations. Akere Muna expressed his sorrow over the suspension, noting it because the “second of its form in lower than three years.” He lamented that his efforts, alongside Minister Abah Abah, to safe Cameroon’s admission into EITI in 2007 now appear futile, attributing the present state of affairs to the Glencore case regardless of their proposed preventive measures.

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Akere highlighted the systemic corruption contributing to the opacity in Cameroon’s extractive business administration. He expressed hope that the Glencore case would reveal the people answerable for the corruption, revealing, “That with this, they may get the names of the gravediggers of our nation from GLENCORE.”

Following Glencore’s admission of paying bribes in Cameroon, Akere has initiated authorized motion in a Cameroonian courtroom to uncover these accountable for the corruption. Glencore admitted to paying 7 billion CFA francs ($11 million) in bribes to officers of the Nationwide Hydrocarbons Company (SNH) and Nationwide Refining Firm (SONARA) to safe preferential entry to grease between 2011 and 2016, as reported by Reuters.

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Regardless of the intense allegations and the suspension from EITI, Cameroon has but to press expenses. Nonetheless, the current expulsion from the transparency initiative is predicted to accentuate efforts to carry these accountable accountable.

In its 2021 report back to EITI, Cameroon acknowledged its heavy dependence on the oil and fuel sector, which constitutes round 4% of GDP, 16% of presidency revenues, and 31% of exports. EITI, whereas suspending Cameroon, emphasised that extra might be executed to foster public debate and reform throughout the nation’s extractive business governance.

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EITI, established in 2003, contains governments, firms, business teams, worldwide organisations, civil society organisations, and buyers. Its mission is to advocate for the open and accountable administration of oil, fuel, and mineral assets globally.

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CDHC : Mouangue Kobila  “passe à l’acte” avec sa “victime”

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Après avoir accusé son patron, le président de la Fee des Droits de l’Homme du Cameroun (CDHC) de harcèlement sexuel, Judith Esperance Tsemo a finalement été licenciée après plusieurs conseils de self-discipline où elle ne s’est pas présentée. La décision de son renvoi signée de la essential celui-même qu’elle accuse pour des affaires de mœurs sonne comme une déculottée aux droits de l’homme dans une establishment dont la principale mission est la safety des droits de l’homme.

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Le harcèlement sous toutes ses formes pourrait désormais passer pour être le mode de gouvernance à la Fee des Droits de l’Homme du Cameroun (CDHC). Après avoir dit être harcelée sexuellement par James Mouangue Kobila, le président de la CDHC, voici dame Judith Esperance Tsemo qui est encore harcelé sur le plan professionnel. Hier 28 février, sa décision de licenciement a été signée de la essential de celui-même qui est accusé d’être son harceleur. Un acte qui raisonne comme une bravade aux droits de l’homme dans une establishment qui a pour mission de protéger les droits de l’homme.

Le licenciement de celle qui était jusque-là chef service de la traduction à la CDHC intervient après un énième conseil de self-discipline où cette dernière ne s’est pas présentée. « Le Conseil de self-discipline, siégeant en ses classes des 25 janvier, 13 et 27 février 2024 a, après avoir délibéré et constaté que les faits qui lui (Ndlr) sont reprochés sont établis, émis un avis en faveur de son licenciement…pour fautes lourdes”, fait savoir un doc du Conseil de self-discipline Advert Hoc. Le Conseil de self-discipline de la Cdhc lui reproche les “défaillances et négligences graves dans l’accomplissement de vos tâches professionnelles; insubordination caractérisée et désobéissance envers la hiérarchie…” A cela s’ajoute, les “retards excessifs en permanence, absences non justifiées, répétées et prolongées.”

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Une fois relayée, la décision de licenciement signée par James Mouangue Kobila est très mal perçue au sein de l’opinion et des professionnels du droit. « Le préalable avant de prendre la sanction contre cette dame aurait été que le président de la fee qui signe le doc puisse être blanchi des accusations portées contre lui, surtout qu’elles visent les bonnes mœurs », commente un juriste.  Début janvier, le président de la CDHC avait été la cible d’une plainte pour, entre autres, « harcèlement sexuel », « outrage privé à la pudeur », « menaces sous circumstances », « chantage », « blessures légères » et « diffamation ». Des accusations portées par dame Tsemo. L’affaire est encore pendante devant les tribunaux.

Un licenciement qui est en effet un non-sens et qui augmente plutôt la suspicion chez le citoyen.  « L’ayant fait licencié avant toute décision préalable, il a créé un esprit de suspicion grave. Le citoyen lambda peut croire qu’il a voulu évincer près de lui une personne gênante tant sa personne que l’establishment qu’il incarne. Remark peut-il prononcer le licenciement d’une employée en lui refusant le droit au préavis qui lui est reconnu de droit ? Sur quelle base ou quelle décision interne ce texte a été pris ? Qu’entend-il par faute lourde ? Remark cette faute a été constatée ? Telles peuvent être autant de questions qui devront trouver des réponses », commente un avocat au barreau du Cameroun.

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« Et à coup sûr si cette dame se tourne vers le juge administratif pour solliciter la suspension puis l’annulation de cet acte, ou devant le juge social pour réclamer ses droits pour licenciement abusif, elle aura achieve de trigger », ajoute-t-il.

Entre temps, plusieurs ONG dont Mandela Middle exige la démission de James Mouangue Kobila, qui selon elles, « n’est plus digne de défendre les intérêts de la Fee des Droits de l’Homme du Cameroun (CDHC) ».

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