SCBC Editorial


Muslim scholar Abdul Karim who was released about 2 weeks ago after spending over a month in a detention facility in Yaounde has pledged to continue his fight for justice to the people of Southern Cameroons.

He was welcomed last 2 weeks in Bamenda by family members and friends in an emotional ceremony which has forced the Muslim scholar to pen a letter reaffirming his commitment to fighting against what he calls an injustice.

“Throughout my abduction and illegal detention by the Government of Cameroun, I lost not hope for I knew you all were at work with God and the world to ensure my release” Abdul Karim said in a letter.

“Justice is costly but it is the most noble course to pursue. We must all together relentlessly ensure the minorities are served Justice” “Southern Cameroons deserves Justice as much as the rest of the world….I reaffirm my dedication to the quest for justice and peace especially for the people of Southern Cameroons. If you all went through all what you did to secure my release, it is because you believe in the principle of peace and my modest contribution to the peace process”

Source: journalducameroun

Online market company Jumia has left the Cameroonian market over what it termed as an unsustainable business environment.

Jumia is said to have offloaded all its Cameroon workforce without making any public announcement, as is the norm in most organizations.

The company is also yet to address the press or issue a public statement as it seeks to downplay the reports and keep the public and the authorities in darkness.

According to a Jumia staffer based in Yaounde as quoted by international media, the closure “came as a bombshell and all operations just stopped abruptly.”

Jumia, said based on its review, the company came to the conclusion its transactional portal as it is run currently is not suitable to the current operating environment in Cameroon.

“For this reason, we made the difficult decision to suspend our e-commerce operations in Cameroon. It is more important now than ever to put our focus and resources where they can bring the best value and help us thrive. While our operations in Cameroon provided many opportunities for customers and vendors, this decision will help us achieve greater success in the future,” Abdesslam Benzitouni, group head of communication told Quartz Africa by e-mail.

Jumia, which became the first African-based company to list in the US has been struggling to survive in the African market, where there is less developed infrastructure to facilitate trade.

In the third quarter, Jumia posted widening losses of  $60 million(Ksh6 billion). Since opening for business in 2012 it has racked up over $1 billion (Ksh100 billion) in losses.

Author: Francis Muli

Whoever said the ideas of Kwame Nkrumah died with him needs to have a rethink! The message of our great Pan-African leader lives on and in Samia Nkrumah, his voice re-echoes.

Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah is the daughter of Ghana’s first president and hero of Africa’s Independence, Kwame Nkrumah. She is a daughter in whom her father would be well pleased.

Samia is a Pan-African activist who has picked up the baton from where her father dropped it and continues to stand unshaken in the symbolic shadows of his gargantuan image. She was a Ghanaian politician and past chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), she currently heads the Kwame Nkrumah Pan-African Centre. As probably expected, she named her son Kwame.

In an interview with Crystal Orderson of All Africa, Samia spoke of her displeasure on how African leaders have turned themselves to cheap beggars constantly knocking on the doors of the Chinese, the World Bank, and the IMF; an act she says rubbishes the legacy and heritage on which Africa’s independence was built.

A big critic of the loan structure operated by the IMF and World Bank, Samia Nkrumah said that the needless loans which originally were supposed to be a bailout have put African countries into even bigger debts that have seen them cut down on allocations on Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure.

“Countries are going back to the IMF and truth be told, we never ever stopped. It is so difficult to service the debt and our small economies and credit rating is so down and it is more expensive for us to borrow,” she said.

She, however, warned that a revolution may be in the making as ‘sooner or later, people will be so fed up and explode’.

It is disheartening to note that African countries have borrowed more than $15.4 billion from the IMF in 2018 alone, a figure that rose from about $5.39 billion in 2014. Yet, many of these countries are still roaming the lobbies of these International lenders seeking increased loans – which amounts to increased debt!

Speaking on the current scrabble for Africa between Europe, UK, and China, she said she isn’t surprised as this has always been the case because of Africa’s undeniable potentials. She said the attention of world leaders has always been on Africa, as they try to exploit the continent of potentials that are begging to be harnessed.

“There has always been a scramble because the potential here is so huge, meaning we have not explored what we have and we cannot give our resources away for anything. And judging by the statistics, China is the new sugar daddy for African states but some say it comes at a price, perhaps not as prescriptive as the IMF and Bretton Woods institutions but nevertheless has strings attached,” she said.

Being a true daughter of Kwame Nkrumah, she was quick to discuss the simple solution to all of Africa’s problem; and like her father, she put it in the fewest words possible.

“A new Africa has to be born. We need to visit the original idea. We were never meant to struggle; African states must work together.”

There is no doubt that Kwame Nkrumah was right when he said, a United States of Africa is the solution to our problems. What then is holding us back?

Author:  Sebastiane Ebatamehi

Source: africanexponent

Hon. Cyprian Awudu Mbaya, Social Democratic Front party Member of Parliament for Donga Mantung has announced he will not go in for the February 9, 2020, Legislative elections due to persistent insecurity in the North West region of the country.

Hon Cyprian Awudu Mbaya made the declaration at a press conference he granted this Tuesday in Yaounde.

The Member of Parliament advanced the current situation in the North West region of Cameroon as the reason why he has decided not to go in for another term

“Given that many local SDF party officials have either lost their lives, been framed or arrested, lost their family members, seen their homes and property burnt down or have been displaced by war…” Hon. Cyprian Awudu said.

He decides to resign despite the fact that the party National Chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi while announcing the party’s participation in the twin elections rekindled his trust in all the outgoing parliamentarians of the Social Democratic Front.

Hon. Cyprian Awudu Mbaya is the longest-serving MP for Donga Mantung and one of those who fought for the representation of both languages at all levels.

His current mandate ends on the 30th of December this year.

Source: journalducameroun

Cardinal Emeritus, His Eminence, Christain Tumi says the army of French Cameroun is highly responsible for the death of ordinary citizens in Ambazonia.

Speaking on a panel on French Cameroun’s state-own propaganda medium — CRTV on Sunday, November 17, the Roman Catholic church leader unequivocally stated that in Kumbo alone, over 400 lives have been claimed by the colonial military.

“This is the truth and I will prefer to die by it,” he opined.


The clergy pointed out that if the French Camerounian military of occupation is withdrawn from Southern Cameroons, the tension will reduce and people will return to their villages.

According to him, dictator Paul Biya is human and will give an account of his leadership because all power comes from God.

As solution to the Ambazonian war of Independence, the Man of God said a good compromise would only be reached when the regime tackles the problem instead of its effects.

He entreated Ambazonian fighters to join efforts that would end the deteriorating armed conflict that has resulted to over 15000 deaths.

“Those boys [Ambazonian fighters], I will love to see you. I remember receiving some of you in my house. I even helped one of you to escape to the bush,” he revealed.

Since the start of the war of liberation, Cardinal Christian Tumi has been fighting tirelessly to organize an Anglophone General Conference for Southern Cameroonians to discuss their plights.

Author: Mbah Godlove

Investigations by AFRICA TODAY reveals that the Cameroon Consulate in Nigeria has engaged in a fierce argument with the South-South Coordinator of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFR) in Cross River State in a bid to repatriate all Cameroonian refugees domicile in the State back to the Republic of Cameroon.

The argument which AFRICA TODAY gathered has been lingering for months is creating tension between the World Body and the nation Cameroon.

Although the idea behind the repatriation is not yet clear, however, TNN learnt that the notion may not be unconnected with the government of Cameroon’s idea of scoring a political point by showing global community some improvements and steps towards restoring peace to the restive Southern Cameroon region.

However, the Acting Director-General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Ayim Princewill while confirming the development in an interview with AFRICA TODAY said that such policy directive was in flagrant disregard for the rights of refugees in Nigeria and therefore warned that NCFR will resist such an attempt.

“I have received calls from the South-South Coordinator for NCFR concerning the arguments he has been having with the Cameroonian Consulate’’

According to him, “the move is against the 1951 United Nations Convention on refugees” he stressed.

Ayim posited that on no account does any nation possess the right to force people back to the Countries or places were war, ethnic clashes or political instability has made them flee, or in places where they have been persecuted from.

He therefore calls on the Consulate to jettison such move for the sake of peace and good neighborliness between the two nations.

The SEMA boss who stated this at the weekend in Calabar on the sideline of the visit by the Deputy Head of Mission, Republic of Ireland, Ronan Mullin to different Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps in Cross River stressed that the move is against UN convention and should be forgotten forthwith.


The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 64 other civil society organizations in calling on the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to address serious and systematic human rights violations in Cameroon, including the jailing of journalists.

In a letter to the commission, CPJ and other signatories noted that over the past three years, violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions has led to 3,000 deaths, forced half a million people to flee their homes, and leftover 700,000 children out of school.

Several journalists are behind bars, according to CPJ research. These include Paul Chouta, Mancho Bibixy, Tsi Conrad , Thomas Awah Junior, Amadou Vamoulke, Wawa Jackson Nfor and Samuel Wazizi, who has not been heard of since he was detained by the military on August 2.

The signatories said that the commission should make accountability for human rights violations a priority of its strategy and intervention in Cameroon.

Read the letter in full in English and French.


Barrister Charles Taku, President of the International Criminal Court Bar Association says the Regime of Paul Biya, President of the Central African country of Cameroon has committed Genocide in the the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, National Telegraph has gathered.

Barrister Taku dished out this position on the sideline of statements from Cameroon’s Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute after he claimed at a point in his visit in Cameroon’s restive North West that dialogue has started.

Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions have been in war-mood since October 2016 after a disagreement in language and government’s mismanagement of the crisis turned it into a demand by majority of Anglophones for a separate state called Ambazonia.

Dr Dion Ngute is among many government officials to have been dispatched to the restive regions to bring peace messages to the affected populations but many have seen all of Biya’s envoys as hypocrites because they preach peace but move with heavy military presence and in most cases, the Cameroon military carry out killings in nearby precincts while they preach peace.

Provoked by a recent post from the Prime Minister in which as many say openly lied that dialogue has started while he was in Bamenda, capital of Cameroon’s restive North West, Barrister Taku penned down a well-written letter in which he openly called out the Biya Regime for committing Genocide. He writes;

“Dr Dione Ngute was the agent representing LRC at the hearing of the case brought on behalf of the Southern Cameroons by Dr Gwang Gumne and others in the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Judgement in the case was rendered in Banjul, the Gambia during the 45th Ordinary Session that held from 13 – 27 May 2009. 

In the Judgment that was subsequently endorsed by the General Assembly of African leaders during the AU conference in Sirtre in Libya, the African Commission unequivocally called for dialogue to resolve the crisis and offered its services to facilitate the dialogue.

It gave LRC 180 days to comply with its Judgment. It is on the records of the African Commission that LRC asked for an extension of time to comply with the Judgment.

Mr Prime Minister, true to itself, LRC did not comply with that Judgment and did not respect the decision relating to dialogue facilitated by the African Commission, even after the expiration of the extended timeline it sought and obtained. What a reckless display of bad faith!

In its characteristic exercise of impunity, LRC intensified its systemic and widespread violations of the protections afforded Southern Cameroons in international law.

These violations have been ongoing since an unprecedented conspiracy facilitated the breach of the UN Charter and UN Resolutions paving the way to the annexation and colonisation of Southern Cameroons by the LRC.

The escalation of the violations has led to genocide, also called the mother of crimes on the watch of a slow to act civilized world. This is unacceptable.

The Government of Cameroon considers these atrocity crimes as its legitimate exercise of impunity with arrogant alacrity. Its civilian and military commanders have in publicly available and well documented statements taken responsibility for these crimes.

They have consistently praised the professionalism of its military for conducting a war of genocide in which more than 200 civilian settlements have been torched with shocking charred remains of vulnerable children, women, the old and the sick left in the debris.

The Prime Minister Dr Dione Ngute himself on this so-called dialogue with the dead, praised the professionalism of these soldiers. During his visit there perpetrated egregious violations even in the neighbourhood of Bambili which he visited.

There, they massacred in a cold blood, a mother and her baby. Mr Prime Minister, this is genocide and not dialogue. I did not hear you order the arrest and prosecution of the criminal soldiers who massacred that mother and her baby.

The massacre of that woman and her child a few metres from where you visited indeed symbolizes the fate of hundreds of thousands of Southern Cameroonians for no reasons other than that they are Southern Cameroonians. That again sir, is genocide.

I began this piece by making a reference to the Judgment of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which LRC accepted and asked for time to comply with but reneged on.

LRC in contempt instead intensified its 58 year old campaign of intimidation, humiliation, dehumanisation, indignity and death.

As the representative of LRC during the entire proceedings and judgment, you were and are better placed to advise your government to the hard reality that international legality may be slow but effective.

When Justice catches up with the arrogant exercise of impunity and criminality, its impact may devastate the soul of conscienceless predators of human life.

Differently, stated, a time comes when the victims of atrocious crimes are given a voice from their unmarked lonely graves to seek justice on their own behalf. That time sir, will come, sooner or later, here or in the hereafter. This truth sir, is sacrosanct. 

Therefore, sir, I beg to ask. How do you feel conveying the concomitant message of conditional dialogue and genocide from your President to his victims?

Does the said message not greatly contradict the dialogue decided by a respectable continental justice mechanism the African Commission which was endorsed by continental leaders?

Was it not obvious from the Judgment of the African Commission that an international facilitator would be required to oversee the dialogue? And was it not for this reason that it offered to play that role?

In your so-called ongoing dialogue, sir, I did not hear you regret the massacres, the genocide, the crimes against humanity, the war crimes etc. Why?

I did not hear you talk about a transitional justice mechanism to prosecute civilian and military commanders responsible for these atrocity crimes in the Southern Cameroons.

I did not see you feel the pain and suffering of millions of civilian victims of the atrocity crimes. Rather, I heard the evocation and rendition of the typical and resentful CPDM sycophantic war cries and slogans praising the god-president for his promise of mercy for those who lay down arms.

Laying down arms to facilitate the atrocity crimes sir? Those you alleged laid down arms, have the locations from which they allegedly defected been spared the visit of your angels of death and the mayhem they bring to the civilian population? Have they sir? I bey to ask. 

There is a common and recurring position taken by the international community on this war that was declared by LRC. That position is that there should be an inclusive dialogue with no pre-conditions, to tackle to the root causes of this conflict.

From where then did you come about with the exclusion of the so-called secession or separation? Is this pre-condition not a distraction and an attempt to obviate the mandatory root causes of the conflict?

Are the root causes not the umbilical linked violations that eviscerated the Southern Cameroons right to external self determination under the UN Charter guaranteed by UN Resolutions which LRC opposed and opted for annexation and colonial rule? 

The right to resolve this conflict through an internationally organised dialogue in which negotiations will hold sway was obtained through a legal process before a Continental legal mechanism and endorsed by African Leaders.

The international community has overwhelmingly taken the same position with renewed vigour. That position is therefore, not subject to a unilateral modification by LRC.

That sir, is an unacceptable diktat. This unacceptable diktat tantamount once more to a disregard for the international rule of law on the basis on which international legality, peace and security are founded.

Mr Prime Minister, sir, as you pursue this futile adventure to insult the memory of victims, permit me to remind you that the informal meeting of the UNSC on this crisis on 13 May 2019, apart, the celebration on the 23 May 2019 at the UN of the 70 th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions which LRC is a state party, should be a shock reminder to LRC that the spirit of that multilateral treaty and many others is alive.

That LRC place on the radar of the Geneva Conventions will soon be guaranteed, not for the right reasons, but for its atrocity crimes in the Southern Cameroons against civilians who are protected by the convention.

The anniversary ceremony of the 23 May 2019 of the Geneva Conventions 1949 and the ten anniversary of the UN Resolutions for the protection of civilians in armed conflicts should be an opportunity for LRC to seriously consider, calling off this genocidal war and withdraw its soldiers for peace to prevail.

Its military misadventure and atrocity crimes have failed and will continue to fail to tame the spirit of Southern Cameroons freedom seekers who are inspired and emboldened by the justice of their cause, international legality and the pursuit of legitimate self-defense. 

History sir, provides you and the government you serve another opportunity to listen to the voice of humanity and the international community and get to the negotiating table while there is time. Stop the callous slaughter and the genocide now. Your present tour is a celebration of genocide and not dialogue”

Source: nationaltelegraph

Michelle Bachelete the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after a four days official visit to Cameroon made an appraisal of the Human Rights situation of the country. 
Identifying responsibility in acts of human rights abuses in the North West and South West Regions, Michelle Bachelet said the security forces have been accused of committing serious violations, including extrajudicial killings and torture against civilians and captured fighters in both the North West and South West.

She said in the western (North West and South West) regions schools, hospitals and other key infrastructures have been targeted and destroyed by armed separatist groups. Government employees, including teachers who have dared to continue teaching, have also been targeted.

On a general note the UN Rights Chief welcomes the acceptance of the government of Cameroon to work with the UN Human Rights office and the rest of the UN, to seek effective solutions to the major human rights and humanitarian crisis caused by the serious unrest and violence taking place in North West, South West and the Far North Regions. 
She believes there are windows of opportunities to come out of the crisis which must be backed by substantial and sustained support from the international community including the UN.

Highlighting the fact that Cameroon faces disturbing insecurity in most parts, the UN Rights Chief underscored atrocities such as soldiers and civilians being mutilated and killed, entire villages burned down, and children abducted and forced to join armed groups especially in the context of Boko ha5ram.

Michele Bachelet indicated that she met with opposition party leaders, civil society, church leaders and about eight different Ministers of the Biya regime and President Paul Biya himself. She also confered with some institutions like the National Commission for Human Rights and Freedoms and the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism.

In all Bachelet offered to provide advice and assistance to Cameroon – similar to the G5 forces in the Sahel – to help ensure that military operations are in compliance with International Human Rights standards and that violations are prevented in their operations.

Michele Bachelot stressed that members of the security forces who commit serious violations should be held accountable.

She condemned the targeting of civilians and the difficulties to access the conflict-hit areas by humanitarian aid and said the solution to the conflict in the North West and South West Regions is dialogue with an in-depth look at the root causes of the problem.

Source: Mimi Mefo Info 

Some traditional rulers in Buea, in protest to Governor Okalia’s belittling comments and threats, ordering them to march on 20th May with placards or be dethroned, staged a protest march, led by a traditional dance group.

The chiefs marched from Bwassa village, to Buea Independence Square, and to Buea Town.

In an Interview granted Hi TV, HRM Ewome Eko aka Moja Moja, Chief of Bwassa Village, talking in reference to Governor Okalia’s utterances said: “We can march even at night. He is not the one to tell us when to march with our peers, with placards. Mr. Governor, can you say that to your Chief? Give us a bit of respect, we also respect you. I am in Bwassa, I am sleeping there. If you come and pick me tonight, my villagers are still going to call me Chief. Frankly speaking, you have to withdraw your statements. Even if you don’t withdraw it, even call some of the Chiefs, even in your office, and tell us that might be…,  but I am sure the Mayor was by your side, and he wanted to sit there and watch us the Chiefs marching in front of him. Is that normal? I am sorry, if am going out of hand, but it is from the bottom of the Fako people, from our hearts.”

Talking about the masquerade dance, Chief Moja Moja said it was out to appease the gods who were already angry.

Click here to listen to Chief Moja Moja

Source: atlanticchronicles

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