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Cameroon just got suspended from the World Trade organization (WTO) for non-payment of its contribution amounting to XAF180 million. Trade minister, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, has referred the matter to the Prime Minister’s office on March 5 and requested that the country complies with the requirements of WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.

 “I have the honor to inform you, Mr. Prime Minister, Head of Government, that the arrears of our contributions to the World Trade Organization have now peaked at XAF138 million for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018,” the trade minister wrote, stressing there is another XAF42 million to be paid for the FY2019, making an aggregate amount of XAF180 million.

According to Mbarga Atangana, Cameroon is currently subject to category III administrative sanctions, which consist of the suspension of all technical assistance activities and the denial of any access to training organized by the WTO. “Only the clearance of these arrears would allow our country to regain its rights within the Organization,” he concluded.

Source: businessincameroon

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The United States will withhold military assistance to Cameroon over allegations of gross human rights violations by its security forces in the northwest, southwest and far north regions, a state department official said on Wednesday.

According to the official, the US had terminated a C-130 aircraft training program, and halted deliveries of four defender boats, nine armored vehicles and an upgrade of a Cessna aircraft for Cameroon’s rapid intervention battalion.

Furthermore, the United States had withdrawn its offer for Cameroon to be part of the State Partnership Program, a military cooperation program, the official said.

We do not take these measures lightly, but we will not shirk from reducing assistance further if evolving conditions require it.

“We do not take these measures lightly, but we will not shirk from reducing assistance further if evolving conditions require it,” the official said. “For the time being, other programs will continue.”

Cameroon has cooperated closely with the United States in the fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram in West and central Africa. But rights groups have accused authorities of using the fight against Boko Haram to crack down on political opponents, and make arbitrary arrests and torture people.

Cameroon’s ongoing political crisis

Authorities arrested opposition leader Maurice Kamto in January, accusing him of mobilizing dissent against President Paul Biya, who has ruled the country since 1982.

Biya has been accused by the opposition and rights groups of cracking down in the Anglophone Southwest region to root out armed separatists trying to end his grip on power.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Nigeria and neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon during Boko Haram’s campaign to carve out an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.

“We emphasize that it is in Cameroon’s interest to show greater transparency in investigating credible allegations of gross violations of human rights security forces,” the State Department official said.

Source: africanews

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A policeman was on Monday, January 28 killed in Bamenda, Northern zone of Ambazonia by unidentified gunmen, sources have said.

Police Inspector Joseph Ngunde Itabi, body guard of the President of the Bamenda Court of First Instance was killed in Bamenda in a day which was marked by heavy fighting between security forces and Restoration Forces in the city.

The shootings in Bamenda have raged on into Tuesday as most residents have remained indoors since morning with several trucks of soldiers arriving for back up.

Heavy shooting has equally been reported in Bafut for the second consecutive day as French Cameroun soldiers battle Ambazonia restoration forces in the locality.

Source: journalducameroun

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Cameroon summoned French and German envoys to protest “violence and vandalism” during opposition demonstrations at the central African nation’s embassies in Paris and Berlin.

The two European host governments failed to provide ample diplomatic and consular protection during the Jan. 26 protests by backers of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, in violation of international conventions, Cameroon’s Communication Minister and government spokesman Rene Emmanuel said in a statement Tuesday in the capital, Yaounde.

While the United Nations condemned the violence at the Cameroonian embassies, it also expressed concern about alleged use of force by security forces during demonstrations in Cameroon’s port city of Douala in recent days, and the arrest of opposition leader Maurice Kamto, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ office said Tuesday in an emailed statement.

“The UN calls on Cameroonian authorities to respect the freedom of assembly, association and expression and stress the need for restraint by all political actors,” according to the statement.

Author: Pius Lukong

Source: bloomberg

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Prof. Maurice Kamto, Cameroon’s main opposition leader has reportedly been arrested, his party and rights activist in the Central African country confirmed on Monday, January 28.

Kamto who is leader of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, CRM, has been taken to an unknown destination according to a lawyer in the Anglophone region, Agbor Nkongho.

Even though government has yet to comment on the development, it is largely believed that arrest which took place in Douala is linked to a peaceful protest by Kamto’s part over the weekend.

Reports indicate that he is not the only one detained but that other members of the party have also been held and are due to be sent to Yaounde for questioning.

He came in second in October 2018 presidential elections which were won by the incumbent Paul Biya.

The former Biya-appointee led an opposition coalition that involved renown lawyer Akere Muna, the pair struck a deal with about 24-hours to the opening of votes.

He was the first to declare himself winner of the vote following which security was deployed to his party offices and his residence. He was briefly put under house arrest but all measures subsequently withdrawn.

He was also at the heart of a legal challenge seeking the annulment of the presidential result. His team, however, saw their petition dismissed by the Constitutional Court which affirmed the seventh straight mandate of Biya.

Author: Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban

Source: africanews

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Anti riot police in Douala have opened fire on protesters in Douala after they took to streets to answer the call the Cameroon Renaissance Movement for peaceful protests against what the describe as electoral hold up and the violence in the North West and South West regions.

Two prominent figures of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement, Michelle Ndoki and Celestin Djamen were shot on the leg and taken to the hospital in Douala as police dispersed protesters.

Michelle Ndoki, a firebrand lawyer and Vice President of the Women’s wing of the party confirmed she had been shot four times on the leg on Saturday morning as she led scores of protesters on the street.

The President of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement Maurice Kamto who was on his way to Douala in the morning has also taken on the streets.

The story is developing….

Source: journalducameroun

SCBC, after having followed the dynamics that led to the uncivilized killings of some prominent Ambazonian freedom fighters and innocent souls in Guzang in the Southern Cameroons, vehemently condemns the act as a heinous crime against humanity and as one that has attempted to delegitimize our God-ordained struggle for liberation from French Cameroun, after almost 60 years of annexation, militarization and political subjugation of the autonomous State of Ambazonia with its clear-cut territorial demarcations as recognized by International Law.

SCBC, faithful to its mission as the “Voice of Ambazonia”, to cover the state of the struggle for the benefit of giving impartial information both to the Ambazonian people and the international community, decries and denounces the selfcentered narcissistic propensities of some Ambazonian resistance movements and their leadership, to undermine the collective efforts of the majority of Ambazonians only for self-gain and personal aggrandizement, to the point of sacrificing the lives of the very people they are purporting to liberate from the tentacles of French Cameroun.

Ambazonians of many facets and ramifications have fought so hard to avoid any in-fighting in this revolution by organizing themselves to finding common grounds, but some rogues have slipped in, with very personal agendas attempting to destroy an edification sealed with the blood of innocent civilians, seeing they have lost any force of argument and popularity, have resorted to gangsterism and creating terror in the counties and Local Government Areas in the land of Ambazonia.

We believe in the locution of Vox popoli Vox Dei, and therefore, demand that the perpetrators of the Guzang massacre, who according to the Ambazonian Interim Government and many activists and investigators have the name and title of AGC and ADF to surrender all their activities to the Ambazonian people and hand themselves over to justice. They should seize all defense activities, dissolve their operations and place themselves under the recognized command of true Ambazonian self-defense forces.  Every resistance must be guided by the rule of law, including the respect and allegiance to the people’s will. We must recall that the Ambazonian people, though forced into self-defense by the President of French Cameroun, are generally a critical but peaceful people who respect the right to life and the right to defending themselves honorably complying with the convention of Geneva.

Following these sad and undesirable developments and events, we need to take certain steps to preempt them and prevent them from ever happening in the future. Time has come for all stakeholders in the struggle to gather for an indepth assessment of how far we have gone, to evaluate the state of the union and see where we have gone right or wrong in order to remodel and consolidate our structures while sharing a strong commitment to meeting specific goals and milestones. We definitely need a renewed spirit to help us stay true to our original principles for which we think it is imperative and maybe overdue to call for a General Ambazonia Conference that will help in conflict mitigation, indicate the way forward for the Self-declared state of Ambazonia and prepare the scenery for imminent negotiations with French Cameroun under the mediation of the international community.

SCBC seeks to play a key-role in the definition, organization and coverage of such a conference to give all Ambazonian and Southern Cameroonian representatives the opportunity to exchange ideas, determine a better vision for the struggle and affirm an undisputed common leadership framework to bring the hopes of our people into fruition without unnecessary and further shedding of innocent blood.

Friday 21 December 2018.

Ntube Francis Eseme

SCBC CHAIRMAN

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While the year 2018 was a transitional year for some countries, which changed their leaders through the ballot box, some other countries like Cameroon and Mali decided to renew their allegiance to their presidents.

The third part of the 2018 elections review gives a brief insight on how election was carried out in Cameroon and Mali.

Biya secures 7th term after 36 years in power

The 2018 presidential elections in Cameroon witnessed some happenings which completely changed the traditional system; election-proclamation of result, to feature a heated court exchange between the state and the opposition.

A lot of people wished this election could be the end of the 36 years rule of President Biya who took over from Ahidjo in 1982, but all hopes were dashed when he announced his intention to run.

The elections took place in a tensed atmosphere with security threats in the North West and South West regions which has plagued the country for over two years.

Barely two days to the polls, two opposition candidates, Akere Muna and Maurice Kamto formed a coalition after several failed attempts by all opposition leaders to come together to unseat Biya, marking the very first time the country has witnessed a coalition.

Amidst growing tension, the election was conducted hitch free but massively boycotted in the restive Anglophone regions due to security threats.

Twenty-four hours after the polls, Maurice Kamto declared himself winner during a press conference in Yaounde stating that figures he received indicated that he had majority of the votes. Such claims were watered down by the government stating that only the constitutional council had the right to proclaim results.

18 petitions were filed before the constitutional council by individuals and parties including Maurice Kamto and Joshua Osih seeking partial or total cancellation of the process. These petitions were termed unfounded and dismissed by the constitutional council.

The Constitutional Council later declared Paul Biya winner with 71% of votes,and he was sworn in for another 7 years term on Tuesday, November

*Ibrahim Boubacar Keita garners 67% votes in election run off

Unable to secure an all out victory in the first round, Ibrahim Boubacar was declared victorious in the presidential race, after amassing 67% of the votes in a run off with main oppostion leader Soumaila Cisse.

The constitutional court in the country gave a green light for a run off to take place on August 12 after results of the first round indicated that no candidate was able to reach the 50% threshold to be declared winner.

Meanwhile several opposition candidate rejected result tallies and called for recounts of some ballots, but the president of the court declared such petitions “inadmissible”.

Despite the fraud allegations filed by Soumaila Cisse, Keita’s major challenger in the elections , Ibrahim Boubacar was declared winner of the elections by the apex court and was sworn in on September 4,2018.

However, Mali’s vote was marred by insecurity which caused many of the voters to boycott the run-off presidential election.

Author: Emilia Nkengmeyi

Source: africanews

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), has placed the Republic of Cameroon as the second worst prosecutor of journalists in the world.

The Central African country comes only behind Eritrea, ranked first.

According to CPJ, Cameroon detained as many as seven journalists in 2018. Most of the journalists are facing charges linked to false news, fake news, to news that endanger the state security.

Reporting the various crises in Cameroon has become a hideous task in French Cameroun.

Source: journalducameroun

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A senior Cameroon military officer has revealed that the Ambazonian Restoration Forces are not losing in the Southern Cameroons war and that the Unity Palace needs a new occupant to bring peace to the divided nation. Speaking on Monday to our undercover reporter in Yaoundé, the military baron who hails from the Far North region and whose name we are withholding noted that relatively speaking nothing changed ever since troops were deployed to crush the Anglophone uprising.

Citing former French President Jacques Chirac, the top military officer said “No one ever wins a war and I can sincerely tell you that there is no military solution to the crisis in Anglophone Cameroon.”

The Head of State should engage the leadership of the Anglophones in the Diaspora and convince them that it was time to come to the negotiation table,” he added. Without going into some military details, the French Cameroun soldier further pointed out that Biya is currently making the path to reconcile the nation rockier. “I believe and fervently too that the key to solving the crisis in Anglophone Cameroon is to bring in the United States government to incentivize the Ambazonian Interim government to negotiate.” He said.

The Francophone army commander said the Abuja action against the Anglophone leadership was a costly mistake and a diplomatic blunder that has made reconciliation between Francophones and Anglophones too far-fetched. He claimed that a majority of Francophone political elites sees no military solution to the Anglophone crisis.

Cameroon Intelligence Report gathered that Defense Minister Joseph Beti Assomo has placed a ban on media houses shedding fresh light on Cameroon military’s failure to contain the Ambazonian Liberation Forces and stabilize the territory. There are fears that with presidential elections just three months away in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, separatist fighters may gain strength as the Biya regime   in Yaounde struggles to monitor not only Southern Cameroonians but also the Bamilekes who are reportedly behind Prof Maurice Kamto.

We understand that the Southern Cameroons Interim Government decreed a county-by-county policing of the Ambazonian territory and this has cemented the position of fighters under the Ambazonia Security Council (ASC) who are now taking control over larger chunks of the rural areas while the Biya government had seen its control shrink. The Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) has failed to secure Southern Cameroons and have also suffered a high number of casualties in their battle against the Ambazonia Restoration Forces.

Author: Asu Vera Eyere and Sama Ernest

Source: cameroonintelligencereport

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