OPINION: “I have done my best” – Fru Ndi. “I agree” – Boh Herbert

Pertinent questions left unanswered have a nagging way of haunting you. Here is one, worth posing – anew: will we soon see a change of guard at the helm of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF)?
Why is the question popping up again? Well – 24 hours ago, SDF Chair, Ni John Fru Ndi, admitted publicly for the very first time that his best efforts at ousting the Biya regime have come to nought.
“It was incumbent (on) me to inform the public of the struggles of our MPs in parliament… We have fought so hard to change things in parliament, but failed,” the SDF leader is quoted by the online news portal, Cameroon Journal, as telling reporters at a press conference Thursday in Yaounde .
Mr. Fru Ndi added, in what has to be a rare moment of frustration-tainted honesty: “I have done my best”.
I agree – two hundred percent – with the SDF Chair! The French have this great rhetorical question to stress that one could not agree more: “qui dit mieux?”
Let me say that again: I agree!
Lately, it has been hard for me to find one issue of SDF governance with which I agreed with the SDF Chair. Not that I matter, though. However, this is one point on which we agree. Again, not that I matter!
It would be hard to find people who would argue that Mr. Fru Ndi has, indeed, done his best… “lie no sweet!”
No Champagne Yet

Mr. Fru Ndi’s admission of failure Thursday may tempt Biya supporters into taking the champagne out of the cooler. Wrong move!
Electing a new leadership team will strengthen, not weaken the SDF. An SDF Chair Emeritus, who presides such a democratic transition at the helm, emerges an even stronger political force. On condition , of course, that it is free and fair; and void of the kind of backdoor “scratch my back, I scratch you back” deals of the kind which wanted Biya in charge so Ahidjo could remain boss.
The SDF leader is no spring chicken. Part of his sneak attack at the regime Thursday is evident in his effort to convince fellow citizens – whoever they are – that just anyone of them has what it takes to lead a revolution.
When he led street protests in the past (at great risk to his life), Mr. Fru Ndi is quoted as saying, it was not because “I had obtained some magical powers for protection”.
Probably at the risk of being charged with terrorism , Mr. Fru Ndi added: “If citizens feel disgruntled with the regime, they should lead a protest march and I will support them”.
Despite much wear and tear, the SDF leader remains a formidable and much-liked politician. Since the 1992 presidential election, though, all other elections, including the first-ever senatorial polls, have seen the regime try ever more desperately to paint Mr. Fru Ndi as a growing electoral liability for the SDF. Even diluted, Mr. Fru Ndi and the SDF have held firm as the political alternative of choice. That says a lot about how hard Fru Ndi has worked the electorate.

Who Said Power Corrupts?
Woe betide anyone within the SDF ranks who gets the idea that power is up for grabs. The SDF is still not as open as it could be. Mr. Fru Ndi on Thursday was neither throwing in the towel nor waving the white flag of surrender.
Want proof? Then, read his preliminary statement to the press (as prepared for delivery and posted elsewhere on this eGroup by Aaron Nyamnkwe). Sure – the speech could have packed more punch. It bears faint resemblance to the visionary lines delivered by the old-time SDF. His written remarks, although more hard-hitting than the off-guard, spin-free answers he provided in response to questions from journalists, had the disadvantage of hemming him into a box.
Obviously, no one should read too much into one statement one. Not especially now that the SDF seems to be speaking from both sides of its mouth. Want examples?
On the anti-terrorism bill alone, a first media outing by the SDF five days ago, came in the form of a strongly worded statement, lambasting the Biya regime, delivered by SDF MP Jean-Michel Nitcheu. Before we could digest it, an interview featuring the SDF parliamentary group leader, Mbah Ndam, embarrassed even diehard SDF supporters by its pro-CPDM, pro-Biya, pro-regime slant. That was 48 hours ago. Then yesterday, enter Fru Ndi! His statement corrected none of the first two declarations. Instead, it merely shunned the colorful radicalism of Nitcheu’s statement and side- stepped Mbah Ndam’s kissing up to the regime approach.
Without addressing the SDF doublespeak – or is it triplespeak? – of the last five days, the Chairman’s press conference clarified what he will NOT do.

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road
Mr. Fru Ndi, we learnt, does NOT plan to lead a fresh round of political muscle-flexing against Yaounde. To be precise, he will NOT lead street protests aimed at – well – anything ! He won’t lead a Burkina Faso-type popular uprising. He won’t use street protests to persuade Mr. Biya that our democratization suffers if he promulgates his freshly-minted, freedom-killing, anti-terrorism bill into law.
It could have helped to hear what he WILL DO. In the absence of hearing him articulate a roadmap, I have dared to suggest something.
After 24 years of uninterrupted reign at the helm of the SDF, I await to be spate on by diehard supporters for suggesting that Mr. Fru Ndi owes us a second announcement. The second would derive from the clairvoyance of the first: that Ni John Fru Ndi has done his best but has failed to oust the Biya regime.
The second announcement would answer the question: when will there be a change of guard at the helm of the SDF?
I may be reading the wrong political tea leaves, of course, but here is what I believe. Mr. Fru Ndi’s intention – of which I know nothing – in announcing that he has done his best, but has failed, could be – God forbid, right? – but could it be one of those Ahidjo tricks. Remember them?
The story goes that “Grand Camarade”, as Ahidjo was called, would threaten not to run for “reelection” just so he would be “begged” to do exactly what he was dying to do in the first place.
So, here are my questions: Was the SDF into the Ahidjo role described? Was Mr. Fru Ndi urging a political free-for-all? Does he want a political “five minute cover eye” to help reverse the anti-terrorism legislation? Was Mr. Fru Ndi threatening not to lead street protests just so he would be “begged” to do so? Is this an attempt to restore Mr. Fru Ndi into his erstwhile role of Cameroon’s political Messiah?

A Country Doomed by its Politicians
Even after 24 years of reign – and counting – at the helm of the SDF, Mr. Fru Ndi’s confession that he has done “his best… but failed” is something rare among Cameroon’s power-drunken politicians. Hardly anyone in politics in Cameroon ever admits that they are burnt out.
It is more fashionable for our politicians to be in the youth wing of the ruling party in the Senate or Parliament at the tender age of 90-plus. We are perhaps the only country in the world where our political dead wood ages backward. The only country where the political adults “eat their young” in order to stay on in power.
As someone who cares deeply about salvaging what is left of the legacy Mr. Fru Ndi seems bent on destroying (“na who send you, norh?”), I am concerned that nudging the SDF Founding Chair to pass the “baton of commandement” is not working. I have previously been told that the people want their Chair to stay on.
How convenient! It just happens that what the people want is what the Chair also wants.
Democracy is not only possible through everyone winning majority vote. Maybe the SDF Chair is so popular he can be winning term renewals into 2050. Should the Chair oblige?
We know how, faced with the certainty of being reelected should he run again, Nelson Mandela decided not to seek another term in South Africa. Faced with that same certainty, both Mr. Biya and Mr. Fru Ndi have chosen to show glaringly why none of them understands the importance for democratic transition to turn down being married to power till death do us part.
Quite simply – and this will be my last line – the longer Mr. Fru Ndi justifies his reelection to the helm by evoking the “plank in eye” argument that party members want him to stay, the more he robs himself of the moral authority to take what becomes a mere spec out of Mr. Biya’s eye.

End of the Myth


The Gestaporization/Militarization of Justice in the Camerounese State By Ntemfac Ofege

Let’s again foray into this new law on so-called terrorism, shall we?
Especially the hogwash justification being forced-fed the unwary by the Biya regime and its unabashed emblematic leeches, trolls and neo-apologists like one Joseph Mbah Ndam of the Social Democratic Front.
Now the Camerounese Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, gave a Press Conference in Yaoundé on December 8 in which he distressingly failed to confute the following:
1. That Mr. Biya’s new law on so-called Terrorism targets anglophones;
2. That the law targets the Press;
3. That the law is contrived to prevent the citizens from rising against Mr. Biya’s failed regime a la Burkina Faso;
4. That the law re-institutes a Police Gestapo State and;
5. Especially, that the law will lead to an escalation of the already observed militarization of justice in the Camerounese State.
We have pointed out this case. Maxwell Oben is an Anglophone. He was arrested in a public transport vehicle by members of Mr. Biya’s guard who thought it scandalous that Mr. Oben should be reading a book by Che Guevara book in Buea just when Mr. Biya was coming to celebrate the so-called Cinquantennaire of the even more derisory and illusive re-unification that never was.
Mr. Biya’s guards figured that the fact that Mr. Oben, was reading this horrendous book is proof enough that Mr. Oben is a “subvert,” another Bin Laden, who had a major terrorist plot like riding the world of Paul Biya.
Arresting a citizen for reading a book is a tell-tale sign of a Gestapo state in training. The full-blown Gestapo state would soon burn all books adjudged “subversive.” Then they will bring back the “balancoire” and, like their American compradors resort to sleep deprivation, anal feeding and water-boarding of persons adjudged to be opposed to their nonsense. Then we will get to the Zionist blueprint written by an Occupier Israeli who recounted being present when a Palestinian was tortured – he was ordered to rape his own daughter, and when he refused, was stripped naked and made to crawl on the floor licking up broken glass with his tongue.
When Messrs Marafa, Oben, Fotso etc are released they would surely write books about conditions in Camerounese prisons. Those conditions may not be as horrific as the CIA “extraordinary renditions” as per the just published US Senate report rendered below but nothing says they will not be.
Detainees transported by the CIA by aircraft were typically hooded with their hands and feet shackled. The detainees wore large headsets to eliminate their ability to hear, and these headsets were typically affixed to a detainee’s head with duct tape that ran the circumference of the detainee’s head. CIA detainees were placed in diapers and not permitted to use the lavatory on the aircraft. Depending on the aircraft, detainees were either strapped into seats during the flights, or laid down and strapped to the floor of the plane horizontally like cargo.

Mr. Oben’s case is compounded by the fact that, like most of us who grew up in Southern Cameroons and speak this language, we are totally against colonization or its worst form – concolonization. Reason why we reject francophonization, francophone hegemony and francophone colonization with all in us. Don’t teach me your language.
I define concolonization as a form of expansionism wherein a former trust territory qua French Cameroun is in the process of annexing, subsuming, francophonizing and subjugating Southern Cameroons, itself a brotherly former trust territory.
Mr. Oben is scheduled to appear before the Military Tribunal for that “crime against the security of the state.”
On October 28, 2014, three Camerounese journalists, Messrs Félix Cyriaque EBOLE BOLA, journalist, operative with Mutations newspaper and president of the Camerounese Syndicate of Journalists; Mr. Rodrigue TONGUE of Le Messager newspaper and Mr. BABA WAME, journalist and lecturer at the University of Yaoundé’s School of Journalism, were arraigned before the Yaoundé Military tribunal on charges of colluding with terrorism by not passing on information about alleged terrorist activities to the police, the gendarmes and the military.
The Camerounese military now expect journalists to be good citizens by snitching i.e. pass on information about those that oppose the government or those that are friends of those that oppose the government.
This is exactly how a police or Gestapo state works. Citizens are transformed into snitches and Judas Iscariots who trade-off each other at every opportunity. This is called the Judas Iscariotization of the state.
It happens that the investigation had nothing to do with terrorism but rather with a lawyer, Barrister Abdoulaye Harissou, president of the Camerounese Union of Notaries, known supporter of the jailed former minister of state for territorial administration, Mr. Marafa Hamidou Yaya and also known to have presidential ambitions.
The Biya regime wanted to know if Mr. Harissou had plans of evicting Mr. Biya by military force in his mind. And, the regime expected the journalists to provide them with details about Mr. Harissou.
Mr. Harissou is the president of the Camerounese Union of Notaries. It is but normal that his phone calls go forth to journalists and vice versa, you see.
As if hounding journalists who may have known Mr. Harissou is not enough the manner in which Mr. Harissou was arrested is most suggestive of Gestapo tactics or the antics of Nicholai Ceausescu’s Securitate or the even closer CENER and the BMM.
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Mr. Harissou was summoned by the governor of the Far North province to be in his office at 11 am. The governor had arranged with the Directorate of External Research, the organ that took over from Cameroun’s Securitate or CENER to pick him up. by the Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakari , head of the Region notified the notary before officers DGRE he ‘ arrest and the gentlemen of the intelligence services were there to take him to Yaoundé . ”
The point I am making is that every law creates the structure, the infrastructure and the super-structure of its application. The devil, they say, is always in the detail. The procedure in the Camerounese state is for a law to have what is called a “decret d’application”. This often gives the administration the latitude to claw back on freedoms and/or raise the devil. For example, the 1962 ordinance on terrorism (which has not been abrogated) created a horrific institution CENER and a Kyrie of nationwide torture chambers cum political prisons called BMMs operated by torture superintendents like the ghoulish Jean Fochive. Many Camerouneses were disappeared by CENER and the BMM.
CENER is today known as the DGRE or the Direction Generale de la Recherche Exterieure. They are the people keeping Barrister Harissou in their gulag.
Mr. Maxwell Oben, the three journalists and Barrister Harissou are examples enough to tell us all that we are heading full-steam towards the militarization, the Gestaporization and the Judas Iscariotization of the Camerounese state. These are not members of Boko Haram, these are ordinary citizens arrested because of their right to freedoms; freedom to read a book, freedom to practice journalism, freedom to have a conscience and the freedom to object to a very bad government.
It has been pointed out, succinctly, that all the terms of reference the new law are already in the Camerounese Penal Code. Meaning that a new law when the provisions of the old have not been repeal is the vintage redundancy typical of an incompetent leadership of a quasi failed state. Moreover, the Camerounese state already operates like a prototypical police state. The bloody place is carved up into “blocs” headed by a “chef de bloc” who is on the payroll of the ministry of territorial administration and required to make periodic reports on events in the “bloc” to the sub-divisional officer or the “chef de terre.” The “chefs de blocs” are all informants and they have other informants, especially members of the CPDM and retired military, police and gendarme hands, working for them.
As if the above is not enough, the Gendarmerie Brigade Terres or Brigade Territoriale and the Brigades Mobiles of the Police are paramilitary units ever ready to jump-start the next hot pursuit of persons characterized as “subverts.” Generally these “subverts” and poor devils standing up for the violation of one freedom or another or one liberty or another. The paramilitary units are under the command of the sous-prefets or chefs terre, an unelected curiosity appointed by the president who lord it like little presidents in this area of jurisdiction.
While a sophisticated society could be expected to use an FBI and effective technology to fish out genuine terrorists, a Banana Republic, and the Camerounese state is an over-ripe banana, would count on its informants, its indics and its snitches to garner information. We all know that these methods are not only ineffective but they can also be used to settle scores.
Why was I not surprised to read this claptrap from one Mbah Ndam, the so-called leader of the SDF Group in parliament. Mr. Mbah Ndam declared to a local newspaper that:

“Our fight since 1990 brought liberty and freedom and now if you were to be charged of offenses provided by this law and you are to go before the military tribunal, one guarantee you have there first is that they are trained magistrates even though they are military people who are sitting there. Secondly any decision of theirs is subject to appeal to the regional court of appeal where you will have civil magistrates sitting. Any decision by that civil magistrate or the civil appeal court that does not satisfy you, you have the right to go to the Supreme Court and even if you are condemned to death after the Supreme Court decision, there is still there is still the application for grace, for mercy by the head of state, so I want to say it is due process that exists. Secondly if you were to be arrested that you were marching, it must be proven that you were carrying out a terrorist act and what constitutes a terrorist act is a question of law, of international law.”

How disembodied from reality! Pure wishful thinking absolute baloney if not muddying the waters! Translated, the above Mbah Ndamish gobbledygook is that, having been enticed by the regime, Mr. Mbah Ndam, and, by inference, the SDF are for the militarization of justice in Cameroun, the Gestaporization of the judicial apparel and the Judas Iscariotization of the citizenry.
Mr Mbah Ndam’s offensive bleating did not consider a given in all crusades for freedoms and liberty to wit:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
A law, invented by persons who do not derive their just powers from the consent of the governed but by election fraud, and which law deprives the citizen of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot be justified. A law that creates a Gestapo state and turns its own citizens into Judas Iscariots while at the same time militarizing its judiciary cannot be explained. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in every state commences with the right not to be arrested for freedoms and liberties, especially sedition, in all forms? The right to sedition is guaranteed in a democracy. It is called the freedom of conscience ie the right to disagree with the leader’s policies and politics especially when those policies fit the bill of an invention from the land called Morontia. Believe it or not, a democracy mandates the state and the government to allow the Anarchist to pursue his or her happiness, happily.
The fact, however, is that people (like this Mbah Ndam) talk about bringing liberties, freedoms and democracy without being democrats let alone knowing what exactly democracy is all about. There are 09 items that distinguish Lincolnian polyarchy or democracy from other forms of government. Freedom of knowledge, freedom, belief, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience, freedom of enterprise, freedom of settlement, freedom of movement, freedom of association and religion, freedom of trade unions, freedom and fairness of elections, grassroots governance or power to the people, a state of law and the respect of the law, etc. all blend together to give freedom of economic enterprise and governance that cater for the general wellbeing of the people.
What the SDF did it 1990 was to force the injection of association or multipartism into the Cameroonian dispensation. Forcing multipartism into a political structure and functions is not bringing democracy.
Mr. Mbah Ndam ought to be also told that justice delayed is justice denied. Proof of that? Mr. Maxwell Oben will soon be one year in detention even as he prays to have his day in court, court being arraigned to the Military Tribunal for reading a book. Consequently, what is this arrant nonsense from this Mbah Ndam fellow about trained magistrates in the Military Tribunals and Courts of Appeal? Is Mbah Ndam such a dunce that he does not know that the Jacobin Napoleonic system in the Camerounese state not only operates on the “guilty until proven innocent” precept but that system is irredeemably corrupt, managed by persons of very low moral stature who derive their substance and sustenance by pandering to whims and caprices of the Supreme Allied Commander in Chief of the Magistracy, Emperor of the State and its only Fondeur de Pouvoir? How long does it take for the Camerounese justice system to prove a victim innocent?
When was the last time this Mbah Ndam fellow attended court?
In all fairness to Mr. Mbah Ndam, a belletician gone ballistic, it is known both here and there that the ma is a major disaster as a lawyer (see the sheer number of SDF cases he botched by sheer incompetence) and with the system he is now part of money talks and bullshit walks.
What is it they say about belletics and belleticians: “belle go befo, country go fo back.”
Even when Abdoulaye Harissou, his colleague, is arrested.

OPINION: Did the SDF Call Cameroonians Cowards? By Boh Herbert

My jaw dropped to the floor reading through this interview by Hon. Mbah Ndam.

The core question which News Watch invited the MP to answer is simple: does the recently adopted law on terrorism risk jeopardizing civil liberties and freedoms in Cameroon?

Let me warn you: Hon. Mbah Ndam is not particularly polite; he is revisionist; he is as pro-Biya on this issue as they come; but he is at least blunt.

Cameroonians, he warns, should not “become cowards”.

He does not define what cowardice is, but he stresses that this anti-terrorism “law does not stop civil disobedience, it does not stop strikes”.

Forgive me! But I thought we knew that already. Yes, the law does not stop these activities. It merely criminalizes these activities; making anyone participating in them likely to be accused of terrorism, punishable by death.

To his credit, the SDF MP confesses that “Cameroonians are justified in their apprehension”. As he explains, talk of “any law on terrorism” should cause “ghost pimples”.
Mbah Ndam, The Revisionist

Hon. Mbah Ndam makes light on the havoc terrorism wrecked on Cameroonians, facilitated by the 1962 and 1972 ordinances. For the SDF parliamentary group leader, “these laws frightened Cameroonians”.

Any historian or student of history knows that these laws did not frighten… they facilitated the massacres of hundreds of thousands of Cameroonians. Those laws legalized and justified genocide of the Bassa and Bamileke peoples; the so-called terrorists, mostly in the Littoral and West Regions.

Begging to differ, the MP says the recently adopted law is unlike “the laws used to crush” the nationalists movements in Cameroon just prior to independence. How could anyone disagree with that? This new law is, indeed, unlike those early laws. It is worse! Which is why pro-freedom activists are, rightly, up in arms.

Not so the SDF MP, who digs deeper into revisionism. He claims that it was the SDF that clamored for Ahidjo to repeal repressive laws. Oh, yeah? He says that it is thanks to the SDF “breaking (political) ground” that the December 1990 laws were passed. Really? He claims further that it is the 1984 foiled coup d’Etat that turned military courts into “tribunals of exception”. Waoooh!
Terrorism Law to Enhance Freedoms?

For Hon. Mbah Ndam, this law “has not deprived Cameroonians of their right to public manifestation (sic); it has not deprived political parties of holding public rallies and manifestations (sic) against evils committed by the government”.

One has to wonder if the SDF parliamentarian lives in or speaks about the same Cameroon where such protests are regularly, if not permanently, banned.

The MP is not done. He gets more forceful, arguing: “It (the anti-terrorism law) has not limited the right of anybody”. Even Hitler’s Goebbels would have needed to take notes at this point.

We know that Hon. Mbah Ndam is not unaware of the nature of the regime in Yaounde. He is the same one who argues that Yaounde is bound to act “in its usual characteristics manner” – the same way it has acted over the past 32 years, causing Cameroonians much suffering.

A few questions are worth asking. For example, if as the MP argues, “the provisions of the penal code”… the provisions of ” the criminal procedure code” and of “the military justice code are still applicable” why was the terrorism law needed? If the terrorism law changes nothing, why was it needed? Where in the three codes were protests punishable by death? How is it possible to consider that protests are crimes as bad as hostage-taking and, therefore, punishable with the same sanction?

Issa Tchiroma’s has a Job Security Problem

Let me confess that the more I read the interview, the more I felt that Hon. Mbah Ndam sounds like he was interviewing for the position of Public Relations Officer for the CPDM regime. Hear him!

“The military tribunal that exists in Cameroon today is no longer that murderous military tribunal of old”. Hello, journalists! All those of you who are on trial before the military tribunal, have nothing to fear. Mbah Ndam wants you to know that the regime follows “due process “.

Hon. Mbah Ndam guarantees that you will be judged in the military tribunal by “trained magistrates”. He guarantees that you can appeal your death sentence (if it comes to that) before civil magistrates in “regional courts of appeal”. He guarantees that you can “go to the Supreme Court” if not still satisfied by the appeal outcome. Then, of course, he explains, you can always apply “for grace… (presidential pardon) by the head of state”.

Can someone – anyone – tell Cameroon’s “Praise Singer-in-Chief”, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, that his job is at risk?

The SDF parliamentarian, who must know what he is saying because he is a lawyer, is more reassuring than Issa Tchiroma. Here is Hon. Mbah Ndam auditioning for Issa Tchiroma:

If a Cameroonian gets arrested at a protest rally, he says, “it must be proven that you were carrying out a terrorist act… as defined by international law”. Here is some more from our “Monsieur le Depute”: “For you to be prosecuted in Cameroon, it must be shown that the acts you have performed are terrorist acts and that you belong to Boko Haram… somebody must show that you belong to one of (these) terrorist movements”.

As you can see, Hon. Mbah Ndam thinks the yardstick of proof has been set very, very high. Am I stupid in presuming that the regime in Yaounde does not even have to shop around to find someone who is willing to use any lie to prove that any Cameroonian targeted committed a terrorist act? Yaounde has been around. Been there, done that! Yaounde will nail anyone for terrorism it wants. Exactly the same way that Apartheid South Africa found “proof” in excess that Nelson Mandela was nothing more than a terrorist.
These Terrorists that Mbah Ndam Knows

Hon. Mbam Ndam does not cite international law in identifying the terrorists that already exist in Cameroon, according to him. He relies on stereotypes to paint certain Cameroonians terrorists.

The terrorists, according to him, are recruited from among our “illiterate brothers and sisters and the youths of the North”. Terrorists are those living “under abject poverty” and those in the Far North “living like animals” whose only property is “the small mat they hold in their hand that they can put somewhere and sleep”. Hon. Mbah Ndam’s profile of a terrorist (in the northern parts of Cameroon) is completed by the claim that they are “lured” into terrorism “with a few francs” by Boko Haram.

As you can see, Cameroonians don’t even have to be involved in protests before being identified as terrorists. Cameroonians just have to be the wrong thing… such as being illiterate; living in abject poverty; owning nothing but a mat… to be considered likely candidates for recruitment into Boko Haram ranks.

Not to be out-performed by Minister Issa Tchiroma, Hon. Mbah Ndam argues that the newly adopted law “will serve” Cameroonians “greatly.” You read that right! But, just how will it serve Cameroonians?

The SDF parliamentary group leader has the answer to that, too. This law, he says, will put Cameroon on the terrorism map (which Mbah Ndam could have pulled up on his laptop). The regime stands to make money – to get foreign assistance in reward for its efforts on terrorism. Hon. Mbah Ndam explains that Cameroonians are currently “not included in the realm of those who can seek international assistance” for the fight against terrorism “because we had no legislation for it”. Did someone aptly advise that we should always follow the money?

One lesson of history does not seem to be lost to Hon. Mbah Ndam. He states, accurately, that President Ahmadou Ahidjo refused to repeal the same repressive laws that were used to prosecute and condemn him; forcing him into exile where he lived out the rest of his life, died and remains buried.

I am wondering – and I hope that no one accuses me of subversion – I am wondering if there is a lesson there, too, for President Biya and the Mbah Ndams of this world, who have helped his regime put together this new terrorism law. Why do I have this strange feeling that the Biyas and Mbah Ndams will be judged and condemned by the same laws they have passed or refused to repeal? Why do I think the regime in Yaounde is about to fall on its own sword?


The Offensive Mbah Ndam Interview.


Mbah Ndam 2

Cameroon’s Media Council is a Cure Worse than the Disease. By Herbert Boh.

Cameroon’s National Communications Council is in the news, again – and for exactly all the bad reasons!

If you have not heard yet, please be informed that the interim president of the Council, Mr. Peter Essoka, and his colleagues have once more successfully charged, judged, and found a sizable group guilty. Half a dozen journalists, the Council has ruled, are guilty of allegedly failing to respect professional ethics and/or reportedly “insulting” an official of the Cameroonian Presidency.

Flash back! This was the same charge levied against Celestin Monga and Pius Njawe in the early 1990s. So, if you were in doubt, here you have it: Mr. Essoka & Co. are taking all of us back to the future!

The latest most gruesome crimes committed by the pen are so heinous that the Council even ruled to ban journalists from “exercising their profession”. Journalist Jacques Blaise Mvie is banned and his newspaper cannot publish. By that decision, the Council has extended the punishment to everyone who works for Mr. Mvie’s newspaper. They have all been put out of work. By order of Peter Mr. Essoka & Co. the journalists concerned and those who work for Mr. Mvie’s La Nouvelle newspaper are banned from earning a living. If you have the misfortune to work with or for Mr. Mvie, you are automatically guilty by association with your employer.

Talk of killing a mosquito with a nuclear bomb!

The abuse of power inherent in these decisions smells to high Heaven. The jurisprudence they would represent, if allowed to stand, authorize the Council to even chase investments away from the media sector. In the future, this decision aiding, the Council will have authority not only to sanction someone like journalist Severin Tchounkeu of Equinoxe or Charles Ndongo of CRTV for doing whatever Mr. Mvie did. They will henceforth have authority to put anyone who works with Mr. Tchounkeu at Equinoxe or Mr. Ndongo at CRTV out of work by also shutting down the media outlet for which the “criminal” journalist works.

We have to count our blessings! It has to be heartening to note that even the most abusive administrative or judicial authorities that serve the Biya regime have ever handed down such gross injustice to journalists or media outlets!

Not surprisingly, news reports cite Mr. Essoka as stating “toute honte bue” that the Council is independent and that it does not do the bidding of the Cameroon government. Really?

Well, if you believe Mr. Essoka, then maybe we can conclude that the director of Kondengui Prison would be right to claim that s/he is not doing any bidding of the regime by holding prisoners like ex-Premier Inoni and the likes of Marafa and Mendo Ze on behalf of the regime You would have to believe that the Ministry of Territorial Administration organizes elections so that the ruling party can lose. Or, you would have to believe that the Supreme Court does not do the bidding of the regime when it looks the other way when electoral fraud is perpetrated or when the president stages a constitutional coup to extend his stay in power.

Mr. Essoka & Co. are pleading “zero collusion” with the regime even as they abuse the extensive powers Yaounde has laid at their feet. Consider the extent of power: the Council can take and hold any journalist prisoner. The Council has powers – listen up, Supreme Court! – these fellows of the Council have powers to play prosecutor, defense counsel, judge and jury all together; all at the same time; and all without being in any conflict of interest. These fellows can charge and punish journalists for “crimes” that they don’t need to prove in a court of law or for “crimes” that could have been committed by radio or television producers – not the journalists themselves – or by the media network, shooting and/or airing what the Council describes as “shocking pictures” for instance. Yes, these fellows have powers to “execute” (kill and bury) any media company whatever the investments, as they are now bent on doing in the case of Mr. Mvie’s La Nouvelle newspaper.

On a previous occasion when my twin, Ntemfac Ofege, and I have commented – sorry – lambasted some past and no less abusive sanctions by the Council, we notably argued that this institution is a worse enemy for a free press, independent journalism and freedom of expression in Cameroon than the old-time, Soviet-type administrative censorship and any rulings by some of Cameroon’s “two for five franc” courts at the service of powerful few.

Mr. Essoka certainly knows but would not like to admit. So, here is a news flash!

The Biya regime clearly does not like the newborn baby to the media sector in Cameroon called independent media. Not unlike King Herold, the regime wants the baby dead. It recalls that it tried censorship and courts of law to abort its birth. The regime all but gave up. Until Mr. Essoka & Co. came along. Now, the regime must be chanting Daniel come to judgement!

Cameroon’s Communications Council is like the woman who claims by day to nourish, nurture and protect the child (media), yet is really the mother who is itching to abort the baby or is in the employ of an unwise King Solomon bent on dividing the newborn child. Even better than the regime ever hoped for, the Council is working to make this a perfect crime: ensure that the King has no blood on his hands.

There is no need to search hard to find what constitutes “mortal media sin” in the eyes of the Council. They share a number of attributes. All the journalists, radio and television programs that have been ordered off the air share the sin of being critical – how dare they? – of the Biya regime. They are critical of the regime whose image (when it comes to press freedom) that the Council was set up to launder. All the programs sanctioned by the Council just happen to air on one of Cameroon’s infant independent media outlets. Yaounde does not want the blood of these networks on its hands, and what relief it must be for Yaounde to see that Mr. Essoka & Co. are stepping up to the plate! The Council in as many words is designed to play the media hangman of the republic. Quite simply! Which must explain why Mr. Essoka sounds so lost in the Council’s work. The VOA quotes Mr. Essoka as saying the Council has “the right to sanction freedom when it goes into excesses”. Did he say sanction? “Haaabaaah!”

The tragedy quite simply is that the Council seems to sincerely believe that the sanctions it hands down constitute “just punishment” for “mortal sins of the pen”. Members of the Council – all of them, very learned and respected ladies and gentlemen, who raised plenty of hope when first appointed – do not seem to comprehend why the procedures of their institution fall way short of even the minimum standards of fairness, neutrality and due diligence.

The Council seems infatuated with one goal: that of emphasizing, rightly, that journalists have a duty to present news dispassionately, with fairness, accuracy, and balance. What the Council members, sadly, would like us to pay no attention to is the fact that this institution is a cure worse than any disease that afflicts the Cameroonian media. A political institution – which is what this regime-created, regime-manipulated, regime-teleguided Council is – will never – (let me say that again) – this Council will NEVER ever be an acceptable replacement for the self-regulatory body that journalists have a right to set up and run without interference from presidential appointees.


Essoka Lamentation

Cameroun: Death Penalty For Sedition

Let’s face the face and this for the education of the Camerounese Minister of Misinformation one Issa Tchiroma Bakary. The Camerounese State has a population of 20M. The last time I checked, mr Biya is said to have won presidential elections with less than 2.000.000 votes, mainly because he had disenfranchised most of his countrymen thereby preventing them from voting. Disenfranchising voters is called election fraud. Election fraud is a shameful parameter of the vast corruption which the Camerounese State is famous for. Mr. Biya’s party, the CPDM of Corrupt Persons Demonstrating Malevolence, thrives in election fraud. Hence the circa 140 members that the CPDM has in the National Assembly were voted in through a very fraudulent process. I am saying that Mr Biya is a minority president, head of a minority party that came into power by fraud. Now Lincolnian polyarchy, or democracy, is the rule of the majority. A minority party, made up of very corrupt fraudsters has no business passing laws bounded upon the majority like the New Law on so-called Terrorism which actually prescribes the DEATH PENALTY on persons involved in sedition ie persons who criticizing the government. That law is designed to prevent a Burkina Faso style popular insurrection against the very corrupt CPDM regime. That law especially targets anglophones, or Southern Cameroonians, who are flint-faced bent on ending the colonization of their country and state by the con-colonial regime in Yaounde. Colonization, assimilation, subjugation, are crimes against humanity.

Camerounese president

Camerounese president

Maxwell Oben: Jailed by the Camerounese Gvt for Reading Che Guevara

Mr Maxwell Oben is an anglophone, hence a Southern Cameroonian or an Ambazonian. Like all of us, especially me, Ntemfac Aloysius Nkong Nchwete Ofege, he is against the colonization of the Southern Cameroons. By the way, who is not? When Mr Biya decided to manifest his total colonization of Southern Cameroons by marching his soldiers to Buea under the pretext that there was a thing called Re-unification whose 50th anniversary was being celebrated in the 53rd, the ever-curious Maxwell Oben went to Buea. Mr Biya’s gendarmes stopped the car in which Maxwell Oben was riding. They found Mr Oben sitting peacefully therein and reading a book by Che Guevara. Now we all know that Che Guevara is the mentor of all past, present and future folks who reject INJUSTICE and Colonization. The gendarmes arrested Mr Oben. In flagrant violation of his rights they deported him to Yaounde to be tried by the Military Tribunal. In the Camerounese State reading a book could be adjudged ‘subversive and seditious,’ you see? That could lead you to the Military Tribunal and the Death Penalty. Mr Oben is this minute sitting in the Buea Prison where he has been held since 2013, waiting his fate. Permit me point out that Mr Maxwell Oben was arrested under the Old Law and the Old Penal Code. The Biya regime has reinforced that Death Penalty.
Maxwell Oben

Cameroon Prescribes Death Penalty for Sedition

Let’s face the face and this for the education of the Camerounese Minister of Misinformation one Issa Tchiroma Bakary. The Camerounese State has a population of 20M. The last time I checked, mr Biya is said to have won presidential elections with less than 2.000.000 votes, mainly because he had disenfranchised most of his countrymen thereby preventing them from voting. Disenfranchising voters is called election fraud. Election fraud is a shameful parameter of the vast corruption which the Camerounese State is famous for. Mr. Biya’s party, the CPDM of Corrupt Persons Demonstrating Malevolence, thrives in election fraud. Hence the circa 140 members that the CPDM has in the National Assembly were voted in through a very fraudulent process. I am saying that Mr Biya is a minority president, head of a minority party that came into power by fraud. Now Lincolnian polyarchy, or democracy, is the rule of the majority. A minority party, made up of very corrupt fraudsters has no business passing laws bounded upon the majority like the New Law on so-called Terrorism which actually prescribes the DEATH PENALTY on persons involved in sedition ie persons who criticizing the government. That law is designed to prevent a Burkina Faso style popular insurrection against the very corrupt CPDM regime. That law especially targets anglophones, or Southern Cameroonians, who are flint-faced bent on ending the colonization of their country and state by the con-colonial regime in Yaounde. Colonization, assimilation, subjugation, are crimes against humanity.