Monthly Archives: July 2012

Why Biya Gives 50,000FCFA

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kingsley Crossing,a veritable tale from Africa

 

Kingsley is a 23-year-old lifeguard from the impoverished town of Limbe, Cameroon. Longing for a better life in Europe, he embarks on a harrowing journey that takes him halfway across Africa. Photojournalist Olivier Jobard documents the passage.

I must say that this piece is wonderful and Olivier has done a perfect picture of what is going on in some of Africa’s most disgusting and  impoverish families.

This is what goes on and on, most of these guys are usually trapped in certain areas and are taken as slaves.

Africa Rise Up!!!

Longest Serving African Tyrants-Nature Will tell Their Fate

These are the longest serving Presidents in power in Africa, but with President Hosni Mubarak  forced out of power and King of Kings is dead Muammar Gaddafi, Now there is a newcomer on list at number 5 and a new number one on list.

No 5: PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI of UGANDA

25 YEARS

An ex-army officer Yoweri Museveni led his National Resistance Army into Kampala in January 1986 to seize power. Since then He managed to win 4 elections on his own terms of democracy. Despite, oppositions disputed the results and recently he clamped down on demonstrators that are not happy
because of corruption on his government and high living costs in country.

No 4: PRESIDENT PAUL BIYA of CAMEROON

29 YEARS

In November 1982, Cameroon’s first post-independence leader, Ahmadou Ahidjo,formally resigned due to ill-health, and handed the presidency to his Prime Minister, Paul Biya.Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, described as running government finances “like a petty cash fund”, booked himself and his entourage a $1.2m three week holiday by chartered jet to the French resort of La Baule. They took 43 rooms in two luxury hotels costing $60,000 a night, went on shopping sprees and splashed cash on casino nights.” reported the US embassy in Cameroon. “When Biya traveled to the United Nations general assembly in September 2008, a member of his entourage was caught as he tried to escape from Biya’s Geneva hotel with a bag filled with 3.4m Swiss francs (about $6.8 million)in cash.”

No 3: PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE of ZIMBABWE

31 YEARS

The world cheered when, after leading a long guerrilla war,Robert Mugabe led his Zanu party to victory at the elections in February 1980, after Zimbabwe had won its independence from Britain. But he is no longer a global favourite and the opposition accuses him of destroying his country in a bid to stay in power. The Mugabe administration has been criticised around the world for corruption, suppression of political opposition, mishandling of land reform , economic mismanagement, and the deteriorating human rights situation in Zimbabwe He is now sharing power – but remains president.

No 2: PRESIDENT JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS of ANGOLA

32 YEARS

He’s nick name”quite dictator” came to power in September 1979, one month after the longestserving President in Africa came into power. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos assumed power onthe death of Angola’s first president, Agostinho Neto, But for much of the time after that, he ruled only over half the country, as his MPLA fought a civil war against Unita. Now, with the war over, and Unita crushed at parliamentary two years ago elections, he is being called on to hold an election for
the presidency.No firm date has yet been set.Since then he has been manipulate the weak opposition.

No 1: President TEODORO OBIANG NGUEMA of EQUATORIAL GUINEA

NEARLY 32 YEARS

He’s now the longest serving President in Africa. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema came to power in August 3, 1979 he deposed his uncle in a violent coup d’état, supported by 600 mercenaries licensed from Hassan II of Morocco, Macias Nguema(uncle), who fled but was later captured
and executed. Despite its new-found oil wealth, 60% of the people of Equatorial Guinea live on less than a dollar a day. But they clearly all love President Nguema, as he won 97% of the vote at the last
election in 2002.
What therefore is their fate? Maybe destiny and nature will take its course.They should read Aimer Cesare’s La Tragede de Roi Christophe.

UB:New VC Urged to Consolidate Peace and Solidarity

The new Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Dr Nalova Lyonga, has been urged to maintain the climate of peace and solidarity and promote dialogue with staffs, support staffs and students.

The call was made Wednesday July 4,2012 by the minister of higher education Professor Jacques Ndongo, during the induction ceremony of the new Vice Chancellor, at the Amphi theatre 750 of the University of Buea.

In his six points of  responsibilities for the new VC, the minister also urged her to sustain regularity, effectiveness and quality of teaching in UB as well as transferability of credit within the CEMAC zone,give the University a doctoral School and place it among the best in Africa and the world, increase digital governance, optimize fundamental and applied research with scientific reviews, pursue the maximisation and modernisation of infrastructure put in place by the previouse VC.

In order to achieve these goals,the minister for higher education told the new VC to rationaly devide labour in respect with rules governing the University, he also said the VC should involve both all appointed and non appointed persons in the administration of UB, respect laws of the Republic in the management of public funds among others.

The induction ceremony of the new Vice Chancellor of UB was very significant as stated by the outgoing VC, Prof.Vincent PK Titanji, in the fact that transition is done peacefully and not the case in other years where a new VC is appointed because of the famous strike action.The out going VC, described Dr Nalova Lyonga as a nice and passionate captain who likes creativity and objectivity. “She has an eye for what is beautiful”prof Vincent PK stated.

Dr Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe, obtained her first degree in English at the University of Yaounde in 1973, Msc in UK and Phd in USA. In 1985,she was recruited as a lecturer in the University of Yaounde,department of African Literature. In 1999,she was appointed to UB as Director of Academic affairs and in 2005,she was promoted to the post of Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of teaching.In 2007 the post was changed to Deputy Vice chancellor in Charge of teaching,professionalization and the development of information communication technology.In 2012, Vice Chancellor of UB.Her educational ladder has been short but fruitful.

The installation ceremony saw the presence of  Mayor for Buea, DO, Lawyers, cross section of local Chiefs, among others.The ceremony ended with various display from traditional dance groups,photographs and refreshments.

Cameroon shown the way to 2013 Nations Cup

The indomitable Lions of Cameroon have been drawn with Cape Verde to play the final qualifying round of the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.The draw took place yesterday in Johannesburg.

Lions to Face Cape Verde

Cameroon will play against Cape Verde in the weekend of 7,8 and 9 of September in the away leg, before hosting the return leg in Yaounde in the month of October.Playing with world number 79,many football pundits have already predicted Cameroon as victors.

in the draw,Ivory Coast faces a tough Senegal side who made a shameful participation at the 2012 Nations Cup,going home with no points.the draw means at least a strong side will go home.

Drogba,ready to face Senegal

meanwhile South Africa qualify for the 2013 tournament as hosts.

The full list of fixtures are:

Mali v Botswana

Zimbabwe v Angola

Ghana v Malawi

Liberia v Nigeria

Zambia v Uganda

Cape Verde Islands v Cameroon

Mozambique v Morocco

Sierra Leone v Tunisia

Guinea v Niger

Sudan v Ethiopia

Libya v Algeria

Ivory Coast v Senegal

DR Congo v Equatorial Guinea

Gabon v Togo

Central African Republic v Burkina Faso

SECURITY FINANCE WORKERS TRAP IN OFFICE

An angry looking customers of the Molyko based Security Finance Corporation, beside Presbyterian Church, locked up some workers of the said institution for the bank’s failure to produce their money.

It was a black day for these workers Friday July 6, 2012 when customers of this micro finance institution could not withdraw money from their accounts.According to what i  gathered,these clients have been coming for weeks now to withdraw money from their accounts but the bank keeps on telling them that money is not available.

it was today when  close to 30 customers stormed the institution and locked up some workers in their offices, demanding that  their money be given to them.One of the clients told The Young Informant that he was supposed to travel abroad but his VISA will son expire because of the bank’s failure to give his 450000 fcfa.

At the time i left the scene,Police Officers were there to secure the workers and maintain order, meanwhile uncertainty still looms in the air as to whether the customers of Security Finance Corporation will receive their money.

to be continued…