Monthly Archives: June 2013

Seidou Mbombo Njoya Throws In The Towel

The first Vice president of the June 19 “elected” bureau of the Cameroon football federation Seidou Mbombo Njoya has resigned as interim president of Fecafoot.

The decision is contained in a comminique signed Saturday evening after outgoing first Vice president John Begheni Ndeh deleared himself president and sacked Secretary General Thombi Aroko Sediki.
There are heated debates that his resignation has no effect because the election of june 19 has been annulled. Seidou explaining reasons for departure

Seidou Mbombo Njoya,son of Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya of West Region,explianed that he does not to tarnish his National and International reputation with Fecafoot.He is CAF presidential protocol officer.

He calls the saga as unjustifiable irresponsility,tendentious and use of indecent languages.

While resigning,Seidou MN says the people wanting power are a ‘basket of crabs’.He regrets that the problem is deeper with interests outside Sports.
Seidou Njoya says his interest was on how Cameroon would prepare better for the 2014 world Cup and to host the 2019 AFCON.

He was expected to become the next Fecafoot president after Iya Mohammed was detained at the Kondengui Central prison but the Ethics and Fair play commission of Fecafoot cancelled the June 19 elections.
If the Iya camp still maintain their position,it is Senator Charles Mbella Moki who will be the next Fecafoot president.
But that seems far fetch after John B Ndeh was escorted to the Federation by Police forces and he decleared himself interim president.
The saga continues…


FECAFOOT Wrangle; A No Go Area For Anglophones?

There are opinions that the first Vice president of Fecafoot John B. Ndeh could not take over power at the federation because he is an Anglophone.The fact that he was by-passed in the electoral process has raised eye-browse on the game the Iya camp played.

John B. Ndeh argues clearly that it is he who is supposed to be the interim president after Iya was thrown into prison.
But what went wrong? Did Mohammed not take over from Vincent Onana in 1998 when the latter was imprisoned? Why not an Anglophone?
This single act is a clear indication that the Fecafoot bureau is a NO GO AREA for ANGLOPHONES.

In spite of all these wrangles ,power has again changed hands at the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) with the installation of the first vice president, John Begheni Ndeh, as the federation’s new president. This followed the invalidation the 19 June poll which retained Iya Mohammed as president by the Ethics and Fair Play Commission on Wednesday June 26.

John B.Ndeh Fecafoot Interim Boss

John B.Ndeh Fecafoot Interim Boss

JBN was surprised to see that for the short while away from the Fecafoot building,the deciples of Iya had change the lock-pad to his door.A lawyer was called in the presence of forces of law and Order where the lock was immidiately replaced.

Friday’s June 28 installation comes on the wake of escalating internal wrangling and political bickering between aspirants of the federation’s most prestigious job.

What has now become the Fecafoot saga like a mild fire began on May 24, when government scrapped the Saturday May 25 elections “for security reasons, thereby plunging the federation into chaos.
On Wednesday June 26, The Ethics and Fair Play Commission invalidated the 19 June poll which retained Iya Mohammed as president.

Few days later, Iya’s reelection will be endorsed by Fifa president, Sepp Blatter who gave his seal of approval to the Fecafoot elections.

“Your election is a clear vote of confidence on your capacity from the Cameroon football community and I hope to use our friendship and excellent collaboration to ameliorate good governance,” Blatter wrote in his letter to Mohammed.
“I am convinced that your rich experience, knowledge and personal qualities would have a tremendous impact on the stable development of our sport in Cameroon.”

And this Wednesday June 28, 2013, the first vice president of the June 19 poll, Seidou Mbombo Njoya sitting in lieu of Iya Mohamed gives way to John Begheni Ndeh who becomes the federation’s new boss for the next six months when he is expected to organize elections.
Tombi Aroko Sediki,Fecafoot Secretary General has been suspended for insurbodination.
To be continued…

Obama wants Same Sex marriage in Africa

The recent call for African countries to legalise same sex marriage by US president Obama has been widely criticized.

While in DAKAR, Senegal — President Obama on Thursday called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act a “victory for American democracy” and said he had directed his administration to find ways to make sure gay couples received the benefits for which they were now eligible.


“It’s my personal belief, but I’m speaking now as a president not as a lawyer, that if you marry someone in Massachusetts and you move somewhere else, you’re still married,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a news conference here during his second trip to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office. “We’re going to be evaluating all these issues.”

Standing next to President Macky Sall of Senegal, Mr. Obama also urged African nations that treat homosexuality as a crime, like Senegal, to make sure that gays and lesbians were not discriminated against by the government.

“When it comes to how the state treats people, how the law treats people, I believe that everybody has to be treated equally,” Mr. Obama said. The comment prompted a retort from Mr. Sall that his country is not “homophobic” even though its society is not yet ready to decriminalize homosexual behavior.

Mr. Obama spoke on a wide range of subjects in his first news conference since a spate of news back home in the last week. He talked about the court’s decision to strike down a part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; the pursuit of Edward J. Snowden, who leaked documents about National Security Agency programs; and the fragile health of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president.

On the Voting Rights Act, Mr. Obama said the court had made “a mistake” in its ruling, saying the justices had dealt a blow to a law that was “the cornerstone and the culmination of years of struggle, blood, sweat, tears; in some cases, deaths.”

He added, “I might not be here as president” if the Voting Rights Act had not been passed into law decades ago.

But the president acknowledged that the Supreme Court had ruled and he urged Congress to “simply make sure that everyone around the country can vote.”

On Mr. Snowden, who fled Hong Kong to Russia after revealing that he had leaked sensitive surveillance information, Mr. Obama said he had not personally called the presidents of China or Russia because he did not want to elevate the importance of Mr. Snowden’s case. He said other nations should simply be willing to return Mr. Snowden to the United States as a matter of course.

“This is something that routinely is dealt with,” Mr. Obama said. “This is not exceptional from a legal perspective. I’m not going to have one case suddenly being elevated to the point where I have to do wheeling and dealing and trading.”

Cuba has been reported as Mr. Snowden’s next destination, but on Thursday afternoon, a flight from Moscow to Havana took off without any sign that Mr. Snowden was on board. Asked whether he would order the military to intercept any plane Mr. Snowden might travel on, Mr. Obama said he would not.

“I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” the president said.

Just a day before Mr. Obama is set to travel to South Africa, he expressed admiration for Mr. Mandela, who is often called Madiba, his clan name, in his own country. He is critically ill and has been hospitalized in Pretoria, South Africa, for weeks.

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting Madiba and speaking to him,” Mr. Obama said. “He is a personal hero. But I don’t think I’m unique in that regard. I think he is a hero for the world. If and when he passes from this place, one thing I think we all know is that his legacy is one that will linger on for all the ages.”

Mr. Obama formally opened his visit to the African continent at the Palace of the President, where he met with Mr. Sall to discuss opportunities for greater trade and investment that could bolster the economies of both countries.

“I see this as a moment of great promise and great progress for the continent,” Mr. Obama said. “All too often the world overlooks the amazing progress that Africa is making.”

Mr. Obama arrived at the palace along a driveway lined with palm trees and bright orange flowers. He was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and greeted at the palace by Mr. Sall and his wife, Mareme Sall.

In his first extended visit to Africa since becoming president, Mr. Obama’s motorcade was greeted by throngs of people, including women dressed in traditional white garb to signify peace, in the downtown area of the city. Signs along the route proclaimed, “Welcome Home President Obama.”

Some Africans have criticized Mr. Obama for what they say has been a lack of attention and investment in the continent where his father was born. The American president spent one day in sub-Saharan Africa in 2009, delivering a speech in Ghana.

“Africans have been largely disappointed, especially when they look at the focus on Africa by the previous presidents,” said Mwangi Kimenyi, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “They therefore have a feeling that President Obama is still not in tune with the emerging continent.”

Courtesy New York Times

PK14 -17 Residence Demand Compensation

Residence of PK14 to Pk17 in the Douala 3 of the Littoral region have reitirated that the University of Douala pay them the sum of Six billion francs as compensation for the 2010 destruction of their houses.
A prime minesterial and MINDAF accord in 2010 gave the piece of land to the University of Douala to build their annex,but told them to compensate the victims of the demolition.
Since then both parties have failed to arrived at a compromise on how much is the total damage;while the displaced inhabitants are claiming Six billion francs,the univesity is ready to pay just 800 million.
the over 1000 persons who are now living from hand-to-mouth are bent on taking the university to court.Thier lawyer,Jules Binyom has said justice must prevaile and vowed to help the destitutes.
The two decree to give the land to university of Douala was signed by detained former prime minister Ephraim Inoni in 2007.
The PK 14 to Pk 17 is about 61 hectares of land in Logbessou, “quartier de Bassa”.

Still living under poor conditioins,the victims are still expecting the university of Douala for compensation,a situation that is reaching an escalating state.

Boston Marathon Winner Honors Victims By Returning His Medal

CBS New York

BOSTON (AP) — The champion of the men’s 2013 Boston Marathon returned his winner’s medal to Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world’s top running events.

“Sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world,” Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia told the crowd through a translator. “Sport should never be used as a battleground.”

More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for the 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the same nonprofit that handles the annual marathon. Spots for Sunday’s race sold out in 13 hours online.

“Let me tell you: As mayor of this great city for the last several years, I have never seen Boston come together like it has after the attacks,” Menino told the crowd. “Thank you for making Boston stronger.”


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America Frigthened as Snowden arrives at Moscow airport from Hong Kong

The United States of America has been on the move as US intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden has arrived in Moscow on a flight from Hong Kong.A diplomatic car met the plane on the tarmac.

But he is only thought to be in transit before leaving for Venezuela or Ecuador, via Cuba.

The US wanted him extradited from Hong Kong but the government said Washington had failed to meet its requirements.
US has condemned his arrival in Moscow and expect Russia,an allied to the US to send the former Intelligence man away.

Mr Snowden, an intelligence contractor, fled to Hong Kong in May after revealing extensive internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence.

The Aeroflot Airbus, flight SU213, landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport at 17:10 local time (13:10 GMT).

Snowden Contemplating on next move

Snowden Contemplating on next move

Russian media say he was picked up at the airport by either a Venezuelan or Ecuadorean embassy car.
Ecuadorean embassy car at Moscow airport, 23 June 2013 Cars from the Ecuadorean embassy were seen outside the arrivals terminal.

A source at the airline company was quoted as saying that he would fly on to Cuba, and from there to Venezuela. Both countries are believed unlikely to comply with any US extradition request.

It has been suggested he may travel on from Venezuela to Ecuador.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently sheltering in the Ecuadorean embassy in London after being granted asylum last year.
There are fears that should Snowden meet Wikileaks leader,US security will be at stake.

Wikileaks issued a statement saying that it has helped to find Mr Snowden “political asylum in a democratic country”.
‘No legal basis’

Mr Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong casts further uncertainty over the prospect of him facing justice in the US.

The US woke up this morning to learn that Edward Snowden was one step ahead of what many assumed was tightening net.

American officials had previously warned Hong Kong that relations would be difficult between the two nations if authorities dragged their feet on extraditing him.

Now that Hong Kong has allowed Mr Snowden to leave because the correct paperwork hadn’t been submitted, the US will want to understand how a simple procedure could go so wrong.

But that’s not the only problem facing the US. There is another diplomatic spat looming – one that’s started to play out on America’s Sunday morning talk shows, with Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York questioning whether Beijing or Moscow was involved in Mr Snowden’s escape. Pursuing justice is proving harder than the US initially thought.

On Saturday, the White House contacted Hong Kong to try to arrange his extradition. But the territory’s administration, in a statement issued on Sunday, said the documents submitted by Washington did not “fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law”.

As a result, Hong Kong says it requested further information from the US government.

However, the statement goes on: “As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.”

The US Justice Department has said it will seek cooperation from whichever country Mr Snowden arrives in.

“We will continue to discuss this matter with Hong Kong and pursue relevant law enforcement cooperation with other countries where Mr Snowden may be attempting to travel,” Nanda Chitre, a spokeswoman for the justice department said in a statement.

University of Hong Kong law professor Simon Young expressed surprise at the Hong Kong authorities’ decision on extradition.

He said that under local law, a very low threshold is required before a provisional warrant can be put in place.

“The US government will wonder why the Hong Kong government feels the surrender paperwork needs to be fully in place before the provisional warrant can be obtained,” he said.
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Who is Edward Snowden?

Age 30, grew up in North Carolina
Joined army reserves in 2004, discharged four months later, says the Guardian
First job at National Security Agency was as security guard
Worked on IT security at the CIA
Left CIA in 2009 for contract work at NSA for various firms including Booz Allen
Called himself Verax, Latin for “speaking the truth”, in exchanges with the Washington Post

Mr Snowden left the US after leaking details of his work as an NSA (National Security Agency) analyst and the extensive US surveillance programme to Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post.

He has been charged in the US with theft of government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence.

Each of the charges carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. The complaint is dated 14 June although it was made public only on Friday.

Meanwhile, NSA chief Keith Alexander told ABC News on Sunday there had been no warning that Mr Snowden had taken documents.
General Keith Alexander, speaking on ABC News’ This Week: “He betrayed that confidence and stole some of our secrets”

“Clearly, the system did not work as it should have,” he said,

Gen Alexander also said the spying agency was overhauling its operations to tighten security on contractors, including tracking the actions of system administrators like Mr Snowden.

“But at the end of the day we have to trust that our people are going to do the right thing,” he said.

The leaks have led to revelations that the US is systematically seizing vast amounts of phone and web data under an NSA programme known as Prism.

Mr Snowden said earlier that he had decided to speak out after observing “a continuing litany of lies” from senior officials to Congress.

US officials have since defended the practice of gathering telephone and internet data from private users around the world.

They say Prism cannot be used to intentionally target any Americans or anyone in the US, and that it is supervised by judges.

Courtesy BBC.

Foundation Radio Soon On Air Again

The Manager of Foundation Radio Station Ngomgham-Mankon,seasoned Journalist Tikum Mbah Azonga has revealed that the radio which was shut down on April 22 in retaliation for its broadcast of an interview that authorities said incited secessionism, will re-open its airwaves to audience Monday 24.
He was speaking to The Young Informant Saturday re assuring that a decision has been signed by the Divisional Officer to that effect “Lets just wait till Monday,i have procured a document signed,indicating that we can continue boradcast from Monday”,he said.

foundation radio staff

Tikum remains hopeful Tikum remains hopeful
Local officials in the northwestern city of Bamenda indefinitely shut down the studios of private station Foundation Radio. The injunction, which was signed by Felix Nguele Nguele, the top official in Bamenda, and originated from the Cameroonian minister of communications, ordered the station to be shut down because of its repeated broadcasts that “incited secessionism,” according to CPJ’s review of the document.

News accounts reported that the station was shut down in reprisal for its March 25 morning talk show, called “Good Morning Bamenda Show,” in which the host, Tikum Mbah Azonga, interviewed two guests from the outlawed Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC), which calls for the secession of the English-speaking northwest and southwest provinces from the French-speaking remainder of Cameroon.

Azonga said he went to the police three times for questioning and was asked to submit a copy of the recording of the program. “They were wondering how I, as a journalist they knew to be very responsible, could have allowed the SCNC to speak?” he said. Winifred Weregwe, administrator of the Fomunyoh Foundation, which runs the station, told CPJ that police also indicated they were sending the recording to the Ministry of Communications.

A January 2012 presidential decree granted the state-run National Communications Council broad regulatory authority to suspend news outlets, but since 2003, the government’s Ministry of Communications has also summarily shut down at least 10 independent broadcasters in response to critical coverage, according to CPJ research.

Observers say the actions of the Cameroonian government to silence Foundation Radio over one program illustrates how far the state will go to suppress news and information about the secessionist claims in the northwest part of the country.
Foundation Radio is run by the U.S.-based Fomunyoh Foundation. Its founder, Christopher Fomunyoh, has highlighted over the years the shortcomings of the political system under President Paul Biya as a Senior Associate and Regional Director for Central and West Africa at the National Democratic Institute, according to local journalists.

Source CPJ.