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if you know the stuff, why fear to be tested on what you know already. This is just to make sure that you meet the standards. I strongly support the idea.
Who is this Modi guy? I am loving this guy's courage to challenge the status quo. He may surely inspire those our chicken-hearted so called MPs. MPs for their stomachs yes, but MPs for the people, NO!
it's really hard to say how long the situation in Cameroon will stay under control. The heavily armed Gerdames, police and the military is not the solution. People will finally get frustrated and give up their lives for anything regardless. That is chaos. The gov't needs to treat ordinary Cameroonians as humans and not as idiots that do not know what is good for them. How much prove does the gov't need to know that things are spilling over? The time for them to reconsider their strategy is now. Well, all God alone knows why Cameroonian have to go through this.
Cameroonians do not have a sense of direction, No point of focus. Different groups under the name of SCNC. A hundred little groups in the name of opposition parties. Division everywhere. This gives Biya and his tugs the opportunity to treat Cameroonians as objects reduced to mere beggars. There is an issue in Cameroon right now, but instead of mobilizing forces to stand together and tell the regime we do not want to be treated as dogs or idiots anymore, distractors are coming in with name calling as usual. SCNC, political parties left and right and worst of all the CPDM are responsible for the desperation and helplessness in which innocent Cameroonians find themselves today. My brothers and sisters, lets be united in the same purpose and together our voice will be heard loud and clear.
God is surely ready now to rescue helpless Cameroonians from the Fangs of this shameless regime.
Speech of H. E Mrs Ambassador "United States Embassy—Yaoundé Public Affairs Section TEL 2220-1500 x4072 REMARKS BY U.S. AMBASSADOR JANET E. GARVEY Electoral Evening of American Presidential Primaries “Super Tuesday” – Election Watch At the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador February 5, 2008 The U.S. Election and Political Change Thank you for coming tonight to join us for a day we in America call “Super Tuesday. I’m glad I’m not competing tonight for attention with the Indomitable Lions. Congratulations to Cameroon for your wonderful win last night! I wish you the best of luck for continued victory in the African Cup! ” In America, all eyes today are on Super Tuesday, the most important day of political change in the U.S. election primary calendar. Roughly 50% of pledged delegates in both the Republican and Democratic parties will be decided in 24 state primaries or caucuses. Today, Americans are bracing for change, whichever candidates win and whichever party wins at the polls in November. We believe periodic leadership change helps renew our democracy. I’m excited to see the Super Tuesday results later on tonight. On this important election day in America, I want to speak to you about political change – change in America, in Africa, and in Cameroon. America faces a year of major changes. We will go to the polls in November to elect a new president, who is limited by our constitution to two four year terms. We will also elect all of the members of our House of Representatives – our Congressmen – and one third of our Senate. Change is part of our national fabric. In the 20th century, America survived a Great Depression and two world wars, and saw the women’s movement, labor movement, and civil rights movement, as well as massive immigration and an age of technology, transform our society. In the past 20 years, the world has continued to change around us in dramatic ways. Some of it has been bad – such as the rise of global terrorism, new diseases such as HIV/AIDS and worsening concerns about climate change. Some of it has been good – such as the end of the Cold War, growing trends toward democracy and rising levels of overall wealth. Technology has moved at break-neck speed. When I went to law school, I did my reports on a typewriter. Now I can’t conceive of life before computers and Internet. Americans know change. We know that change can be difficult, scary and painful. But we also know it is inevitable and a necessary part of our nation’s growth as a democracy. How have we prepared for change? We have focused on building strong but adaptable institutions. The United States has the oldest written constitution in force in the world and it was designed to accommodate the ebbs and flows of the life of our nation as we constantly renew our democracy through national elections every two years. We believe in limited government. We believe that an institutionalized balance of power and a regular change of leadership are essential ingredients to a healthy democracy and key to our success as a nation. We believe in the supreme importance of our laws and our constitution. When I was sworn in as Ambassador to Cameroon, I was reminded that my oath was to the constitution, not to any president. We have amended our constitution over the course of our history but we believe this should be difficult to do, based on serious deliberation and input from all elements of society. We believe in elections. When voters in states from east to west go out to vote today in “Super Tuesday”, they know that a system is in place that gives power to everyday Americans to determine the political fate of powerful individuals seeking their votes. Our democratic institutions are strong - and this allows us to prepare for change in positive ways. Only strong institutions can ensure that a country can adapt to change. I know that Africa is no stranger to change. In the 50 years since its first country gained independence from European colonial rule, the continent has transformed in many ways. There has been progress in building regional groupings, in adopting new technologies, in strengthening economies and in nation-state building. As Secretary Rice said last year, “we have seen a democratic transformation sweep the continent and we have observed many heads of state leaving office voluntarily.” There were more than 50 democratic elections in Africa in the past five years. South Africa, Botswana, Ghana and Mali serve as models for the continent because of their free and fair elections, robust civil societies, and respect for the rule of law. Liberia has demonstrated inspirational change, with Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who quoted a Mozambican poet when she told the U.S. Congress in 2006 that “our dream has the size of freedom.” What a wonderful dream for all of Africa! It is important to acknowledge, however, the many challenges Africa faces. I think many Africans would share my disappointment that Africa has not done better in economic growth, nation-state building, poverty alleviation, and governance. In too many African countries, the dominance of one party and/or one person in politics for too long has undermined the inclusiveness and democratic development which I believe is critical for longer-term stability. The ongoing violence in Kenya, Darfur, Somalia, and now Chad are sad reminders of what happens when democratic institutions are weak or nonexistent. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan underscored the critical need for positive change in a speech last year about Africa’s Renaissance. He outlined Africa’s failures and successes, concluding: “The 21st century Africa differs in very fundamental ways from the Continent of old. For instance, half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is between the ages of five and 24; urbanization is changing the very face of our demography, and technological change is slowly putting essential information in the hands of everyone from farmers to slum dwellers. These conditions demand that we all think faster and act quicker to serve the needs of our people. They demand more inclusive, more accountable and more responsive governments, and leaders who are in tune with the new Africa and its myriad complexities.” Let me turn now to Cameroon. Cameroon has made many positive changes in the past decade. You should be proud of your press freedoms, religious tolerance and improvements in human rights. The 2006 Criminal Procedure Code was a major step forward. Cameroon’s role in supporting international peacekeeping, in combating wildlife trafficking, and in hosting refugees shows an ability to adapt positively to a changing world environment. I would like to acknowledge my government’s appreciation for the excellent support we have received from the Government of Cameroon in evacuating our Embassy personnel from Chad this week – it underscores our long and broad-based friendship. Friends tell each other the truth, and in the spirit of friendship, I would like tonight to offer some thoughts about ways I believe Cameroon can move ahead to a brighter future. As Kofi Annan said, the world around you is moving fast. As we enter a new year, my wish for Cameroon is that you continue to show the wisdom and courage to embrace a future of positive change. I hope 2008 will be a year in which Cameroon continues to demonstrate regional and global leadership. I hope to see continued progress in strengthening the economy – American companies want to invest here, but, like many other investors, they often find Cameroon a very difficult business environment. This does not have to be the case and I would like to work with the Cameroon government to improve the investment climate. It’s time for Cameroon to rise above the bottom rung on international rankings of governance and corruption. I hope to see the kind of inclusive, vibrant democracy which Cameroonians want and so richly deserve. In the spirit of an election night like tonight, I hope 2008 will bring the creation of ELECAM and preparations for a truly free and fair election in 2011. I look forward to your national dialogue on constitutional change as it plays out over the coming months or years. I know there are many issues you could discuss, including provisions for succession, a possible two-round ballot system, and other matters in addition to the question of term limits. The United States position is clear – as I have said already – we acknowledge every country’s right to change its constitution and in our experience term limits and periodic leadership change – at least every decade – are healthy for democracy. We have consistently spoken out against changing executive term limits in other countries, such as in Nigeria, and we would recommend against an effort to amend the constitution when such a move could be perceived as being for the benefit of one individual or group. We believe the kind of very serious decisions involved in changing a constitution should be done through a national conversation in which the voice of every political party, every civil society and business organization, students, teachers, workers, journalists – indeed every Cameroonian, to the extent possible – is heard on a matter of such vital importance. The result of such a dialogue would be a decision that all can accept and support, in peace and brotherhood – and sisterhood! I was pleased when President Biya himself said recently that there are many more important issues for his administration and the National Assembly to tackle in the immediate future --issues like poverty reduction, improving the lives of Cameroonians in all ten provinces, rooting out corruption in public life, bringing education and health to all Cameroonians. The United States Government and the U.S. Embassy in Cameroon look forward with great eagerness to working with the people of Cameroon on these vital issues, and to listening in, as the Cameroonian people discuss the issue of constitutional change, prepare for the important presidential election three years away, and work in other ways to strengthen your democracy. I hope that you enjoy watching the results of Super Tuesday come in tonight. Tonight is the beginning of a year of Embassy events and discussions focused on the U.S. election. It always inspires me to watch American democracy in action – and I hope it inspires you too. Thank you."
The Post with superstitious stories.
when did the number of African countries increased to 145? "He rated Cameroon's 2.6 million US dollars contribution in the construction of a 250 million US dollars satellite as crucial, especially, in a project supported by 145 African countries."
The fact that our leaders have shown gross irresponsibility in every aspect of the country's management does not mean that we have to be irresponsible too. Our comments even in the face of a disaster like this show how irresponsible we can equally be. The solution to this decaying nation seems far fetched if this forum can be taken a true representation of the Cameroonian people. May God come to our rescue.
some articles published here are rediculous. why do you detail statistics that are unjustifiable. how could 10.000 bundles of eru as you claim fetch 12million? Or do you mean to say that a single bundle has ever sold at 1200frs? where and when in the history of eru? Over zealous UB student journalist. Always verify your facts before publishing else you first professional article will land you in Jail. Instead of saying that Nigerians owe 80% of the 12million, you instead said the 12million is safely introduced into the bank. Your article clearly tells me that you talked with onlookers instead of the merchants themselves. Learn to get information from the right source.
Best of Luck Bobe Djam. God will continue to guide you to your rightful destination. Keep up the hardwork.
BIYA & his regime will laugh out loud at this prayer. But they fail to know God is above them and can disgrace them on broad daylight. Lets keep our finger crossed and see how far this regime will keep destroying Cameroon.
One Ondo Ndong is not enough to justify the fight against corruption. We need a bias free fight against corruption. Let Biya not target a selected few may be because of their insignificance in CPDM or because they are less productive to him. 11 billion? While is Cameroon borrowing money for? To feed the embezzlers anyways.
Cameroonians are now talking. Fighting from the bottom makes no sense. Until Yaounde starts a tough fight, there and then shall the fight be considered serious. One Ondo Ndong out of a hundred will not rescur Cameroon. Only God alone knows when Cameroon shall be saved from the fangs of gullible leaders. Colonizers were even better. After all what can Cameroon be proud of since independence apart from narrow delapidating roads, airports, and others that destroying the lives of human beings on a daily basis. It's a pity.
I do agree whole heartedly with this article whether repeated or not. There is a lot of reality and personal experiences included in this article. It hurts really bad to see how the Cameroonian system of education is causing students to rot. I understand how different institutions in the US thanks to the great Cameroonian abassadors that passed through with flying colors despite their low GPAs from Cameroon are beginning to understand the funny and stingy grading system in Cameroon. What about many more universities where a Cameroonian has not passed through?These are just a few universities compared to the thousands that are wide open to the Ghanians, Nigerians, Kenyans etc. To be frank with you, China is what it is today thanks to the American or western schools. Go to any computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, pharmaceutical sciences, engineering sciences department in any American institution and you will be amazed by the number of Chinese or Asians in class. They have discovered the gold in education for their development but we are still caught in the minds like that of Ted. How can Africa or Cameroon be proud with nothing at hand. A good education anywhere should be fought for in order to develop your own system. The future of any country lies the ambitious education plan for its citizens and otherwise. Lets sit as we are sitting now and watch countries like Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria in the near future. Cameroon is cursed forever. Parents, teachers alike who do not want to see their children progress. A High school student from Cameroon with just 2 "E"s will not repeat a course in an American university. They have got the teachers, the teaching assistants and all what it takes to succeed. Imagine an American Freshman intending to major in Chemistry with only two years of Chemistry from secondary and high school and still he/she succeeds. What about a Cameroonian who started Chemistry from form 1 till upper sixth (7 solid years of Chemistry)? The Cameroonian will be better even with an E in Chemistry at A levels. All I know is that our system of education is great but let the teachers relax and give these kids a chance to compete with the rest of the world. It's great that Buea is beginning to be recognized world wide thanks to her alumni, what about institutions like Yaounde, Dschang, Douala etc. Buea should also try to have a website where students in the west can access in order to visit. I have a friend who wanted to take a semester in any university in Cameroon and I advised him to consider Buea since it's English but nothing could be found about Buea online. How sad? Talking about teachers in Cameroon universities, I am sorry to say that they are a disgrace. A male teacher who sees a male student as an rival over another female student? He will certainly exercise his powers wherever possible. We need a lot of cleansing to be done and it will take the grace of God since the powers that be are also wrapped in the same corrupt and scandalous mess. May God help Cameroon. How soon is what will surely give me a heart attack.
corruption and embezzlement in the Church? hmmmm. Who will then teach Biya a moral lesson? Oh Cameroon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sorry for the grammatical. I meant to say "may his sinless soul rest in perfect peace".
Minister in Cameroon with no storey building? hmmmmmmmmm! What an angel in a band of corrupt juntas? May his sinless soul rests in perfect peace.
Mr Tayong, Randy Sa'ah might have been corrupted by Ondo Ndong to sell the image of Cameroon positively to the outside world. Remember Ondo Ndong confessed he used part of the 52 billion to buy a good name for Cameroon through the international media. If Randy Sa'ah got his own share of the money, he should be turning his back to anything negative about Cameroon. And since everything about Cameroon is negative, Randy has gone mute for years in Cameroon. I wonder if BBC pays him and for what job. Just wondering aloud.
I graduated from Dschang since 2002 and that was a common practice. Mr Seino in the department of Zoology is a specialist in selling marks and sleeping with the desperate anglophone girls for marks. If you are a guy dating a girl that Seino likes, you will never graduate. What is actually wrong in Cameroon? You struggled 24/7 to study genuinely and still you can't get anything above 10/20. At last students are forced to go to Bonas in Yaounde to forge certificates to be able to study abroad. Cameroon to me is worse than hell. I have a very strong conviction that Cameroon will never see day light with all these malpractices from the topmost down to the students. Another professor in Dschang is Dr Focho of the botany department. These guys need to know they are married and should let people's daughter have their self dignity and the right to choose who to date. In one girl's words "if you no sleep with Focho, you go do na how?" Imagine! That is not all about the corruption in Dschang. In the scularite of the science faculty, there was this Mitchelle who took right down to 500frs just to print out your academic profile already stored on their system. something students need absolutely free. The stories are endless and one can go on and on. This tell you how long we still get to go. I am really ashamed and I feel like never mentioning anywhere that I ever got degree from Dschang. If I had a way, I could have trashed that nonsense and gone back to school. Afterall you can't even get a job anywhere with that nonsense.
what a backward society? A corpse saliva (poisonous) forced into a living humanbeing? Jungle justice in CAMEROON. May God help Cameroon.
Was it more honourable for Lambi to resign of to be sacked? Upon all the lies he told against the students and his vital role in killing the students just to please the master, he is still sacked. What a shame? Some stupid people are folled to think that money and power irrespective of how you get it normal. I say NO. Lambi prefered to sacrifice students and his dignity for a position in the worst corrupt junta on the planet earth. Sorry Lambi. May your stress and disgrace rest in perfect trouble.
why bother to ask him whether pieces of block or furniture are worth more than human lives? Everything is clear under this brutal regime that human life is nothing. So we need to prove them wrong by dieing at any moment with a score of those cowards in the name of the police and co. People who believe that to be brave is to kill an unarmed civilian. May God help Cameroon. I do not expect a hell after death worse than Cameroon. If that is the case, then everybody needs to repent.
I am so proud of these UB students. They should remember that the aperthid system in south Africa was trashed thanks to the voice of the students. Students in UB and Cameroon in general can turn things around for good if they stand up strong and firm for what they know is their inherent rights. These old leaders in Cameroon do not what harm they are doing to Cameroon so long as their personal and selfish interests are met. None of them cares for the future of these students and Cameroon in general. If people like Lambi and Ngos could have been stepping down one after the other, when faced with these tribalistic decisions as has been the case with the BIYA government, things would have changed for the better. A government that has caused a huge damage to the country that will need 200years and more to be rebuilt. BIYA forces our poor parents to pay taxes for ONDO DONG and co to pocket. Tell me what can really motivate a Cameroonian to pay taxes when the infrastructure is rotting since 1982. Graduates (engineers, chemists, physicists etc) of suffering Cameroonians should go back to the farms while our children spend Cameroon tax payers money in luxurious universities in Europe and US. That is Inoni and BIYA's ideology. Inoni and his BIYA have lost their minds. white colonial masters were better than our black brothers. At least they spent 10% of what they exploited on development. But BIYA and co are spending absolutely nothing to better our country. look at roads, hospitals, schools but ONDO DONG alone can sponsor a whole ministry. Combine the other 100 or 1ooo thieves like ONDO DONG and see where Cameroon might have been today. God bless Cameroon. Tell me what these our poor students should be proud of again in Cameroon. Let the strike action continue till every student is killed to justify BIYA's tyranny. One hundred days for the thieve, one day for the master.