Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cameroon:Engineer Emmanuel Kouontchou’s Commitment to nation-building rewarded.

By Christopher Ambe
   Emmanuel Kouontchou, a senior civil engineer  and  Director of the Advanced School for Public Works (NASPW),Buea Annex   has been honoured by the State of Cameroon for his  patriotism and commitment to nation-building.
Governor Bernard Okala (left) awarding Emmanuel Kouonchou,Director of  NASPW-Buea, the national  medal 
   The quiet-looking but workaholic Civil engineer who has been Director of   NASPW,Buea Annex  since 2005,was  on May 20th 2017 among many others singled out for state recognition  for their valuable services to the nation.
   Mr. kouontchou, in his early 50’s, was awarded the medal, Officer of the National Order of Valour by Southwest Governor Bernard Okala Bilai on behalf of President Paul Biya, at the Buea Buea Independence Square, during celebrations marking this year’s National Day.
He had five years ago been honored by the state of Cameroon with the medal, Knight of the National Order of Valour.
   Mr. Kouontchou is director of a state-owned institution, which has graduated hundreds of Cameroonians with specialized technical skills, who are now actively, involved in either the public or private sector helping in the realization of various development projects in the country.
    The NASPW which, was created by decree No.82-464 of October 1982, has its main campus in Yaoundé with Professor George Nkeng Elambo. The NASPW,Buea Annex  offers specialized training both at the Ordinary Technical cycle and the Higher Technical Cycle, in the following fields: Civil engineering, Land Surveying, Rural Engineering and Town Planning.
   Mr.Kouontchou, who has dedicated his award to the staff and trainees of his NASPW, expressed optimism that NASPW Buea has been making significant contributions towards the realization of Cameroon’s Vision 2035.
   While promising to do his best to ensure that NASPW remains a training center for excellence, the Director hailed the inputs of his hierarchy towards his successes.
“I must thank the Minister of Public Works, the Grand Chancellor of National Order,the Director of the NASPW Yaounde for contributing in one way or the other to the honour I just received from the State of Cameroon”,
    According to Tarhyang Tabe, chief SAF at NASPW, the student population of the institution now stands at 10482, out of which about 200 are females and about 300 Anglophone Students.
  Mr. Tabe said the number of female and Anglophone Students have surged in recent years because the Director launched a campaign to that effect.
   Although Mr.Kouontchou hails from Koung-khi Division of the West Region, he has worked as engineer in the Southwestwest Region in various capacities for more than 22 years.graduated with flying colors from the NASPW Yaounde in 1986.
    Upon his graduation from NASPW Yaounde in 1986, Mr. Kouontchou joined the public service and was posted to the Ministry of Public Works, Department of Roads. 
    From 1988-90,he served as  head of service in the then Southwest  Provincial Delegation of Public Works; in 1990, Mr. Kouontchou was appointed Divisional Delegate for Public Works in Ndian Division and after three years he was appointed  Divisional Delegate  of Public Works  for Fako  Division and after four years, he was was promoted  to the rank of  Southwest Provincial Delegate for Public Works  where he served in that capacity for three years. From 2000-2005, this duty-conscious civil engineer was lecturer at NASPW Buea where he demonstrated the mastery of civil engineering skills. That professional brilliance further worked in his favor. He would in 2005 be appointed as Director of NASPW Buea, a position he has held to date, attracting praises from both his hierarchy and the general Public.
He is a father of several children and married to Victorine kouontchou, a former government employee.
    Mr. Kouontchou is frontline CPDM member and has been subsection President of CPDM Mile 4.He  has also served as councilor of Limbe 1 council.
   He is also a philanthropist, often assisting the underprivileged.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Achingale’s “The Wrong Decision”: A play on ordinary people against the backdrop of political corruption

By Edwin Ntumfon Tangwa (PhD)
In a society that is rigged by institutionalized corruption and an amateurish political system that feeds on its own inefficiency, truth and honesty are heretic values that can only be cherished by the most peripheral. Recent works from Cameroon have either been scathing attacks in this political system or critiques of the social climate in the country. Achingale’s latest play deliberately avoids such obvious, overt political themes but by no means remains apolitical. The playwright artfully foregrounds the simple striving of ordinary people against the backdrop of elemental political corruption and successfully depicts the institutional failure in the postcolonial nation-state and its attendant vexatious social upshots in the most subtle, yet poignant, tone.
    Some people read plays or watch performances for the entertainment and/or to see how much of their own lives is mirrored in the characters, while others look for the playwright’s political message; for as Ngugi Wa Thiong’o puts it, all postcolonial writers are ‘writers in politics’. The Wrong Decision will certainly satisfy both groups, for it is a play about young people pursuing education as a means to build a bright future for themselves in a society plagued by moral decadence where schools teach corruption. These young people sharply differ in their perception of what that bright future is and how to build it.
    For Ango and Gambesso, that future is already assured because of their admission into the Major Academy for Neo Elite (MANE) where they are “trained to be rich” (a subtle reference to the thievery for which graduates from that school are reputed). Ule and Besingi, on the other hand, believe in hard work, love and modesty and their dreams are limited to Elamron Instructors College (EIC) which Ango calls “cheap, popular side”, (again a subtle denigration of the teaching profession which is despised by many in the corrupt Republic of Remak).
     There is an unstated conflict between Besingi, Ule and Bih on the one hand and Ango and Gambesso on the other. We only get a sense of this conflict through a passive reference to history made by Besingi in a conversation with Ule. Thereafter it becomes evident that Remak is a divided country and that the opposing circumstances of Ango and Besingi are not the work of chance but rather the consequence of a historically constructed marginalization of people like Besingi, Bih and Ndemazia. It is in the contrast between these characters and their ideas of life that the playwright’s message comes through. The writer’s successful juxtaposition of the simple and the complex, of greed and generosity of heart brings home the message that we reap what we sow but without the usual moralising clichés that usually accompany such themes.
    The Wrong Decision is not an elitist play. Entirely absorbing and beautifully crafted in the typical local Cameroonian speech, it is accessible and relevant to every society. Achingale successfully portrays the prevailing political and moral corruption of the barely concealed Central African country through the eyes of its young victims who seem to have sharply contrasting views about good and evil. The students’ experiences at the university and their survival strategies will be familiar to anyone who has been a student in any Cameroonian university while the use of popular names like Bate Besong and Bole Butake brings the play ever closer to the unsuspecting reader.
    Finally, Douglas Achingale’s pedagogic drive for which his previous works are reputed is unmistakable in this play. His successful combination of the virulence of Bate Besong and the subtleness of Bole Butake sets him on the path towards a new genre in Cameroonian drama. This is a play that deserves a place in our school syllabi both for its pedagogic and moral undertones. I look forward to more works from this budding writer with a lot of promise.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jailing of Cameroonian journalist Abba 'outrageous'

Ahmed Abba (Picture: Supplied)
Cape Town – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has described the 10-year sentence of a Cameroonian journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism-related charges as "outrageous," says a report.
According to BBC, Clea Kahn-Sriber from RSF said that Abba, who works for the Hausa Service of Radio France Internationale, had been given an "utterly disproportionate sentence, although the prosecution produced no hard evidence".
"This is a clearly political decision designed to scare all journalists, especially those who might try to cover the security situation in northern Cameroon," Kahn-Sriber was quoted as saying.
Abba was arrested in 2015 over his coverage of attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northern Cameroon. 
After nearly two years, a military court convicted him of non-denunciation of terrorism and laundering the proceeds of terrorist acts, reports said on Monday.
Cameroon has remained in a protracted battle with Boko Haram since 2014, when the fighters began attacking the government.

Detained for four days
Reports have claimed that Abba and a lot of other journalists were the victims of Cameroon's "war on terror". 
According to News24, three other journalists – Baba Wame, Rodrigue Tongue, and Félix Cyriaque Ebolé Bola – who were arrested in 2014, are also being prosecuted in a military tribunal for failing to disclose information and sources to the government.

The trio were investigating allegations that security forces were assisting an armed group from the Central African Republic which is destabilising Cameroon’s eastern region.
In August 2015, Simon Ateba, a freelance Nigeria-based Cameroonian journalist, was arrested and detained for four days on accusations of espionage, over his investigations into the abysmal conditions of refugees in the far north region
 In April 2014, Denis Nkwebo, the president of Cameroon’s press union, had his car bombed. Nkwebo has received repeated threats for his reporting on Cameroon’s security forces.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Secessionist Groups Blamed for Cameroon Arson Attacks

People assess the damage in part of a burned down market in Limbe, Cameroon, April 3, 2017. (M.E. Kindzeka/VOA)
Cameroon’s government says secessionist groups in the English-speaking regions have been behind arson attacks on public buildings, most recently a large market in the town of Limbe. The destruction is prompting renewed calls for dialogue to end the five-month strike in the English-speaking areas.
     The fire at Limbe market burned for four hours Saturday. Fifty shops were destroyed.
The governor of the southwest region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, said police arrested a suspect believed to belong to a secessionist group.
   "The suspect has already denounced many of his accomplices, and those who are in a way or another linked to this act of terrorism will be answerable. We want to call the population of the southwest back to peace and I want to reassure the population of Limbe, the administration is there with the forces of law to protect them," Bilai said.
   The fire at Limbe market points to the dangers and the cost of the deepening impasse in Cameroon’s two English-speaking zones.
   Lawyers and teachers in those areas, the northwest and the southwest, have been on strike since November. Most schools in the affected zones remain closed and business is paralyzed. The strikers are demanding reforms to counter what they say is the overwhelming use of French in the bilingual country.
   But while some strikers are demanding a return to federalism, other activists are calling for total independence for the English-speaking zones, ratcheting up tensions and violence.
Several schools, private residences, police stations, administrative buildings have been burned. No one has claimed responsibility.

Need for dialogue
In mid-March, lawmaker Enow Tanjong from the southwest region addressed his fellow senators, stressing a need for dialogue.
   "I would like to point out and castigate the arson that ravaged the Faculty of Medicine of the University in Bamenda and the destruction of the administrative block of the government high school Akwaya. The political elite, religious figures, members of the civil society, traditional rulers have all joined the head of state in appealing for dialogue and peace," Tanjong said.
    Visiting Bamenda in the northwest two weeks ago, Cameroon’s prime minister called the destruction an attempt
   "Government and the strikers should come back to the negotiating table and I think one of the conditions which they are requesting is the release of those who were negotiating with government, who have been caught and brought to Yaounde. Peace has no price. We should be able to have some amnesty, release these people and let schools start," Banadzem said.
    President Paul Biya has on several public outings declared that he is open for dialogue, but that he is not ready to release arrested suspects and that he is not open for any discussions that call into question national unity.
to exert pressure on the government.
    In response, the government has cut internet to the affected zones and made arrests. That includes three community leaders charged in relation to the violent unrest in December. If convicted, they could face the death penalty, according to Cameroon’s 2014 anti-terrorism law.
Negotiations to end the strike fell apart when the state refused the strikers’ demand to release everyone currently detained.
   Lawmaker Joseph Banadzem of the opposition Social Democratic Front is calling for compromise.
 Courtesy VOANEWS

Sunday, January 15, 2017


By Nicholas Ogbe Keme*
Lawyer Nichlas Ogbe Keme
 The Governor of Southwest Region of Cameroon,Bernard Okalia Bilai, in a bid to distinguish himself as the ‘Game Changer’ went ahead to issue salary suspension threats to teachers who failed to resume classes on the 9th of January, 2017.  But in reality today, that anti-ghost town venom instead has turned to hunt the ‘hunter governor’.
   Not only were these threats of Okalia Bilai very insensitive and provocative, they also served as an incontestable proofs as excellently argued by Hon. Wirba that, an average La Republic’s administrator serving on the West of the Mungo regards the Anglophones as his slaves, infidels, second class citizens or sub humans and can do and undo with impunity.            Furthermore, when read in context with the soft landing appeal from his counterpart Adolf Lele Lafrique of the Northwest Region, one may be quick to conclude that Gov. Okalia’s threat once again vindicated some repeated criticisms that his prolonged stay in the office even after due retirement is a calculated strategy by the regime to have him deliver the ruling CPDM party in the region from the upcoming presidential polls in 2018 and nothing more. Because if not so, then why should the ‘tough spoken lion’ of the foot of Mt Fako be spitting fire and unleashing terror on teachers when his Northwest counterpart resorted to absorbing appeals for peaceful resolution of the same issue created by similar circumstances. 
    Again, if Okalia Bilai is not a calculated strategist for presidential polls in 2018, why is it that at the same time that he was pounding on teachers and displaying the purported incidents files of potential so-called culprits to the media, neither the Prime Minster nor the Ministers of Basic and Secondary Education could issue a disclaimer to such an aberration from the Gov. even when  they were still  in the field soliciting for peace in Bamenda as was done in the case of the infamous Atanga Nji. ?  Why? Or is it because he is not an ‘Anglo’ who can easily be contradicted even by his own spy-driver.
   However, looking at Gov. Adolphe Lele L’Afrique’s administrative style and that of Okalia Bilai, one therefore wonders, what really inwardly moves or controls Gov. Okalia Bilai that he usually perceives things in a rather strange manner like Adolf Hitler of Germany who finally became the ‘hero-of-a victim of his own  misfortune’. How can Gov. Okalia dismiss or suspend salaries of teachers he never employed? – Legally, no  person, including himself can  take what he cannot give,  neither can  he give what he does not have; better expressed by the most cherished Latin maxism  ‘Nemo dat non quod habet’. This, in simple terms graphically explains why his dictatorial voice and threats of suspending the salaries of teachers who fail to resume classes on the 9th of January, 2017, fell on a concrete retention wall of an unprecedented non partisan teachers’ solidarity. And that being the case, the venom of such threats had to naturally splash back at him as the school establishments remained conspicuously shot-down and even till date despite the media-dramatic hunt of defaulters.
   By now, he should have probably come to terms that, just as teachers are not UB students, the Region is not the VC Dr. Nalova Lyonga that he can manipulate freely or vice versa. The Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, through its esteemed leadership, has erected a very formidable solidarity wall across English speaking Regions of Cameroon as an indication to Mr. Okalia that the Anglophones are not as divided as he thinks, or they are no longer as divided as the regime and politics suggest-A movement which Madiba of South Africa aptly described as a ‘Creative Nonviolent Revolution against the Oppressor(s)’. 
   Even if  Mr. Okalia Bilai be the Ministers of Education, he cannot claim the monopoly of suspension of teachers’ salaries in an atmosphere of a deepening professional rancor occasioned by some apprentice annexationists(his masters) of  la Republic, who ought to be answering treasonable charges in competent tribunals for gross violation of section 1(2)(3) of the 1996 Constitution, for attempting to nocturnally and unconstitutionally restructure the bilingual, bi-jural and bicultural characters of the country so as to transform the Anglophones as their conquered slaves. Such nefarious plot is now belated.
   Also, one needs no seminal at the governor’s office to understand that various Ministers of Education are heavily represented by their various Regional Delegates and not Mr. Okalia Bilai. It has become very imperative to advise Mr. Okalia to endeavour to learn to separate purely administrative issue from professional issues. Neither the Ministries of Education nor teachers are an appendage of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization which he represents at the Regional Level.  He perhaps, can only ensure the control of Divisional Officers, Subdivisional Officers, and Mayors. As a professional corps, teachers understand the dynamics of a legitimate industrial action especially if so declared by their syndicate leaders as it is the case today.
  No nation can ever claim of adequately rewarding its teachers commensurate to their services. As opposed to politicians who bring nothing to the table but take almost everything therefrom, because of their ability to manipulate the people of saying there is no problem even when they are standing on the problem.
    Gov. Okalia perhaps should take notice of the fact that under the English subsystem of Education which he is aiding and abetting for a complete eradication, teachers teach us how to identify and solve problems. But politicians counsel or manipulate us to deny knowledge of any problem as a way of solving it. Thus, such unprovoked threat was not only excessive, but equally unnecessary and sounded reminiscence of the words of the last surviving colonial despot considering the general tempo at the time and the government’s effort in resolving same.
  This partly explains why, irrespective of the massive media projection and coverage, it was not possible for any underserved distinction as the solicited ‘game changer’ which the Gov had probably hoped for, maybe as a pre-requisite for extension of time to vacate the office and give way for the next ‘hero’. To navigate freely in the UB campus with troops to torture and rape students, tele-guide the brutalization of lawyers and seizure of their wigs and gowns, instigate the investigation of leaders of SYNES UB and so forth, might just have been few achievements of yesterday but not a guarantee of continuous heroic achievements in the Southwest Region at the expense of the peoples’ inalienable rights and quest for happiness again.
    Everybody now aspires naturally like (him) to become the hero of his own struggle-reason why the classrooms or school gates are still conspicuously closed-a situation that has offered yet another opportunity for a critical appraisal of our administrators, their stability, mental capacities and understanding of the dynamics of the world. 
   Finally, Mr. Okalia Bilai cannot be seen to lay claim again that he was pushed by the VC to so issue such salary suspension threats as he attempted to do in the case of rape, torture and assault of the UB students by the troops he dispatched to brutally crush a peaceful protest of the UB students who had embarked on a peaceful strike to unravel a highly sophisticated corrupt machinery put in place by the VC, Dr. Nalova Lyonga. Ref : Post No. 01782, p3. 
   Everything as well as every person has his own time, including Atanga Nji-the victim of zero Anglophone Problem of old. The Anglophone struggle….

 NB:*Nicholas Ogbe Keme is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Cameroon and Nigeria,Litigation Officer,Shalom Legal Consultants,Buea-Cameroon.He is also a PhD candidate,University of Buea.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cameroon:Fako Washington Assists Bwassa-Likombe Health Facility

Fako Washington President Mosaso Nathaniel  addressing Bwassa/Likombe villagers during the donation.
By Christopher Ambe

The villages of Bwassa and Likombe in Buea Subdivision, Fako Division of Cameroon, ended the year 2016 on a happy note as the lone state-owned but poorly equipped health facility shared by both villages were given a significant face-lift by Fako Washington, an association of sons and daughters of Fako resident in Washington-USA.

     Fako Washington assisted the health facility materially and otherwise to enable it better attend to the health care needs of its target populations. The assistance was valued at over two million FCFA.
Mosaso Nathaniel at entrance of the health center
    The Bwassa-Likombe Integrated Health Center, constructed over ten years ago  by the state of Cameroon, to cater for the health care needs of the above mentioned villages along the slopes of Mount Cameroon, lacked health care basics, had no electricity and  water; the facility  was understaffed yet was operational.
    And so on December 31, 2016, Fako Washington, led by its able President Software Engineer Mosaso Nathaniel and native of Likombe, came to the assistance of the health center.
  The association donated to the facility: mattresses, bed sheets, a microscope, a centrifuge. It got the center electrified and provided it with a huge water tank.Fako Washington also painted the structure.
Kamdem Joseph,of Public Health Ministry, lauds donation
Speaking at the donation ceremony, which brought together the traditional rulers of both villages, their elites and other villagers, Mosaso Nathaniel told the audience that, when he visited the health center last September he found it in dire need of basics and he immediately promised to mobilize resources for its assistance.
     “I know that all the problems of this health center have not been solved but these donations are a step forward”, he said, promising to do more for the villages. “Good health is a prerequisite for development”
    Surprised that a state-owned facility could lack even basics, the President of Fako Washington urged the Cameroon government to live up to expectation by further equipping the facility and increasing its personnel.
Cross-section of villagers who witnessed the donation

    Earlier in her welcome address, Madam Ilambo Bibiana, the Chief of the health facility, commended the initiative of Fako Washington, noting: “This year would remain a wonderful one in the history of this health facility.” She alluded to earlier donations to the center made by a Bwassa elite Moki Charles Linonge “who brightened our face with a donation of modern beds, mattresses and microscope”, and Hon. Lisinge Ekeke Arthur,MP for Buea Urban, who assisted financially for the purchase of electric cable.

     Ilambo promised the judicious use of the donations but requested more assistance. “We urgently need a night-watch man and more nurses. The residence of the nurse in charge needs to be completed, so the chief of centre can live near the center and better ensure health coverage; we need to fence the center’s land for future development”
     For his part, an elated Mr.kamdem Joseph,a  representative of the Ministry of Public Health,said he was convinced the health facility would now be able provide “a complete Minimum Package of Activity(MPA) which includes daily consultations and treatments of minor cases and referral of serious cases to secondary level centres around, vaccinations, antenatal care, deliveries of uncompleted labour cases, minor surgeries…screening for high blood pressure,HIV/AIDS and the provision of essential medicines “
     Other speakers at the ceremony included the Chief of Bwassa,Eko John and Mola Njie Luma who sat in for the chief of Likombe Francis Ndumbe Luma.Both  showered praises on Fako Washington, praying God to bless them and their efforts.
      Prince Esuka Endeley,President of Fako America(the umbrella association of Fako elements in the USA),who witnessed the donation, encouraged self-reliant development among Fako people, and  hinted of projects  by  the umbrella association to boost development back home.
    Cultural dances and choral singing animated the ceremony


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cameroon:Lawyers, Teachers’ Action More Patriotic Than Esso And Fame Ndongo

By Nicholas Ogbe keme*
Lawyer Nicholas Ogbe
The problem with our country is not about the people, it’s about the policy makers and managers –a small cabal that does not want to repent or even resign after desperate but abortive attempts to divert attention from the lawyers and teachers’ actions which now have received significant national, regional and international sympathies.  We have to insist on the plain point that, the agitations of the Common Law Lawyers and Anglo-Saxon teachers are against institutional plunder of their educational and legal systems by the francophone led central government.  Their move is unprecedented; an ideal for which we are prepared to achieve at whatever costs.       
    Therefore, there is no need to resort to midnight political camouflage as if the issues at stake have any political underpinnings.  Assuming (but without conceding) that the ceremonial march past by the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement, CPDM, in Buea and Bamenda  was successful, that alone could not have reduced the cogent  issues raised  by common law lawyers and Anglo-Saxon teachers  from institutional to political.  Of course, a man is a political animal but this assertion has its own limitations. Because where politics ends that is where institutions begin. Also, while politicians come and go daily, institutions stay daily, always and forever.
    Everyone that seems to forget that a teacher imparts knowledge should also forget the day he was born. Similarly, anybody who is ignorant of the fact the lawyer perfects knowledge acquired from the teacher should as well never remember his name. For, the relationship between lawyers and teachers is equivalent to that of Jesus and God, none will consciously contradict the other.  All they have is knowledge, wisdom, understanding, creativity, ingenuity and courage - not false courage, but real courage and they are determined to see the end of this legitimate struggle which an unrepentant political cabal is desperately seeking to thwart because of its selfish aim of  “ruining institutions, ruling in perpetuity.”
    Perhaps, I should belabour this point for the sake of public education that the 1996 Constitution of Cameroon did not and never conceive either (impliedly or expressly) a certain concept of a ‘linguistic Anglophone’ as so erroneously propounded by the Ministers of Justice and Higher Education. There is an impressive and remarkable distinction between privileges and rights, obligations and duties, conditions, among others. Thus, no matter the intensity or degree of harmonisation, what is given to an Anglophone as of right of birth, traced to the incidence of history and culture of the former West Cameroon cannot so be vested on a Francophone and vice versa .  The preambular provisions of the 1996 Constitution states in its opening paragraph thus:
   “We, the people of Cameron, proud of our linguistic and cultural diversity, an enriching feature of our national identity, but profoundly aware of the imperative need to further consolidate our unity, solemnly declare that we constitute one and the same Nation, bound by the same destiny, and assert our firm, determination to build the Cameroonian Fatherland on the basis of the ideals of fraternity, justice and progress……..” (Italics mine).
   From the foregoing, it is therefore laughable to suggest that acquisition of English orientation or academic certificate of whatever depth or magnitude can create or give birth to an Anglophone. It is the right of everyone, including non nationals to privilege the very sound Anglo-Saxon system of education and to an extent, vice versa. But that alone does not make him/her an Anglophone automatically - an ‘Anglophone’ is not an originating product of education. Rather, an Anglophone has existed before the enactment of this constitution supra, he had an enriching feature of identification duly recognised by nation states prior to the drafting of this constitution, a functional government devoid of corruption, linguistic, cultural and a geography, and so on, as a former British Southern Cameroons, then West Cameroon and today, Anglophone Cameroon notably Southwest and Northwes Regions which colonial heritage, the descendants of today are determined to protect.
     And just as the children of Israel never lost their identities in spite of the many years spent in Egypt in bondage, their counterparts here of the English speaking Cameroon-Anglophone did not also lose theirs, despite the political exodus or the Great Treks from 1961 - till date and, no one, including the biblical Goliath or political gladiators of our time can harass them to abandon. Never, never in the history of this struggle. Because their peculiar characters, nature, system, custom and culture as well as identity which they brought into the union have statutorily been preserved by the Constitution in its Article 1(2)(3) of the 1996 Constitution.
 Article 1(3) of the constitution on its part states:
  “The official languages of the Republic of Cameroon shall be English and French, both languages having the same status. The state shall guarantee the promotion of bilingualism throughout the country. It shall endeavour to protect and promote national languages.”  
The logical argument that the 1996 Constitution preserved not only the language but also the people of the former West Cameroon if advanced from a well elaborated interpretation of the Constitution, should lead to the following  irreputable presumptions;
1.     That in keeping with the literally canon of interpretation, the draftsmen of the Constitution by inserting the word ‘English’ first before ‘French’ intended that through its derivative principles of states policies,  English language should inspire, dictate the pace, content and form of government policies. If it were not so, the reverse should have been the case;

2. That by imploring the golden rule of interpretation, it is contended that by the very esteemed and passionate use of the two words ‘English’ and ‘French’ on a balance with a conjunction ‘and’ separating the two words as seen in Article 1(3) of the Constitution, the draftsmen of the Constitution have settled any crafty idea of minority or majority ideology within the union, with a clear hope of ensuring that each of the subsystems conducts its government business in a manner consistent with its language as a constitutional guarantee of the protection of its peoples within the unitary system of government;
    That by adopting the mischief rule of interpretation, the preference of the word English language even before that of its French counterpart in the provisor of Article 1(3) of the 1996 Constitution above, the Cameroonian  legislature had intended that ‘English’ as one of the official languages and its people be treated as endangered species and in turn be accorded maximum State cover and protection as a political majority  for the purpose of government business or administration so as to dispel apparent fears of assimilation, domination and occupation. That is why the draftsmen proceeded from the alphabetical order of inserting English first before French as the lingua franca in Cameroon.   Jesse Louis Jackson once said “in politics, an organised minority is a political majority”. Any contrary interpretation may serve just for academic or political ends which can’t rewrite the Constitution.
   It is against this backdrop that every right thinking Cameroonian, irrespective of your background, should always consider the actions of Laurent Esso and Fame Ndongo, designed to annihilate or scrap the English subsystem of education and common law justice system as provocative, oppressive, unpatriotic, tyrannical and treasonable because they have no constitutional backings, except that they are meant to brutally eliminate the Anglophone soul from the map, of course their own way of silencing ‘les enemies dans la maison’ as it was the case in 2005 where the then Governor of Southwest Province, Eyaya Zanga Louis, referred to Akwaya people as’ les biafrains’ when they stormed his office in a peaceful protest against  the fraudulent diversion of the telecom centre  meant to Akwaya to Nyasoso led by their MP, Hon. Justice Ayah  Paul Abine. That is the Cameroon as viewed by the leaders across the Mungo where they have always implored debasing names with impunity against the Anglophones in order to have their way. It will make no sense should any Anglophone expect them to accept that there is an Anglophone Problem, judging from the above analysis.
   That notwithstanding, what must be must be, nothing can stop it. We consider the government’s lukewarm and snail pace approach to sanction the Ministers of Justice and Higher Education as a calculated provocation and confirmation of the annexation plots. Because in a true democracy, equities must be equal at all times and the people’s will should prevail against individual’s as a deterrent measure. As stated above, there is no minority in equality. If it were so, the Constitution would have spelled that position out clearly to avoid confusion.
What the Constitution has not previewed, no decree of the President or arête of a minister or ordinance of governor, divisional officer can successfully force down the throats of Anglophones if objected to as brilliantly done by the Common law Lawyers and Anglo-Saxon Teachers today. Finally, in a democracy, when a leadership loses the support of the followers as it is in the instant case, the most noble and dignified thing to do is for these two ministers to resign and save both their pride and generation from shame. Similarly, profound investigations be conducted to sanction those involved in the gruesome murder of innocent and unarmed civilians, torture of gentlemen of the law as well as the torture, rape of creative and resilient students of UB who were barely exercising their  legitimate right of a peaceful protest against the unconstitutional actions, embezzlement and corruption of a political cabal that has plundered this country into the worst form of misrule and maladministration, with the erroneous belief that the brutal use of force or the ‘trigger’  by the peoples security can bully dissenting views out of the path of truth and quest for institutional remedies into the issues on ground - The Anglophone Problem. 
NB:*Nicholas Ogbe Keme is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Cameroon and Nigeria,Litigation Officer,Shalom Legal Consultants,Buea-Cameroon.He is also a PhD candidate,University of Buea.