Thursday, January 30, 2014

Cameroon: Govt Works to Eliminate 'Ghost Workers' From Payroll

Yaounde — Cameroon has started cleaning its payroll of so-called "ghost workers" who are believed to cost the country $12 million every month. But the effort appears to also have impacted legitimate government workers - especially those in the military - who say they are not getting paid.
    At a bank in Cameroon's capital. Yaounde, three soldiers quarreled with a cashier. They complained that they have not been receiving all of their salary for a few months. One of the soldiers, Didier Manda, told VOA that his salary had been reduced from about $500 to $380 per month and he can no longer provide all of his family's needs.
     He said it has been exactly three months without all of his salary and asked how he and his family can survive? It is not normal, he said, adding that he needs all of his money.
     Another soldier, Fopa Nestor, who had taken a loan from his bank said what he earned for the month of December, 2013 was just enough to pay back the loan, so his monthly take home pay came up short. It is unthinkable that somebody should work and not be paid as agreed to, he added.
    Last November, Cameroon announced that it was intensifying efforts to modernize its public service and rid it of people who rob the state by receiving undue benefits.
    Officials of the country's Ministry of Finance discovered that many workers submitted fake birth certificates to get child benefits. Some continued to collect allowances paid to appointed officials even when they no longer had positions of responsibility. Officials said claims were being made for civil servants who had moved abroad or who had died.
    Cameroon's minister of finance, Alamine Ousmane Mey, told VOA that the civil servants who saw a reduction in their salaries or found out that payments had been suspended, may have been those stealing from the state and there is now a management system that detects such illegal payments.
   "The different advantages you get is automatically set in the system. It is not more manual, and doing it like this helps clean the payroll and those who unduly benefited from some advantages will be prevented from getting it any more," said Mey.
The minister said the military has been feeling the pinch this month because it has come under scrutiny. However, he assured those whose salaries were unjustly reduced or not paid that they could file complaints for corrections to be made.
    "We will address the short comings with regards to their situation. This will help us establish those who deserve the payment and those who unfortunately did not," stated Mey.
    The government has not officially announced how much the fake employees were costing the government. But the Yaounde based non-governmental organization, Dynamique Citoyenne, that collaborates with the Cameroonian government in addressing governing issues, said $12 million may now be saved every month.
      The public has had mixed reactions to the effort to get rid of the ghost workers.
University graduate, Ayeni Paul, who is a butcher in Yaounde, told VOA that he has hopes of a higher paying government job since huge sums of money are now being saved.
"People fake documents to claim more salaries. There are many people not only in the military. They [the government] should go to all levels and check. They should continue with their efforts to fight corruption," said Paul.
Wirkom Martin, 23, a college student, said he has no confidence in the reforms because Cameroonians are very corrupt.
    Cameroon has been classified by Transparency International on two occasions as the most corrupt country in the world.
Courtesy:VOA News.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cameroon Government Has No Right to Sell Bakweri Ancestral Land --Mola Njoh Litumbe, BLCC Secretary-General

     The Bakweri Land Claims Committee (BLCC) cited the Government of Cameroon before the African Commission on Human & Peoples' Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, concerning Cameroon Government intentions to privatize the Cameroons Development Corporation (CDC) whose plantations are grounded on Bakweri ancestral lands, so declared by the Governor-General of Nigeria before the advent of “re-unification."  These lands are fully inscribed in the German Cameroon land registers known as the Grundbuch.
     The Cameroon Land Tenure Act of 1974, signed by Ahmadou Ahidjo as President of Cameroon Republic classifies all lands inscribed in the German Grundbuch as "private property." That is the reason why Mission lands and those of some families in Victoria area which were inscribed in the Grundbuch are to this day privately owned.

    When the matter came up before the African Commission, plaintiff BLCC, represented by their counsel, Distinguished Law Professor  Ndiva Kofele-Kale, Esq. informed the African Commission of plaintiffs' claim of large-scale alienation of the disputed land, held in trust by the CDC, and over which ultimate title belongs to the Bakweri, whose lands were originally seized without compensation by an imperial German Government.  By letter Ref. ACHPR/COMM/3 dated 22nd May 2003, from the Chairman of the Commission to H.E. Paul Biya, President of Cameroon, a restraining Order was issued to the respondent Cameroon Government in the following terms:

   "This matter has been registered as Communication 260/02 - Bakweri Land Claims Committee/Cameroon, and the Commission is seriously concerned about the situation since should the alleged alienation proceed, irreparable damage could be caused to the complainants. In accordance with Rule 111(3) of the Rules of procedure of the Commission, I would respectfully like to appeal to Your Excellency to ensure that no further alienation takes place before the African Commission takes a decision on the complaint. I assure Your Excellency that this matter will be attended to expeditiously."

    Letter Ref.ACHPR/COMM/260/02/1123/13 dated 11 October 2013 from the Secretary to the Commission to Mola Njoh Litumbe, BLCC Secretary-General, states:

"I write to acknowledge receipt of your emails sent to us on 11 and 12 September 2013 together with their attachments.

"The secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Secretariat) will table your application  before the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (the Commission) for consideration, after which you will be informed of the Commission's decision."
    It is obvious from the foregoing that the matter before the Commission is still pending, while private Bakweri ancestral lands are being brutally violated, in complete disregard of the African Commission's plea to President Paul Biya of Cameroon. 

   BLCC takes the position that neither the Cameroon Government nor the CDC has a right to sell or alienate Bakweri ancestral communal land over which they have no title of ownership, in circumstances in which following a complaint by the Bakweri to the United Nations in 1946, the British Government stated in writing that title of the land has reverted to the Bakweri, but the land would be managed by the CDC on lease until such time that the Bakweri could manage their property themselves. 
That time has since arrived and the Cameroon Government and the CDC as trustees cannot exercise ownership rights over property they hold on trust for the Bakweri.

    NB:The above write-up is a reaction by Mola Njoh Litumbe,BLCC Secretary-General  to this publication Cameroon President Alerted about Land Surrender in Fako & Its Reckless and Illegal Sale.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cameroon:Facing the Discretionary Actions of ENAM’s Brainwashed Administrators

By Asonganyi Tazoacha*
Most Cameroonians seem to be like Paul Biya – always thinking that a job they leave undone today can be discovered tomorrow to have been mysteriously done! In this, they always have only their mouths to ask rhetorical questions and complain about the reality of their choice, and their eyes to cry about the consequences. They have only themselves to blame for choosing to just live instead of seeking to live better – to live the good life. While neglecting the tasks that cry out to be done, they seek to manipulate the past, the present and the impending future, but they always discover that the three are never linked in an arbitrary manner. The past is not malleable, so it cannot be manipulated at will; the future is open, so it cannot be produced at will.

Whether it is civil liberties, criminal justice, equality, governance or any other aspect of human life, society has always been aware that any struggle started and left halfway, is always left unfinished until it receives a last, determined push. You just have to check the lives of Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Luther King, Mandela, and others to know what it takes. You have to check the consequences of the unfinished tasks of the likes of Um Nyobe or John Ngu Foncha to know how costly an unfinished task of struggle could be.

Yet the openness of the future points to the unpredictability of how such tasks are usually hauled to their final destination. The consequences of single, “banal” acts like those of Rosa Parks in the USA and of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia are warnings that sooner or later in society, man is compelled to face with sober senses his real condition of life, and his relation to his kind, as Karl Marx would put it.

Ahidjo was no democrat, and made it known by avoiding the word “democracy” in the nomenclature of his party – CNU; further, he used to say that he was a non-French Gaullist, perhaps in recognition of the role de Gaulle played in manipulating him to power in Cameroun.

In the same vein, in symbolic pretense of distancing himself from Ahidjo while remaining a Gaullist, Biya went to French history and dug up de Gaulle’s 1947 RPF (Rassemblement du Peuple Français), dusted it and used it to provide a name for his own party in 1985 - RDPC (Rassemblement Démocratique du Peuples Camerounaise)! With that master stroke, he hoped that he would still be considered a “Gaullist” while appearing to be different from Ahidjo since his party would be “democratic” while Ahidjo’s was not.

When the UPC was banned in 1955 to create a boulevard for Ahidjo to come to power in the “independent” Cameroun, all its members went underground, went on exile, or continued to live in the society in compromise or cowardice, unlike members of the banned ANC in South Africa who refused compromise or cowardice. While living in their communities and participating anonymously in the sabotage actions of Umkhonto we Sizwe, members of the banned ANC openly formed hundreds of community organisations, civic associations, youth groups, women’s gatherings and all types of black common interest groups that eventually coalesced into the visible face of the ANC called the UDF (United Democratic Front) that rendered the black townships ungovernable, thus moving their struggle against apartheid a giant step forward. On the contrary, in Cameroun, members of the banned UPC fizzled out, and some engaged in symbolic acts of throwing tracts of protest from time to time.

That was not all. Some waged a guerrilla war. The success of the guerrilla war had to depend on the revulsion of the people against the past, represented by slavery and colonialism, and the injustices Camerounians were actually suffering in the hands of the French occupiers. This moral/ideological revulsion was captured in the slogan “independence and reunification” - a political form which they hoped would break with the compromised pre-independence Cameroun. The prosecution of the war had to depend on the individuals in society, believed to share in the revulsion; it had to count on the same society that had permitted, if not accepted, the imposition of slavery and colonialism in the first place.

Of course, waging of the guerrilla war was an act of politics; it entailed strategy and tactics – knowing where to attack, when to retreat and when to enter legitimate compromises. These depended on the responsibility of each member of society, each member of the banned party, for their actions, inactions, or compromises. Since the Cameroun society, probably because of failure in strategy and tactics, seemed to behave like a mere spectator of what Um Nyobe and his colleagues were engaged in, Um’s task was left unfinished, and Ahidjo moved his own task forward by muzzling the then “reunited” society completely.

Ahidjo’s greatest weapon was his Ordinance no. 062/OF/18 of 19 March 1962 on subversion which allowed administrators and security forces to act with impunity, to arrest, torture and send dissenting citizens to prison.  Indeed, the ordinance allowed him to set an example by arresting and imprisoning four influential members of the political class for their opinion. Thus, immediately after “independence and reunification,” Ahidjo used the 1962 ordinance to force the people to choose the easier option of abandoning halfway their struggle for rights and freedoms.

Interestingly, this struggle for rights and freedoms was reignited by the wind of change that blew around the world, and created a momentum in Cameroon that peaked in 1990. To stem the momentum, Biya promulgated what came to be known as “Rights and Freedom” laws – all repressive, unjust laws that were not meant to work in the interest of the citizen. As expected, the laws have failed to deliver rights and freedoms since they were just a pack of tricks hatched out to ambush citizens engaged in  the struggle. Indeed, the laws have turned out to be more obnoxious than the 1962 Ordinance of Ahidjo!

Law no 90/055 on public meetings has vague clauses like “public place,” “places open to the public,” “receipt of declaration”, etc. The Administrator - District Officer (D.O) - interprets the “places” to mean any place where “opposition parties” or civil society groupings want to meet, and the “receipt” to mean the discretionary acceptance or refusal of such gatherings. In an overwhelming majority of cases, the D.O. has always refused to “permit” the holding of the gatherings!

Law no 90/054 on the maintenance of law and order uses vague words like “banditry,” “requisition persons,” “control movement,” whose meanings depend on the whims and caprices of the administrative officials. Most of the time, the bandit has been a citizen that engaged in any “opposition” activity! The law gave birth to fifteen-days-renewable, and many other abuses by administrative officials.

There were many other such laws to control the exercise of rights and freedoms in other domains of society; and some clauses of Ahidjo”s 1962 ordinance were moved into the penal code. The ethical question today is, what have we done about all these violations by administrative officials since 1991? We have permitted them in the hope that they will go away on their own. We have behaved as if politics is charity or the expression of compassion, although the foundation of politics is solidarity. Solidarity can only exist among individuals who are equal in their individuality, and able to take responsibility for themselves, and define themselves as important and respected components of society. The treatment of rights and freedoms by administrative officials as if they belong to the realm of charity and compassion and subjectivity has killed the spirit of solidarity on which the strength, progress, creativity, innovation and patriotism of every country depend.

Politics is concerned with specific actions and choices of individuals and groupings, which serve to legitimate, concretise, or alter the actions and choices of other individuals and groups in society. The peaceful marches recently declared by Ngouo Woungly-Massaga and banned by a D.O. in Yaounde, and a projected meeting of civil society, declared to a D.O. in Garoua about which governor Otto Wilson of the North Region is making some curious noises, are symbolic democratic acts. However, although there is need for symbolism in politics, it is unwise to reduce politics to such theatrical acts, to borrow Norbert Kostede’s words. We have seen since 1991 that however numerous the banning decisions on marches and meetings by administrative officials, our intentions to stage protest marches, or hold public/private meetings, on their own, cannot bring about change, or advance the struggle.  Only active opposition to such self-interested breaches against our rights and freedoms can.

At this stage of our history, each of these marches and meetings should serve to broaden the conjugated efforts of active political parties and civil society groupings, not serve to replace institutional politics. The activities should be used to reignite activism in political and civil society domains. In doing so, we should always remember that it is in compliance with natural law that Um Nyobe, Ouandié and others fulfilled the mission of their generation by rebelling against a regime that refused them their natural rights and freedoms. It is foolhardy for us to continue to allow a regime destructive of our own rights and freedoms to endure, by always obeying the discretionary decisions of ENAM’s brainwashed administrators.

We need to rethink the mission of the present generation in the “reunited” Cameroon. Police truncheons, batons, tear gas and water cannons exist in all countries in the world, but there is daily evidence that other peoples brave these and still go out and fight for their rights and freedoms. We need courageous Cameroonians who would dare to fight today and win the fight so that our children will not need to return to the same tasks in future. Each time we embark on any aspect of the struggle, it should represent an ideal which we cherish to the extent that, like Mandela, we are prepared to die for it. 
* Asonganyi Tazoacha is a  Cameroonian university don and socio-political critic

Monday, January 27, 2014

Cameroon President Alerted about Land Surrender in Fako & Its Reckless and Illegal Sale.

In a memo to the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako Division,titled “LAND SURRENDER BY CDC TO THE INDIGENES OF FAKO: THE OBLIGATION AND CHALLENGES OF PRESERVING FAKO ANCESTRAL LANDS FOR FAKO INDIGENES AND POSTERITY” and copied among other authorities, the President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya,  the petitioner  who is  a Fako elite and International Legal Consultant,Mbella Ikome Ngongi, talks about  minority and land rights and makes proposals for the immediate redress of the dismal situation.

Below is a copy of  memo,which The RECORDER procured :

To:      Mr. Zang III,
The Senior Divisional Officer for Fako
            Limbe, Fako Division
South West Region

From: Mbella Ikomi Ngongi, Esq.
            P.O. Box 27, Buea, Fako Division
South West Region, Cameroon

Date  :   Thursday, June 6, 2013

Subject:   Land Surrender by CDC to the indigenes of Fako: The Obligation and Challenges of Preserving Fako Ancestral Lands for Fako Indigenes and Posterity
This morning, we heard over the news on CRTV Radio, Buea, your announcement inviting many chiefs of Fako Division to a meeting at the Limbe Council Hall at 10 AM tomorrow, Friday June 07, 2013, to discuss issues relating to lands surrender in Fako Division, by the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), your administrative jurisdiction.  Having heard some of your recent public pronouncements and admonitions regarding the reckless and illegal sale of Fako lands by some Fako chiefs, we think this meeting is very appropriate and timely; maybe long overdue, but welcome and much appreciated.
                                       The Problem and Context
   Today the peoples of Fako are faced with the challenges of the overwhelming influx of economic migrants, who pose a considerable threat to their very survival as minorities in their own ancestral lands.  Coupled with this is the reckless and illegal sale by FAKO chiefs of indigenous lands surrendered by CDC.  The obvious absence of any strategy by the people of Fako who are faced with this very serious and increasingly intractable problem, is evidenced by the way they are increasingly marginalized in the management of the affairs of the Division - politically, economically, socially, and, to a certain extent, even culturally. 
   The Government of Cameroon has an obligation to protect the indigenes of FAKO who are the innocent victims of this reckless and illegal disposition of their ancestral lands by some irresponsible chiefs.  This task, at the Divisional level, lies on your shoulders as the Senior Divisional Officer of Fako.  Your recent public statements decrying the practices of the illegal sale of Fako land by some Fako chiefs bolsters our efforts to redress this problem with the urgency it demands. Your concerns are legitimate and we applaud you for the efforts you manifest in this regard to the benefit of the many hapless indigenes of Fako Division. 
   International Law, to which Cameroon law is subject, addresses the critical issue of protecting national and ethnic minorities all over the world. 
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, adopted by the General Assembly Resolution 47/135 of 18 December 1992, takes cognizance of this responsibility that States have towards their minority populations and exhorts Governments to take all appropriate measures, under the law, to guarantee their protection.  The situation in Fako today, where the reckless and illegal disposal of indigenous lands by some Fako chiefs, with the complicity of some government officials, occurs on a daily basis, calls for URGENT and DECISIVE actions, on the part of Government, the Judiciary and Civil Society – actions that would put an immediate stop to this continuing and insensitive abuse and criminality.
The loss of Fako ancestral lands through this reckless and illegal sales and acquisition, or even theft, by some chiefs and government officials, seriously threatens and undermines the identity and very existence of the people of Fako.

Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration  states, inter alia:
1. States shall protect the existence and the national or ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic identity of minorities within their respective territories and shall encourage conditions for the promotion of that identity.
2. States shall adopt appropriate legislative and other measures to achieve those ends.
Article 2 states, inter alia:
2. Persons belonging to minorities have the right to participate effectively in cultural, religious, social, economic and public life.
With the clear intention of ensuring that no recriminations are wrought on minorities who seek to assert their rights to protection under the law, the Declaration further states:
Articles 3:
No disadvantage shall result for any person belonging to a minority as the consequence of the exercise or non-exercise of the rights set forth in the present Declaration.
Article 4:
        1.      States shall take measures, where required, to ensure that persons belonging to minorities may exercise fully and effectively all their human rights and fundamental freedoms without any discrimination and in full equality before the law.
The principles and rights set forth in this United Nations Declaration on the Protection of Minorities are the offshoot, in spirit and letter, of those embodied in The United Nations Charter (1945), The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976), all of which the State of Cameroon is signatory to.  By virtue of these international instruments to which Cameroon is signatory to, the Government of Cameroon has an obligation - a duty - to ensure that the peoples of Fako are not robbed of their cultural, social and economic heritages, which underlie their fundamental human rights and freedoms.
    When a people are deprived of their very fundamental source of livelihood, nay, existence, - their land - they cannot, under any circumstance, effectively participate in the economic, social, cultural, religious or public life in their country. The indigenous peoples of Fako face the real and present danger of suffering this fate if the current surrender of ancestral lands by the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) continues in the haphazard, uncontrolled, maybe opaque, manner, style, and speed in which it has been done in the past and until today. 
    In furtherance of our fervent desire to ensure the protection, enhancement and sustainability of the fundamental human rights and freedoms of the peoples of Fako, we are, hereby, proposing a change in the current and past practices of land surrender by Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) to Fako indigenes.
     This memorandum is the first of a series we will submit for your appraisal and action. We, as a Think Tank Group, propose strategies and practical steps for the people of Fako, and even other parts of the country, faced with similar challenges of economic migration, especially in cases where the indigenes, or their chiefs, have cultivated the negative practice of recklessly and illegally selling their ancestral lands to the detriment of their own indigenes and posterity. This practice is unsustainable and untenable because it deprives the people of Fako from their most important capital for development – land-  which, in turn, is already, now, producing a vicious cycle of poverty, disenchantment, despondency and dependency in many of our village and urban communities, with the most vulnerable being our youths, the future of this Division, this country.  It negates the legitimate aspirations of any peoples to preserve their culture and promote their legitimate economic and cultural aspirations for posterity.
                              CDC Land Surrender in Fako and the Dangers it Poses:
   The Cameroon Development Corporation, CDC, has for several years now embarked, together with the assistance of the Senior Divisional Officer and the Fako Division Department of Lands, on a program of surrendering Fako lands occupied by the CDC in the form of plantations, to many villages, which have applied to them for the surrender of parcels of land for their apparent use.  Many of the villagers in these villages to which lands have been surrendered by CDC do not own one square meter of land in the “surrendered” lay-outs.  An exhaustive list of such land surrender is in the offices of the Senior Divisional Officer and should be published.
   During our visits to some of these villages, and in discussions with some of their Chiefs and notables, the following troubling facts have emerged:
1.      For several years now, CDC has been ceding considerable amounts of land (average of over 70 hectares each) to village populations that vary from 10 to 5,000 people.
2.     Most of these villages, which we have visited and with whose Chiefs and occupants we have talked, do NOT have the 1.5 million francs CFA (or more) that CDC is asking as the fee for the cession of the lands.  In addition to the 1.5 million francs cession fee, an additional 1.5 million francs, or more, are needed to pay for the purchase and implantation survey pillars, labor etc. Therefore, a minimum of about 3 (three) million francs is needed, on average, for each village to accede to the surrendered lands.
3.     CDC is putting considerable pressure on the villages to come up with the money immediately, or else they would lose the opportunity to obtain the said lands.  They (CDC) have made this land cession time-sensitive. This poses a serious problem since most of these villages are not ready, financially, psychologically, managerially, or otherwise to receive and wisely and effectively use and manage these lands.
4.      Because of this pressure and because most of these Chiefs/villages do NOT have the requisite sum of money to pay to CDC, several of them have resorted to the dangerous option of  illegally “selling” parcels of “promised” lands, in ADVANCE, to those who would give them the money, in order for them to pay CDC.  This is the case with many chiefs and villages in Fako Division. 

5. There is great danger in this practice.  Most of the lands ceded by CDC have invariably ended up in the hands of non villagers, and not to the rightful and legal owners - the indigenes for whom the land surrender was meant and from whom the invading and occupying Germans illegally took away the lands.  This has completely negated the raison d’etre for the land surrender by CDC to the ethnic and indigenous, minority peoples of Fako.
6.    In our many focus group meetings held with some village members, notables and chiefs, there seemed to be a general agreement on the proposal we made to them for the need to have a credible and realistic management plan for the lands that are being surrendered by CDC.  However, knowing the level of material and spiritual poverty of some of these people, there is a slim chance that they will wait for the process-driven management plan to be set up before they completely divest themselves of the land by way of cheap, ridiculous, sales to whoever brings ready cash to them.  Time has proven us right. Most of the lands ceded by CDC are NOT in the possession and control of the intended recipients. Rather, they are in the contentious “ownership” of non- intended third parties.
    In the light of the foregoing, we respectfully submit to you, for your urgent action, the following proposal as a means of addressing this problem from a short, medium and long-term perspective:
   i.       Immediately order a freeze on all CDC lands surrender to any Fako villages UNTIL a clear and unambiguous understanding is reached by ALL Fako Elites and Villages/Chiefs on the generally accepted principles by which these lands will be held in trust by the chiefs or elected or selected committees, to be properly managed, when surrendered, in the interest of the village communities.  These principles will be in keeping with a desire to protect these ancestral lands - not to sell them - and to ensure that they will be passed on to posterity.
ii.        Set up a Fako Strategic Land Management Committee (FSLMC) to work directly with CDC, the SDO, the Lands Dept and all Fako villages to establish viable development management plans for the lands earmarked for surrender and also to establish a viable plan for any future land surrender by CDC in order to ensure proper protection for the minority indigenes of the respective villages and for posterity.  This Committee should comprise independent and professional persons from various walks of life, from Civil Society and elites of Fako, with no political or Civil Service connections and/or aspirations.

iii.    Sign commitment/engagement agreements with each village/chief embodying the principles of no-sale and proper, sustainable, management of these lands. Any violation of the terms of this agreement shall result in the immediate revocation and annulations of the lands surrendered and a return of the said land to CDC for safe-keeping and use.

iv.         Lands shall NOT be ceded by CDC to any village that does not submit a 25 to 50 - year development management plan, accompanied by a visaed agreement by The Senior Divisional Officer along with credible Stakeholders from Civil Society of Fako Division origin (preferably members of FSLMC) in ii above, or any other designated entity, certifying the embodiment of the principles set forth.

i.       Immediately set up a Fako Land Trust Fund with at least 1 (one) billion francs CFA of Cameroon Government money, designated for the development projects of Fako Division.  Set up a management process for this trust fund, whose membership/contributions should be extended to all Fako elites and indigenes.

ii.      Use the funds from this trust fund to support villages with the acquisition of the ceded lands and support the creation and implementation of viable, short, medium and long-term, development and management programs for all Fako villages, with special emphasis on youth training and employment in rural communities to prevent or stem rural exodus.
  We remain at your disposal to help in clarifying the proposals made here and in actualizing strategies to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the many, innocent, peace-loving but deprived indigenes of Fako.  We seek to work with you in the furtherance of your objectives that has led you to calling and holding this meeting with the chiefs of Fako, in Limbe tomorrow, June 07, 2013.

Respectfully yours.
Mbella Ikomi Ngongi, Esq.

·         -Mr. Ngoni Njie
The General Manager
Cameroon Development Corporation
Bota, Limbe
South West Region, Cameroon
·        - H.E. The President of the Republic of Cameroon
Yaounde, Cameroon
·     -    H.E. The Prime Minister, Head of Government
Yaounde, Cameroon
·     -    H.E. The President of the National Assembly
Yaounde, Cameroon
·       -  The Minister of Territorial Administration
Yaounde, Cameroon
·       -  The Minister of State Property and Land tenure
Yaounde, Cameroon
·        - The President of the South West Region
Administrative Court
Buea, Fako Division
South West Region
·         -The President
 Fako Elite Development Organization (FEDO)
Fako, South West Region