Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Social Media was meant To Connect Friends, Not fight War, says Colbert Gwain




Some Journalists,  tagged Digital Rightists have participated In a brief work session on November 25th 2019, to express interest in bringing Youths across linguistic  and cultural  lines together, as part of the Internews Project,  the Dialogue  Now Campaign. 

The Rightists met for an activity within the framework of the Dignity Television Project, which has as objective to reach out to Youths and Communities, to bridge the gap and overcome the challenge face in Communication, enforcing the tolerance Syndrome. 




The CEO of the Project, Dignity Television,  Mr Colbert Gwain says there is need for making good use of the internet to realise sustainable Development Goals. Highlighting the importance  of Communication  between internet users and also adressing the difficulties faced by some users communicating with those  they don't agree with. 

The workshop served as a clarion call for users to carefully choose what to post online, and verify what kind of information communities should be fed with. Accepting criticisms  of users and be Digital Right models to be cautious about content shared online. 




" we are the most connected generation  yet the most divided, in terms of Religion, culture, language, tribe. we need to understand  why this, and overcome the challenge. " Colbert Gwain, Digital Rights Advocate  and Owner of the Dignity Television  Project. 

He makes strong statements about the Bill passed in parliament against Hatespeech, and say,Digital Righters should sign a petition against it. 

"why should the Government be posting a bill on social media activism, adressing structures  that are not available. putting a Digital Rights Bill, with no Bill protecting internet in Cameroon. Government  did not provide social media but has as a responsibility to accompany  every Cameroonian to realise fully their potential  in this Domain ".He added




According  to the Project Owner and CEO of the Dignity Television  Project, the mustard seed will Be legalized, when the problem plaguing the Northwest and Southwest Region must have been laid to rest. Having its network spread across Cameroon,because most people are going  digital and by this the Project will record a success. 

Accompanied by Mr Blasuis Charles and Madam Roseline Obah, who played roles to facilitated the session on Peace Dynamics and hatespeech, participants gained knowledge on the violation of Human Rights on the online space also know  as digital Rights, and to handle the reactions of perpetrators maturely in order to have a conflict free community. 



"we have been carrying out slot of Campaigns, slot of capacity building, creating awareness over the media so that people look at conflicts in different  dimensions.workshops like this gives to for encouragement  so that people change the narrative,coinv together as one man to save this conflict " Madam Roseline Obah, CCMN President Northwest and West. 

"This begins from affirming that we have differences,respect them and transform them in construvtive ways. Value negative responses online or offline,  educate them and this will in a way deescalate the conflict".She added. 

Participants  engaged in an exercise with Madam Rose Obah who is also a trainer in Conflict transformation, instilling in them knowledge on how to manage conflict and resolving conflict amicably. 


in

Mr Blasuis Charles, says there must be caution implored before posting content online.



"let us be responsible  in our social media platforms in connection  to hatespeech and be cautious on what we post,becauss the content will be traced. To combat hatespeech, we must educate those promoting it, to edify them. If we ignore them, the impact can be huge on users. " Mr Blasuis Charles, Consultant and facilitator.

All hands raised against  cyber bullying as Digital  Righters continue to put efforts together to fight negative responses online or Offline, genuine to contribute in deescalating  the crisis  plaguing the Northwest and Southwest Region. 



    

Population Urged to Work In Synergy with Hysacam to Secure A Clean Environment






The Management of Hysacam has embarked on a clean up campaign exercise on November 24th 2019 after some irregularity due to the prevailing situation in the city of Bamenda.

The Exercise dubbed "Operation Keep Bamenda Clean", calls on the people of Bamenda to cooperate in the sanitation aspects of the city, as the Director of Hysacam Mr Zaumu Joseph tells the Press that 2019 has been a year filled with challenges. 




Many people In Bamenda have encountered difficulties coping with the odour oozing from the heap of dirt, piled at major junctions within the town and traders selling around the refuse dump or trash cans confirm that they have had health challenges. Though a refuse dump, it was a habitat for some mental people within the town. 

Some of the traders around the Nkwen market cried foul about the challenges they faced due to the pile of dirt around their market place, which had occupied a good space creating Inconvinience with road passage, which resulted to customers to move further  away from the area of dirt  to purchase their goods.

"The dirt became an convenience for us, gradually passage for vehicles was no longer there, Business was slow, water sometimes will run from the heap of dirt down to our market place. Seeing this men in their work attire this morning coming to pick up the dirt is a relief",A woman selling at the Nkwen Market. 

" The stench from the dirt has caused some health challenges which I have deviced a few preventive messures to stay healthy. we have not been able to mobilize to carry the dirt or dispose of it because the town is littered with dirt and everywhere is filled. We pray that Hysacam has come to stay, especially during this festive period, because by carrying this dirt, we will have enough space to exhibit our goods and customers will buy freely." A Man, selling at the Nkwen Market. 




The Director of Hysacam,Mr Zaumu Joseph says there has been a challenge with the issue of Landtittles and this is one of the reasons for the irregularity in work. 

"2019 had been a troublesome year for Hysacam in Bamenda and we had series of events that has stopped us from irking sometimes. Reccomendations arrived at a session in July at the City Council, couldn't be examined due to the prevailing situation  in town. We had issues with Landtittles  that could not be exploited. " Mr Zaumu Joseph 

He raised the issue of the dumping site which according to him made work challenging. 

"A Municipal Order was signed by the Government Delegate indicating  we could use swamps in Mulang to dump but faced another challenge, then we went to Mbelewa, where we face another issue then we stopped. Mbelewa is the dumpsite earmarked in the contract and that is where we have gone back today. " He added. 



Managing dirt in Bamenda had become a great challenge for city dwellers, and Hysacam says they are not responsible to teach the public to manage their dirt, but the responsibility  of the Council to do so. Hysacam feels that with the coming of the dry season, aiborne diseases will spread faster and finds they need to clean the town. 

"Teaching the Community to manage dirt is not the duty of Hysacam, but the councils. Hysacam has as duty to collect garbbage from the People. With the Coming of the dryseason we feel the pinch of what the population  goes through,  flies everywhere  with airborne diseases, we find it necessary to start again and this time we home to carry out our duties  to the end of the year, hoping that 2020 will be better. " Director of Hysacam. 




The Director of Hysacam pleads with the population to accompany them in securing cleanliness within the city of Bamenda
    

Monday, November 25, 2019

IDPs In Bamenda Receive Aid while Expressing Feelings to Return Home.




Humanitarian  assistance has been received by over 400 famillies in the Bamenda, during a distribution excerise  done on November 22nd 2019 at The Governor's office.

The Distribution under the supervision of the Team from Yaounde, led by Mr Anchang Paul, closely assisted by the Chief of the humanitarian centre,In Bamenda, served displaced families with Matrass, buckets, blankets, Davon, oil, rice and the sum of 10,000frs as transport. 



The Humanitarian aid distribution  chaired by the Secetary General at the Governor's Office,  Mr Viang Mekala representing the Governor of the Northwest Region,  Adolphe Lele LAfrique, insisted that recipients must understand the message behind the distribution of these basics needs, provided by Government through the Ministry of Territorial Administration.

"You all must understand  clearly the message for the distribution  of humanitarian  assistance, it is a special kit from the Head of State,President Paul Biya, to give support and show compassion towards those affected by the ongoing armed conflict in the Region, so when receiving the aid, know that the Head of State is doing all to see to it that, the crisis ends. " Mr. Viang Mekala said. 

He urges them to make good use of the material received and refrain from selling any,as it may be the case with some displaced persons, seeking other means of survival.

The Chief of the Cordination Centre for humanitarian  assistance, for the Northwest Region,  is introduced to recipients, with reasons that more people visit the Governor's office seeking where to register for the aid but don't have information on directives.



 
These displaced persons are grateful about the support received from Government, yet, request that more be done, so that they can return to their different homes while smiling, to enjoy the Peace they long for.

"I am happy about the items received because we do not have  anything, we have been running from Noni and my Junior brother has been killed I'm the process. I need Peace and I wish that the crisis  ends, we are 8 In a house,  we barely manage to survive and sometimes, we drink Harris. " Miss Esther Bih, one of the recipients. 

A lady who's name The Guardian Post got as Judith, Is grateful recievig aid, yays emphasis on the anxiety to return to school and the reasons behind the recent frequent irregularities.

"I am grateful about the basic needs I have recieved, but am worried because I don't go to school on a daily basis.I plead on Government to assist us, take a step forward  so that we can go to school. Teachers receive threats on a daily basis, are being kidnapped and these are reasons why they are not regular on school" she said. 

" we are 6 of us in a house, we ran from Bambili to Ntasen and things were not getting any better before we settled at upstation, getting a place to live here was a greater challenge. We plead on the Government to Help us, we want to go home". Miss Judith added. 

    

Friday, November 22, 2019

Vigilante Groups Beckoned to Work with Administrative Authorities



The Governor of the Northwest Region, Adolphe Lele LAfrique,  chaired a Regional Coordination Security meeting on November 18th 2019, ahead of End of year activities and to ensure a successful implementation  of the electoral process.

The Administrative and Security Authourities review the situation within the Economic, Social, Cultural  and Security domain, to confirm that there are still security challenges  in some hot spots of the region. 

Inhabitants of the city could still get gunshots, people being killed and a timid atmosphere for some kids to return to school, and the Governor assures the population that there is a plan put in place to secure the Region during this end of year celebrations and upcoming municipal/Legislative elections. 

"Elections Cameroon assured us of measures being taken being taken before elections, some will be addressed at the local level and other concerns sent to the hierachy"The Governor of the Northwest. 

" I call on all candidates  and electoral to mobilize themselves under administrative  authorities  and use vigilante  Groups to ease the task of the security  services that are taking care of the city, and other remote areas. " He added. 



Though calm is returning gradually in some areas of the Region, the Governor continues continues to make the call, asking all Traditional Rulers and Elites to return to their home, so that the Peace process can be attained smoothly. 
    

NCPBM Moves Closer to the People in the Northwest Region













The National Commission for Bilingualism  and Multiculturalism has on Tuesday November 19th,visited the Northwest Region to identify a suitable premise and evaluate their office to host it's Regional  branch,expected to go operational in 2020.

Their mission to prospect for possible premise for the regional branch, is a decision that was arrived at as one of the resolutions of the first ordinary session 2019 chaired by its President H. E Peter Mafany Musonge. 

The National Commission created by a decree on January 23rd 2017, as an advisory  body with legal personality in financial autonomy, has existed and carried out functions at the level of the Nation's capital,Yaounde but has recently made a decision of making it's first stop in the Northwest  Region, following the emphasis laid by the Head of State,President Paul Biya during his new Mandate, to accelerate the promotion of bilingualism  and multiculturalism, as a means of living together. 



The Secretary General at the Governor's  office for the Northwest, Mr Viang Mekala says the Commission had long existed and it's establishment at the Level of the Region is only bringing the services closer to the people. 

"A letter received from Yaounde, asking the Governor to look for a place to lodge the national commission  for Bilingualism  and Multiculturalism, the Regional branch  will be installed at the Regional Delegation of Secondary Education, so as to make the services close to the population" SG said. 

"The Regional head and Staff will be installed in the days ahead and will start work, therefore the mission of the commission is to have effective  presence at the level of the Region".He added. 




Dr Che Asafor, Head of the national Commission says the
Delegation of Secondary Education facility, is befitting to host the office at the Regional level.

"The Authorities of the Northwest Region, The Governor,  has mobilized the services concerned to make an inventory of structures that can house the Regional Services of the National Commission for the promotion  of bilingualism  and multiculturalism. This structure had need to be lit in place, so that the office go operational in 2020." Head of National Commission 



Amongst the duties of the Commission, it is expected to Submit  reports to promote Bilingualism and multiculturalism as objectives  to the Head of State,  Monitor implementation  of both Languages  in all Sectors,  and also propose measures to Strengthen Cameroon's Bilingualism  and Multiculturalism. 
    

CCMN Transforms Lives in Communities through Peace Journalism



Members within the Cameroon Community Media network, have met in a network meeting on November 20th 2019 , under Peace Journalism and Conflict Transformation Project, of the Presbyterian  Church Cameroon,PCC,  to evaluate work done by Journalists since the conception in the Northwest and West Regions. 

The Evaluation meeting reviewed work done by Reporters within the network since June 2018 and this  autocritic exercise made Journalists  understand  the impact of their reports on the audience they serve. Though Journalist may have in a way contributed on escalating the crisis, the network meeting held to correct some of the errors made. 



The Project Manager,  Madam Roseline Obah appreciated Journalists within the CCMN for their different productions on Peace Journalism, that had in many ways impacted the lives of those whom they serve in their communities. 



Comments about the story angles chosen by CCMN members in their different  newsrooms, could not be over emphasized, because most of the stories reported on, were worries of those in the communities. 

"Members  of the network have been working the talk,  whatever they did as far as their reporting is concerned,reflected Peace Journalism and this had a positive impact on the community. " Madam Rose Obah,Project lead. 

She quoted stories of Refuse Management  and The Road Situation in Bamenda, while encouraging members to do a follow up on the stories already reported,  so as to meet the wants of the people. 

"CCMN members, who are Registered Journalists within the region,  have gone closer people, to talk with them, and this served as a therapy,  getting the issues that border people on a daily basis and reported on them through their different  media platforms.".She said. 

"Stakeholder,Government  Whosoever is involve will take action as a result of the Peace Reporting and this will contribute in deescalating the ongoing armed conflict  in the region." she added.

Stepping into Sustainable Development  Goals,  Madam Rose Obah's explains that material discussed is Peace and Community development  oriented.

"Most of the material discussed is related to Peace and on Community Development. Sustainable  development  goals can be attained once there is Peace,  and Journalists should fine tune their skills to act on these goals. " Project Lead. 



CCMN members are thankful about the impact of the Project shown their reports, as a way of contributing their on quota in the Peace Process. Miss Being Carine, reports with Moghamo Community radio  and says this project has an impact on their editorial Policy. 

"This Project has impacted our editorial policy because the media has been used as a tool for Peace, not for War,In broadcasting or running our programs, we have changed out diction so that the common man will feel the importance  of our reporting. " Miss Ndong Carine. 

Ambe Macmillian, a Reporter and owner of The Statesman, blog says the project has given room for Journalists to evaluate themselves.

"I think this project has helped to shape the output of my organ, comment from readers and the impression you get after reading your write up, the voices we did not usually consider are being reflected. The Project has given the opportunity  for Journalist to Evaluate themselves and see how they can contribute their own quota to peace and deescacalte the crisis. " Mr Amber Macmillian. 

CCMN has chapters in Northwest and West,but The Project Manager says Peace is a virtue for all, and cannot be deprived reason why other chapters will be opened in other towns in Cameroon, so that the Peace Project is well rooted. 


    

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Religious Leaders called to Differentiate Church Activities from Humanitarian work



 Over 100 Religious Leaders drawn from different church denominations from all 7 divisions of the Northwest Region have met in a 2day workshop, under the canopy of LUKMEF, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation, on November 15th 2019  to discuss and build a synergy between themselves and other bodies involved in the Humanitarian Phase

A program funded by UNICEF,  the workshop trains to help service providers within the humanitarian aid circle understand Humanitarian principles and standards according to international levels; the risk involved, Neutrality in report and transparency. Understanding Humanitarian response , UNICEF in the domain of intervention in the Northwest,  GBV and structures providing assistance in the different domains.

The presence of Organizations like United Nation, Local NGOs and International NGOs have been observed in the conflict hit zones in Cameroon, and these trainees will have need to understand the people they serve and their needs, before providing aid.

Eventhough churches are seen as safety ground for people in times of crisis, but some churches in the Northwest Region have turned to abuse their followers, using their weakness to enrich themselves. Mr Tanyi Christain , CEO of LUKMEF says working in a humanitarian aid domain shouldn’t be an air ticket to win more souls nor an evangelism exercise,  or crusade to get an increase in followers for their churches.



He throws  more light on the Principles guarding Humanitarian aid activities; Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, and  independence, explaining that if a particular community benefits from the humanitarian basics provided,  the act bridges the principles guarding humanitarian aid. 

 LUKMEF adviced Religious Leaders to revamp Structures like njangi houses, cultural or social groups, still existing in different conflict hit communities, to instill hope and unity in the minds of the people.

A Press conference granted by LUKMEF questioned the practical modalities of all that was done theoretically and the security measures taken to protect the trainees while on the field.   Mr Tanyi Christian explains why the training was necessary,  during the humanitarian  phase  of the Ongoing armed conflict in the Northwest and Southwest Regions. 

“The engagement with the civil society was necessary given the crisis situation we find ourselves in, with over a million people affected, 34000 as refugees, more than 4000 people internally displaced, which is a call for a collective action. There is no association that can effectively respond to the needs of the people affected because their total needs are huge. There is need to improve humanitarian efficiency through proper coordination.” CEO  LUKMEF

“Engaging the religious bodies and traditional rulers is a priority, to have them integrated in a humanitarian response because faith based organizations are found even when a community is broken.  In terms of access, these religious leaders and Imams need to tell service providers what their communities need and how the needs needed will be to be handed. Within the framework of UNICEF’s intervention in the 2 English speaking regions, this international organization understands the roles religious , as well as traditional leaders can play in humanitarian response. UNICEF is embraced by,most humanitarian actors. Religious bodies have to be accountable and be at the center of the humanitarian response.

Mr Tanyi Christain CEO of LUKMEF Expects the religious bodies to understand and incorporate humanitarian principles in their weekly sermons, so that acceptance of humanitarian actors will increase and the rate of receiving the aid will be high.  what prompted the coming together in humanitarian activities, according to LUKMEF it is an activity including everybody and its survival mechanism put in place for sustainability of the initiatives ,Is according to what actors design.” CEO LUKMEF

Madam Ndiforba Schneider from Ramah Christian Centre says the training was timely. "I learnt that I should not engage in humanitarian  work based on politics, and that with Humanitarian  aid we must be neutral, impartial, helping all those suffering without considering their background. " She said. 

Madam Bouba, an Imam says peace ND unity is priceless. "I learnt that we should encourage brothers and sisters to live together and through this, these organizations  will find it easy to give aid to those suffering  in crisis hit zones" Imam. 

Mbofong Roys  from Christ Embassy under the campus industry says the knowledge acquired will be passed on to his peers. "As a servant in the church, the idea of Humanitarian  aid automatically comes in. The training is very beneficial, because I have learnt about humanitarian  aid principles and how to carry out the activity professionally".he said



 


    

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Traditional Rulers,away from Peace Caravan Urged to Return Home




 








Peace Caravan Delegates have sat in a consultative administrative meetings with their  Respective SDOs on Monday 18th 2019, to discuss the way forward for the Caravan launch in their respective Divisions in the Northwest Region. 



All Divisional heads present except for Donga Mantung, who are expected to collaborate with their counterparts to ensure that the Peace Caravan initiative is welcomed and successful in all parts of the Northwest  Region. 



Most of these persons designated to lead the caravan in their respective hometowns, ahead of the municipal and legislative  elections, find the time frame too short to have prepared themselves to deliver the message to the Indigenous People. 



The Senior Divisional Officers for their respective Divisions, confirm with the Governor of the Northwest Region, about the ongoing ground work in their various jurisdiction and assured the Peace Caravan Delegates of maximum collaboration and security during the Divisional Launch. And that is waa our of question that forces of law and order pull back,  because they were versed with the situation on the field. 

Some of the Members of Parliament talk about the need to make Elites and Traditional Leaders to return home, an effective collaboration with them so that the Peace process will be smooth and guaranteed. According to Honorable Wallang Richard of Menchum Division, there was need for the Traditional  rulers to Poor libations of Peace.

For over 3years, within the Anglophone Crisis, many Traditional Rulers had fled their different villages and resided in the cities of Douala and Yaounde. Abandoning their palaces and people, without visiting back home and be present in times of their need. The question of how they travel back and get security guarantee in the crisis hit areas,  still lingers in the minds of those willing to go back home for field work

The Security challenge of accessing some of the Divisions or sub Divisions in Mezam, is a Major challenge for some of the Peace Caravan Delegates. The message meant for the People during the Divisional Launching is intended to calm the hearts and motivate those willing to do effective work on ground. 

Reactons from the Governor of the Northwest Region, opening and building files on those who prove resistant to the call for Peace, was welcomed by leaders of the Caravan for the Different Divisions. 



Honorable Banmi Emmanuel of Nkoketunjia, south Balikumbat says the time frame is too brief for preparations.
"I have received threats to me and my family, to me the time frame to prepare the launch for the Peace Caravan in the Division is too short, the possibility of mobilizing and getting People to talk to, before getting those to work with for an effective job to be done, is still uncertain." Talking in the meeting. 



Honorable Enwe Francis of Momo- West says members are not ready to go to the field. "Many of my members are giving Excuses why they cannot go to they field. As of last meeting till now, not up to 4 persons are willing to go" He said. 



Mr Akwa Patrick Kumbong is confident that with the ground work done in Wum, Menchum Division by The Mayor of the Wum Council and Honorable Wallang Richard, The Peace Caravan Delegates can have the opportunity to talk to the people.
"Wum is relatively calm, besides the thorn of threats we receive, we are obliged to do work expected by Government which we find necessary and important, to go to the people and use calm words, preaching Peace." Mr Always Patrick. 

"If I die in the hands of my people, it will be better, because I brave the odds to bring a message of Peace that will bring Development to my own People." He added.

Very much is expected from what will result from the Regional Launch of Major National Dialogue and from the Divisional Launch by Peace Caravans, though many are not convinced of meeting the people they should talk with.

Ndefru Melanie




    

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Government Charged to Extend the Olive plant and Make Peace a Reality.







The Major National Dialogue Caravan has been launched  yesterday in Bamenda at the MINEPAT Hall in the presence of the different delegates from the 7 divisions, involved with municipal and legislative elections 2020




Chaired by His Eminence Christain Cardinal Tumi, closely assidted by Professor Cosmas Cheka, English Law Department head of Yaounde 2  who read out the resolutions arrived at the Major National Dialogue and gave room for inputs from those who were part of the delegation that represented the Northwest Region.



The Governor of the Northwest Region Adolphe Lele LAfrique received the special envoy sent to the Northwest to deliver the resolutions of the major national Dialogue and during the meeting, he makes it clear that the solutions to the ongoing armed conflict in the Northwest and Southwest Regions wouldn’t come from Yaounde but from the efforts of everyone who wanted to see Peace realized. He beckoned on everyone to make efforts, especially the Traditional rulers and elites to work In synergy with their people to realize this.



Lawan Bako makes comments about what is read out by the Professor and says some resolutions twere left out and that it was necessary to include them if truly the Government was working towards achieving Peace.

“we said that the country must be renamed, United republic of Cameroon, so as to suit our two cultural heritage. N other to stamp out the feelings of Marginalization , the quarter system should be put in law for the Anglophones of the Northwest and Southwest Regions, so that our children should not continue to cry foul about Marginalization in writing concurs. It was heavily applauded and I was there, and The Prime Minister said adopted. I don’t see where you are coming with the points on Bilingualism and so on, because that is already in the constitution. These children did not go to the bushes because of Bilingualism. No Francophone should be appointed for the Anglophones in Northwest and Southwest regions and this was adopted. What was done in the technical commission was wrong producing such reports on recommendations. After the adoption of those points were adopted in the preliminary, we expected the Head of State to come out with something specific to calm down the tempers of our children in the bush, before this meeting. Now you read out something inconsequential,i was expecting you to highlight what people applauded as the mindset of the people.” Lawan Bako

“The Cardinals have talked about Peace and I believe in Peace not in acts of war, but take not there cannot be Peace without Justice. If there is Peace without Justice, know that the Peace is Temporal.  I end by congratulating the head of State who went to France an Came back to realize that the Minority were being cheated, and tried to assimilate them and it did not work.” He added.



Honorable Wallang Richard from Menchum Division brings out the realities faced on the field, makes comments on the reports read out by the professor on resolutions from the Dialogue .

“ I don’t think I can go down to Wum, to Menchum and talk anything without talking about WADA, we still have documents on WADA building which is former MIDENO structure, we still have the documents but we don’t want to explode and I heard him talk about revamping, in the Major National Dialogue we brought up the issue on WADA. Going to Furawa, there are still heavy gunshots being heard. If you talk about WADA, a lot of things will be stopped.  If I enter Wum like the Delegation that I happen to be there, anything that I preach, no one will hear me if WADA is not mentioned. MIDENO cannot be in Bamenda controlling WADA in Wum, please if you don’t mention this, I going to Menchum will return with Zero, Nothing.” Honorable Wallang Richard.



Archbishop of Bamenda Cornelius Fontem Esua, is frank about Peace talks and says pretense willnot sort the way forward expected.

 ” There can be no Peace if there is no truth, if people do not accept the truth and do what is right, I think that we cannot fool all the people, all the time.For me the National Dialogue was the moment of truth or should have been the moment of truth, if we wanted to solve the problem and solve it inn a definitive way and one expression that came up 3 times in the President’s message convoking the national Dialogue was that the national Dialogue was being called to answer the highest or deepest aspirations of the people of the Northwest and Southwest Regions, if those aspirations are not answered in a very realistic way, I am afraid Peace will not come and we stand a difficult task in order to solve the problems that we have in our hands. If we wanted to get peace.” Archbishop of Bamenda.

“If we need peace we will have to start where we will need to understand the true definition of peace, loving your neighbor and visiting your neighbor taking the reactions or case of the internally displaced persons, who cannot visit where they come from. we have to create those conditions that will favour the meeting or having the opportunity to talk to People, the installations of administrators within Northwest took place in emty environments; the Government talking to itself. We need to start by the seizure of violence, violence from all directions. We are victims of violence from both directions and we need to create an environment that we can meet we need to encounter and talk to people, reasoning with them. The Government has tough job here to be the first to make the bold step to our belligerent youths and to act consistently accordingly and that we really need peace up to the point of sacrificing ourselves.” He added.



President of  CAMASEJ  “All Elites have answered present to this initiative because it only adds value to the Peace that should reign in our region. As Journalists we already have the doubts we no longer raise questions but seek for solutions. I am pleading with the committee in charge to sit with us before going to the field. If we had  the opportunity to sit with you and get veritable answers, we will at the same time be orientating the masses that should be waiting for this information, there are a good number of you delegates  here, who will have to go to the field, but will not go but will want to use Journalists to do reports on whatever you want that be reported on your behalf. The journalists will need to accompany you, but before we do, let us sit and design a message that will suit the people. Permit me to say that, in some cases where the delegates will be able to access their terrain, it will be difficult for the masses to follow up and it is only the media that can inform the population why their delegates showed up. Please let us make good use of the media in the region who have been very collaborating this far.” President of CAMASEJ, Northwest Region

The CAMASEJ President also noted with disdain that the Governor of the Northwest Region though very collaborative with the Press, had visited some persons or elites in the region who had been victims of kidnap by the secessionist and yet didn’t receive a phone call from Administration as a sign of concern, despite the fact that the Journalists in the Northwest Region had contributed their quota to the Peace Process.

“if u see us standing with our cameras, books n pens filming and recording you, that all you can do is sit in the evening  back at home and watch, we just want to plead that you give  us that respect  that which we deserve.”



Mayor Dighambomg makes a comment on the list constituted for the Legislative and Municipal elections and proposes that administrators or elites who frequent the field or are resident there should be included.

 “ when I look at the way the list has been constituted, I want to think that it should be revised because there are some persons here who have never visited their people or gone to the field since the crisis escalated, yet their names are on the list. What are these people going to be saying when the time comes when they don’t know the minds of the people. As servants, we should not only appear at the time when we need the population, we should appear at the time when the population needs us. We have different conflicts aside the ongoing armed conflict and as a way forward, we convened a meeting to people deliberate and look for solutions to enjoy long lasting peace. With such situations, it is easy to pass a message across  to the people, but abstaining from them one will not have understood or be part of their problems. For the Elites, we hardly stay out for close to 2months without visiting the people back home, Yes the challenges are there, Yes the threats are there, Yes the rejection is there but when the people realize you have been there for them to a certain extent, they will be able to accept you.” Mayor Wum Council.



Professor Paul Nkwi talks about the White Flag that stands as a sign of Peace and emphasized that what matters is the take home message. 

“ The special status which is a fundamental issue, people will be asking what is it all about because we need this Peace we are seeking to be real.Every divisional commission should carry  a White Flag with nothing written on it as a sign of Peace during the caravan”. Professor Paul Nkwi.



The 1st Deputy Mayor of Nwa, Jinkwen Martha Fonwi tells the audience how she will disguise to move in the streets back at home in other to be free from the threats of secessionists and will only dress well and answer her name when she is in the city, all of these for security Reasons. A similar case with those residing in conflict hit zones and she also mentions that there is a major challenge for her to reach her people and talk with them. Delegates involved in the campaign process have the latitude to co opt persons with whom they think it will be easy to work with on the ground.



The Chairman of the Launching ceremony His Eminence Christain Cardinal Tumi, laid emphasis on Peace and said it was a necessary tool for everyone In the Northwest Region because Jesus Christ Himself is the Prince of Peace. He explained and interpreted what Peace is all about.

“Peace Means Seurity, Peace is not just the absence of war. Peace is not acquired once and for all ,it is a life time event. Another name for Peace Is security, To respect the right of every citizen is to promote peace. Mutual Confidence promotes Peace. We are bound to promote peace in all its forms and tenets. Peace is the fruit of love and where there is love, there is peace, where there is no love there is hatred and so War. Let all those who educate the youths and form public opinion, like the Journalists, who have a major role to play in the Peace Process, should avoid insultive Language, promoting PEACE. To build Peace, we must eliminate all forms of discord, the light principle of Peace is love.”   Eminence Christain Cardinal Tumi.



The different leaders of all 7 Divisions after the Launching are holding meetings to better plan on the ground work that needs to be done before campaign proper, but the question of what message will be given to the people in the crisis hit zone, remain a challenged faced by all the delegates involved in the Municaipal and Legislative Elections.

Ndefru Melanie

    

Boy's Brigade Goes Operational in Bamenda







Young Persons in Bamenda have been called to be christened and disciplined through the Boy's brigade company, settled and started in the Christian Baptist Church CBC.

This Company as it goes by the name is a mustard seed,started in Cameroon in 1957 registered and recognized by the Administration, with an objective to lead young persons to know and love Jesus.
                  National Cordinator for The Boy's Brigade,Pastor Gwe Brain Ringnyu

"it is a basic unit which doesn't go by a church name but a company name,with reference to the city where it is based and it's age or period of existence"  The National Coordinator said.
The Boy's Brigade will be matriculating itself after fixing and putting in place a firm constitution.

"It is a discipline opening its doors to all Churches of different denominations, to lead all boys and girls to Christ,to know and Love Christ, promoting the habit of Obedience, discipline,self respect and all that trends in Christin ways" He added.

Age grouping, from 4years to 8years is the anchor level, when the child's attention is tittle towards the group, 8years to 11years is the Junior section, 15years to 17years,the Senior section and from 18years and above, this group is seen as leaders. This is according to international standards for the Boy's Brigade, explained the National Coordinator

In Cameroon,according to founders,there is a follow up after the age of 18years to 30years, here , the person is strong and is seen in character and activities as one that walks and works in Christ.

According to the National Cordinator for the Boy's Brigade in Cameroon,The Girl's Brigade was founded in Scotland by a Boy's Brigade officer in 1965.

The National Cordinator for The Boy's Brigade in Cameroon, Pastor Gwe Brain Ringnyu makes known it's calendar of activities in Cameroon:

January 8-10  fasting and Prayer Day in all Churches

January 6th -11th Field by Field Chain Fasting and Prayer all churches 

February 7th -8th National Training on Boy's Brigade,Cameroon Ranking and Award system Bamenda

April 14/21 Resurrection/ Easter Rally for Boy's Brigade in all Associations

August 10th-16th Boy's Brigade Week in all Churches

October 4th Boy's Brigade Founders Day in all Churches

November 20th –21st National Boy's Brigade General Council in CBC Center
 Ndefru Melanie