SDF Decries The Increased Militarisation Of Buea

The Social Democratic Front, SDF, district in Buea has raised concerns over the increased militarisation of Buea, and the subsequent brutal treatment of lawyers and students by the police men.

“Buea, the chief town of former Southern Cameroons has out of a sudden in recent days been made to appear like a war zone” The statement stated, maintaining that increment in the number of armed men has made people to live in fear.

The SDF district release holds that, the trouble all started when the governor of the South West region brought in “strange police who came to confront lawyers”. They went further to decry the fact lawyers were chased and beaten like criminals from their chambers and homes.

“These are gentlemen who could have been attended to by the head of the legal department in Buea, or the Governor” They said, maintaining that “It is unheard of that Police beat up Lawyers with baton sticks in this peaceful Anglophone town which had had a government before unification.”

The SDF district chair noted that the climax of the brutalities came on Monday November 28, when “the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea could not amicably solve students’ problems.

Buea SDF chair, regrets that, students who were initially summoned for tests were beaten away from their campus, chased into Molyko, and to homes where their rooms were broken into. This resulted in the damaged property as well as many left wounded.

They decry that even after beating and wounding students, the students were not taken to hospitals to be treated, but instead ferried to Police and Gendarme offices for more beating and questioning.

They regretted that from the ‘old GCE Board Junction to the Total Petrol Station after UB Entrance, armed men are lined up on both sides of the roads in great numbers as if there was a Guard of Honour’

The District chair beckoned on government to stop brutalising citizens, and to solve the Anglophone problem once and for all.

Shooting at Gay Club in Florida Leaves over 50 Dead And 53 Wounded

Fifty people are now known to have died in Saturday’s shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and a state of emergency has been declared, the city’s mayor Buddy Dyer has said.

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The gunslinger, named by officials as Omar Mateen, was killed after taking hostages.

Apart from the over 50 people already confirmed dead, 53 others are said to have sustained injuries in the shooting at the Pulse club that called itself the hottest gay nightclub in the city.

The recent shooting at Orlando is said to be the worst mass shooting in recent US history. Police described the shooting as an act of terrorism.

Orlando Police report that officers entered the Pulse Club about three hours after the shooting unfolded and killed the gunman, who had taken hostages.

According to Orlando Police Chief John Mina, the attack began at 02:00 (06:00 GMT) and a police officer on duty at the club exchanged gunfire with the gunman.

The police report that the shooter appeared to be carrying an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had some type of device on him.

An FBI spokesman said they were investigating whether the attacker was a “lone wolf”.

Thieves Ransack Gendarmerie Brigade on National Day

As the national day was being celebrated all over the country, a group of robbers ransacked the Gendarmerie Brigade in Jakiri Sub-Division in Bui, Northwest region.

As local’s version of the story goes, the bandits ransacked the premises while the gendarme officers had all left for the 20th May celebration in a distance of over 300 metres at the council premises in Jakiri not far from their head-quarter. Among items reportedly looted from the force, were a gun alongside money and other items.

The bandits are said to have held an old lady who resides in the commandant’s house, still within the same premises at gun-point. This happened, when upon returning from a nearby stream, she bumped into the men of the underworld.

The village population quickly took on the issue, recounting their own versions of what happened. Most of the villagers ridiculed the gendarmerie force in the municipality, blaming them for only being good at man-handling innocent citizens while they cannot protect their selves from a handful of ‘bad boys’.

The bandits, whose main aim is suspected to have been that of stealing weapons, only succeeded to take a single gun as other weapons and armaments are said to have been stored in the commandant’s house.

In the wake of the scandal on the brigade, the officers reportedly stayed silent while quartier-talk questioned the ability of the force that was most often referred to as ‘a bunch of chicken-hearted military boys who only go about molesting innocent citizens’ and cannot watch their own back.

The stealing spree in the municipality had reduced, after a group of bandits noted to have been behind the constant ambushing of travellers along the Wainamah-Babessi stretch died one after the other, after confessing their misdeeds and exploits on villagers and travellers alike, within the municipality. With their demise and consequent slowdown in banditry within the municipality, calm reigned but of recent, stealing has been on the rise.

Fear in the village lies in the fact that the ‘bad boys’ have added a military grade gun to their arsenal. The villagers are gripped in fear as they consider how aggressive the bandits will be, as their guardians, gendarmerie officers have been trampled on with bare hands by unarmed boys.

Pope Francis Tips on Ordaining Women as Deacons

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Pope Francis has said the Vatican should study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. The Pope’s call hints on calls that women around the world and particularly in the United States have been asking the church to address over the years.

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Pope Francis’s groundbreaking remarks were made as a response to an off -the-cuff question.

The question came from the heads of women’s religious orders, meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday May 12 2016. The women group pressed the Pope for tangible ways through which women can play a larger role in leading the Catholic Church. To date, Francis has praised the “feminine genius” but has not carried through on vague promises to appoint more women to leadership positions. The women group holds.

In a series of pointed directed questions to the pope, the women asked why they can’t preach at Mass or be…

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Pope Francis Tips on Ordaining Women as Deacons

 

Pope Francis has said the Vatican should study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons. The Pope’s call hints on calls that women around the world and particularly in the United States have been asking the church to address over the years.

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis’s groundbreaking remarks were made as a response to an off -the-cuff question.

The question came from the heads of women’s religious orders, meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday May 12 2016. The women group pressed the Pope for tangible ways through which women can play a larger role in leading the Catholic Church. To date, Francis has praised the “feminine genius” but has not carried through on vague promises to appoint more women to leadership positions. The women group holds.

In a series of pointed directed questions to the pope, the women asked why they can’t preach at Mass or be ordained as deacons.

According to Vatican Radio Pope Francis noted that women can give ‘reflections’ at Catholic worship services, but only priests should preach homilies at Mass because they are acting in the person of Christ, better known as ‘persona Christi’. Church leaders have argued over the years that to prevent women from being ordained as priests, maintaining that Jesus’s disciples were all men.

Tenets of the argument that women should be ordained deacons draw their inspiration from the Bible where St. Paul mentions a woman by name Phoebe, who is said to have served in the early church, possibly as a deaconess.

When asked about Phoebe on Thursday, the Pope said the role of Phoebe and other women wasn’t clear, and he would ask the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to look into it.

It is not yet clear whether the Pope meant that the Vatican will study the role of women deacons in history or the possibility that women could be deacons in the future.  Vatican Radio, on its part portrayed the Pope’s remarks as a broad call to set up a commission to study the possibility of reinstating female deacons.

The Women’s Ordination Conference said in a statement that “Opening a commission to study the diaconate for women would be a great step for the Vatican in recognizing its own history”.

Top Boko Haram leader captured in joint Cameroon, Nigeria Raid

A joint military task force Consisting of Cameroon and Nigerian troops captured Boukar Kaou, one of the leaders of the Boko Haram insurgent group in a raid that resulted in the death of 58 militants belonging to the sect, according to the government of Cameroon.

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According to Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon’s government spokesman, Kaou alongside five of his aides were apprehended in a fight in the Madawaya forest in North-eastern Nigeria along the Nigerian border with Cameroon in a fight that lasted for two days, from on May 10 to 11.

As official statements hold, no soldiers died on the mission that ended with 46 hostages freed, including 18 women and 28 children. Three Boko Haram camps were destroyed and a consignment of weapons uncovered.

The offensive on the Sect and subsequent detention of one of its leader Kaou, comes as countries engaged in the coalition fight against the group are meeting in Nigeria together with the French President Francois Hollande, to rebuild the impoverished region around Lake Chad, establish state authority an keep military pressure on Boko Haram in order to defeat the group.

The Islamist militant group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS has effectively been a nuisance after instigating a seven-year offensive that has resulted in the death of thousands of people and spilled over into neighbouring states like Cameroon, Chad and Niger, displacing over seven million people in these areas, according to the US government statistics.

In efforts against Boko Haram, the French President attended a meeting on Saturday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja alongside presidents of the former French colonies of Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin, as well as representatives of the US, Britain and European Union.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari relocated the army’s headquarters from the capital to Maiduguri, the epicentre of the insurgency, substituted his top military chiefs and vowed to recover billions of dollars stolen in defense spending corruption scandals. The Abuja talks are a follow up of the second regional security summit in Paris two years ago.

Country where teachers are ‘paid in Chickens’

 

A city in Uzbekistan has paid its schoolteachers in chickens reported because of shortage in cash.

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Chicks,  as teachers salary

The authorities in Nukus, in the autonomous Karakalpakstan Republic, have been handing out freshly-hatched chicks to its teachers due to a lack of money in the country’s banks, according to US-backed Radio Ozodlik. One of the teachers refers to the new move as “shameful”, on radio the teacher recounts that “Last year they paid us with potatoes, carrots and pumpkins. This year they are forcing us to take newborn chickens instead of our wages. If we need chickens we can buy them from a market at a much cheaper rate.”

Another source holds that the chicks were deemed to be worth 7,000 soms ($2.50; £1.70) each for salary purposes, more than double the going rate at local markets. Uzbekistan’s government tightly controls the domestic media, and residents who speak to foreign media only do so on the condition of anonymity.

UB Graduate sets Herself on Fire, Due to Unemployment

A former student of the University of Buea who was among the 2013 graduating batch of students, practically lighted up herself due to frustration after going for years without a job and the mockery she received from villagers and relatives.

The girls whose name I got from her neigbours as Magdella hails from Bayangi and is said to have committed her suicidal act in her village.  As her friends narrate, people quickly intervened and freed her from the flames but the damage was already remarkable as the burns were deep. She was rushed to hospital where she died three days later on Saturday April 16 2016.

The girl is said to have often complained about unemployment and, always remarking that all her friends have been employed and that after filing her numerous job applications, she couldn’t get a job. It is reported that the girl was pushed by frustration and negative slants from villagers who mocked her for going to school and coming back to join them in the village as a jobless graduate. As her friend Beatrice who currently runs a store business in Buea recounted, she had proposed to Magdella to take on shop business like her and even went as far as sorting out a place for her in Buea but her friend rejected the offer and went on with her job search which was also accompanied by prayers and search for miracles. “She wanted to get into this our store business and I sorted out a place for her in Dirty South-Molyko but she was too traumatized to concentrate and now her sister runs the store.” Prayers are reported to have contributed to her frustrations when she complained to friends of seeing ghosts and apparitions in real life after she was prayed for.

Late Magdella graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Buea in 2013 and has been in the job market for over two years before she decided to commit suicide by setting herself on fire when she returned back to Bayangi.

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