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CHINA/SINGAPORE/CAMEROON/AFRICA/COTE D’IVOIRE/UK – Highlights from Cameroonian press 17 Aug 11

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2011-08-19 09:23:07




Cameroonian press 17 Aug 11

Highlights from Cameroonian press 17 Aug 11

Cameroon Tribune in English and French

1. Richard Kwang Kometa reports in English that President Paul Biya and

First Lady Chantal Biya returned home yesterday after a fruitful state

visit to China. The head of state granted an airport audience to some

officials like Prime Minister Philemon Yang and the secretary general at

the Presidency of the Republic, Laurent Esso. (p 3; 700 words)

2. Essama Essomba’s commentary in French says the head of state’s

“political and economic” state visit to china was an opportunity for

Cameroon to strengthen and enhance Sino-Cameroonian trust and

partnership. (p 4; 900 words)

3. The communication minister, Issa Tchiroma, grants an interview in

French in which he says, among other things, that Cameroon accepts

neither dictate nor diktat. (p 5; 700 words)

4. Makon M. Pondi’s commentary in French says keen observers of the

Cameroon social and political scene agree that Cameroon’s economic

growth would be sustained if development efforts were not thwarted by

corruption. (p 6; 400 words)

5. Elizabeth Mosima reports in English that the second Catholic

Charismatic Renewal Pan-African Congress will take place in Yaounde from

22 to 28 August. The announcement was made during a news conference at

Mvolye, Yaounde, on 12 August. (p 13; 500 words)

Mutations Online in French

1. Georges Alain Boyomo’s commentary says in anticipation for this

year’s presidential election, peace has been the order of the day in

most political rallies, be they of the opposition or the ruling party.

Even religious groups and the media keep harping on peace as the key to

development. But all this excitement around the idea of peace takes our

minds back to Cote d’Ivoire, where there was so much talk of peace

during the post-elections violence in the country. Even the recent

changes in the Social Democratic Front, SDF, have been related to the

desire for peace to reign throughout the entire electoral process. (760


2. Georges Alain Boyomo’s commentary says the president of the Republic,

Paul Biya, needs to throw more light on the country’s political

calendar. He returned to the country yesterday after spending 29 days

abroad. With his return, the date of the Cameroon People’s Democratic

Movement, CPDM, congress will certainly be known in the days ahead. (617


3. Aristide Ekambi reports that Francoise Fonning, the president of the

Wouri V Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, Section, has buried

the hatchet. That was during a joint rally of all the sections in the

Douala V District area that held on 13 August. It was in the wake of

some infighting that recently rocked the party in the area. (459 words)

4. Josephine Abiala reports that some protesters were dispersed by

elements of the gendarmerie and the forces of law and order at the

Ministry of Basic Education, Minedub, yesterday during a sit-in that

they organized to demand for better working conditions. (507 words)

Le Jour Online in French

1. Theodore Tchopa reports that 25 elements of the police force had been

laying siege at the Cameroon People’s Union, UPC, headquarters in Douala

since 13 August. Their mission was to prevent the party from holding its

congress but the supporters succeeded to hold their congress up to 15

August, when it ended. (425 words)

Le Messager in French

1. Jean Francois Channon reports that President Biya has returned to the

country almost a month after the end of his three-day official visit to

China. Mr Biya, who left Cameroon on 17 July, arrived in Yaounde on 16

August, where he was received by some top state officials. Right now,

the president has to prepare for his party’s congress However, Mr Biya

has not declared if he will run even though reliable sources say the

incumbent president’s electoral campaign materials are already

available. (p2; 500 words)

2. Edouard Kingue reports that rumours are circulating about the

disappointment of supporters of the Social Democratic Front, SDF,

following the party’s recent turnaround. They say they are happy with

the decisions which only go a long way to promote the regime’s

principles. (p2; 200 words)

3. Gabriel Wato, a member of the National Executive Committee (Nec) of

the Social Democratic Front, SDF, grants an interview in which he talks

about the current political situation in Cameroon, especially the SDF’s

position as far as the upcoming presidential election are concerned.

(p2; 632 words)

La Nouvelle Expression in French

1. Herve B. Endong reports that Singaporean investors wish to invest

over FCFA100 billion in Cameroon. They presented their investment

project to the general manager of the Cameroon Investment Promotion

Agency, Api, on 8 August. (p 3; 600 words)

2. Frederic Takang’s commentary examines six potential Social Democratic

Front, SDF, presidential candidates. The recent call by the National

Executive Committee, Nec, for massive voter registration makes believe

that the SDF is part of the presidential race. However, potential

candidates like Joshua Osih, Jean-Michel Nintcheu, Hon Nchinda Fobi,

Celestin Djamen and Dr Nfor Nwayuke Susungi are a veritable challenge to

the current national chairman, John Fru Ndi. (p 5; 1,700 words)

3. Honore Fouhba reports that the Cameroon National Salvation Front,

FSNC, chairman, Issa Tchiroma, was recently in the North Region for a

registration intensification campaign. Instead of calling on his

northern public to vote for him, the communication minister called on

all to “rally massively behind Biya.” (p 9; 400 words)

Sources: As listed

BBC Mon AF1 AfPol mbv

(c) Copyright British Broadcasting Corporation 2011

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