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Thursday, 17 February 2005


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Ajim Moses

This "nyongo" society is a evil cult that needs investigating. It cannot be dismissed because many fatalities have been attributed to the society which neither proves or disproves the existence of the cult. Africa can be dangerous.

In 2002, there was an intelligent young man Stephen Mbah studied in Cameroon and then left for further studies in Belgium. On graduating, he emigrated to the United States. Shortly after settling in the State of Ohio, Stephen was involved in an unexpected but ghastly motor accident. His life ended in a hospital air ambulance. His remains were sent home to his native Batibo village for burial.

What transpired in the village left many questions unanswered. His elder brother who had allegedly involved the young Stephen Mbah in "nyongo" was witnessed opening a sealed casket to place herbs into the corpse's mouth before burial. The elder brother who is a cocoa dealer in the Kumba area has also been accused of terminating the lives of other young men through "nyongo". These types of stories take a toll on people and anger can easily overcome reason. However, reason and logic are not infinitely elastic. There is an end point, followed by direct action to stamp out evil.

In short, Africa needs to investigate itself and divest from evil practices. Good people have to rise up to defend their communities - a process that is guaranteed to catch some innocent people. Evil doers cannot be expected to admit their guilt in the first instance. Inaction simply encourages the wicked.

Long live the people of Banga-Bakundu.

Aj Moise
Chicago, USA.

Ojong Enow

Moise, your logic amazes me. In criminal cases in the United States the burden of prove has to go beyond a reasonable doubt. The reason is to reduce the chances of an innocent defendant being punished for a crime he or she did not commit. You probably did not make yourself clear, but what I deduce from you argument above is that, Africa is evil and people in Africa reserve the right to apply "gungle" justice on the accused without proving them guilty.
Mister, your reasoning in this case is flawed and should not be encouraged.
Take care.

James Mukum

The Mighty People of Banga-Bakundu have started a "Revolution" in the words of Chief Bebe. The intent is to eradicate the dark practices of witchcraft and "nyongo" from their community – this is communal liberation from agents of the devil. The "nyongo" hydra should be cut in twenty places and burnt to ashes.

Witchcraft had prevailed in the United States (see for example, Summers, Montague - The History of Witchcraft and Demonology. Secaucus: Castle Books, 1992), particularly in New England states in the 17th and 18th centuries. The practitioners were dragged to peoples' courts and most were put to death by hanging in the town center. Call it jungle justice but it served the intended purpose, in the United States of America. It was a people’s revolution against remnants of dark age religions.

It is hard to see how the liberal Laws of the land can serve justice to crimes committed by practitioners of satanic religions for whom secrecy and non-disclosure are first principles.

Banga-Bakunda is a warning shot to purveyors of evil religions in other towns and villages. Idi Amin and Saddam Hussein were not deposed by bureaucratic Laws but by certain fire. Witchcraft and satanic sacred societies are the unspoken Idi and Saddam blighting Cameroon’s towns and villages.

People like Ojong Enow are the usual liberals who do not understand the limits of personal liberty.

James Mukum, Paris

Alice Enow

Ojong Enow has a narrow understanding of the United States where laws are clear and well-defined.

A criminal act in the United States sets the wheel of justice in motion with a clear intent - to apprehend the causal agent and exact appropriate punishment.

While the Constitution requires the burden of prove to go beyond reasonable doubt, the reality falls short for several reasons, for example the nature of the crime, the cost of the trial, location of the trial, capabilities of attorneys involved and the public zest to see justice done. Innocent people often get caught in the process and pay for crimes they did not commit.

The advent of genetic finger-printing or DNA-testing has freed many innocent people from Death Row (death sentence carried out here by lethal injection or electrocution). The implication is that innocent people have been executed in the past.

In a nutshell, somebody has to pay a price for a crime that has been committed. If sorcery and devlish religions like "nyongo" contribute to crime in Cameroon, then it is the duty of the authorities to investigate and legislate. There are ways, simple, forensic and metaphysical, to investigate all crimes committed by humans. Cameroonians have to ensure that those in power are also in office (i.e. proactively carrying out the peoples' work).

Alice Ayuk
Los Angeles, CA.

Tiks Oben

The "grand debat" I think is whether "nyongo" is a mafia with a criminal posture in Cameroon, perhaps similar to the Italian "mafia". The authorities there better wake up from slumber and be proactive. Right now, they seem reactive in tune with lazy posture of civil service bureaucrats.

It took New York authorities nearly 20 years to investigate and destroy the "mafia" by either shooting to death or imprisoning the so-called bosses, most of whom also played havoc in Sicily, Italy. The "mafia" fought back mercilessly, killing police officers, law officers and alleged informants.

Fighting crime is not easy and innocent people can be caught in the process. The corruption-ridden Cameroonian security forces may not be ready to take on "nyongo" bosses. What really is "nyongo" and how does it work ?

However, the uprising in Banga-Bakundu could be an earthquake and disciples of "nyongo" better watch out. The people will rise up !

Tiku Oben
New York

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