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Thursday, 28 April 2005

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JP Tanyong

Please students; don't put your precious lives at risk. Desist from this violence and return to your homes.
That is my humble appeal.

These useless beer drinking and gun loving policemen have nothing to lose. Most of them are already very frustrated with their lives and want to cut short those of rising stars like your self.

Blasius Ekange

Could this be the beginning of another attempt to dismantle the French Vichy-type government in Yaounde? It is gonna fizzle like the efforts in the early 90s. Any thing that weakens the French installed Vichy-type junta in Yaounde is good for the African people of La Republique du Cameroun, and equally good for the de-colonization efforts of the African people of the Southern Cameroons. We need leadersship in both countries that are concerned with African interest and not the interest of Chirac and his band of lawless parasites that roam Gaullist Africa, under which the Southern Cameroons finds itself

Tchaptchet

Were you hired to post that comment?
Stay in your house if you want

bus

Go on students , fight for your rights for nobody will give them to you if you dont work for it, dont be afraid for the gods of the land are surely with you,let no one deceive to call off the strikefor the yaounde government and grandma Njuma Dorothy will surely ask you to call it off, tell them you all know what you want and that thing you must get, Bravo

John

We all have a right to freedom of speech and no one has that right to send somebody home

FA Epie

The site of gun-brandishing policemen in student residential areas posted on this page is ugly indeed. These strike actions are the surely the result of lack of dialogue. I have not attended a Cameroonian university, or UB for that matter, but I am familiar with the attitude of public servants towards the citizens. Recently I made a visit to Cameroon after an absence of ten years, and in the course of my stay, I made a stop at a state prosecutor's office to inquire about a court case that has been delayed for more than a year. After a long wait imposed on me by he receptionist, I finally made it to the boss's office. The guy would not take off his eyes from the document he chose to read at the time. I stood before him for about two minutes, during which I appeared invisible to him. When he finally decided to acknowlege my presence, his question was "what do you want?" not the polite "what can I do for you" that one would expect from a servant of the people. When I told him that there was a case in his office that has been overdue for a court date, he told me to write a complaint about it and leave it. I figured the complaint petition would also be delayed in his file and warrant a follow through, I left. I knew he was stalling, and that left a bitter taste in my mouth. That kind of attitude frustrates everyone, and if you have to go through it everytime you need something done, I can't imagine what emotions it may arouse. Public servants need to know that they are there to serve the people, and not to lord it over them. The UB administrative staff should keep that in mind.
That said, students must know that university education is not cheap. Considering their cost (less than 100,000 cfa) and bearing in mind that most of them have that mney paid for them by parents and relatives, I'd say they have pretty good deal. Most students I know here in the US have to do menial jobs and take loans to pay for their education, and by the time they are through, they have to repay those debts. I am saying this out of experience.
Destruction of university property will only deprive the students of proper facilities. There should be dialogue and open debates between the administration and student representatives. I for one have high hopes for Ub and would not want to see it destroyed.

Martin

Its about time the students stood up for their rights. although i don't by the idea of destroying property that will never be replaced. God be with you guys and gals.

skeptic

Massa, The POST, are you guys sure that picture is not from a B Nigerian action movie? I find it hard to believe that Cameroonian cops will allow you to take such a picture at close range...

Ashu felix

A sit out of class is the best strike to make.Let the student quitely and peacefully sit in thier homes for days even months as strike,and see the result.The administration is there because of the students.Njuma Dorothy and her flock cannot survive without the students,thats what they are paid for.
Cameroonians students as I know like sitting on the fence,sending their counterparts into hell,and when the storm is over and those brave one lying on their grave side(jail or paying for Damages)they will sit in thier cowardy compunds and point to the ruins of them.Until these sort of habits is eradicated any strike carry by students even the most peaceful will be meaningless.
Ashu Felix (germany)

asah

Freedom is God's gift to Humanity.Students of UB use it and sure u would be free.as a warning Revolutions start in colleges .Surely a Revolution is starting in Cameroon.People graduate and can't find Jobs.Thats not fair.Mr Biya its time to implement your GRAND AMBITIONS as u call it.

JP

Hi dear brother JP Tayong,
please don´t bring confusion on what is now happening in Buea. It is not a matter of as you wrotte "la Republique du Cameroun" but a matter of our system! It seems as you ignore that all this began in Yaoundé. In case you also ignore it most of their leaders there are from the centre province! So we Camenoonians all have problems and all our problems are because of the system though they might be different one to the others.
Just to inform you in case you don´t know it, we all want change, francophones and anglophones, Bamilékés and Ewondos, Bakwérés and Haoussas...so from east to west, north to south.
Please don´t just take theses problems in Buea (which in began Yaoundé) as a Southern Cameroons´one!

Wish you all the best my brother

JP

sorry JP Tanyong,

it is Blasius Ekange who talk about Southern Cameroons!

sorry

JP

Blasius Ekange

You bring your bankruptcy of ideas, your corrupt understanding of history and facts to attempt what argument? "Anglophone" does not equal Bakweri anymore than francophone equals Bamileke or Beti. The problem with the failure of the Federation is because France made a decision to add Southern Cameroons to her colony La Republique du Cameroun (Charles De Gaulle said we became, inluding you and you mum and dad, a gift to France from the Queen of England!).The instruments used was the Vichy-type fascists that they placed all over francophone capitals in Africa.

Sir, anything, whether it starts in Yaounde or Buea that give the Vichy-type junta in Yaounde cause for less sleep is welcomed. The case of the Southern Cameroons is one of one State against a colonizing State, FRANCE, through her colony La Republique du Cameroun. The instrumentalisation of tribalism which you miserably attempt to interject, and that evil France uses in her colonies does not hold muster with us. The Yaounde junta must be destroyed. If it starts through Ngoa Ekelle via Molyko, I will cheer. Or if Chirac wakes up tomorrow and decides to change his nazi-like policies in Africa, that too will work for me, but that system has to go. In the process the Southern Cameroons, not part of La Republique du Cameroun when that place became "independent" of Premiere Janvier 1960 will go back and respect their international borders and let us leave in peace!

Vic

If the demonstration of battle-field professionalism by the elememnts of the Cameroon police corps is actually in Buea as stated by THE POST then we may be in for more-than just a strike action from armless UB students. Our ears are on the ground and when the real enemy surfaces we shall all put our hands on deck!!!

Rexon

Blasius's comments are very much welcomed, accepted and acknowledge by all Southern Cameroon. The values of our society has been destroyed by the vichy type regime installed in Yaounde. Corruption, deceit, tribalism, nepotism. The product of all this, strikes, economic failures, etc. whatever is happening in buea even if it started in buea is a product of the vichy regime in france.

Julius G.

Dear Editor
I am totally surprised by the way the authorities in the South West are handling the strike action by the university students in Buea.I therefore suggest that all of them be sacked from their functions. Starting with the Governor of the southwest province, the Vice chancellor of UB, the registrar. As for the police commissioner he should shoulder the responsibility for the killing of the two students whom I believe are even more qualified for the job more than him. The government should compensate the families of the victims. While the so call police officers that shut death the two students should face justice.

Chris

I think it is high time the Gov`t know that the voice of the students should be taken seriously,and so should listen to the students request.Freedom is not free so fight for it my Dear Frather and i am shore we will win

sino

It is a sad situation.I do hope it will have a peaceful end.i am worried about the picture on this site of police raiding the student neighbourhood.i will like to know if we have a new police uniform in Cameroon.because what i am seeing resambles a scene of a nigerian film.

Monik Awasum

It is hard to believe that our cops are facing students. Would they be this bold if these were bandits? It's a shame on some of these uniform guys.

Well, student strikes have most often been at the front of many meaningful changes around the world. Go on guys!

From UB Forum

CAN THE POST CLARIFY THE DEBATE ABOUT THIS PICTURE ONCE AND FOR ALL; IS THIS AN IMAGE FROM ANOTHER SOURCE OR AN ACTUAL PICTURE OF EVENTS IN BUEA?????

See concerns below expressed on the un alumni forum
**************************************************

Infact the pictures of "police raiding student
hostels" on that post online looks more of a caption
from a Nigerian Movie.
Things like these should stop!!!!!

Val

Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public,
Amity Law Offices, BUEA

 King Li

After haven read all the comments and seen the pictures posted on this link, I would like to call on all Cameroonians to stand up for a peaceful nation wide strike.
Let’s look at what happened early this year in Lebanon where Rafik Hariri the former prime minister and head of government was assassinated.
More than half of the nation stood up and asked for the existing government to be dissolved and it happened.
Why can Cameroonians not do same? Civil servants and students staying at home as long as possible will crumble the existing government.
Students are standing up for their rights and drunkards in uniforms whose souls and bodies have been taken hostage by the post colonial skivvies of the imaginary god of African countries can not take the opportunity to follow their Children and Brothers to break us loose from this great depression but have the courage to break into rooms of innocent and armless students.
These pictures show us the only thing Pierre Minlo’s regime left for these guys.
Can they really stand the noise of a real gun shot in the action I see if the opposite reaction was equal?
This is a shame for those of us living abroad.
Our fathers in the opposition camp have failed us.
Let us use the Lebanese option and save our souls.
King Li

Julius Herbst

I am really astonished with the news coming from our fatherland. Are we save in our own houses given the fact that police officers take laws in their own hands to attack even mothers who are not UB students? It did happened to my mother. Today is my mom and tomorrow will be some other person's mom. I do think police officers can really distinquish between mothers and students. I feel ashamed for some of our law inforcement officers who are out there to create more havoc to the local population.

URIEL

MUTEGENE OYE! EKWANG POLICE! NO BI NA TAXI DRIVER DEY FOR THEY. BRIBE FILLED MINDED PEOPLE. THIEVES. ARE THEY TO BE STOPPING STRIKE ON THE STREETS OR IN THE BED ROOMS? I KNOW IT IS HIGH TIME FOR THEM TO UPDATE THIER OUT DATED KUMBA BREAD PHONES BY SNACHING PHONES FRO STUDENTS. WHEN WILL ALL THIS END. STUDENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ANGRY. IF IT WAS FOR THE FACT THAT THEY GET THE JOBS AFTER THE UNI THEM IT WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM TO PAY EVEN 500000FCFA. GO TO THE MARKET AND SEE DEGREE HOLDERS IN THE BUYAM SELLAM MODE WHILE ONE PERSON IS HAVING MORE THAT TWO JOBS. ILLETRATE PEOPLE ARE IN GOOD POSITIONS GIVE ILLETRATE IDEAS WHICH ARE BARELY FRIUTFUL. NEVER MIND BRETHREN, THE FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATES AND O LEVELS MOST OF THEM USED TO GET TO MUTENGENE WERE BOUGHT. I HOPE U SEE WHAT I MEAN. FINGERS CROSSED, I HOPE MORE WILL NOT BE SHOT. STUDENTS PLEASE GIVE THEM THE PHONE LET THEM GO AND STRIKE WISELY.

Didier

Fellow students, I salut u all and say bravo.There is one thing these so call big guns of UB claim.You know when ever there is a strike they try mounting pressure on u guys.At least there will all have a lesson to learn from this. Do not stay at home coz your rights will not be given to you.The pictures show for themself what these theives(Police) are doing.If students could be allowed to march through the streets of Yaounde and to be welcome by the PM, who then is a common Governor as compare to the PM. The strike the second day all started when this short Police Officer call Mifery started trowing teergas on students who were doing their peraceful marching. I think something should be done with this short thing(Mifery).We would like to advise you to stay away from students area coz our war continues with after the whole must have been over.Please we are calling on students to continue putting on Black to mourn our departed ones.
Adeu

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