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« One Dead, Five Wounded In UB Strike | Main | Meme Chiefs Want Killers Of UB Students Tried »

Tuesday, 24 May 2005

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Johnson Ambe

I just want to give my hearfelt thanks for their real-time and virtually live coverage of events in Buea. This has NEVER been done in Cameroon. Never!!! I am not sure that even news media such as the BBC, AFP, Reuters would have pulled it off. You deserve an award for your revolutionary coverage of the UB story.

Most importantly, I am thrilled to put a name and a face to the guy who has been taking some of the most dramatic pictures of our time, that is MR. OROCK ETA. If Cameroon had a Pulitzer award for its best journalists, then Mr. Eta would win the Pulitzer for the "Best Photo Journalism of 2004" not only in Cameroon but in Africa. People have won for less.

I just checked the "People of the Post" section and he is listed as "sales and production assistant" (!!!!???) or something of the sort. What the hell is that???

Come on!!! Make him the Director of Photography or the Photo News Editor!!! He has earned it.

Ndolo

Waoh!!!!! Mr.Eta Orock you are amazing...Congratulations...Just keep doing what you are doing...This is Great Bro....You have made my day...I mean you keep us all with great pictures since this criss started...I don't know how we gonna pay you back but Bro...You are Number 1...We out here do really admire your job and we have you in heart...Trust me,,I owe you a crate of Mutzig..
Ndolo
Toronto-Canada

Anthony Monono, South Dakota

I want to duff my hat to Orock for taking what are undoubtedly iconic pictures that sum up what is happening in Buea. I am particularly impressed by the the 3rd picture above of students brandishing equipment seized from the Police. It is a picture whose intensity rivals that of US Marines planting the flag at Iwo Jima in WWII; of firefighters raising the US flag over ground zero after September 11, 2001 or of the unknown afgan girl on the cover of National Geographic. All of these pictures earned the photographers a Pulitzer...

I hope that Orock gets an award not only for bravery but for excellent photography. This is a guy who will feel at home in the streets of Gaza of Baghdad and will not mind being an embedded reporter among marines leading the assault on Falujah.

If the Post didn't know it before, it has a gem on its hands. Please "use" him well.

Courtney Eko

The UBSU president and the other leaders have probably never heard of Che Guevara( They would probably think he is from Bafut!).Those striking students and their leaders are no Che Guevara's.Their leaders address them in pidgin English.There is nothing wonderful or unique about those students.They are only a stubborn lot without any knowledge of strategy or how to get what they want.What really are their demands??
If only they knew a little about the potent symbol of rebellion and alluring zeal of revolution(Che) and read some of his write ups,they would have had a more effective and goal oriented strike.What ever happened to strategy options?what ever happened to plan A and Plan B? The VC will not come out and meet you.What is next?Burn more cars of innocent members of the civil society?no budding strategy consultants amongst you?
All sympathies I had for the students' cause is long gone.Regrettable that the students cannot rise above the ordinary members of our largely uneducated masses.All this talk of shrines is almost laughable.Who was it who said the Africans' civuilization is only skin deep?
The UB strike is not worth dying for.It is not cool to die in your 20s;and especially for no particular cause.IF any of them think their cause is honourable,can they like Che say "Shoot,coward,you are only killing a man"

Frank

"Idiot Hater"
I wonder who is being perjorative? Look at your own words. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my analysis of the context in which this is happening. The instruments of repression that are about to be applied on students are pretty much the same ones that have been used on Africans in similar french neocolonial territories and which have been laid in place in Cameroun since the late 1950s, and they were designed and maintained by the French to be used in exactly situations like this . That is a true analysis, and any properly educated African should know this. It is extremely well documented and not an invention of my imaginings.

However, would I advice Buea students to do what they are doing, the way they are doing it? Definitely not! I would never advice anyone to use rocks to fight people who are armed with bullets. I think that is foolhardy. I would advice more careful strategy, and in this case violence and destruction of property is not the answer. I do not think I have in any way asked anyone to throw stones or to burn cars. Do I think they have genuine grievances? Of course, they do! If I were to advice any individual student in this situation, it would be to go home to parents in Kumba or Nkambe or wherever and not to return until things quiet down and the soldiers have gone, but to never forget the context and the history in which this is being played because the genuine opportunity will come.


The problem with these fetid conditions is that when you make a hole anywhere the entire collection of pus might come pouring out through this hole. As I had said somewhere, we are at the edge of the precipice, and if this is not handled wisely, it could spin completely out of control. Yesterday, a taxi driver was shot, most likely just going about his business. Does this raise the ire of taxi drivers and widen the problem? I guess not. The first time the violence flared up, police went into the surrounding town and did damage to people who had nothing to do with what was going on. That is how things escalate and go out of hand by involving more people. When someone shot an Austrian prince in Sarajevo, no one at the time could have predicted that the resultant conflict would spread to involve the whole of Europe and even some of our great grandfathers in Africa, and to end over 4 years later, after killing millions of people. You just cannot predict some of these things.

I do hope that this is handled reasonably, and the adults with experience have to do a lot of thinking. The fact is, these french neocolonies are like tinderboxes, and are notorious for generating genocides from situations just like this. Already, the military that is occupying Buea are making distinctions between those who can speak french (us) and those who cannot (they) in their treatment of the population. These are actual reports from the ground. Guess who gets suspicion and harsh treatment? This is context, and will determine who suffers if this escalates and people must know that. I fear for my people, and they must not be blind to the full context of what they are facing.

Now, "Idiot Hater" do you think you are helping students by insulting them? The biggest advice I can give the students is that they should be like you in many ways (minus the narcism). They should live so like you they can escape from that hell hole to another place where they can maximize their potential. This is not a perjorative, just a statement of fact. There will be better opportunities to act together dislodge the colonizer.

mediawatcher

WILL REASON PREVAIL?

In a declaration carried in today's edition of Le Messager, the UBSU President seems to have martured overnight. He no longer calls for the resignation /dismissal of Njeuma as a precondition for negotiations, although he would be happy to see it happen. The even offers his "compassion" to elements of the Police who were brutalized. He also calls for a speedy return to classes. However, the union is steadfast in its demand that the union be recognized.
(See complete article below in French).
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Après les émeutes de Buea: L’Ubsu lance un appel au calme

Les membres de university of Buea students union (Ubsu) condamnent les violences enregistrées mardi 24 mai à Molyko et réclament l’ouverture immédiate des discussions avec l’administration de l’université.

Ils sont au nombre de cinq. Tous se présentant comme étudiants en social and management sciences (Sms). Leur particularité c’est de représenter le University of Buea students union (Ubsu), un mouvement associatif interdit depuis 1995 par le recteur Dorothy Njeuma. A la faveur de la crise qui mine le campus universitaire de Buea depuis plus d’un mois maintenant, un groupe d’étudiants composé de jeunes d’origine anglophone et ceux de racine francophone, en a profité pour réactiver ce mouvement. Le président de Ubsu, Walter Onekon Angwere et l’ensemble du bureau regrettent l’échec de la commission Abouem à Tchoyi voulue par le président de la République, Paul Biya, en rejetant l’entière responsabilité de ce couac sur Mme Dorothy Njeuma: “ Jeudi dernier, lors du passage de cette commission, nous avons eu deux heures de travail ensemble. Nous voulions que le recteur viennent également parce que nous avions conscience de ce que seule l’ouverture d’une négociation responsable peut aider à débloquer la situation chaotique dans laquelle se trouve l’université de Buea. Tout en déplorant les violences de ces derniers jours nous voulons absolument nous adresser à nos camarades mais également aux forces de l’ordre et à l’administration de l’université de Buea. ”

Non à la violence!
Pour Walter Onekon, Martin Ako, Gilbert Mua Ebua, Nkimamin Nzefeh et Njifon Njoya Hassan “ le préalable à toute négociation avec l’administration de l’université de Buea, c’est la reconnaissance de l’Ubsu comme étant la seule union des étudiants de l’université de Buea. Le départ de Mme Njeuma, s’il est vivement souhaité, n’est pas du tout la condition sine qua non à l’ouverture du dialogue ”, lancent-ils. Par ailleurs, le bureau de l’Ubsu lance à l’endroit de leurs camarades “ un appel au calme et à la non-violence ”. Ils ajoutent vis-à-vis des familles de leurs deux camarades tombés sous les balles des forces de l’ordre lors des évènements de la fin du mois d’avril : “ Les condoléances les plus attristées et sincères. Et la compassion aux policiers et représentants des forces de l’ordre blessés mardi au cours des affrontements de Molyko ”. Quant à la reprise des cours, les membres de l’Ubsu l’appellent de tous leurs voeux: “ les efforts sont actuellements déployés pour que cette reprise intervienne dans les meilleurs délais. Mais, nous en informerons nos camarades étudiants en temps opportun ”. Enfin, les cinq pilotes du bateau Ubsu tiennent à rassurer l’ensemble des étudiants de l’université de Buea de ce que, contrairement à la folle rumeur qui circule dans le campus de Molyko depuis quelques jours, ils sont bien en liberté et vivants : “ Nous continuons de nous battre pour un retour à la normale de la situation. Dans ce sens, nous demandons à l’administration de l’université de Buea et aux autorités locales de faire évacuer les forces de l’ordre du campus afin de ramener la sérénité à l’université ”.
Ces jeunes gens convaincus que seul le dialogue peut ramener le calme à la maison, se disent prêts à jouer les médiateurs entre leurs camarades et Mme Njeuma, recteur de l’université de Buea. Une vraie main tendue à la recherche de la paix. Sera-t-elle saisie?

Par Jean-Célestin EDJANGUE
Le 26-05-2005

Reverend

The reports have been fascinating and the images vivid. The question now is how secured is Buea with lethal weapons in the hands of some unkown individuals? May God forbid armed robbery and revenge! Its frigtening!!

father Abraham Dahuanja

I want to highly appriciate the work the post is doing to our community.I pray the good Lord to bless you guys and may your wisdon and knowledge never know retardation.

Dr A A Agbormbai

Please the Post,

What has happened to our comments? Please restore them and keep an everlasting record of them. Our words of wisdom can guide others in many ways to eternity. These comments represent our moments of inspiration, during which the Almighty puts words into our mouths to enlighten our folks. It is impossible for us to reproduce them once they are destroyed, and destroying them is like destroying our intellects!

Ephanga Pete N.

The strike has being of great success given its brave and succesful end especially with the presence of the mayor of the Buea district whose show of political bravery, convinced the students of the university of Buea that the compus still retains its old and famous title"A PLACE TO BE "

N. T. Chamfor

The Post must be thanked for its extensive coverage during this time. Their vivid commentries have been important because, left to other papers, this crisis would not get much mention.
The whole strike should serve as a lesson in conflict management and conflict resolution, or the lack of it.The violence of the past few weeks are a culmination of pressures and tensions that have accumilated over the past ten or so odd years.It is sad and upsetting that lives lost and the property damaged. One of the fundamental problems is that Government does not wholeheartedly try to solve the problems in front of them. The fact alone that a students union has been inexistant at the University of Buea for the past decade is testemony to this. How can the institution really be called "A Place To Be" if the student body has no means to channel their grievances. Student Unions act as a channel of conflict management and are infact beneficial to both parties. Dr Njuema and her associates obviously saw the abolition of a student union as a means of control. The consequences are there to see. The fact that she is coercing students to return toclass in such an atmosphere coupled with the declarations of the Minister of Communications are merely attempts to paper over the cracks of discontent within the establishment instead of resolving them. If the problems of the University of Buea are merely a micronism of the current problems in Cameroon it does not bode well for the future.

mukete

PLEASE HELP!

What is this Article by -Célestin EDJANGUE of the Messager of 26-05-2005 talking about? What is happening now in the University of Buea?

Please my ability in French is not good. Can someone please translate this article into English, so that I am surely of what is going on before I give my humble advice? Please help out.

Mukete

Dr A A Agbormbai

Mukete

I agree with you. My French speaking ability is as poor as anyone can imagine, having not had to use French all my life.

Majolie Nazel

After the riots of Buea:
Ubsu launches a call to calms the members of university of Buea students union (Ubsu) condemns recorded violences Tuesday May 24 to Molyko and claims the immediate opening of the discussions with the administration of the university. They are five. All being presented in the form of students into social and management sciences (Sms). Their characteristic is to represent University of Buea students union (Ubsu), an associative movement prohibited since 1995 by the vice-chancellor Dorothy Njeuma. With the favour of the crisis which now mines the university campus of Buea since more than one month, a group of students made up of young people of anglophone origin and those of French-speaking root, in profited to reactivate this movement. The president de Ubsu, Walter Onekon Angwere and the whole of the office regret the failure of the Abouem commission in Tchoyi wanted by the president of the Republic, Paul Biya, by rejecting the whole responsibility for this false note on Mrs. Dorothy Njeuma: "last Thursday, at the time of the passage of this commission, we had two working hours together. We wanted that the vice-chancellor also come because we were aware of what only the opening of a responsible negotiation can help to resolve the chaotic situation in which the university of Buea is. While deploring violences of these last days we want absolutely to address to us to our comrades but also to the police force and the administration of the university of Buea. "Not to violence! For Walter Onekon, Martin Ako, Gilbert Moulted Ebua, Nkimamin Nzefeh and Njifon Njoya Hassan "the precondition to any negotiation with the administration of the university of Buea, it is the recognition of Ubsu as being the only union of the students of the university of Buea. The departure of Mrs. Njeuma, if it is sincerely hoped, is not at all the indispensable condition with the opening of the dialogue ", launch. In addition, the office of Ubsu launches to the place of their comrades "a call with calms and non-violence". They add with respect to the families of their two comrades fallen under the balls from the police force at the time of the events of the end of April: "the most saddened and sincere condolences. And compassion with the police officers and wounded police officers Tuesday during confrontations of Molyko ". As for the resumption of the courses, the members of Ubsu call it of all their wishes: "the efforts are actuellements made so that this recovery intervenes as soon as possible. But, we will inform our student comrades in convenient time of them ". Lastly, the five pilots of the Ubsu boat make a point of reassuring the whole of the students of the university of Buea of what, contrary to the insane rumour which has circulated in the campus of Molyko for a few days, they are well in freedom and alive: "We continue to beat us for a return to the normal of the situation. In this direction, we ask the administration of the university of Buea and the local authorities to make evacuate the police force of the campus in order to bring back serenity to the university ". These young convinced people that only the dialogue can bring back calms it at the house, are ready to play the mediators between their comrades and Mrs. Njeuma, vice-chancellor of the university of Buea. A true hand tended to the research of peace. Will it be seized? By Jean-Célestin EDJANGUE

Majolie Nazel

Just a translation of Célestin EDJANGUE's article of 26-05-05 to help Mukete.

After the riots of Buea:

Ubsu launches a call to calms the members of university of Buea students union (Ubsu) condemns recorded violences Tuesday May 24 to Molyko and claims the immediate opening of the discussions with the administration of the university. They are five. All being presented in the form of students into social and management sciences (Sms). Their characteristic is to represent University of Buea students union (Ubsu), an associative movement prohibited since 1995 by the vice-chancellor Dorothy Njeuma. With the favour of the crisis which now mines the university campus of Buea since more than one month, a group of students made up of young people of anglophone origin and those of French-speaking root, in profited to reactivate this movement. The president de Ubsu, Walter Onekon Angwere and the whole of the office regret the failure of the Abouem commission in Tchoyi wanted by the president of the Republic, Paul Biya, by rejecting the whole responsibility for this false note on Mrs. Dorothy Njeuma: "last Thursday, at the time of the passage of this commission, we had two working hours together. We wanted that the vice-chancellor also come because we were aware of what only the opening of a responsible negotiation can help to resolve the chaotic situation in which the university of Buea is. While deploring violences of these last days we want absolutely to address to us to our comrades but also to the police force and the administration of the university of Buea. "Not to violence! For Walter Onekon, Martin Ako, Gilbert Moulted Ebua, Nkimamin Nzefeh and Njifon Njoya Hassan "the precondition to any negotiation with the administration of the university of Buea, it is the recognition of Ubsu as being the only union of the students of the university of Buea. The departure of Mrs. Njeuma, if it is sincerely hoped, is not at all the indispensable condition with the opening of the dialogue ", launch. In addition, the office of Ubsu launches to the place of their comrades "a call with calms and non-violence". They add with respect to the families of their two comrades fallen under the balls from the police force at the time of the events of the end of April: "the most saddened and sincere condolences. And compassion with the police officers and wounded police officers Tuesday during confrontations of Molyko ". As for the resumption of the courses, the members of Ubsu call it of all their wishes: "the efforts are actuellements made so that this recovery intervenes as soon as possible. But, we will inform our student comrades in convenient time of them ". Lastly, the five pilots of the Ubsu boat make a point of reassuring the whole of the students of the university of Buea of what, contrary to the insane rumour which has circulated in the campus of Molyko for a few days, they are well in freedom and alive: "We continue to beat us for a return to the normal of the situation. In this direction, we ask the administration of the university of Buea and the local authorities to make evacuate the police force of the campus in order to bring back serenity to the university ". These young convinced people that only the dialogue can bring back calms it at the house, are ready to play the mediators between their comrades and Mrs. Njeuma, vice-chancellor of the university of Buea. A true hand tended to the research of peace. Will it be seized? By Jean-Célestin EDJANGUE

Majolie Nazel

27th April 2005 - 27th May 2005

It all started one fine 27th April 2005 morning with no harm and after some few minutes or hours, it moves to the next step which include harm, voilence, injuries ,lost of lives and what have you. Due to these killings, the first dic finished and when the second dic was inserted, the film started at the Buea Muturay again with violence, destruction and.......
When dic (the movie)two got to the middle, it was just as if Shaolee told Chief-Bandit that they should meet at the mountain for the return, so Chief bandit had to send some of his guys to survey the environment, while surveying, nothing happened and dic two ended.
Dic three (the movie) started when chief -bandit decided to visit Chaolee at the mountain personnally, the interesting part of the movie started , the fight at the mountain was not easy on both side though Chaolee finally won the fight and put chief bandit to shame. What a good movie.
I just want us all to take a careful look at this one month pains and sorrow and give thanks to God Almighty for ending this issue successfully.

Dr A A Agbormbai

An attempt to reexpress Majolie Nazel's translation in clearer English:

UBSU launches a call to calm. The members of the University of Buea Students Union (UBSU) condemns the violence and destruction of Tuesday May 24 at Molyko, and requests the immediate opening of discussions with the administration of the university.

In all there were five representatives of the UBSU, who said they were students of Social and Management Sciences. Their role is to represent the UBSU, a defunct student association banned in 1995 by the Vice Chancellor, Dorothy Njeuma.

Regarding the crisis which has been undermining the University of Buea for more than a month this group of students, of largely Anglophone origin with some of Francophone origin, are calling for a reactivation of the UBSU association.

The President of UBSU, Walter Onekon Angwere, and the whole student body regret the failure of the Abouem a Tchoyi commision, which was formed by the President of the Republic - Paul Biya - to look into the matter, and blame responsibility for this failure on Mrs Dorothy Njeuma.

Last Thursday we we had two hours of discussion with the commision in which we requested the presence of Mrs Njeuma, because we recognised that only responsible negotiations between the students and herself can bring an end to the predicament.

In deploring the violence of the last few days we want to say to ourselves, our comrades, the police, and the administration of the UB: "No violence! From Walter Onekon, Martin Ako, Gilbert Moulted Ebua, Nkimamin Nzefeh and Njifon Njoya Hassan".

The precondition for any negotiation with the administration of the university of Buea is the recognition of UBSU as being the only union of the students of the university of Buea.

The departure of Mrs. Njeuma, while sincerely hoped, is not at all an indispensable condition for the opening of dialogue. In addition, the office of UBSU launches on behalf of their comrades "a call for calm and non-violence".

They add with respect to the families of their two comrades who were shot by the police during the events of the end of April: "We extend our most sincere condolences. We also extend our compassion to the wounded police officers of Tuesday during the confrontations at Molyko".

As for the resumption of classes, the members of UBSU say that: "Efforts are being made so that this recovery takes place as soon as possible. But, we will inform our student comrades when the time is convenient".

Lastly, the five pilots of the UBSU boat made the point of reassuring the whole of the students of the University of Buea that, contrary to the insane rumour that has circulated in the campus of Molyko for a few days now, they are well in freedom and alive:

"We continue to strive for a return to normal. In this direction, we ask the administration of the University of Buea and the local authorities to evacuate the police force from the campus in order to bring back serenity to the university".

These young people are convinced that only dialogue can bring back calm to the house, and are ready to play the role of mediator between their comrades and Mrs. Njeuma, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea. A true hand extended in search of peace. But will it be seized?

By Jean-Célestin EDJANGUE

Baruo Besem Enyong

Hello Everyone, I think it's absolutely pathetic that this kind of instability has been allowed to continue. I hope that some officials in Buea and the rest of Cameroon are actually trying to salvage and support the education and only hope for some people in the University. As an ex student of the Univesity, I can only say that all students and unions are allowed to have their say in a situation of this kind. A truce is what Dr. Limunga Njeuma should be calling for not allegedly bullying or trying to threaten the students into going back to school, knowing fully well what the consequences will be for students who do not stand up for the Union. I am not at all impressed with situation. May the souls of the faithful departed rest in Peace.

Ambe Johnson

HOW THE GOVERNOR PRECIPITATED THE MAY 24 CRISIS

I just stumbled across the following article published in Cameroon Tribune on May 23rd, that is just one day before the May 24th violence. One doesn't need to be a nuclear scientist to figure out who carries the blame for most, if not all the violence that has gripped Buea in the past month. Read on:
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Public Gatherings Banned in Molyko

Cameroon Tribune (Yaoundé)

May 23, 2005

By YAI Martin

UB students advised to resume classes today.

South West Governor, Thomas Ejake Mbonda has reacted administratively to the prevailing situation at the Molyko neighbourhood in Buea. For the sake of public peace and as result of violence sparked off last April 27 by students of the University in Buea, Governor Ejake has prohibited all unauthorized public meetings in Molyko and its environs.

Coming on the heels of failed attempts by a Presidential Commission headed by David Abouem à Tchoyi to persuade the striking students back onto campus last Thursday after two-days of inspection and evaluation of the prevailing situation at the UB campus as well as consultations with the administrative staff of the University, local administrative, judicial and security officials, the Governor ordered that as from last Wednesday, " all unauthorized meetings and public manifestations as well as gatherings involving three or more persons are prohibited in Molyko, Buea and its environs till further notice "

In the Provincial order n°Vol/G/SEC13/CAJF to May 18, 2005 the Governor warns that any group of persons found holding unauthorized meetings or carrying out unauthorized public manifestations or constituting themselves into unauthorized public gatherings of three or more persons of whatever nature, " shall be arrested and prosecuted according to the laws and regulation in force "

On the last day of its evaluation mission, the Abouem à Tchoyi Commission in its second attempt to dialogue with the striking students under a tree outside the campus gate was instead presented with a revised list of grievances by the "Provisional Government of the University of Buea Students."

From all indications the Abouem à Tchoyi Commission left Buea only partially satisfied given that it failed to bring the Vice Chancellor and the students together.

The Abouem à Tchoyi Commission, accompanied last Thursday evening by Buea Rural M.P. Hon Lifaka and the Roman catholic chaplain at he UB, Fr Gervais finally left the adamant students with one thing a call for reflection and a prayer that their hearts be illuminated to reason.

Pontianus Lawong

If there is one thing that has given the deserved but underminded credibility to a press organ (The post) then it is the extensive and objective coverage of the UB crises. Many a media organ in Cameroon because of the fear of intimidation or because of the desire not to do away with the phenomenon of "singing for our supper" failed to reflect the situation as it actually was. The Post distinguished itself by calling a spade a spade and even going further to extemporate with pictures, especially those that demonstrate how the police tortured, loothed and raped in Buea. That is a great challenge for our press. Kudos therefore to the faces behind the Post: Wache, Ndi Chia, Manga, Monju, Atatah, etc. But many have complained that jounalism could still take other forms rather than the "yellow" eventhough I am of the opinion that if yellow journalism is the only way out, then it must be adopted.
Pontiff B wan-Lawong

Mukete

MAJOLIE NAZEL & DR. A. A. AGBORMBI

Accept my hearty thanks for the translation (French into English) done. This clearly confirms that, "Divided we fall, united we stand." Thanks again.

As to what is happening in the University of Buea, I want to reserve my comments until I complete my assignment in Buea.

However, I want to ask this question: "If a stranger enters into your kitchen and in the presence of your entire family, throw feces and urine into the Fufu and Eru or Achu that the family was eating, do you close your eyes until after the the stranger must have left your house?

The University of Buea and the South West province have been taken hostage by quack politicians Francophones and selfish Anglopnones) who do not understand or pretend not to understand how the the Anglophone system works.

Since these people are actually throwing feces and urine into Anglophone food, I think Anglophones should look for A LARGE STICT AND BREAK THEIR HEADS. This is no sin! It is self-defence. We have to tell these satans to get behind us!

When one respected clergy in South Africa was once asked why he, as a man of God, supported violence in the streets of South Africa during the white minority rule, the response of this Black clergy response was swift:

"We have been praying and praying, but our people are dying and dying every day. When and how shall we wipe tears out of our people`s eyes?"

Are we, Anglophones, helpless?

Mukete

boni

Mr Mukete:
Our history is one litany of our valuable assets being stolen, left to ruin or contaminated since 1962. There are actually complete catalogues of the ruin that has been brought to us by this one sided marriage. The University of Buea story is just the latest, and the only one in which the response was completely fierce and uncompromising. For the most part, we have accepted the abuse like slaves. I think this marks a turning point.

The number one instrument which they use to turn us into slaves is alcohol. Some of us are now helpless alcoholics, but those who can muster the will should boycott alcohol completely. It is the first act of resistance and it is an internal act of resistance, but good for one's health. There are other things that they have done to anaesthesize our people, such as football madness but these are not at the level of alcohol. Alcohol numbs and prevents people from seeing and feeling the full impact of their degradation, and that is bad because it means they will not react and rebel.

When many were insulting you that you condemned someone for the notion of using beer as a reward, I saw your point, and it is an excellent one. The people of the post do not need beer! They need the means, as you said more powerful cameras, multiple laptop computers etc. I am sure that if every post reporter had his or her own laptop, we would be reading daily newstories from the post because they would be that more productive.

mokambe

this was a realy good and impresive action carried out by the U.B.students . the vice hcancellor took this school to be her persinal property her wordsn were law . this was not something any human will like to go through she did not think about the personal feelings of the students.With great anger I say this was realy hell to the students. she cant take the student as her foot ball which has to decide where and when they should move. this is not acceted Njoma is not a god she has to know that just as the students she controls are feeling her own children or love once could feel. How is she going to feel seing her own loved once going through what she gave to the U.B. students .this realy is not fair no gane being a sadist.
Anyway, I am so glad seeing what the students did and the level of efffect it brought to her.
mokambe New Jersey U.S.A.

Jato Denis

Dear Sir,
Permit me to appreciate the marvelous work you are doing to keep people informed and educated. I have been much captivated by the way you covered the Ub student strike but would like to propose that you upload pictures of UB campus on your site.
Thanks

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