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Tuesday, 19 June 2007

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rexon

The American Ambassador lecturing the corrupt junta on how they have to be serious about fighting corruption. This reminds me of what a friend recently told me, that in the ministry of public service, there a big billboard with something like "lutte contre la corruption" but it is in this same office that the highest amount of corruption is taking place everyday. Files dissapearing everyday, bribes passing hands, etc. When will these people stop amusing us? Taking us for fools with their endless tale of lies and rhetorics. The American government knows that they want this corrupt government to stay in power, so that they can continue plundering our resources for the interest of western powers. That is the truth and the americans can never deny it.

UnitedStatesofAfrica

The US government should be serious about ending exploitation,corruption and inhumanity in Iraq. If i had my way, they should be tried with Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity.

UnitedStatesofAfrica

The US government should be serious about ending exploitation,corruption and inhumanity in Iraq. If i had my way, they should be tried with Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity.

Tombele

I support Niels Marquardt 100%, if you listen carefully to what this humanitatian is saying,you can see he is telling Cameroonians especially West Cameroonians to take the bull by hounds. He could have kept quiet and according the the above bundits still exploited Cameroon. I have spoken to a lot of African groups on why Africa especially Cameroon is underdevelopped the answer in one word is "NEGOTIATION" Talk to buyam sellams and they understand. Look at China, India, Malaysia, Singapore, they looked at the evil World Bank and either negotiated favourable terms or stayed clear. Gadafi never went to the World Bank his country is booming with one main resource.He has been trying to carry this message to other African countries to unite economically for our survival. Even Ahidjo understood how to negotiate to an extend. To negotiate you must determine who is desperate and the other is in control. Europe, US and other developped countries are hungry for raw materials, we can live in Cameroon without oil and other western amenities the way are forefathers did therefore forcing this guys to negotiate on our terms. Before Mr Marquardt was Mr Fru Ndi who spoke about corruption even Marquarddt in a subtle way acknowledged this by saying that he is only continuing to point to an ill that had already been diagnosed. He comes from a powerful nation and Cameroonians who naturally distrust each other for one reason or another (Northwest Southwest, Bali, Bawock, petitions) usually get the message when an outsider tells us. None the less it doesn't matter who pushes this corruption message, it is an evil that must be dealt with severely. The Americans will prefer doing business in a more stable and less corrupt environment so would you and me. To add to an earlier comment about the Mungo bridge and about CPDM in Europe ask these corrupt boffoons about the billions stolen and how ten bridges, 20 modern hospitals, a divided six lane highway from Wum to the natural seaport in Limbe, elementaty schools etc!!!!. The population should begin to get this in their heads to know they are being robbed. I for one can't understand in name of humanity how any Cameroonian can call him/herself a member of the CPDM, sharing the loot with thieves,that
is a bad track record. Some bundits will say any other political party will do the same, to them I say you are failing before you try, try before you fail and they are not in power.

M Nje

Tombele,
I will disagree with you that the problem with African leaders is poor negotiating skills. The problem is GREED, GREED, GREED.

They know what is good and bad for their people. But unfortunately, sometimes what is good for the people may not be good for them. So they will rather satisfy themselves than the people. They will sign all sorts of deals with their colonial masters just to stay in power or enrich themselves. That is the issue.

I will also beg to disagree that these foreign countries are not serious to fight corruption in Africa. Must often, they benefit from such corrupt official in the form of questionable deals.
They same one thing in public and do quite the opposite in private. You cannot see a government is corrupt but at the same time you are willing to do business with that government. What kind of message are you sending to them.

These foreign countries seldom have a consistence message about corruption. They will impose sanction again Zimbabwe because the government is corrupt with a poor human right record. But at the same time, these same governments are doing business with another corrupt county with power human right record like La Republique Du Cameroun.

I will suggest that you do not take some of what these foreign officials say in public to be anything more than words.

M Nje

correction
you cannot 'SAY' a government is corrupt

Fon

UnitedStatesofAfrica,
You comment may not be connected with the message of Niels Marquardt. However I share the same view with you; I strongly believe that things will one day turn out against George Bush-he will one day stand trial for what is going on in Iraq. lets watch out.

Tombele

M Njie You are right about the foreign countries benefiting from the corruption in Cameroon, there is corruption any country, but the degrees are different. Our problem should start with us.These foreign gov'ts or companies want to do business because we have natural resources, we set the rules they play by it. A friend of mine shipped a container from the US we went through hell to retrieve it from customs, we had to bribe or loose everything no other recourse. Lets's take your premise of GREED, either African leaders are living under a rock or they are plain stupid. Where is Mobutu, Ahidjo, Idi Admin, Charles Taylor. Corruption in Cameroon is at the point where there is nothing to corrupt anymore. Even relatives, tribesmen of corrupt officials are beginning to reap the hardships, of poor roads, poor schools, increase crime rates, HIV/AIDS, poverty and not knowing what will happen next.Mr Marquardt and the international community are seeing us as a joke, perhaps another Somalia in the making. We have been ranked among the most corrupt nations on earth, I don't think greed is the only answer, these bastards will die some day. I strongly believe that Africa is one of the continents where family is highly regarded. S T Muna ounce said that he did not know how bad the Bamenda-Meta road was until he traveled on it himself, he died having to travel that road no more helicopters. M Njie African psychologists should write or counsel these greedy bastards. The earlier comment about Charles Taylor should serve notice that you can run but you can not hide. There are Cameroonian forensic accountants, just like our brothers and sisters the Jews we will recover embezzled monies the way they did from Switzerland. Again if you go to a money dubbler what do you expect? Obasanjo should serve as a lesson well learnt. He was in a corrupt military junta , learnt his lesson and is trying to do some good. If you don't give your money or resources away foreign gov'ts and companies can't take them by force.

Njei M. Timah

Mr ambassador,
Thanks for doing what others before you have done on the issue of corruption in Cameroon-throwing water on a duck's back.
Njei M. Timah
http://www.njeitimah-outlook.com

Ma Mary

Corrupt, unaccountable annexationists? Neils we know that; we have known that for decades–long before you showed up. That is why we are quitting. They are playing you, man and you are playing them, because you know the truth.

UnitedStatesofAfrica

When fellow Cameroonian intellectuals like Bate Besong, Jua Rosaline etc. and their African counterparts like Ayi Kwei Armah and Ngugu Wa Thiongo talk about strategies to redeem Africa, no one cares. They don't even make headlines. But when a white man talks about the something that has already been said over and over again, everybody, including people like Tombele, will start talking and they will give the whiteman a standing ovation. This is the problem with Africa; we have been made to believe that we are inferior, that we are powerless, that are dumb, that we cannot succeed without Western help. Well, those are all LIES. Do not forget that before the whites came to Africa we had thriving cites and empires like Songhai, booming economies, well-constructed roads, architectures and architects (like those who built the pyramids in Egypt),military geniuses like Shaka Zulu and powerful queens like Queen Sheba of Ethiopia and Queen Nzingha. Africans have the potential to make our continent better. We don't need these white people who pretend to care about us in the morning but go and give weapons to African rebel leaders at night in exchange for diamonds.

DR TAN

CORRUPTION IS AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM. CAMEROON HAS IT,S OWN INTERNAL CORNCERN IN THIS.
IN A REPORT BOOK I PUBLISHED FOR A NATIONAL ELITE GROUP AS SECT FOR THE SWELA STAND ON ANLOPHONE PROBLEM. THE ISSUE OF COORUPTION IN CAMEROON WAS ADDRESSED FROM THE DAYS OF PRESIDENT AHIDJO,S REGIME.[ THE BOOK WAS VERY CRITICAL OF CERTAIN PERSONALITIES .[ SWELA NATIONAL EXECUTIVE REFUSED TO ENDORSE IT AS THE POSITION OF SWELA ON THE ANGLOPHONE PROBLEM.[THE BEST FORMS OF ANTI CORRUPTION INSTRUMENTS WERE IN PLACE DURING THE WEST CAMERRON ADMINISTRATION]
IN A LETTER I ADDRESSED TO PRESIENT BIYA, ON A POLITICAL PROBLEM , WHICH I WAS THREATHENING TO SUE THE C.P.DM. TO THE HAGUE IF THE PROBLEM WAS NOT SOLVED, I ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF CORRUPTION , ESPECIALLY BY THOSE WHO USE POLITICAL POSITIONING TO SWINDLE STATE FUNDS AS CONTRACTORS WITHOUT EXECUTING THE AWARDED CONTRACTS, BUT BEING PAID BY VOTE HOLDERS WHO TESTIFIED THAT THOSE CONTRACTS HAD BEEN DONE WITHOUT INSPECTION , THROUGH BRIBES[COORUPTION], BESIDESTHE ISSUE OF INTIMIDATION OR TERRORISM.
SOME OF THE POINTS I WILL RAISE HAD ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED IN THIS BOOK, WHICH IS MY COPY RIGHT TODAY, AND I AM SOLE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE CONTENTS THERE FOUND.
OIL REVENUE REPORTING HARD BEEN A MYSTERY IN CAMEROON[FINANCIAL .]
THERE WAS CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES RIGHT TO THE JUDIARY WHICH MR BIYA HAD ACKNOWLEDGED. THIS HIGH PLACE CORRUPTION IS FOUNDED ON[ GREED ].
THERE WAS CORRUPTION IN LOW PLACES, GENERALLY CIVIL SERVICE OFFICES AT ALL LEVELS. THIS LOW PLACE CORRUPTIN IS FOUNDED ON [NEED]. AFTER THE SALARIES OF CAMEROONIANS WAS DRASTICALLY REDUCED WHILE THAT OF THE ARMY AND GERDARMES AND POLICE MAINTAINED OR INCREASED, A PERCENTAGE OF CAMERRONIANS BECAME VERY POOR, WHILE SOME WERE VERY RICH. THE CUSTOM OFFICERS, COLLECTION OF MONIES ON THE CHECK POINTS BY POLICE , ALL COMPLICATED THE PROBLEM. ALL THESE PEOLE WITH BUSH FALLERS MADE THE LIFE OF THE CIVIL SERVANTS AND THEIR DEPENDANTS MISEABLE, THEY TOO HAD TO LOOK FOR WAYS TO AUGMENT THEIR INCOMES FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL AND EAT. IT WAS SO BAD THAT EVEN PUBLIC SERVICE DOCTORS BEGAN TO COLLECT FEES AND CONSULTATION MONIES THROUGH THEIR NURSE AIDS, WELL IT WAS THE SICK THAT NEED A PHYSICIAN.
PRESSURE MADE THE SYSTEM TO REVUE THE SALARIES OF THE MAGISTRATE UPWARD, DONOT ASK ME WHY. BUT THE REST MAY BE ARE STILL ON THE POOR SALARY SITUATION TODAY. CORRUPTION OF NEED. WHY SHOULD DTHOSE WHO HAVE ALL THE FAT SALARIES AND OTHER AMENITIES BE STEALING, WE DONOT KNOW.
WAY OUT
1 INCREASE SALARIES OF CAMEROONIANS
2 DECREASE TAXES TO REDUCE CUSTOM FRAUD
3 EMPOWER THE ANTICORRUTION AGENCY TO DEAL WITH BIG AND SMALL FISH, IRRESPECTIVE OF ORIGIN
4 WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL GOVRTS TO REPARTRIATE ALL STOLLEN MONIES KEPT IN FORIEGN BANKS
6 FREEZE THE ACCOUNTS OF THE CORRUPT OFFICIALS
7SOME OF THE BIG FISHES WILL BE ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THE IS CHANGE OF GOV,T IN THE EVENT OF CORRUTION FIGHTING BACK, IF THE OPPOSITION NETS CAN GET THEM, THE OPPOSITION IN PARLIAMENT MOST BE ENCOURAGED AND STRENTHENED TO CONTINUE THE PROBING.
8 MASSIVE MORAL CAMPAIGN TO CAMEROONIANS ESPECIALLY CIVIL SERVANTS.
9 MASSIVE CAMPAIGN TO CAMEROONIANS TO SACRIFICE FOR FATHERLAND
10 POLITICAL GOOD WILL
ONLY CAMEROON CAN SOLVE IT,S PROBLEMS . PLEASE, DONOT GIVE UP, IT IS NOT EASY. BUT FOR A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS THIRD REPUBLIC, ALL MOST BE INVOLVED. MBADAM AND THE OPPOSITION IN CAMEROON SHOULD BE ENCOURAGE D TO KEEP PROBING.WE WILL NOT SOLVE IT IN OUR LIFE TIME, BUT WILL REDUCE IT TO CONTROLLED LEVELS, I AM OPTIMISTIC.
GOOD BLESS CAMEROON AND THE EMERGING THIRD REPUBLIC.

Nkengeh

Yes, Cameroon is know world wide for its notorious corrupt practices amongst the government officials who are never in office even if they are there, they do no work for which they are being paid. These people need moral education on civil responsibilities and duties consciousness. Viruses of corruption in this have under gone a vascularized development such that it has destroyed the umblical cord of our society. Everybody turns to practise corruption to get to an undeserved level or secure an unmerited position. Children are not left out for the want to be paid for any favor they do of which this wasn't the case in the 70s and the 80s. Something serious has to be done to eradicate this plight singing about the anti corruption committee ain't enoungh for no better sanction has been laid upon those guity of corrupt pratices thus paving the way more corruption. The list of Billionaires was piblish in Cameroon these people can't have such money just from their pay check and are not engage in any business to generate such money. The quetion here is where did they get the money? Thieves either from the nation budget, or international humanitarian gesture to help the poor, ironically, these people turn to be the poor. The worse part of it is that, this stolen money is not kept in our banks it is taken out.
Cameroon, we lack politicians, the populace deals with the politics of the stomarch, their votes are being stolen with food, rigging of elections. We have a dictatorian President under the canopy of Democracy. I can't blame PauPau too much, for now ,he is the best choice because Frudi is the worse person we should ever think of having as out President. His party has the highest rate of corruption according to my view.
I hope the words of the US Abassedor to Cameroon serve as a parameter to help reduce this corruption in our Country with all Her rich Human & Natural resources which is properly utilized the country would develop in a geometrical manner.

Nka

The Voice with which you all have responded to this issue shows how concern all of you are with the ill plaguing our nation.

There will always be difference of opinions on how to address this issue although most have not yet identify its operative mechanisms.

I am not saying you are all ignorant about it, don't get me wrong. It sounds like some of you guys have not fully identify the opponents to this fight or cry against corruption.

The diplomacy underlying international cooperation among nations in itself provides a fertile ground for corruption to be practice in poor nations like ours. We are a nation with the resources but underdeveloped. The rich foreign nations who comes to invest, deals with our governments who manages the resources. This government manned by it officials use what they pay for their personal needs and not the nations interest as it ought to be. With the complicities of these foreign gov'ts, our officials invest the monies in their economy.Therefore they gain from both hands; given money for our materials, get the materials and encourage our leaders to invest this money back in their country. Now when we complain they claim they can not interfere with our country's affair under the laws.

The lesson you should know is that the US state's man is covertly asking Cameroonians to take their responsibility in their hands and oust this corrupt gov't which is causing hardship. Take note that he said so while opening his country's business interest. If they are not gaining despite the corruption in place, while would they invest.

Think now on how to act and don't expect a foreign nation to fight for you.

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