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Man killed  in cold blood murder under shady circumstances! –Victim’s son points accusing finger at political party cronies

Tchatchou Francois Watat has pointed an accusing finger at party political cronies following the cold blooded murder of his father, Wandji Fidelis Watat recently. The frightened son declared that he came home several times to find some of his father’s party members quarreling with his father over an issue of money. He further intimated that these same people had been coming threatening fire and brimstone and promising hell to his father. His father he said has been killed and he now lives as a fugitive afraid of his own life.

Francois Watat

Francois Watat

According to our sources,the sequel started when  Wandji Fidelis Watat father of Tchatchou Francois Watat and one time bigwig of the Social Democratic Front SDF in the Tiko Electoral District in the Southwest Region from 2009 to 2014 was according to his son,killed by some of
his political cronies for reasons not unconnected to a huge sum of money he owed them and was refusing to pay back when asked to do so.
As to how he came about owing so much money, this reporter learnt that Wandji Fidelis Watat was entrusted with a multi million Francs CFA project by the National Bureau of the Social Democratic Front, the leading opposition Party in Cameroon. The project was aimed at constructing the new secretariat of the Social Democratic Front in the Southwest Regional Head Quarters, Buea. He however failed to execute the project and equally failed to refund the money for the contract to
be awarded to other bidder within the party who were practically begging for it on the sidelines.
As time moved on, it became clear that Wandji Fidelis was not going to refund the money. Enemies were created in the process. So while the SDF like any responsible institution was seeking for ways to solve this stalemate at least at the official level, other party members felt cheated and resorted to unorthodox means to retrieve the money.
Considering the way party money is raised, when Wandji Fidelis Watat refused paying insisting that he will refund the money to the National Bureau Office when it was available things really turned violent. The scene that followed was reminiscent of the violence that was witnessed during the pro-democracy movements of the 1990’s when houses were burnt,property destroyed and people killed for a message to be put across.
Wandji Fidelis was found murdered in cold blood and his house burnt. His only living son Tchatchou Francois Watat  was certainly going to be the next victim of jungle justice for the angry foxes were loose and needed their money or at least the contract. When this reporter talked to the employer of Tchatchou Francois Watat he gathered that his boss had deliberately sent him on a business trip for things to cool off. The perpetrators of this act could not be checked by law enforcement officers because of its shady and violent approach.
The battle line was drawn and it was clear that the political game was getting dirty beneath the surface as lives were threatened. Under these circumstance the poor Tchatchou Francois Watat finds himself in an unenviable position since it is exceptionally risky for him to return home.

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FCFA 550 million unanimously adopted as budget for 2015 in Limbe I council

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At New CDC Board Chairman’s Installation

Minister Essimi Menye proposes diversification to strengthen CDC’s competitiveness

– Unavoidable privatisation looms

Essimi Menye, the Cameroon Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development has suggested that the Cameroon Development Corporation CDC should diversify in order to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive global market. He was speaking on Monday, August 18, 2014 during the installation ceremony of the new CDC Board Chairman, Justice Benjamin Itoe Mutanga at the Seniour Service Club of the Giant Corporation. This declaration which came during the working session following the installation ceremony in the Board Room has been taken by observers as the best way forward for CDC.The Minister repeatedly hinted at the necessity for the giant agro-industry to change its business plan; a suggestion which if followed will make CDC a very good candidate for privatisation.

Describing CDC as “the top entity in our country” the Minister said despite its size, the Agro-industrial Giant is very fragile.He said the new General Manager Njie Franklin was informed and appreciated the reforms so far initiated since his appointment. He said reforms always take time and for them to come to fruition “all the people involved at all levels should keep working.”

Acknowledging the need for diversification, the General Manager Njie Franklin said factors contributing to the fragility of CDC include the age of the plantation. He said in the Palm Sector, 2.700 hectares have outlived their economic life span. 50% of the rubber trees he said are above 14 years of age and that production was generally below sustainability and that every effort was now geared towards attaining sustainability. CDC needed to be replanted he said stating that for this to take place, appropriate state funding will be needed. This however he said, has been rendered difficult by the fact CDC has been listed for privatisation making it difficult for the corporation to receive immediate and long term funding.

Reacting to this situation, the Minister requested that a report on the full situation be forwarded to him so that he could present it to Government. Showcasing a practical example, the Minister said having good prices is not achievable with very old palms which are very difficult to harvest and their effect on cost of production. The resultant effect is that “we still import palm oil.” He said “we need to revisit the strategy to enhance production and increase competitiveness so as to have a fair fight with all the players in the market.”

The problems of CDC were further vividly presented by the Group Oil Manager, who said the cost of production were far higher than the selling price of CDC oil which he said is lower than the market price. The idea of the CDC he said has always been to protect the common man by selling at prices that every body could afford. CDC sells at FCFA 400 per littre while other local oil producers sell at  FCFA 600. CDC Prices he said are below the cost of production.

The Director of Human Resources suggested that prices should always be accompanied by subsidies if the problems of the corporation had to be solved. The situation he said has been compounded by the increase in minimum wages which means the pay package of the agro-industry has been increased. CDC he said is in a fix. In response to this the Minister said CDC simply needed to visit its Business plan. If this were done he said, CDC would be a very good candidate for privatisation.

Amongst others, the problems of the CDC have been compounded by the end of two contracts; with Banana Delmonte and Compagnies fruitières. For the past 7 months, no profits have been made in the sector. This is rendered more gloomy by the fact that there is an absence of a market for the available quality of Banana.

As a way forward, the Minister suggested that specific niches be created for products such as the production of Banana Flour and the introduction of Cassava. He called on CDC to desist from sticking to old and fix tendencies. The ministers suggestions inevitably brought the CDC back to one reality. The option of privatisation seemed unavoidable. To buttress this the Minister disclosed that WallMart, an international company represented in Nigeria had plans to use Cameroon as its bread basket. It intended to use Cameroon as a source for fruits and vegetables to be sold in the Nigerian Market. CDC the Minister said could get into this. While the wings of privatisation are closing in on the company, the situation could be salvaged if Government subsidies came to permit CDC to diversify. After all CDC is the second employer after the state taking care of hundreds of thousands of families.

On how he plan to use his wealth of experience in CDC, Justice Benjamin Itoe said in every domain there are always challenges. The problems of marketing or commercialisation he said have their solutions in the shifting away from the traditional products that the corporation has always relied upon. CDC he said, has to diversify its sources of income.”We have an old sector which has gone beyond its productive capacity and I plan to rejuvenate and  activate the labour force.” CDC he advised should work hand in hand with stake holders so as to stay afloat.

US Embassy trains Cameroonian journalists in Limbe

US Embassy drills Cameroonian journalists on ICT tools

 

The US Embassy in collaboration with the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists CAMASEJ have updated the skills on the use of ICT tools in online journalism of some 25 journalists drawn from various media outlets in Limbe, Bamenda, Buea and Kumba. This took place during a two day workshop at the Holiday Inn Resort in Limbe from August 6 to 7, 2014.
This Seminar had as resource persons, Corey Takahashi, a seasoned journalist with international experience and professor at the Syracuse University in the US. There was equally Timothy Lewis, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde.
Opening the workshop, Timothy Lewis, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde said “traditional media such as radio, television and the printing press has been significantly impacted with the arrival of new ICTs.” The power of ICT on journalism he said should not be under estimated. ICT will change the general journalism attitude as it provides a unique opportunity for democratic engagement he said adding that the US Embassy believes in empowering the ICT skills to enhance their performance. This Le4wis said would hopefully push Cameroonian journalists into the new generation of journalists capable of embracing all working conditions.”Cameroon’s media outlets are gradually integrating such tools into their operations and this trend will continue.” he continued.

Timothy Lewis addressing participants at the opening of the workshop

Timothy Lewis addressing participants at the opening of the workshop

Prof. Corey Takahashi, the main facilitator at the workshop said the internet provides a platform for, traditional ,modern,big and small media outlets and individuals to put their message to a worldwide audience. He further said despite the fact that internet speed and accessibility still constitute problems in Cameroon,change is going to come sooner than expected because technology usually gets cheaper with time and not the other way round.

Explaining that the internet is an instant platform that presents journalists and bloggers with a global audience,he said it made it made journalism not to be restricted by borders. Certain qualities such as its cheap nature with the availability of so many social medias like twitter, Facebook, blogger, YouTube and WordPress amongst others provide great flexibility in the dissemination of information.

Professor Corey Takahashi demonstrating the use of certain ICT tools to participants

Professor Corey Takahashi demonstrating the use of certain ICT tools to participants

The aim of the workshop Prof Corey Takahashi said was to equip journalist with skills and training that will help them remain competitive in a changing landscape and relevant to the growing networked audience.
Among other things, the participants sharpened their skills on the powers of digital story telling in text, audio, video and apps forms, forms of information distribution and audience engagement, best practices from digital media companies, and various ways of low cost digital production as well as the use of some ICT tools like the Google glass, cameras and mobile phones.

 

Limbe-US Seminar Participants

Limbe-US Seminar Participants

The Limbe workshop came in the wake of a similar workshop organised in Douala for the purpose of updating journalists from Douala and other parts of the country.

By Francis Ekongang Nzante Lenjo

 

edevnews.wordpress.com/ Tel. +237 96896001/78401408/ 71952779/ Email.edevnewspaper@gmail.com

US Embassy trains Cameroonian journalists in Limbe

US Embassy drills Cameroonian journalists on ICT tools

 

The US Embassy in collaboration with the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists CAMASEJ have updated the skills on the use of ICT tools in online journalism of some 25 journalists drawn from various media outlets in Limbe, Bamenda, Buea and Kumba. This took place during a two day workshop at the Holiday Inn Resort in Limbe from August 6 to 7, 2014.
This Seminar had as resource persons, Corey Takahashi, a seasoned journalist with international experience and professor at the Syracuse University in the US. There was equally Timothy Lewis, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde.
Opening the workshop, Timothy Lewis, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde said “traditional media such as radio, television and the printing press has been significantly impacted with the arrival of new ICTs.” The power of ICT on journalism he said should not be under estimated. ICT will change the general journalism attitude as it provides a unique opportunity for democratic engagement he said adding that the US Embassy believes in empowering the ICT skills to enhance their performance. This Le4wis said would hopefully push Cameroonian journalists into the new generation of journalists capable of embracing all working conditions.”Cameroon’s media outlets are gradually integrating such tools into their operations and this trend will continue.” he continued.

Timothy Lewis addressing participants at the opening of the workshop

Timothy Lewis addressing participants at the opening of the workshop

Prof. Corey Takahashi, the main facilitator at the workshop said the internet provides a platform for, traditional ,modern,big and small media outlets and individuals to put their message to a worldwide audience. He further said despite the fact that internet speed and accessibility still constitute problems in Cameroon,change is going to come sooner than expected because technology usually gets cheaper with time and not the other way round.

Explaining that the internet is an instant platform that presents journalists and bloggers with a global audience,he said it made it made journalism not to be restricted by borders. Certain qualities such as its cheap nature with the availability of so many social medias like twitter, Facebook, blogger, YouTube and WordPress amongst others provide great flexibility in the dissemination of information.

Professor Corey Takahashi demonstrating the use of certain ICT tools to participants

Professor Corey Takahashi demonstrating the use of certain ICT tools to participants

The aim of the workshop Prof Corey Takahashi said was to equip journalist with skills and training that will help them remain competitive in a changing landscape and relevant to the growing networked audience.
Among other things, the participants sharpened their skills on the powers of digital story telling in text, audio, video and apps forms, forms of information distribution and audience engagement, best practices from digital media companies, and various ways of low cost digital production as well as the use of some ICT tools like the Google glass, cameras and mobile phones.

 

Limbe-US Seminar Participants

Limbe-US Seminar Participants

The Limbe workshop came in the wake of a similar workshop organised in Douala for the purpose of updating journalists from Douala and other parts of the country.

By Francis Ekongang Nzante Lenjo

 

edevnews.wordpress.com/ Tel. +237 96896001/78401408/ 71952779/ Email.edevnewspaper@gmail.com

US Embassy trains Cameroonian journalists in Limbe

US Embassy drills Cameroonian journalists on ICT tools

 

The US Embassy in collaboration with the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists CAMASEJ have updated the skills on the use of ICT tools in online journalism of some 25 journalists drawn from various media outlets in Limbe, Bamenda, Buea and Kumba. This took place during a two day workshop at the Holiday Inn Resort in Limbe from August 6 to 7, 2014.
This Seminar had as resource persons, Corey Takahashi, a seasoned journalist with international experience and professor at the Syracuse University in the US. There was equally Timothy Lewis, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde.
Opening the workshop, Timothy Lewis, Information Officer at the US Embassy in Yaounde said “traditional media such as radio, television and the printing press has been significantly impacted with the arrival of new ICTs.” The power of ICT on journalism he said should not be under estimated. ICT will change the general journalism attitude as it provides a unique opportunity for democratic engagement he said adding that the US Embassy believes in empowering the ICT skills to enhance their performance. This Le4wis said would hopefully push Cameroonian journalists into the new generation of journalists capable of embracing all working conditions.”Cameroon’s media outlets are gradually integrating such tools into their operations and this trend will continue.” he continued.

Timothy Lewis addressing participants at the opening of the workshop

Timothy Lewis addressing participants at the opening of the workshop

Prof. Corey Takahashi, the main facilitator at the workshop said the internet provides a platform for, traditional ,modern,big and small media outlets and individuals to put their message to a worldwide audience. He further said despite the fact that internet speed and accessibility still constitute problems in Cameroon,change is going to come sooner than expected because technology usually gets cheaper with time and not the other way round.

Explaining that the internet is an instant platform that presents journalists and bloggers with a global audience,he said it made it made journalism not to be restricted by borders. Certain qualities such as its cheap nature with the availability of so many social medias like twitter, Facebook, blogger, YouTube and WordPress amongst others provide great flexibility in the dissemination of information.

Professor Corey Takahashi demonstrating the use of certain ICT tools to participants

Professor Corey Takahashi demonstrating the use of certain ICT tools to participants

The aim of the workshop Prof Corey Takahashi said was to equip journalist with skills and training that will help them remain competitive in a changing landscape and relevant to the growing networked audience.
Among other things, the participants sharpened their skills on the powers of digital story telling in text, audio, video and apps forms, forms of information distribution and audience engagement, best practices from digital media companies, and various ways of low cost digital production as well as the use of some ICT tools like the Google glass, cameras and mobile phones.

 

Limbe-US Seminar Participants

Limbe-US Seminar Participants

The Limbe workshop came in the wake of a similar workshop organised in Douala for the purpose of updating journalists from Douala and other parts of the country.

By Francis Ekongang Nzante Lenjo

 

edevnews.wordpress.com/ Tel. +237 96896001/78401408/ 71952779/ Email.edevnewspaper@gmail.com