Lions indomptables, Clinton Njié forfait contre la Gambie

© 31 Août 2015 –Njié Clinton est déclaré forfait pour le match Gambie-Cameroun du 6 septembre prochain, apprend KOACI du Team press officer des Lions Search Lions indomptables.

L’ancien joueur de Lyon souffre d’une légère blessure et il a été remplacé par Salli Search Salli Edgard, [sociétaire de saint Gall en Suisse], le joueur de qui était sur la liste d’attente », indique Vincent de Paul Atangana, le team press officer des Lions Search Lions indomptables.

Volker Finke et ses poulains, arrivent arriver à Dakar au Sénégal où ils effectueront leur stage, dès ce lundi, apprend-on.

Plusieurs séances d’entrainements meubleront le séjour des lions indomptables en terre sénégalaise dès leur arrivée ce lundi.

Le mardi 1er septembre, ils doivent affronter l’équipe sénégalaise des moins de 23 ans. Le vendredi 4 septembre, ils quitteront la capitale sénégalaise pour rejoindre Banjul où ils doivent jouer contre l’équipe gambienne.

KOACI, Yaoundé

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Agriculture: Improved Maize Records Increasing Yield In South West

Focal Points in the all the 10 Regional Delegations of Agriculture and Rural Development indicate an encouraging rise.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is on a positive path in its pursuit for food security in the country through diverse programmes. The National Programme of Support for the Maize Sector, (French acronym PNAFM), is upbeat with continuous increase in productivity since 2006 when the programme was created. Meeting at IRAD Ekona on Thursday, July 30, 2015, paper presentations from all the 10 Regions of Cameroon depicts encouraging trends.

Opening the first semester sector meeting for 2015, South West Regional Delegate for Agriculture and Rural Development, Enang James Enang says there has been significant increase of improved maize seeds from 34 tons in 2013 to 183 tons in 2014. He noted that the successful result is thanks to the Muyuka Maize Seeds Processing Unit that serves the South West and the Littoral Regions. “We have distributed these maize seeds to all the six divisions of the South West and are presently evaluating the number of farmers which we touch,” he indicated. Despite the insecurity in the Far North Region, the Focal Point of that region said many farmers still come to the delegation for maize seeds collection for eventual plating.

The National Coordinator for PNAFM, Alphonse Nti Bilinga, says the aim of the program is to capitalize on maize production to ensure food security. He indicated that if 200 tons of maize is given out during a crop season, the expectation for the following year is between 600 –800 tons of maize seeds.
All has not been a bed of roses with some farmers still holding very firm to their traditional farming methods. Changes in climate and the inability of farmers to get all the necessary inputs like fertilizers are down playing the effort of the programme as indicated by the coordinator from the North West, Che Isaac Toh.

Cameroon Tribune
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SONARA Trial: Prosecution Presents Final Submissions

The embezzlement case against former SONARA GM, Charles Metouck and others at the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde, is drawing to a close.

According to the prosecution at the Yaounde-based Special Criminal Court, SCC, Charles Metouck, the former General Manager of the National Oil Refinery, SONARA in Limbe, and three co-accused, should be found guilty of embezzling FCFA 514 million. Advocate General, Tagiyin Jean Claude, spoke while presenting his final submissions during the hearing of August 26, 2015.

In his lengthy presentation, which revisited highlights of the trial, including testimonies of witnesses, Mr. Justice Tagiyin said by endorsing a cheque for FCFA 108 million to Viking Ltd for a controversial oil deal, Metouck had caused the State to lose the amount. He averred that the former GM had no authority to pay the money. Similarly, Metouck caused the loss of FCFA 406 million by the State after he paid the amount to Ecobank Development Corporation with headquarters in Lome, Togo without deducting taxes at source. In his submission, Counsel for SONARA, Barrister Ndam Jean Bertrand, while supporting the position of the Legal Department, said the embezzlement of FCFA 406 million was only discovered after officials of the Supreme State Audit Office checked the accounts of SONARA in 2011.

He noted that the task was hitherto rendered difficult given Ecobank Development Corporation’s base abroad. On his part, the lawyer for the State, Barrister Sama Francis Asanga, said Article 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code states that theft of money in a corporation where the State has majority of the shares is considered as embezzlement of public funds. He said this was the case in SONARA where the State has 84 per cent of shares. He added that the trial had respected all norms of equity and fairness by holding in public, with the accused given the opportunity to freely defend themselves.

The trial of the former General Manager of the National Oil Refinery, Charles Metouck, began on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Metouck and others are accused of embezzling over FCFA 514 million. The other accused are Ngalle Mouelle Noé, Edinguele Edinguele Jean Joule and Dikoume Albert Léonard. Meanwhile, charges against Tiako Etienne were later dropped after his reimbursement in January 2015 of FCFA 108 million he and others embezzled.

The remaining defendants are charged with aiding and abetting the embezzlement of over FCFA 108 million. The amount was reportedly fraudulently retained from the signing by SONARA of an oil lifting contract with Viking Ltd. Meanwhile, over FCFA 406 million, in taxes due to the State, was allegedly fraudulently retained by Charles Metouck after paying the amount to Ecobank Development Corporation.

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2017 AFCON Qualifiers:Lions Resume Duty

They begin training today in Dakar ahead of the encounter against Gambia on September 6th.

The Indomitable Lions will begin training in Dakar-Senegal for the upcoming encounter against Gambia on September 6th counting for the second day of play of the ongoing qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to take place in Gabon.

According to their programme, the Lions who converged on Dakar yesterday will train twice a day in the morning and afternoon periods starting from today. Tomorrow, they will play a warm up match against the Senegalese U-23 selection. They will stay on in Dakar until Friday September 4th when they leave for Gambia. On Saturday, there will be the traditional reconnaissance visit to the pitch of play in the afternoon before the showdown the next day. There will be light training the day after the match and the whole delegation will return to Dakar before dispersing to their different destinations.

It is worthy to note that Cameroon is leading the group with three points thanks to the 1-0 victory over Mauritania on the first day of play in Yaounde and the zero-all tie between South Africa and Gambia on June 13th. Cameroon will therefore be seeking to conserve the leadership of the group when they take on Gambia. To prepare for the encounter, team coach, Volker Finke published a list of 23 players with some major changes in the squad. There is the return of players like Allan Nyom and Sebastien Bassong while goalkeeper André Onana has been called up for the first time. Kombi Madjang is the only local players called up to the national selection this time.

There is also the expected return of Joël Matip who has not played with Cameroon since the disgraceful participation at the 2014 World cup in Brazil. Unconfirmed sources say Njie Clinton Mua might not be honouring the sermons of the national selection as he is said to be having some light health problems.

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Complexe industrialo-portuaire de Kribi: Place à la négociation des contrats

Après la désignation des gestionnaires des terminaux, il ne reste plus que cette ultime étape avant l’ouverture du port.

C’est officiel depuis mercredi 26 août 2015.

Le consortium Bolloré/CMA CGM/CHEC a remporté l’appel d’offres pour la gestion du terminal à conteneurs du port de Kribi, tandis que l’exploitation du terminal polyvalent revient au groupement Necotrans/KPMO. Selon Patrice Melom, coordonnateur de l’Unité opérationnelle du Complexe industrialo-portuaire de Kribi (CIPK), « nous sommes arrivés là au bout d’un processus de sélection des partenaires, qui a été complexe et très long ». Sur la suite des évènements, notre source explique que les entreprises désignées seront notifiées à l’effet d’entamer la négociation des termes du contrat de partenariat
final, qui va les lier à l’Etat du Cameroun. Et le port pourra enfin être fonctionnel.

Sur les terminaux

Le port est, en effet, constitué d’infrastructures de base telles que la digue de protection, le quai où viennent accoster les bateaux et les terminaux. Ce sont des plateformes sur lesquelles on entrepose les conteneurs ou toute autre marchandise à charger ou décharger des bateaux. En général, l’on retrouve deux types de terminaux dans les ports : un terminal à conteneurs, vaste de 12 à 20 ha et disposant des équipements à l’instar des portiques, des grues et des chariots. C’est sur cet espace que s’effectue la manutention des marchandises stockées dans des conteneurs. L’on y retrouve aussi un parc consacré à l’empilement des conteneurs en question. Le second terminal est dit polyvalent. Justement parce que c’est à ce niveau que l’on manutentionne du vrac liquide ou solide comme le gaz et le ciment, bref, tout ce qui n’arrive pas dans un conteneur. Mais selon Patrice Melom, « la particularité du terminal polyvalent du port de Kribi est qu’il est conçu pour également
manutentionner les conteneurs ».

Le rôle des entreprises sélectionnées

Au Cameroun, comme acteur sur la place portuaire, l’on a généralement un organisme portuaire à l’exemple du port autonome qui représente le maitre d’ouvrage qui est l’Etat. Officiellement, c’est lui qui gère la place portuaire. Mais l’Etat concède certaines activités dont la manutention sur les terminaux. Concrètement, le consortium Bolloré/CMA CGM/CHEC et le groupement Necotrans /KPMO devront exercer pour le compte de l’Etat, l’activité de manutention. Leurs missions consisteront à réceptionner et livrer les conteneurs à l’importation et à l’exportation, décharger et charger des navires porte-conteneurs, stocker, surveiller les conteneurs sur le parc à conteneurs, assurer la maintenance et modernisation des équipements du terminal, faciliter la desserte des pays limitrophes et surtout poursuivre le développement du port de Kribi. Ils sont rémunérés pour ce faire par divers procédés et acteurs du port à l’instar des armateurs et des acconiers. A leur
tour, les gestionnaires des terminaux reversent des redevances à l’Etat.

Rôle de chaque membre du consortium

En plus de l’exploitation du terminal à conteneur, le consortium Bolloré/CMA CGM/CHEC aura en charge le développement de cette infrastructure. Le projet du gouvernement camerounais implique, en effet, l’extension du terminal à conteneurs de 700 mètres, une seconde plateforme qui sera construie dans un délai maximum de cinq ans en même temps que les terminaux minéralier et hydrocarbure. Ce qui justifierait la présence au sein du consortium de l’entreprise chinoise CHEC qui a réalisé la première phase de la construction du port. Pour sa part, Bolloré est une grande entreprise de manutention présente sur le continent et au Cameroun depuis 50 ans. CMA/CGM est un armateur, associé connu de Bolloré. Le second consortium constitué du français Necotrans et de Kribi Port Multi Operators (KPMO), regroupement de transitaires et d’acconiers camerounais, aura en charge l’exploitation et la maintenance du terminal polyvalent.

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Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members

African securityChad executes 10 Boko Haram members

Published 31 August 2015

Chad said it has executed ten members of Boko Haram by firing squad, marking the first use of the death penalty since 2003. The ten men were sentenced to death on Friday after a court convicted them of crimes which included murder and the use of explosives. Chad officials said that  one of those executed was Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, described by the Chadian officials as a leader of the Nigeria-based group.

Chad said it has executed ten members of Boko Haram by firing squad, marking the first use of the death penalty since 2003 – and since the country officially abolished it last September. The death penalty was introduced last month as part of a package of anti-terrorist measures.

The BBC reports that the ten men were sentenced to death on Friday after a court convicted them of crimes which included murder and the use of explosives.

Ahmat Mahamat Bachir, the security minister, said the men were executed at around 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Chadian officials said that one of those executed was Bahna Fanaye, alias Mahamat Moustapha, described by the Chadian officials as a leader of the Nigeria-based group.

The Islamist Boko haram insurgency began in 2009 in north-east Nigeria. The insurgents have killed nearly 20,000 Nigerians and droe about 1.5 million out of their homes. The corrupt and ineffective Nigerian military was no match for the insurgents, and the Islamists expanded the area under their control to the south and west.

They also began to launch terror operations against Nigeria’s neighbors. The Nigerian government refused to allow the armies of its neighbors to take part in the fighting against Boko haram in Nigerian soil, but in January the leaders of Nigeria’s four neighbors – Chad, Niger, Cameroon, and Benin – issued an ultimatum to the then-president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, telling him that they had lost patience with the incompetence of the Nigerian military, and that their own armies would go into Nigeria to destroy Boko Haram whether or not the Nigerian government agreed.

Jonathan relented, and the four neighbors formed a joint force – relying in the main of ground forces from Cameroon and Niger, and the well-trained Chadian air force – which began to fight Boko Haram units deep inside Nigeria.

The tide of the war has turned, and since early this year Boko Haram has been in retreat, ceding much of the territory the organization had captured.

Boko Haram is still a potent force, and in June and July, Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, was rocked by a series of suicide attacks that killed dozens of people. Boko Haram had threatened such attacks since earlier this year, when Chad became the leading force in the anti-Boko Haram coalition.

In the June and July attacks, suicide bombers on motorcycles targeted two buildings in the capital. In another, a man disguised as a woman wearing a burqa detonated a bomb outside the city’s main market.

Only last September, Chad was praised by human rights groups for abolishing capital punishment. The International Federation for Human Rights noted at the time that Chad had observed a moratorium on the death penalty since 1991, with the exception of nine executions which took place in November 2003.

The death penalty was brought back last month, however, as legislators approved new anti-terrorist measures in response to Boko Haram’s escalating attacks against Chad.

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CAN 2017 : le Cameroun sans Aurélien Chedjou

StarAfrica | Le sélectionneur du Cmeroun, Volker Finke, devrait composer son équipe face à la Gambie sans Aurélien Chedjou. Alors qu’il a été retenu dans la liste des convoqués pour cette rencontre, le défenseur de Galatasaray ne fera finalement pas le déplacement en Gambie.

Chedjou s’est blessé au genou samedi avec son club de Galatasaray lors du match face à Konyaspor. Il a été remplacé à la demi-heure de jeu et sa blessure semble être délicate.

Le joueur a tenu tout de même de rassurer ses fans via son compte Twitter en écrivant : « Merci pour tous les messages, je vais revenir vite et fort. »

Thank you my people for all the messages,i will come back soon and strong @GalatasaraySK Cimbom

— Aurelien Chedjou (@AurelienChedjou) August 29, 2015

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