AfCFTA: Cameroon ships inaugural Aluminium Ingots to Algeria

This is exciting news for Cameroon and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)as Cameroon shipped her first Aluminium ingots under the AfCFTA program. This shipment signifies the start of commercially significant trade for Cameroonian shippers under AfCFTA benefits. Cameroonian businesses can now export goods to other African countries with reduced tariffs or duty-free access, making their products more competitive.

The shipment of 100 tons of aluminum ingots to Algeria highlights the potential of AfCFTA to increase trade between African nations. This specific example demonstrates trade in raw materials within the continent.

Cham Etienne Bama, Coordinator of the AfCFTA Guided Trade Initiative for Cameroon said on Friday, July 5, 2024, that the shipping ‘marks the beginning of a new journey for our Shippers in Cameroon as commercially meaningful trade under AfCFTA preferences takes another dimension’

The presence of the Minister of Trade and other dignitaries during the shipment signifies the impor
tance the Cameroonian government places on AfCFTA and its potential to benefit the country’s economy.

Overall, this news is a positive step towards achieving the goals of AfCFTA, which aims to create a single market for goods and services across Africa, leading to increased trade, investment, and job creation on the continent.

What are Aluminium Ingots

Aluminum ingots are a versatile raw material used in a wide range of industries due to the numerous advantages of aluminum such as being significantly lighter than other metals like steel, making it ideal for applications where weight reduction is crucial, such as transportation (cars, airplanes) and construction. It also offers good strength and can be further strengthened by alloying it with other elements.

Here are some of the common uses of aluminum ingots:

Transportation: Car parts (engine blocks, wheels), airplane components (wings, fuselage)

Construction: Building materials (cladding, roofing), window frames, beverage cans

Electrical Applications:
Electrical wires, cables, busbars (conductors in electrical panels)

Consumer Goods: Appliances (refrigerators, washing machines), cookware, electronics (laptop cases)

Machinery and Equipment: Industrial machinery parts, tools

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Dr. Ben Aki, proponent of a united Cameroon, resigns, declaring the unitary state an illusion

It came like a bombshell in the ears of Cameroonians especially those from the English speaking regions.

Dr. Ben Aki, circulated a voice note in which he is heard renouncing unitary state of Cameroon.

‘…We are doomed in this prison, I cannot support separation but I cannot advocate for a united Cameroon in which the principle that allow for competitive elections to protect the interest of minorities are completely obliterated by a system of Catholic political philosophy’

His reaction comes a day after the government introduced a bill at the National Assembly to extend the term of office of Parliamentaroans and Mayors from March 2025 to 2026.

‘It was prepared pursuant to the provisions of Article 15(4) of the

Constitution which stipulates that In case of serious crisis, or where circumstances so warrant, the President of the Republic may, after consultation with the President of the Constitutional Council and

Bureaux of the National Assembly and the Senate, request the National

Assembly to decide, by a
law, to extend or abridge its term of office. ‘

Such extension is warranted by the need to lighten the electoral calendar, which provides for 4 (four) elections in 2025, namely the election of

Members of the National Assembly and Municipal Councilors, as well as the

election of the President of the Republic and Regional Councilors.’ the government explained.

But Dr. Ben Akih, Coordinator of English Cameroon for United Cameroon, says this bill is meant to eliminate a potential contender, Professor Maurice Kamto from the 2025 Presidential elections.

‘But with this system it is impossible to enjoy such protection article 15.4 only all0ws the president to request extension of mandate in case of serious crisis or if circumstances warrant…’ Dr. Ben bemoaned.

‘Our arguement and activism has been that we can fight to ensure that the regions of north West and south west can act together and change absurd situations.’

Professor Kamto’s Cameroon Renaissance Movement party does not have a Councillor nor Parliament
arian and cannot be a candidate for the 2025 elections.

Though there can be independent candidates, but it remains unclear if Kamto will be allowed to be a candidate. Recently, the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, made mockery of Kamto, insinuating that he may not have the chance to become a candidate because he blew it off when he boycotted the 2020 elections.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Kumbo: Family demands justice in the death of Hans and Moctaru

The conflict in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon, popularly referred to as ‘The Anglophone crisis’, has been marked by significant unrest and violence since 2016. The crisis stems from long-standing grievances about political, economic, and cultural marginalization by the predominantly francophone government. The situation has escalated into armed conflict, with numerous reports of human rights abuses by both separatist groups and government forces. Cameroon News Agency, CNA has remained glued to the crisis to make sure excesses by both parties are brought into the limelight in the hope for justice for the victims of the crisis and a sustainable solution to the crisis.

On June 19, 2024 at about 3:00 PM Nyuyki Hans Fonyuy and Moctaru, were forced by members of Cameroon military to search for a detected Improvised Explosive Device, IED with their bare hands, resulting in their deaths. As they found the device, it was remotely detonated by Separatists who planted the IED.

The incident in Melim, Kumbo s
ubdivision in the North West region, was a gross violation of civil and human rights and exemplifies the ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon.

Hans and Moctaru were civilians residing in the English-speaking part of Cameroon. According to eyewitness accounts and local reports, they were passing by the scene where the military had earlier detected some Improvised Explosive Devices, IED and had also stopped cars from passing, after failed attempts of forcing civilians from the stopped cars to join them in the search for the IED, Hans and Moctaru who were passing by on a bike where then threatened and forced to search for the IED with their bare hands. Upon coming in contact with the IED, it detonated and immediately killed Hans and Moctaru. They then abandoned them there.

One of the witneses told CNA that he asked people to call Hans’ wife and inform her about what has just happened. This is because the IED had shattered the victims beyond recognition but he not
ed that Hans was wearing Rainboots.

The actions of the Cameroon military in this incident constitute severe violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, including:

Right to Life: Forcing Hans and Moctaru to detonate an explosive device deliberately endangered and ultimately ended their lives, violating their most fundamental right.

Protection from Torture and Inhumane Treatment: Making individuals handle explosives under duress is a form of torture and cruel, inhumane treatment prohibited under international law.

Civilian Protection in Armed Conflict: Under the Geneva Conventions, civilians are afforded protection from military operations. The forced participation of Hans and Moctaru in handling explosives violates these protections.

Members of the family who spoke to CNA based on anonymity pleaded with human rights and humanitarian stakeholders, state and non-state actors especially the international community to take urgent and decisive action to address this atrocity, seek for justic
e victim’s family.


Bringing the armed military forces that threatened and forced these two youths to lose their lives. They also highlighted that an iindependent investigation should be conducted to ascertain the facts and hold those responsible accountable.

The deaths of Hans and Moctaru at the hands of the Cameroon military are a stark reminder of the urgent need for justice and human rights protections in conflict zones. It is imperative that the international community stands firm against such violations and works towards a peaceful and just resolution for the people of Cameroon.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Eto’o to appeal CAF sanctions

Samuel Eto’o Fils’ lawyer, Florian Mbayen, has revealed that the Fecafoot President shall appeal the verdict of CAF’s Disciplinary Committee that found him guilty of violating the ethics of the African Football Governing body by signing a personal contract with a b£tting company.

Eto’o was asked to pay the sum of USD 200, 000 but the former Barca player now says CAF is not competent to judge him based on ethical considerations.

This is tricky for Eto’o because he risks not being able to table his candidacy for upcoming elections at Fecafoot or elsewhere because of the CAF ruling.

Every presidential candidate must not have been found ethically wanting ( guilty) for any elections in all football federations worldwide.

CAF had earlier cleared Eto’o Fils of match-fixing for nonsubstantial evidence. The African football governing body also cleared Victoria United president, Nkwain Valentine of the same accusations.

A day before CAF’s decision, former Fecafoot Executives and some stakeholders petitioned CFA an
d FIFA demanding that Eto’o be banned for life.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Samuel Eto’o’s ‘endless’ battles at CAF

Much of Samuel Eto’o’s energy and time towards the end of his four-year mandate as FECAFOOT president, is being spent on disputes against Cameroon football officials who have vowed not to give up on having him expulsed from FECAFOOT over allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

In his recent case at CAF, the Cameroonian was found guilty of violating the principles of ethic, integrity and sportsmanship, as provided in article 2 paragraph 3 of the CAF statutes. He got fined 200,000 USD for signing a deal as brand ambassador with the betting organization, 1XBET.

He faced the CAF Disciplinary Council on June 25, to defend himself following multiple complaints filed by the Association of Amateur Football Clubs in Cameroon (ACFAC). The verdict only came out on Thursday, July 4.

Though the FECAFOOT president was fined, he was cleared of wrongdoing in the accusations of match-fixing and manipulation. The Confederation of African Football said there was insufficient proof to find Samuel Eto’o and Victoria Unite
d president Valentine Nkwain guilty of match manipulation. A leaked voice conversation of the two, suggested an attempt to rig matches in favour of Elite One side Victoria United.

In all of the accusations and sanctions brought up against Eto’o, he has reiterated his innocence. His lawyers have said the 200,000 USD fine pronounced by CAF does not respect the CAF disciplinary code, saying they will appeal the verdict.

While the case on match-fixing and 1XBET deal is still to be settled, the ACFAC has filed another accusation against Eto’o, saying he is not Cameroonian, with the dual nationality he took when he naturalized in Spain at the time he was playing there. They have said Eto’o should be stripped of his function as FECAFOOT president because he is not eligible to occupy the post.

Eto’o was elected president of the Cameroon Football Federation in December 2021, after edging close rival Seidou Mbombo Njoya. His mandate gradually became fraught with much disagreement among collaborators, leading to seve
ral resignations and suspensions considered to have been arbitrary.

The FECAFOOT president’s chances of having another mandate are becoming slimmer. Observers wait to see how he resolves the issues at CAF and those with the sports ministry in Cameroon.

Source: Cameroon News Agency