By Joe Dinga Pefok

CPDM Launches Campaign Against "Week Of Martyrs"

The Presidents of the six CPDM Sections in Wouri Division has launched a campaign against an initiative of the Littoral SDF and the MANIDEM parties to immortalise those who were killed during the February 2008 riots. The week runs from Monday, February 23 to Friday, February 27.

According to the organisers of the "Week of the Martyrs", activities would include a Requiem Mass, a peaceful demonstration and visits to bereaved families. But the Wouri CPDM Section Presidents, in a declaration signed February 18, accused the organisers of the event of wanting "to re-plunge Wouri Division into the indiscipline, disorder, anarchy and chaos of February 2008". They called on the Wouri population to exercise more vigilance and responsibility, to block the way to agents of violence and disorder.
Minister Cautions

Land Buyers

The Minister of State Property and Land Tenure, Pascal Anong Abidime, has cautioned those who want to buy parcels of land in Douala against fake land certificates. The Minister, who organised meetings and carried out field trips, recently, to solve land disputes, regretted that Douala is becoming notorious for land disputes. He said it is not uncommon for a piece of land to be sold to more than one person by dubious people.

He advised that any person who wants to buy a piece of land in Douala should, besides checking the land title, cross-check with all local competent authorities or services. Meanwhile, the first file to be treated by the Minister is a disputed piece of land in Yassa, which pits AES SONEL and the General Manager of a private company. The matter was settled in favour of AES SONEL. But, as the Minister pointed out, the said General Manager "was duped" by another private company with a bogus land title when the State had duly informed the company that AES SONEL was to use part of the parcel of land.

Joke Over Woman Spills Blood

Raphael Forju, 26, was February 18 rushed to the Laquantinie Hospital in a state of unconsciousness, after he was pierced in the stomach by a "soya" vendor, Elvis Madak. Eyewitnesses told the Nylon Gendarmerie Brigade that the incident was provoked by a joke made by Forju about a woman; a joke which Madak considered too expensive to bear. The story goes that on that fateful evening, Forju went to buy roast pork from Madak.

He met the soya vendor chatting with a girl, who was probably his (the vendor’s) lover.  It was not immediately clear whether both men knew each other, but Forju was reported to have made a joke to the soya vendor that the young lady was his "woman". The soya vendor, who had picked up a knife to chop the pork, which Forju wanted to buy, turned the knife to his client’s abdomen. Elements from the Nylon Gendarmerie Brigade later picked up the soya vendor and detained him as investigation continues.

Mankon Community Bereaved

The Mankon community in Douala is mourning the mother of the youthful President of the Douala branch of the Mankon Cultural and Development Association, Eliseus Awa Ntseh. She died at the Mbingo Baptist Hospital February 18 after a protracted illness. Popularly known as Mama Monica and reputed for her dynamism, the woman had been living with the son in Douala for some seven years after she returned from the US where she had lived for a number of years with her daughter. The burial ceremony has been scheduled for Saturday, February 28, in Mankon.