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Douala Tit-bits: Mayor Sues Imprisoned Publisher 

Medjo was January 7, slammed a three-year imprisonment term and a fine of FCFA 2 million for "propagation of false information", against the President of the Supreme Court, Alexis Dipanda Mouelle, and the Delegate General for National Security, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo`o. His lawyers filed an appeal but while waiting for the appeal to begin, they were notified of another case against their client.

Fadil`s complaint is linked with the same newspaper article which has to do with an insinuation that his list at the 2007 municipal elections was involved in electoral fraud like that of Françoise Foning in Douala V but that the Supreme Court did not annul the results of Douala III because Fadil gave a huge envelop to the President of the Court.

‘Homosexual’ Teacher Arrested

The Gendarmerie Brigade at Mboppi Quarter on January 4 presented a teacher, Laurent Gwet, 34, to the State Counsel at the Douala III Magistrate Court accused of sodomy and rape. The story goes that on January 30, the teacher asked one of his students, a 13-year-boy, to bring a Chemistry assignment to his residence at Cite Sic. The unsuspecting boy obeyed, The Post learnt. Instead of doing the assignment, the teacher reportedly put on a pornographic film to entertain him. The teacher allegedly started caressing the boy, while attempted to penetrate him through the anus.

The boy reportedly struggled hard to stop the teacher from carrying out his diabolical act, and the teacher who was already so ‘hot`, reportedly ejaculated on the body of his student. The boy upon returning home, informed his parents, who immediately rushed to the Gendarmerie and filed a complaint, and the teacher was arrested.

Controversial Unemployment Statistics

Littoral Governor, Francis Fai Yengo, February 5, launched the annual sensitisation campaign organised by the Littoral Agency of the National Employment Fund as part of youth week activities. The operation is a forum to inform youths of self-employment opportunities that can be attained with the assistance of the Fund.

In a speech at the launching ceremony, the Governor said that the youth unemployment rate in the Littoral Region stands at 22 percent. The statistics was provided to the Governor by the Fund. But observers raised serious doubts about the credibility of the unemployment statistics provided because at last year’s occasion, the same Fund stated that the unemployment rate of youths in the Littoral was 22 percent.
Auction Sale By Customs To Customs

An auction sale organised by the Customs Service opened at the Douala Port on January 5, to run for about a week. The Littoral I Chief of Customs stated that the operation, which comes up occasionally, has to do with the auctioning of imported goods that have not been collected by the owners within a period of three months.

He pointed out, for example, that the car park at the port had become too full and there was no more space to park new arrivals. The buyer of any item pays at least 13 percent of the amount on the spot, and has to complete the remaining amount within 48 hours. Though there are a variety of items involved in the auction sale, what mainly interests people are vehicles.

One major criticism about the auction sales organised by the customs is that there is generally very little or no publicity about the programme of the sale. This looks deliberate and the operation looks more like a mafia. Those who mostly know the programme of the auction sale and end up benefiting most are customs officers themselves as well as their agents, family members, friends and business partners.

That explains why over half of the 200 vehicles that were put on the so-called auction sales were bought in less than three hours after the official launching. The reality is that most of the vehicles, especially those in good condition, are ‘arranged’ for weeks before the auction sale is officially launched.

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