Northwest Governor Bans CAMCCUL Activities


A communiqué from the governor’s office signed on February 3, 2012 has ordered the Cameroon Cooperative Credit Union League CAMCCUL and its affiliates to suspend all activities and Annual General Assembly Meeting (AGM) unstill further notice.


The communiqué states that “this is due to a series of complaints received at his service and taking into consideration the permanent and flagrant violation of the regulations in-force by the officials of CAMCCUL” The communiqué further states that the Governor has put in place a mixed Commission in a bid to clarify the situation of irregularities and permanent violations decried earlier.


When contacted on the phone the president of CAMCCUL Nfor Shey Musa refused to comment on the suspension saying he has not been contacted or made to know why the activities of CAMCCUL have been suspended.


Meanwhile in a press release signed by the general manager of CAMCCUL Jonas Tienthou, it states that “the entire CAMCCUL Credit Union Family and its dear members are hereby informed that due to reasons independent of our makings, the general meetings of Credit Unions earlier schedule to hold from the weekend of 4th February could not be respected” The release goes ahead to call on Credit Union members to continue with their daily transactions in total calm and  that the meetings would be reconvened and communicated to them in due time.


The first Credit Union to be affected by this decision was the Bamenda Police Cooperative Credit Union (BAPCCUL) which coincidentally the League president Nfor Shey Musa also doubles there as the Board President. BAPCCUL AGM was slated for Saturday 4h January 2012 at the Bamenda Congress Hall but could not hold due to the ban. This forced hundreds of members to storm BAPCCUL head Office at the Old Treasury Street Bamenda causing a huge commotion as they scrambled to eat and get their transport fares back.


Public opinion over the ban in Bamenda is mixed. There are those who say the ban is as a result of an attempt by the present league Board to change the constitution of the League to enable run for office indefinitely while others are of the view that the ban is an attempt by government to take over the league, the only strong symbol of Anglophone economic power in Cameroon. The league president in his chat with us said the league has been following COBAC and ministerial lay down guidelines to the fullest and is surprise with the ban.


What ever the outcome, the truth remains that the Abakar versus Musa tussle is a very big one and the grass here that represent the hundred of thousands of Credit Union members are anxiously awaiting the outcome. An outcome that would continue to guarantee the independence, status and credibility of the credit Union Movement-The pride of Anglophone Cameroon.



By Abongwa Fozo

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