A detained Cameroon fecafoot president wins election

Depspite being detained by the country’s authorities, Cameroon Fecafoot president Iya Mohammed  has been re-elected to the role.

According to The Median (24th June 2013), Mohaammed was arrested on 10 June in connection with his job as director-general of the country’s state- owned Cotton Development Company. 
He won Wednesday’s election after an initial delay, when police blocked delegates fron entering the Fecafoot headquarters for the polls. In his continuing absence, Fecafoot vice-president Mbombo Njoya will take chage of the organisation. 

The elections were originally suspended by the government before football’s world governing body Fifa intervened. It threatened to suspend the country from the internatonal game if the government continued to interfere.
Representatives of the victorious grouping withn Fecafoot said the election had resolved the issue. 
“What has happened has saved our nation and has protected the image of our football in Cameroon,”
deputy vice-president Charles Mbella Moki told the BBC’s Newssday programme. 
But ther may yet be problems for the country, because delegates also boted to reject a deal which had been worked out between Fecafoot and the Cameroon government to resolve the row between them. 
Fifa had overseen the talks, but Fecafoot delegates unanimously voted against the proposals. 
It is also expected the Mjohammed’s election could be challenged by the defeated guouping within Fecafoot.

International Widows’ Day

In Douala, economic capital of Cameroon, it was attended and chaired by the followings: Senators, Eposes of administrative authorities,  Female juries, Dignitaries of many feminine NGOs associations, Governor of the littoral regions represented by his secretary, Delegate of public service littoral region, Civil right society officials. Photo credit: Nadine Tonguem of Empower Success In Africa (ESIA)

International Widows’ Day was introduced to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is usually observed anually on June 23. 

“No woman should lose her rights when she loses her husband – but an estimated 115 million widows live in poverty, and 81 million have suffered physical abuse. Girls married to much older men are especially vulnerable. Let us use International Widows’ Day to advocate for the rights of all widows so they can enjoy better lives and realize their great potential to contribute to our world.” by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations – the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible.
Yet abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.
This event was however celebrated in Douala, Cameroon on the 26th June 2013 . The theme of the day was:“Acting together to end discriminatory practices and customs against widows”.
Quinta Rita Edang reporting for CRTV gave a brief on how this day was commemorated in Yaoundé the political capital of Cameroon saying: the day was highlighted by a ceremony chaired by the Minister of Women`s Empowerment and the Family, Marie Therese Abena. she urge stakeholders and policy makers to work in synergy to enable widows regain their dignity in the society. Her plea is supported by the fact that many widows are deprived of all rights to succession in some communities when their husbands die.
A brief background of this day from timeanddate.com: International Widows’ Day was initiated by the Loomba Foundation in 2005. The plight of widows world-wide has been the foundation’s focus since it was established in 1997. According to its founder, Raj Loomba, women in many countries experience great hardship after their husbands die. “They are not looked after by governments or NGOs and they are shunned by society.” The observance falls on June 23 because Loomba’s mother became a widow on that date in 1954.

President of the widows plate form

Administrative members of the widows plate form (most are widows themselves) 

Secretary General of the Governor of Littoral Region extending a handshake to the President of the widows plate form

Newly elected Senator in the middle, La Reine Lojio Martine on the left, Mr Desire Dolle who is the assistant to the Regional Delegate (Miniprorf/ut) 

Photo credit: Nadine Tonguem of Empower Success In Africa (ESIA)