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Foreign aid money sets North West Mbororo community in disarray

Some leaders of the Mbororo community in the North West region have criticised the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association,…

Some leaders of the Mbororo community in the North West region have criticised the Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association, MBOSCUDA, accusing its officials of mismanaging funds from international donors. A report by the French language daily, Le Jour says the union of Fulani-Mbororo leaders in the region say financial assistance sought and received by the said officials, usually ends up in private pockets.

Le Jour, in its May 31 edition, quotes a certain Muslim traditional ruler, Mamuda as saying that besides the fact that money collected from international donors do not reach the right beneficiaries, there are people in the association who usurp tittles.

He also claimed that the indigenous people are not marginalised as reported by MBOSCUDA. Amina Abdel, National President of SODELCO also decried the fact the indegineous people who he says are noble and hardworking are presented to the world as people living in perpetual lack. He called MBOSCUDA’s advocacy for the rights of the Fulani and Mbororo as manipulations which the international community needs to be aware of.

Going by Le Jour, the critics of the association run by Jaji Manu Giddado who is currently a technical adviser at the Presidency were irked by a program broadcast on CRTV. The newspaper said the Lamido of Didango in the West region was introduced in the programme as a Paramount ruler of a Mbororo community in the North West region.

It should be noted however that MBOSCUDA is a legal not-for-profit organisation which has carried out many social and development projects to educate and empower the Mbororo community in Cameroon. The association has carried out projects and trainings in gender education, capacity building and has a micro-credit scheme conceived in 1998 for economic empowerment of Mbororo women.

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