Cameroon’s new Ambassador to the United States of America had served in Israel for the past 22 years! He was ambassador for 17 years!
|ETOUNDI ESSOMBA : AMBASSADOR TO USA|
Henri Etoundi Essomba was appointed April 11 2016 by Presidential decree same like S. Mvondo Ayolo, Cameroon’s new Ambassador to France.
Etoundi Essomba replaces Joseph Atangana Foe while Mvondo Ayolo who was Ambassador in Gabon, takes over from Le Jeune Mbella Mbella who became Minister of External Relations in October 2015. Both appointees are diplomats by profession.
Etoundi Essomba was initially sent as Chargé d’Affaires in the early 1990s, to set up the chancery and pave the way for Cameroon’s first Ambassador to Israel.
|MVONDO AYOLO : AMBASSADOR, FRANCE|
In the mid-1990s, following the assassination of the then Isreali PM, Yitzhak Rabin, Essomba was summoned home. He was thereafter offered the position of Deputy Chief of Protocol from where he rose to the rank of Ambassador at the Cameroon embassy in Moshe Sharet, Tel Aviv, Isreal.
In 2007, in addition to his post of Ambassador, he became Dean of the Diplomatic Corps;the veteran of all the heads of foreign missions in that Middle East country. No Ambassador has spent that number of years in a single country, not even Israel, reports Isreal’s, Jerusalem Post.
Ambassador Etoundi Essomba inherits an embassy where allegations of corruption and embezzlement have been rife amid other complains. Other Cameroonians conversely appreciated the out-gone Ambassador to the USA, Joseph Atangana Foe who is said to have brought huge changes, and made it easier for Cameroonians have access to services at Embassy in Washington. the The worry about the embassy in France surrounds the use of Cameroon's two official languages.
CAMEROONIANS IN ISRAEL , USA SPEAK
|DR CORANTIN TALLA : WAITING|
"Be fair with all Cameroonians here in USA"
The new ambassador should be fair to all Cameroonians, including myself. He should recognize that all Cameroonians of Cameroon origin have the right to return to their home countries however, and whenever they want.
I expect the new ambassador to process our demand for entry request to Cameroon diligently, without regard to our political leaning.
|PROTESTS IN USA|
We are all sons and daughters of Cameroon for life. No law can take that nationality from us.
I don't know why they refused to process my application for an entry document.There was no reason given for the denial. All the attempts to get the reasons from the embassy failed, as they either sent me to the voicemail or hung up the phone.
My documents and non-refundable money order of $93 was returned to me without the authorization. The embassy kept part of my application documents, including the 2 application forms with photos, the travel itinerary as well as the copy of the document of the required yellow fever shot.
Corantin Talla, PhD ,
Political Rights Activist,
Former University Student Leader a.k.a General Schwarzkopf.
"New Ambassador Should Work like Etoundi Esomba"
For the three years I have been in Israel, I realize Ambassador Essomba is a warm and welcoming someone. I have paid him a series of visits to his office and there has been good communication with the Cameroonian community.
He listens to what the compatriots say though not everything we want is done. As President of Cameroonians in Israel last year, we organized a series of festive activities to let us feel at home and the Embassy supported and all went well.
When the more than 100 Cameroonians organized a football encounter between Cameroon and Burkina Faso in this the holy land we were encouraged.
I think his appointment as Ambassador to the US is actually on merit. I pray he keeps this light to the new place of appointment. We hope whoever comes should be of good faith and should be ready to respond to the worry of Cameroonians here in Israel.
Dr Esuh Esong Lucas,
Former President, Association of Cameroonians in Israel