Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Tales of Georges Kelong and Vandoline Mbeng

Mr. Kelong Georges Pontwe is the name which made rounds in Cameroonian and African internet forums for spreading HIV/AIDS to ladies and especially to one: Vandoline Mbeng. When my ears came in contact with the story, my heart had questions. I interpreted it as an irate girl that wanted requital because she was dumped. Vandoline like Ishtar sought revenge on Kelong Georges: a CRTV journalist for turning down her love advances. She is out to destroy him if she cannot at least destroy his home. Kelong took time to narrate the genesis of his embarrassment. Kelong in his plaidorie alluded to Mrs. Kometa Marcelline Gitinyui (237-77 4- 98082): a biology teacher at LBA Yaoundé Cameroon as having insulted him for sleeping with the younger sister. They colluded with Earliness, Gitinyuy, Keeye Timothy Mbombo to sabotage his marriage with internet libel that he was HIV Santa Claus.

The humming of the waterfall is the only way it proves to its vilifiers that it is not dead. Kelong then fought back in grand style by providing his HIV test for 2009 which exonerates him. So if he is negative how did he distribute HIV to more than 89 women and that Vandoline Mbeng was the latest victim?

It is schadenfreude when single people fall in love with married people; worst still with kids. Vandoline Mbeng knew well that Georges was married with kids, yet she felt it was the only straw she could sip ambrosia from. Just by imbibing the nectar of a married man destroys her entire credibility that her positive HIV test comes from Kelong because there is no guarantee that the latter was the only man to the guest table. Knowing that Kelong was working at CRTV, it is cynical that he will boast that she was the 90th victim.

The phrase “Welcome to my world” is a mythical story of a guy who slept with ladies and wrote on their mirrors ‘Welcome to my World’ after infecting them with HIV. If it was true that Kelong had infested her and she wanted to retaliate, then she was doing a great disfavor to herself because vengeance belongs to God.

Furthermore, her plea to the traditional hierarchy to intervene seems to create some exclusive powers for the traditional leadership. That approach may lack sufficient checks and balances because the Fon, Lamida or Chief may become autocratic and episcopalian.

Vandoline claims that her life is finished when she contacted HIV. Your life is not finished just because you contract HIV. That is why it is expedient to test yourself regularly, so that you can enter into treatment earlier. Your life is finished if you sleep around like a dog and want the health of a cat. The truth about it is that one man cannot kill the entire world with HIV. Though HIV is a pandemic, it is not an epidemic. Therefore, people should refrain from equating HIV with Lucifer coming in person to live with us. What we should fear is the way we treat people when they reject us.

Nevertheless, a man cannot get wet without water touching him. It cannot be refuted that Kelong swam in Vandoline’s swimming pool, but it can be refuted that he is the author of her HIV because he is not positive. He is even lucky coming out negative after enjoying Vandoline's theobroma cacao!

This rigmarole reiterates our need to curb our appetite for quick condemnation based on canards. It is always advisable that after hearing an accusation, we weigh the facts and then make an equitable judgment. Most people are used to convicting without due process. Those who are quick to criticize and crucify others live a life of debauchery and think everyone else wears their pants. Outwardly they carry a sanctimonious banner that reads: “crucify him first and the evidence will come later” but inwardly they hear a voice: “let him that is without sin cast the first stone”.

Until then, Vandoline should learn how to take rejection.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.



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