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Defiant Hon. Wirba spit fire again, Rubbishes the CPDM government as many now see loopholes with the position of his party

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The SDF firebrand leader and Member of Parliament Hon joseph Wirba has once again come out of his comfort zone to rubbish the Biya’s government.

The MP for Jakiri special constituency who rose to the summit of political adulation  back home during the early days of the crisis when he delivered a rare and biting address at the CPDM controlled national Assembly, decrying the marginalization of Anglophones has once again reacted to recent happenings

The SDF who has been unusually silent ever since they went for their parliamentary recess followed by the deadly protests at home which has been condemned here and abroad has decided to speak just days after his own party held their national executive meeting in Bamenda

The Nso worrier once as he calls himself again takes the government to task, accusing the President of failing to be president for all as he has snubbed the people of North West and south west regions of the country.

He bemoans the fact that the head of state will be more interested to talk about sporting infrastructure in the country when many Anglophones have been killed by soldiers during October 1st and September 22nd 2017 deathly protests across the two English speaking regions.

Hon.Wirba added that, the present should have visited the restive regions not less than 6 times during the past one year of the crisis and dialogue with the people, adding that his actions justify the systemic marginalization of the Anglophones.

Supporters of the president however says he is doing more than enough to solve the crisis, referencing the recent delegation of elites of these regions deployed by the head of state on facts finding mission and peace talk in a move activists and politicians have labeled cosmetics and provocative.

But as Wirba continues to fire at the government at every opportunity, many Cameroonians are beginning to be wary of his own party stance vis sa vis this crisis.

Many now accused the Fru Ndi led party of playing low price politics, referencing the recent decision arrived during their last NEC meeting which categorically makes a mockery of the fact that their MPs had resign in a clear jab at the people who had celebrated the supposed MP resignations when the news broke on social media after 22nd September and made the said MPs instant national heroes.

SDF’s stance confirms the position of government who had accused the so called “terrorist “for forcing MPs to resign under duress and vow then to go after them.

Amongst other things, the SDF headship continue their fruitless call for the government to engage in genuine dialogue, continue their failed tradition of accusing the government of bias as they saw their leadership I Littoral denied the right to organize a rally after they had obtained an approval which was later canceled on suspicious grounds.

As Hon Wirba continues to enjoy support amongst many Cameroonians in the English speaking part of the country, the North westerner should begin his crusade of change within the ranks of his own party which many now see as being part of the solution if he intends to keep his credibility untouched or he might as well resign from the party

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Ngambuh killings: 16 world bishops pen Roman Catholic Biya

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Catholic Bishops from around the world sign an open letter to the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, asking him to begin peace negotiations with the separatist movement in that country.

According to vaticannews, the open letter was In response to an attack on the village of Ngarbuh , in the North West of the country, 16 bishops from around the world have drafted an open letter to Paul Biya, the President of Cameroon.

coordinated by the non-partisan Global Campaign for Peace and Justice in Cameroon, the clergymen urge the president, who has been in power since 1982, to join inclusive Swiss-led negotiations aimed at finding a peaceful solution to long-standing Anglophone concerns.

Civilians suffering

The open letter by the Bishops stresses that they are not taking political sides in the disagreements.
“We are motivated by our concern about the suffering of unarmed civilians, and the stability and prosperity of Cameroon,” the Bishops write.

The letter also notes that at least 2,000 people have died as a result of the conflict.

“Each of these lives is precious and we mourn their suffering and wish to prevent more loss of life and innocence.”

The Bishops also applaud previous efforts to negotiate a settlement, and note that “if all parties treat each other as they wish to be treated, a solution is possible.”

Government has denied any involvement in the killings in Ngambuh which many says is a massacre

Yaounde says only 5 persons died due to duke explosion.

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Crackdown on suspected Ambazonia activists intensifies as fighting rages on in NW, SW

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Security forces have reportedly intensified crackdown on suspected activists or sympathizers to the Ambazonia independence struggle.  

As the crisis that has been rocking the North West and South West regions, which has spiraled into an armed conflict, rages on, security operatives have been indiscriminately arresting Anglophone activists and suspected activists.

This has caused many of them to flee into hiding and the whereabouts of many is not known.

Sources say the arrested activists are being tortured and detained under horrendous and inhuman conditions. Some have reportedly died in detention.

It is worth recalling that the Anglophone crisis, something that pundits say had been brewing for several years, boiled over in October 2016 when Common Law Lawyers in the North West and South West regions went on strike, paralyzing the courts. They were demanding for a return to the federal system of government, redeployment of Civil Law Magistrates back to Civil Law Courts among other grievances. Not long after, teachers in the North West and South West regions also went on strike, demanding the redress of several issues concerning the English sub-system of education.

Things got worse when concerned citizens in the North West and South West regions, who had been fed up with the unfavourable political and especially economic stagnation of Cameroon at large, but more importantly in these regions, joined the strike.

But after negotiations with the teachers and lawyers ended in deadlock, the government banned the Southern Cameroons National Council, SCNC, and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, CACSC. Some of the leaders of the Consortium such as Barrister Felix Agbor Nkongho and Dr. Fontem Niba were immediately arrested while others such as Barrister Bobga Harmony and Tassang Wilfred fled into hiding.  

But as the crackdown on the activists escalates, several cases have been reported.

One of such cases is that of Yenika Jude Yongye, a young southern Cameroon activistwho is reported to have gone underground for fear of being arrested.

He is reported to have arrived Cameroon on September 11, 2019 after spending over three years in Belgium, from where he was actively involved in the struggle for the Independence of the state of former southern Cameroon now being referred to as Ambazonia.

Upon his arrival in Bamenda, his place of origin, security forces, we gathered immediately launched a manhunt to trap him down. Following a hint, Yenika Jude is said to have fled the town for safety. His exact whereabouts has since remained unknown though we gathered he might have moved to a neighboring country.

Yenika’s activism dates back to several years. In 2016 before leaving Cameroon, we gathered that he was amongst a group of young Southern Cameroon National Council, SCNC members who had organized several meetings in Bamenda to front the restoration of the statehood of Ambazonia. He has since been targeted for arrest. Yenika Jude was reportedly listed amongst other young southern Cameroon activists targeted for arrest including Njofri Belmond, Wayula George….

It would be recalled that leaders of the Anglophone separatist movements including Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and nine others, who were arrested in Abuja, Nigeria in January 2018 and later extradited to Yaounde were in August 2019, handed life jail sentences.

It is worth noting that many people, both civilians and security forces, have been killed in the crisis, many more internally displaced and over 30,000 have fled to neighbouring Nigeria where they are living as refugees.

While the Anglophone crisis continues to escalate, International Organisations and other Western powers have called on the Government to address the root cause through dialogue.

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February polls: Anglophones ‘chose’ the devil they know, sinks drowning SDF

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202 TWIN ELECTIONS IN CAMEROON

It was an election that came to solidify CPDM’s position as an incomparable political force in the land and once again sinks the country’s chief opposition party the SDF which was already drowning and in dire need of help from electorates.

If early results are measuring rod to go by, the 2020 twin polls will be recorded in history as the election which killed the party many had seen as a beacon of hope for the marginalized and aggrieved Anglophones

Results show the ruling CPDM, once hated and despised in the Anglophone regions especially Bamenda is in commanding lead in SDF strongholds, toppling the Ni John Fru Ndi’s party in all three councils in Kumba and humiliate them more in Littoral and West and abandon them in North West region.

With tally showing less than 6 seats in parliament, this will be the very first time the country’s longtime chief opposition party has failed to have a parliamentary group (15MPs) since the start of multi-party politics in the 90s-but many are those who are even surprise they got that much

SDF’s downfall was all but expected. With a three-year war ravaging in the Anglophone regions (it’s base) and a disgraceful result during the 2018 Presidential elections, the opposition party has failed to influence government actions in parliament due to lack of numbers and failed to heed to the call of its supporters demanding they boycott the elections and resign from parliament to pressure Yaounde

The party’s disjointed leadership has demonstrated the unprecedented amount of political arrogance, rubbishing their slogan which says power belongs to the people and brandish themselves as a national party with undefined ties to the ruling CPDM

Many Anglophones are struggling to differentiate the party with the ruling CPDM as they watch their MPs dribble them with fake resignations during the height of the protest only to come home with amor cars to canvas for votes months later.

Most of their supporters have abandoned the party, choosing personal security over party loyalty as they struggle to understand why SDF can’t do more to end their worries

SDF leadership opted to run for the February’s elections after months of threats of boycott and 11th-hour change of hearts, concluding to go back to the people asking them to give them more power so they can solve their problem in parliament

The results were a total rejection, with the party suffering a humiliating defeat compounded by massive Elections boycott in Anglophone regions and many of its bold supporters switching to the ruling CPDM

CPDM bigwigs drive into insecure towns and villages in armor cars, passing through burnt roads and raining bullets from non-state armed fighters to vote for their party.

Some of them ferried their voters, using state and party resources alike to ensure their votes are counted and protected, a luxury which the impoverished and stubborn SDF cannot afford

While Fru Ndi enjoys rest abroad following a series of humiliating kidnappings and attack by non-state armed fighters who wants him to recall his MPs home, his party was being hurried by those who once fed them.

What followed was a humiliating defeat in the Anglophone regions with national consequences, reminding the party that it tentacles might spread beyond the Anglophone regions but the people who made them number two can reduce them to history books.

After years of fighting and suffering, many Anglophones are fade up, tired of the politics and simply believe the ruling party now holds all the keys to their problems.

Bui, MoMo, Donga Mantung, Meme, Lebialem and many other divisions in the regions embraced the ruling CPDM, some of them voting for the ruling party for the first time even though the voter turnout makes a mockery of the word democracy on a national scale

But as CPDM politicians toast and dance to “more money” in Yaoundé, SDF leadership may just have made its worst decision ever, but it’s too late

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