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Insanity? Government relies on failed “elites” again as they do same thing over and over and yet expecting different results?

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The population of the English speaking regions of Cameroon are still hoping and wishing for something meaningful to come out of the planned peace talk between the elites and the population as the head of state has instructed the government to deploy a barrage of so called elites during the week end

The lists of people who were made publish by the prime minister’s office has drawn almost an instant criticism from top Anglophone leaders and population

Why deploying elite might not help?

The so called Anglophone elites enjoy in different positions  in government, have amass so much wealth over the years and increasingly been out of touch with their people, become stubbornly arrogant and any feels their loyalty lies with the President rather than the people who pushed the summit of glory.

In the early days of the crisis which many Anglophones supported their striking lawyers and teachers in condemning what they called systemic marginalization of the minority group, many of their elites whom they rely for help shamefully distance themselves from the people, denying the existence of any problem known as the “Anglophone problem” and throw their weight behind the government to crackdown on the leaders of the protesters.

Even when the head of state did acknowledge the existence of a problem, some unrepentant Anglophone elites refuse to listen to the peoples cry, but rather chose to focus on protecting their interests in government offices

Fast forward the crisis to a year now, the elite couldn’t have been more isolated and been less trusted by their people. No one really cares about elites anymore and nobody listens to them as they are seen as part of the problem and the very reasons why they are suffering as they have failed to pressure the government to give in to their demands of the people.

Have elites been deployed before

This is not the first time elites are deployed by the government to preach to the people. The difference this time though is the fact that the order is coming directly from the head of state as pressure mounts both at home and abroad for the government to engage in genuine and honest dialogue with the people

Previous meetings where elites where deployed to go to the fields and woe the population to stop heeding to calls of secessionist had all backfired as either the gatherings were boycotted or those who care to attended to send a direct message to Yaoundé through their run away and increasingly selfish and powerless leaders that they have chosen their part and curse to fellow

Reaction from the population

Reactions following the latest news of elites visiting the people for peace talk have received an almost instant condemnation from the public and other revered leaders the people still rely on.

International lawyer and former head of outlawed Anglophone consortium Agbor Balla instantly issued a statement just a day after, denouncing  the move,  labeling it “a provocation” while urging the government to take more genuine steps to solve the ongoing crisis with a dialogue that involves the UN

Other Anglophone Cameroonians have taken to social media to mock the decision, calling it a failed and cosmetic measure intended to please the international community.

 

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You will not win this militarily-Nagy tells Biya

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Washington (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday urged Cameroon to devolve power in its troubled anglophone region, saying the government´s military response was only strengthening separatists.

The warning came weeks after the United States ended certain preferential trade benefits for Cameroon, citing human rights violations including arbitrary killings.

Tibor Nagy, the top US diplomat for Africa, said he believed advisors to Cameroon´s veteran resident, Paul Biya, were telling him “you can win this militarily.”

“The truth is, it´s not going to be won militarily,” Nagy told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee.

“Every day more Cameroonians who in the beginning were probably very loyal Cameroonians are starting to think that maybe declaring a separate country is the way we want to go,” he said.

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Human Interest

Buea hospital Director reacts to TeboPost reports about ongoing crisis at the kidney center

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The Director of the Buea refional hospital Annex Dr Martin Mokake has reacted to the reports of price hikes at his hemodialysis center and patients running to other downs for dialysis.

According to a message he sends to TeboPost management, the youngest hospital Director in the country says his management is not aware of the developments reported  by TeboPost but says they are open for more information and will investigate some of the things mentioned in the report.

“The last time I checked which was three days ago, there has been no such event in our center” he writes

“Perhaps you have information you want to share with us about patients who were ask to pay these sum……we can open an investigate and send report to hierarchy” Dr Mokake concluded

Dr Mokake who was installed few months ago had said his administration will prioritize among other things the building of a feedback oriented hospital.

TeboPost had reported an increase of prices up to 500% at the Buea hemodialysis center due to faulty machines. Many patients say they can’t afford the price and have fled the center to other regions.

Lack of machines also mean the few patients still there can only carry out dialysis once a week instead of the traditional two times a week for the patients, worsening their condition in the long run.

Sources at the center had told TeboPost patients were advised to go to other centers across the country. Atleast 5 patients are presently in Ebolowa for the life-saving treatment

TeboPost can independently confirm that at least one person has died due to the crisis.

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Politics

Editorial: Ambazonian election ban is music in the ears of CPDM

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As the election drum beats across the couuntry, political parties and candidates are holding emergency meetings to strategy and deliberate winning strategy to dethrone the ruling CPDM which hasn’t lost any election in the country since yhe start of multi-party politics in the country.

Critics of Cameroon’s democracy say even the electoral code gives the ruling party an unfair advantage in any poll in the country and most of those opposition parties preparing to run agree with them but they also argue they can’t stay home and let their rival have a free ride with its rigging mechanism.

With the ravaging Anglophone in full display, Ambazonian activists and their ground fighters now have a huge say in atleast two regions of the country, making electoral code trivialities the least thing any politician of the opposition will be worry about in 2019 Cameroon

For starters, next year’s municipal and legislative elections in the country is like no other in the history of the Biya’s Cameroon

Anglophones have been in crisis for the past three years which has tore the regions into shreds, forcing a trigger-happy Yaounde to grant concessions by adopting a special status for the two English speaking regions in an attempt to appease the aggrieved population and end the war during a recently held Major National Dialogue in Yaounde from September 30th to October 4th 2019

The resolutions of the dialogue are yet to be implemented through but Biya has announced it in Paris this week.

A look into the document promises “paradise” for the the two regions and any opposition party who wins there could be better-off without taking any other seat elsewhere in the country in both elections.

The special status tag if implemented means councils in the two regions will have more autonomy, more budget to control and consequently more powers. Positions of government delegate will be scrapped and governors elected with house of chiefs restored as well as other structures reestablished as was the case after 1961 plebiscite when the two Cameroon came together in a friendly marriage.

Many say proper implemnatataion of the proposal will mean all but federated state for the two regions but for the name, something many Anglophones have been clamoring for.

The stakes therefore are extremely high as the months ahead promises to be pregnant, parliamentary seats and councils in those regions to be a bloodline for any party’s long term survival including the ruling CPDM who fear they risk losing control of some of the richest regions of the country.

It was no surprise therefore when the SDF party which has been suffering from tumbling fortunes reversed its decision not to participate in the elections at the 11th hour, sacrificing its remaining reputation in the process and effectively declaring itself an anti-restoration party, after all, SDF was until recently the indisputable political king of the two regions- those days, now a distant memory.

Anglophone crisis has killed any political apetite in the regions, displaced about two million people and killed thousands, very few people are interested in politics talkless of political allegiances which they say betrayed them during times of need.

Many now believe all politicians irrespective of the party are same and their help could only come out of the borders of Cameroon.

Ambazonian activists have campaigned tirelessly through their favorite platform-social media, about the need to boycot the elections as they focus on restoring their statehood

Foreign based activists say elections will legitimize the Yaounde regime and kill their hopes of independence. But as the message gradually fades in an increasingly competitive social media space with varying voices, many have resorted to threats, issuing ultimatums and instructing ground fighters to ensure no such election takes place irrespective of who is hurt.

Lenthy ghost town and deafening gun battles frustrated last year Presidential elections in the two regions, even though CPDM won with more than 70% and winning the North West region for the first time since 1992 when multi party elections started in the country.

The humbling and shocking victory of the ruling party was blamed in part due to the ghost town which forced almost all voters to stay home, leaving only heavily guarded state officials to go to polling stations, most of whom are regime loyalists.

Opposition parties also raised alarm about fraud, saying statistics from the regions were not only shocking but shameful. Opposition lawyers struggled in vein to prove to the constitutional council evidences of fraud, citing examples of places where no one went to the polls and yet the ruling party emerge with 99% victory with thousands of voters turnout.

The judicial body ofcourse rejected the claims and declared CPDM winner at the end of a lenthy and breathtaking legal battle which was broadcast live on national television for the first time in the country’s history.

Many back home have called Ambazonian activists and ground fighters to give the population the chance to vote come February 2020, given the stakes of the election

But activists insists its a no go area , vow similar measures of 2018 election or worst, sending early warning shots and calling opposition parties running for the elections as traitors while embracing those who have boycotted the votes in solidarity with Anglophones.

Ambazonian activists are already beating the sound of war, the people are worried about their security and couldn’t care less about any election and some opposition parties who heavily rely on Anglophone regions like SDF risk losing political relevance in the high stake polls- but it’s a gamble they have decided to take.

All these confusion sounds like music in the ears of the ruling party.

CPDM Party officials are rallying in Yaounde this week end at the famous Yaounde Conference Center to strategize with respect to the elections, and for a party which is not shy to control both Houses of Parliament with abnormal majority for any democracy, news of election ban by armed groups in North West and South West will sound like melody in the ears of potential hopefuls who believe the cards will be in their Favour to decide who gets what come February 2020.

Ambazonian activists are effectively empowering the CPDM, handing them total control over “special status North West and South West regions” and that might mean three years of wasted blood for many of this chance is missed.

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