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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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February 2020 elections: SDF prepares to run, Anglophones prepare to bury the party

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In November 2018, top brass of the Social Democratic Front SDF organized a press conference after shocking results at the polls.

The chief opposition party or should I say former chief opposition party had just emerged a distant 3rd, surrendering its natural second position to a rising Kamto for the first time in its history and blaming government and party top brass for the shameful fall.

Defending the their allegations of fraud at a marathon post election trial at the constitutional council shortly after 2018 Presidential elections, the party’s lead counsel Barister Sama made a shocking and chilling admission “if this results were done fairly and transparently, SDF would have emerge winner or at-least our second position which has always been ours since 1992”

It is the second part of the statement which which exonerates crictics of the party who say the party have entered an unholy and secret agreement with the regime and are satisfied with the position of first opposition party.

But if that dismal Defeat of 2018 was the death of Fru Ndi’s party, 2020 municipal elections might be the funeral service.

Anglophones who constitute the historic base of the SDF have been in crisis for three years now, they blame the ruling party for their predicaments and SDF for not supporting them forcefully.

There have been calls for SDF MPs and senators who constitute an insignificant minority anyways to abandon the parliament and throw their weight behind the people.

Critics of the party says SDF cannot survive without Anglophones and risk losing relevance if they don’t respond to their demands

Even a one time SDF MP honorable Joesph Wirba who gained rockstar status and political prominence  following his defiant speech in parliament which endeared him in the hearts of many back in December 2016 has urged his former colleagues to resign en mass  and leave parliament as a sign of support to the cry of the people

The party has stubbornly resisted the call, brandishing its credentials as a national party and rubbished any suggestions that it’s an Anglophone party.

Its chaireman John Fru Ndi insist his MPs and senators needs a platform like the parliament to advance the peoples concern, something almost all his supporters disagree, saying they haven’t changed anything since 1992 when they started taking part in elections.

The Anglophones drifted away from the party and what followed was a humiliating and disastrous defeat to first timer Joshua Osih as head of the party in the 2018 Presidential race forcing national executives of the party to go on apology spreee.

When the party in it’s August 10th 2019 executive meeting announced it will not run for municipal and legislative elections if government doesn’t resolve the Anglophone crisis,most of its crictics and those left of its dwindling supporters welcomed the move, saying it will put government under pressure to do more to end the crisis and reconcile the party with its lost supporters many of whom don’t  see any future through the ballot.

On November 13th 2019, barely two days after the party confirmed its decision to boycot the February race, party officials make another shocking revelation yet again, they are satisfied with government’s efforts so far to resolve the crisis, effectively announcing their plans to take part in the elections

Fru Ndi issued a communique calling for his MPs and mayors across the country to compile documents for the elections- a shocking king twist of  events for a party struggling with identity

The decision has not gone well with many who took to social media to express their indignations.

Wafor Wilfred writes “SDF had long been dead and buried since the last presidential election. it is only crying in the grave in spirit”
Another user by name Tony Ngah writes
“This is the end of the CPDM branch called SDF” one social media writes

“ We don’t even care anymore about anything politics, we are focus on our freedom” another equips as thousands of comments flooded social media

This is not the first time SDF is making a u turn when it comes to election participation in the country leaving many to question the independence of the party and its secret dealings with the CPDM

SDF might consider itself a national party at par with Biya’ CPDM but in reality it has never realy resonated beyond North West, South Wes, West and Littoral regions

Even some of the South Westerners see the party as a Bemenda party while the West region has decided to embrace one of their sons, political rising star Maurice Kamto, abandoning the SDF in the process.

Littoral still looks uncertain but Kamto’s MRC seems to have that covered if results of last presidential elections are anything to go by

If the unpopular decision by the SDF to run for 2020 elections is seen by party hierarchy as a way to win back lost voters , 2020 might prove to be the year SDF finally died and indeed got buried.

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Chaos welcome Biya at Paris Peace forum

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President Biya joins world leaders in Paris France on the invitation of Macron to attend the second edition of the Paris Peace forum.

The two days forum which seeks to create a peaceful world will see one of the biggest gathering of world leaders in European soil

But amidst debates and criticism at home for snubbing landslide victims’ memorial service in Bafoussam where he was represented by premier Dion Ngute to attend a peace forum in France, President Biya has come under fire from the diaspora pressure group known as BAS

Members of the much threaded BAS who have made Europe uncomfortable for the President “welcomed the 86 years old with massive protest outside his hotel

Shocking images and videos of a protest-ready Cameroonian diaspora battling with hundreds of anti riot French police infront of Maurice Hotel lodging the Presidential once again embarrass Yaounde and put the country in the spotlight for wrong reasons

French anti riot police had battled to contained the sometimes violent protesters yesterday November 11th 2019 who wanted to force open the door of the hotel , leaving Cameroonian Presidential guards to scramble as more people all over the country troop into Paris to join the protest team

Protesters where chanting “Paul Biya assasin” in French while others sang the team song for Anglophone protesters “how many people Paul Biya go kill?”

While there are no reports of any casualty, TeboPost gathered the French authorities have demarcated an area around the hotel where protesters can carry out their civic right of protests.

President Biya’s visit in Europe lately have been met with violet protests from the so called a “Brigade Anti- Sadinarde” , a group which has constituted themselves as Kamto supporters but seen in Yaounde as traitors of the republic.

In January 28 ,2019, BAS protesters joined MRC militants at home to strike in many European countries, calling for President Biya to end the war in Anglophone regions, free Kamto and step down

Cameroonian embassy in Paris was attacked, properties within the embassy destroyed as diplomats flee for safety.

Many back home had criticized the French police for the attack and their failure to protect the property from violent protesters.There were also protests in Belgium and Germany that same day

In July 2019, members of BAS from different parts of Europe stormed the intercontinental Hotel in Switzerland which was hosting the Presidential couple for a private stay, clashing with protesters and forced the Swiss government to send the President and wife back home prematurely in a move which was seen as a big win for the movement which is causing serious headache to Yaounde.

Some body guards of the president were also charged in Swiss court for harassing a Swiss reporter who was filming the protests. None of them was arrested or sentenced.

The latest round of protest comes barely a month after opposition leader professor Maurice Kamto and his team were released from prison on October 5th 2029, satisfying one of the key demands of BAS movement has raise fresh concerns about the end goal of the protesters.

After Kamto’s release, the movement issued a brief statement, saying they welcome the move but will continue to protest until President Biya steps down.

Biya is currently enjoying a new mandate which runs til 2025. He will be 92 Years of age.

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