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Kidnapped, undressed, humiliated and publicized: This is not who we are

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The entire Anglophone Cameroon and indeed the whole nation is coming to terms with the gruesome video circulating online of yet another senior government officials of Anglophone origin being kidnapped by the “Ambazonian defense forces” ADF as they are known.

The arm group which was born out of the Anglophone crisis has been making headline news in recent weeks as they resort to high profile kidnappings of top administrative officials to force the government to make political concessions

The taking in custody of the revered professor and Chairman of the prestigious Cameroon’s GCE Board Prof. Leke Ivo Tambo who had served his country diligently in his capacity as the Secretary General in the ministry of Secondary and basic education for years comes as a shocking surprise to many.

Prof Leke was leading a delegation to his native Fontem on Saturday 17th March to planned  a homecoming of one of their illustrious son who was recently appointed a minister in the March 2nd cabinet reshuffle

But the planned ceremony never ever took place as armed rebels had other plans, they ambushed the car of the venerated professor and took him hostage.

Professor Leke was amongst the 40 people kidnapped by the armed forces although reports says many were later freed while the “big man” still remains in custody as others rush to their respective town to tell the ordeal

Cameroon businessman Angel bert Etoga has returned to his home town, Yaounde, 24 hours after he was abducted and released by armed separatist groups.

He says he and about 36 others were on a bus traveling to Lebialem in southwestern Cameroon to attend a political rally when armed men attacked and seized the vehicle. According to VOA

 

Before long, videos of the kidnapped newly installed GCE board boss was embarrassingly seen circuiting on social media as he looks naked wearing just pants as ADF recounts their tale to the distain of many.

The recent kidnap of one of the most respected Anglophone academic minds has sparked countless controversies and generated an avalanche of criticism online as many users decry the way the professor has been humiliated, naked and shamed in the video despite his non influenttial roe in the esalation ofthis crisis

Many had decry it as being anti-Anglophone in nature   and values and decry  the terrorist tendencies exhibited by armed groups whose purpose they say is to “protect the people”

But for a people with certain gentleman values, acts with semblance of terrorism are not part of our values and such unprecedented humiliation has never been enshrined in the Anglophone notebook.

While many continue to point fingers  at the government for failing to tackle the problem heads on thereby forcing many young people to resort to arms in order to make their case, the government holds that those fighting are terrorist forces whose only agenda is to divide the country and has vowed to fight till the end as the deadlock  continues to a painful stage with innocent men, women and children dying amidst the crisis, the protagonists are  showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon and the crisis far from over

With more and more senior government officials being taken hostage by armed groups in different parts of the country, the ADF are gradually making the better part of the Anglophone Cameroon especially in the remote villages ungovernable as government official snow prefer to rule out of their seat of power in their respective jurisdiction for the fear of being arrested

 

 

 

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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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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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Cameroon in crisis: Germain Ahidjo opens new front

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Germaine Ahidjo ups pressure to bring the remains of her husband home

The former First Lady of Cameroon Germaine Ahidjo says it’s time for her husband remains to come back home

Germaine Ahidjo has been on exile in Senegal since the death of her husband, Ahmadou Ahidjo, first president of Cameroon. Buried in Yoof Cemetery in Dakar, the repatriation of her husband’s remains has always been at the center of the political debate in the country

Yaya Konate, coordinator of the movement “Tous pour Germaine Ahidjo” in an interview with Afrik-Inform as part of the program “7 minutes to convince” explains why the movement he leads choses to to bring the case of the late Cameroonian president.

According to him, the right to return the remains of her late husband is her fundamental right and the responsibility of all Cameroonians to ensure their former Presidential family gets justice

He also a referenced a letter the former president sent to his Senegalese counterpart Adboul Diouf before he died, urging the then Senegalese President  to protect his family and ensure he is buried in Cameroon

He also adds that, some of the people who were hindering the process in government are no longer in power, hence the need for the new push

President Ahidjo was President of Cameroon from 1960-1982 when he handed over power to Paul Biya. He went on exile in Senegal in 1984 after a failed coup in the country along with his wife and two children.

Fresh debates over Ahidjo’s ( who hails from grand North and a predominantly Muslim community) remain will open fresh wound in the country’s fragile political history already struggling with identity politics.

The country is struggling toe contained the outburst of its Anglophone minority population who have take up arms to fight against the government over marginalization and plans to assimilate them into the Francophone majority.

Plans to end the crisis with military force has failed, leaving thousands dead and millions displaced in the last three years.

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