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After concluding his tour of the grand west of the country which took the new MINAT boss to North West, South West and West regions of the country, the defiant minister sat down with CRTV’s Ashu Nyenti and Winyawoko for an exclusive interview to give a report card of his tour

Miniser Atanga Nji in his usual flamboyant style, started by saying he came for peace under the specific instructions of the President of the republic Paul Biya.

Minister Ataga Nji wasted no time before he started praising the head of state, he repeated his mantra that  the president has given more than what the people demanded from him. He trumpeted the idea that the new deal government is pitched around English speaking Cameroonians touting Biya’s early visits in 1982, 1982 and 19982 to Bamenda his second home

Mr. Atanga Nji then went to list a series of accomplishments which he says are great strides made by government and continue to do so to satisfy English speaking Cameroonians even though his statements were sketchy.

Anglophone occupy 40% of government in the country

Minister Atanga Nji made this assertion after touting Anglophone officials including him who occupy high profile government positions in the country which he says constitute 40% of the government.

But TeboPost fact check finds the ministers assertion to be misleading as out of the over 60 ministerial portfolio, less than 10 of them are occupied by Anglophone, same statistics for 56 SDO and Dos across the country and in all other sector in the country

Truth O meter: False

Things are relatively calm; they are not as bad as they were

If anything things have worsen from the possession they were before the minister took over office

The Anglophone crisis has virtually moved to an arm conflict with senior government officials kidnaped, entire villages burnt down and thousands living in Neighboring Nigeria as refugee, these are signs of escalating conflict and not a conflict in retreat

Truth O meter: false

Chiefs have lost control over the people

The minister acknowledge the fact that chiefs have lost control over their people when ask by one of the interviewwes.

He however said the government is ready to help them restore order and their authorities in their local jurisdiction

The minister got it right in this case as many have lost confidence to their traditional rulers whom nay say are part of the problem.

Reports of some chiefs kidnapped have also rattled many minds as ambazonian forces seek to take dominance in some remote villages rendering the chiefs useless.

Some chiefs have fled and abandon their villages for fear of execution while others are simply figure head

Truth O meter: True

Armed men have handed over guns and explosives to security official

Minister Atanga Nji continues his call for armed men to hand over their weapons to the government and they will be pardon or keep it and risk arrested to face the law.

Mnister Atanga Nji says Cameroon is a strong state with strong institutions, adding that it’s a matter of time before the “terrorists” are apprehended.

Asked if some gunmen have handed over their weapons to the government, the minister unanswered in the affirmative, saying that people have handed over weapons and explosives to the government. “We have recovered a lot of guns….a lot of explosives” Minister Atanga Nji reiterate and even cited similar situation with the book Haram terrorists’ sect in Nigeria

TeboPost could not independently verify this laim but we do know that the country’s military has launched attack at the armed men and killed many while recovering some of their weapons in the process

Ruth O meter: Uncertain

Minister applauds military for professionalism

The minister like the president was full of praise for the country’s defense forces for keeping the armed men at bay

Minister ATnaga Nji handclaps the professionalism of the military in dealing with the rebels and says they enjoyed government support all the time.

But for a military that has reportedly burnt houses of entire villages to retaliate attacks against them by armed men on hit and run, many have questioned the human right records of the country’s security force. There have been reports of opening firing on civilian population during the Septeber 22nd peaceful protests and October 1st 2017 deadly protests across the regions and human rights groups have blamed the country security forces for the deaths

Many in villages continue to see the military as an enemy than a friend and flee to bushes whenever they hear the military is in town

Truth O meter: False

He was surprised by his popular reception and says it’s because “I tell them the truth”

Atanag Nji says the reason he was warmly received by a good contingent of the population is because they know he tells them the truth.

But the truth is that in his three regions tour, the minister was largely received by administrative officials and invited stakeholders. The general population snubs his visited and many in some of these regions still see him as part of the problem.

Truth O meter: Not so true

 

 

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Editorial: Anglophone crisis is in purgatory

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Ndumu Vincent-Government delegate of Bamenda City council begs population to end war

When the government delegate of the crisis-hit Bamenda City Council took the unusual step to beg his population on bended knees to end the crisis yesterday October 22nd, 2019, many saw it as another comic action from a senior government official who knows what to do to end the crisis but chooses a political theater

For keen observers of the now infamous Anglophone crisis, Vincent Ndumu’s action might reflect the reality on the ground-a government basically on its knees but adamant to continue a senseless war for interests far bigger than Yaoundé.

The three year’s war has ravaged the economy of the country not least the two English speaking regions of North West and South West.

More than 3000 billion francs CFA has been lost, hundreds of businesses closed and CDC-Cameroon’s second-largest employer after the state is a mockery of its former self as repeated attacks on its workers by armed groups has forced the corporation to shut down close to 90% of production capacity, sending tens of thousands to the employment world

Cameroon’s economy is on its knees and Bamenda City is the hardest hit. For a city which was already suffering from punitive neglect from the Yaoundé controlled government before the crisis, it was no surprise therefore that one of the immediate courses of the crisis was the protest by Mancho Bibixy over the state of roads in the city back in 2016.

His coffin revolution at the Bamenda City Chemist roundabout sparked a region wide protest which quickly spread across the two regions.

Many have died and many continue to die, in fact we have lost counts of the death but estimates put it at more than three thousands most of whom are civilians.

Hundreds of thousands have been displaced internally and in neighboring Nigeria and more than 200 villages burnt to ashes according the CHRDA.

Cameroon, once an island of peace in a turbulent central African region suddenly looks in tatters as its political leaders snail-walk their way to finding lasting solutions to a historic problem threatening the unity of the nation they swore to uphold.

After resisting calls at home and abroad to end the war which is driving thousands to die in high seas along US Mexico border, radicalizing more youths at home and displacing millions, President Biy finally called for major national dialogue during a rare address to the nation on September 1th 2019

After the 5 days major national dialogue organized by government and boycotted by separatists concluded in Yaoundé on October 4th, 2019, many are even more confused as to the fate of impoverished Anglophones as it is fast becoming clear that even the half-baked solutions and efforts were intended to shrug off international pressure rather than end the conflict,

President Biya quickly jetted out of the country immediately after the summit to brief France-te country’s colonial master about its outcome, brushing calls by US, EU and separatist leaders for yet another more inclusive dialogue out of the country’s borders to find lasting solutions to the crisis.

But as politics play out in Yaoundé and other western capitals, many continue to die and local administrators in the regions are increasingly under attack.

Governor Lele of North West, the New SDO of Bui all came under attack by separatists fighters this week in the North West regions even as government struggles brandish serene Anglophone regions

The Dismissal of about 16 ENAM grads last week by MINAT boss Paul Atanga Nji for refusing to report to work after their appointments in the restive northwest region further reveals the growing discontent even with the ruling class about the security situation in a region government says it’s under control

There have been multiple reports of fighting between government forces and armed Ambazonian fighters across the regions, leaving many dead as the population continues to pray and hope for an end to a crisis they suddenly  they have no say about its directions.

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National Dialogue: Biya puts Dion Ngute at the crossroads of Cameroon’s history

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Many have dubbed him the country’s “luckiest” prime minister as Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute is tasked with the responsibility to find lasting solutions to the Anglophone crisis-a historical problem which now threatens to return the country to pre-independence border.

Brought in during the latest cabinet shakeup earlier this year, the former minister was considered a surprise pick for the job. The South West born premier has been tasked with arguably the toughest and indeed exciting job in history.

Dion Ngute’s fate certainly rests with the success or failure of the planned dialogue but at the same time provides the seasoned diplomat the unique opportunity to create some of the best chapters in the country’s political history.

Prime Minister Dion Ngute has been busy ever since President Biya undercut his ministers and announced a surprise national dialogue. The move has been welcomed by the International community and different political actors at home

In a race against time, the premier who is tasked with chairing the dialogue has been holding different level consultations with opposition leaders, activists and different stakeholder within the contest of preparing the framework of the much-anticipated dialogue

Dialogue like no other

But Dion Ngute will be chairing a dialogue which centers on the survival of the country he now oversees its operations—at least on paper.

The Anglophone crisis which has gone violent for three years now has been a historical problem of the country ever since independence.

 The Anglophones have systematically complained of marginalization and discrimination in the dominant French-speaking union. Independence fathers west of the Mungo have tried and failed in the past.

This is not the first time the country will be converging under the umbrella of the Anglophone problem to chart a common course.

But previous meetings by Fonchas, Munas, and others have failed to resonate within political elites of the country at that time  had to prioritize national unity over bi-cultural values of the two people who agreed to reunite in 1961.

But despite the warning shots from independence fighters about the cracks emerging from our unity, the government has failed to implement most of the measures many believed would have gone a long way to avert the crisis.

But a three years crisis which has drawn the attention of the International community killed thousands displaced hundreds of thousands and seen many villages razed has forced the government to reconsider its position as the pressure keeps mounting at home and abroad.

Dion Ngute will be chairing a meeting, many say should be the bedrock of the future of one and unified Cameroon, strengthened by its diversity and people.

Dion Ngute has been given one of the most difficult job description ever handed to any of his predecessors in recent memory, it is left the “nyanga boy” as he is fondly called to decide how he would love to be remembered by history.

 

 

 

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Editorial: Biya flashes Amba light…..at last.

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In a highly awaited speech announced for September 10th 2019, the President of the republic Paul Biya has shocked many.

In one of his longest speeches as president since he took over office more than 36 years ago, the 86 years old focused on the Anglophone crisis ravaging the North West and South West regions

In his introductory note, the president regrets the killing by armed separatists, kidnaps and torture in the three years crisis.

For the first time since the crisis started, the commander in chief also gave his heart felt condolences to all the families affected during the crisis which he said has forced “thousands of our population to live in other regions and neighboring countries”

The President who has been blamed for the poor handling of the crisis moved to familiar territory, enumerating numerous measures he believes his government has taken to resolve the crisis which began as strike led by teachers and lawyers in 2016

In his long list of measures reminiscent to a campaign speech, he mentioned the discontinuance of judicial proceedings to over 200 persons, his offer for armed groups to lay down arms and the creation of national disarmament  and rehabilitation committee among other achievements.

“We will continue to make the necessary efforts to fully materialize these efforts” he adds

But in a speech were many where pregnant with expectations of a big announcement, the president in all honesty failed to deliver once again on the national stage

Opposition leader Maurice kamto and all political prisoners arrested and incarcerated were ignored entirely in the speech

President Biya refutes any claims of marginalization within his government, touting the appointment of prime ministers from Anglophone regions for close to a generation now

Grand dialogue announced

In what could have been a glimmer of hope for the long night, the president announced a massive dialogue which has been describe as panacea to finding lasting solutions to the crisis.

President Biya says all sons and daughters of the republic will be called upon to participate in the dialogue to find lasting solutions in the country. The dialogue according to him will be chaired by the prime minister, rallying lawmakers, business leaders, security forces, armed groups and victims of the crisis among others.

Why the dialogue will be seen as a welcome move by many back in the Anglophone regions who have long clamored for any dialogue of this kind, the terms of the dialogue will certainly fail to please hardliners who say any such dialogue must take place out of the borders of the country and chaired by a third party.

Long speech, nothing new

In all, the president said nothing new in the highly awaited speech, touting regular phrases and achievements many believed was meant for International audience and CPDM supporters.

President Biya also failed to grant the much clamored amnesty to prisoners involved in the crisis, and rather intensifies his advocacy for a one and indivisible Cameroon, a statement critics perceives as a provocation to the separatists

For those who were expecting general amnesty, the President was clear, no one should be deceived that criminal acts would be pardon just to advance dialogue, he said, and made it sufficiently clear that perpetrators of violence abroad will face justice in no time as he slaps the wrong people and embrace the right ones

He however says that after the grand dialogue, a presidential pardon might be rollout to those incarcerated on certain conditions, while insisting that any such dialogue must take place within the constitution of the republic and the country.

National Reaction

Speaking to CRTV after the speech, the revered Catholic cardinal, Christian Cardinal Tumi who has been a vocal critic of the regime says he is positive with the announced dialogue, urging the prime minister to take all measures to ensure it’s a success

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