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War Zone? Fierce fighting, rampant killings, kidnappings and multiple right abuses in restless Anglophone regions

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The past few days have been monumental for the country. The Anglophone crisis is at it again as multiple battles between gun men and the country’s defense forces battle it out in key areas in South West and North West regions of the country as the crisis intensifies

There were serious and heavy clashes in Muyenge, Bafia, Wabane Bali, Nyasoso and more according to the Sun newspaper. Fatalities are reported to have occurred on both sites even as official figures remain shrouded in secrecy as the once peaceful crisis now enters an uncertain phase

The principal of St Bedes College is reportedly still udder custody after the Roman Catholic priest was kidnapped last week by separatists forces for keeping his college running against the traits and the kidnappers are demanding the school shut down

The famous organization called International Crisis Group which had earlier warned of an impending war should the government failed to take urgent actions and begin genuine dialogue is at it again, this time calling on the church to take lead role in ending the close to 2 years old crisis even though the church themselves once tried and failed as they were shunned by then trade union leaders.

But as the crisis spiraled out of control, the President of the republic dispatched the Musonge commission to tour the different regions of the country in an effort to dialogue with the people…but there is a problem.

Many see the creation of the commission as governments short-circuiting the solution to the Anglophone problem and have been quick to tag the commission which was created to bridge linguistic and cultural divide in the country a failed one, with experts and analysts counting their losses even before they took over office officially.

Their visit to the restive South West region has come and gone and if anything, the crisis is worsening and the sounds of gunshots are only getting louder and louder, a clear pointer to the impotence of the said commission and a government strategy in dire need of urgent revolutionary reforms.

The Anglophone crisis which started in November 2016 by lawyers and teachers of the English extraction has moved to an armed conflict.

Separatists have hijacked the movement which span across the entire English speaking regions and are now calling for independence.

They launched an aggressive school boycott campaign a year ago which largely succeeded. But parents have refused to yield to their call to continue school boycott, students have largely return to school especially in urban areas and separatists have resort to armed clashes with security forces, kidnappings of government officials and are hit and run attacks in multiple villages across both regions.

The government has dispatched different delegations in the past to dialogue with the people. The people continue to call for the President of the republic to visit the restive regions in person and dialogue with the leaders and the people.

The movement has largely received support from the Anglophones especially those who live in rural areas who say they have been marginalized for long by the dominant francophone majority.

The government admits there are problems that need to be addressed and say they are doing so and will continue to do so but within the framework of a united Cameroon.

Separatists’ leaders have been arrested and are awaiting trial while hundreds of others arrested during early days of protests are currently undergoing trails in Yaoundé with some already sentenced ad others freed.

Multiple international organizations including the UN and foreign governments have continuously call for dialogue and the need to respect the country’s territorial integrity

Secessionists say the only way out is outright independence and say they will fight until they have it.

Fighting have been intensifying in villages in the South West and North West regions between armed separatists forces and the country’s defense forces

Rights organizations have accused both sides of human rights violations in the past

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Breaking: The D.O of Mbengwi has been kidnapped

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AmbaNews24 is reporting that seperatist forces have kidnap the  Divisional Officer (DO) of Mbengwi, Fouda Etaba Benoit Nicaise.

“Nicaise was arrested in Mbengwi, the seat of Momo State and of the Mbengwi local government area or “subdivision” as the occupying Cameroon government describes it. Colonial DO was appointed by Presidential decree number 2017/239 of May 22, 2017 as D.O for Mbengwi” ambanews24 writes

In March 2019, a military convoy transporting Nacaise came under attack by separatist fighters, but the DO was safe and unhurt.

The government is yet to confirm the news and TeboPost cannot independently verify the news.

But if true, it will be a major setback ahead of plan national dialogue scheduled for September 30th as government struggles to find lasting solutions to the Anglophone crisis

Mbengwi is the divisional capital of Momo division North West region. The same division where the DO of Batibo was kidnapped years back and his whereabouts remain unknown till date.

 

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National Dialogue: South West elites hold “regional dialogue” of their own.

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The authorities of South west region have rallied different stakeholders within the municipality and beyond for pre-dialogue ahead of the national dialogue called by President Biya which is scheduled for end of September.

The pre-dialogue discussion taking place at the chambers of the Buea council Buidling is the first of its kind since the announcement of the grand national dialogue on September 10th 2019.

Chaired by the governor of the South West region alongside other top officials in the region, the dialogue aimed at finding a common ground ahead of much anticipated national dialogue.

Prime minister Dion Ngute who is charged with the coordination of the historic talks has been holding  consultations with different stakeholders in Yaounde ahead of the talks.

In his surprised address to the nation on September  10th 2019, President Paul Biya announced the holding of national dialogue at the end of September which he says is  geared towards resolving the socio-economic crisis in the South West and North West Regions of Cameroon and other national concerns.

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Powerless Batibo council responds to Ambazonian savagery

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The Batibo Council on its Facebook page this Monday writes Monday September 16, 2019 has condemned the brutal and inhuman murder of a woman in that municipality

“It is with anger filled trauma that I write condemning the burial of a life being in our municipality.
No matter the reasons, I shall never be part of such gruesome acts!
I say again, there is life after the crisis and each of us will give an account of what he/ she has done”. The council writes

The killing which has sparked outrage on social media was allegedly carried by Ambazonian fighters.  The fighter in a viral video said she is a “black leg”.

Batibo council in Momo division of the North-west Region is one the areas greatly hit by the socio political crisis in the Anglophone regions of tbe country.

In 2018 the administrative head of the Subdivision was kidnapped on a day Cameroon celebrated her youths. His whereabout have since remained unknown.

Many inhabitants of the Sub Division since the escalation of the crisis have since been seeking for refuge in other towns and cities. They are fleeing from atrocities committed as the conflict in Cameroons North West and South West regions continues to escalate.

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