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Going to equity with clean hands: Cameroon military launches probe of alleged rights abuse as fate amba sponsors hangs on FBI’s inquiry

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As the crisis takes a shapeless form amidst the proliferation of multiple armed groups’ in the umbrella of ambazonian defense forces fighting the military in spiritual and physical combat, the government seem to be running short of military options on the battle field in its attempt to bring lasting peace through the barrel of the gun hence, utilizing its diplomatic arsenal to bring the perpetrators of these senseless war to justice

While both sides continue to blame each other for the escalation of the crisis and the government is  bent on eradicating what they called “terrorists” seeking to destabilize the country, the government seem to be winning the support of some key major world players in its fight against the secessionists

Government has always insisted that its army is fighting “terrorists” even though they seem to be the only one for now with that appellation, they have continue to  denounce any idea that its foot soldiers are committing human rights abuses in the restive Anglophone region and choses to pour encomiums on soldiers when every the need arises.

From the President of the republic to the minister delegate at the presidency in charge of defense to the army chief of staff, the reaction has been the same. The army is doing great and we encourage your efforts, sidelining the multiple calls from activists about abuses and alleged death of civilians in the hands of the army

As the national day gradually comes to fruition, there would be no surprises that the government will once again seizes the occasion to praise the handy work of the soldiers on the battle field and continue to boost their morale in their fight against the ambazonian forces who are increasingly becoming a bigger threat

In their attempt to drum up more support from the international community, authorities atop the country’s defense forces have for the very first time say it publicly that they will  investigate recent videos and images circulating online of soldiers supposed abusing an amba fighter.

The gruesome video which shows the man on the floor in a pool of mud, was seriously beaten with a machete with a four footed wooden chair used to hold him on the floor before another soldier was seen climbing on his head with his shoes as the man gradually loses his crying voice in the video.

Activist quickly feasted on the video and without any time it was all over social media as they seek to buttress their point that the country’s soldiers have been violating the rights of many including the burning of houses of innocent civilians.

Coming just days after the US ambassador voiced support to the government and hold “tiny minority” abroad responsible for the escalating crisis, the government certainly wants the world to know that it’s within the ambit of international law amidst reports saying it is seeking the arrest and repatriation of major voices in the so called ambazonian movement who lives abroad especially in United States

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Most hated congress women among signatories of letter which puts Yaounde on notice

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Democratic congress women and staunch critic of Trump  Illhar Omar and Karen Bass have given a damning verdict about the Anglophone crisis, literally putting a Yaounde on notice

In a three page letter addressed to President Biya, the congress members acknowledge amongst other things the recent moves taken by government to resolve the Anglophone crisis, but insist the measures aren’t enough to end the war

They regret the fact that crimes have been committed by armed civilian groups in the course of the war but adds  even more horrific crimes including rape, torture, burning of entire villages amongst others have been committed by the country’s Security forces

They also encouraged Yaounde to join the Swiss led imitative for an inclusive dialogue with separatists leaders to end the crisis and warn of other measures to be taken to punish the regime should they delay amongst other things

The letter has been welcomed by separatists and their backers who have been in a three year’s deadlock with Biya’s regime as they seek independence for the state of Ambazonian which constitutes the North West and South West region.

But Yaounde might take comfort in the fact that the signatories of the letter constitutes some of the most hated members of congress in the White House

Democratic Congress woman Omar has been one of the four Democrats who constitutes what is now known as the squad

The women of color have been a fierce critic of Trump, constantly drawing rebuttal from the White House with their fat left policies.

Political analysts say any bill to punish Cameroon from such congress members will enjoy no shoooer from Trump but supporters say it’s a positive step.

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Eulogies galore: Friends and foes pour encomiums as Ekema gets farewell

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Buea is mourning. The population of the South West regional capital Buea today December 14th 2019 says final goodbye to their warrior and defiant mayor Ekema Patric Esunge

The 43 year old Ekema, one of the most famous Anglophone politicians in the country who rose to prominence during the Anglophone crisis died on October 27th 2019  following an alleged  heart attack in  Douala

Elites of the region, some of whom have openly disagreed with the combatant mayor over his  handling of the Anglophone crisis in his municipality   have today brave threats from armed civilian fighters to give the Hercules of the South West region a burial worthy of of his legacy.

The heavily guarded funeral ceremony which started at 11:00Am  is presided over by Minister  Paul Atanga Nji-personal representative of President Biya

Decorating  the fallen hero on behalf of the head of state as Commander of the National Order of Valour,Minister Atanga Nji says the good thing about death is that it brings us closer to God

He also used the opportunity to take a swipe at Bamenda, the regional capital of the North West region, saying he feels at home in Buea because it’s very clean, thanks to Ekema.

His comments comes after a torrent of eulogies from friends, families and coworkers who pour encomiums on the deceased while calling on population  to emulate his lifestyle.

Opening the floodgates of eulogies in the code to three hours funeral program, a pastor of the PCC enjoined Christians to feed their souls and not their body was death is inevitable.“Prepare your soul more than you prepare anything in this world” PCC pastor told the huge crowd.

Here are some of the quotes from today’s eulogies

“Those who disagreed with Ekema are here with us crying more than the bereaved” Bony Dashaco 

“Real eulogies are engraved on hearts, not on paper.” Interim Mayor of Buea.

“It will take us another 100 years to get another Ekema.”Brother to deceased 

“…he saved Cameroon from disintegration. That is how history will see him. Let’s give him the credit.” – Her Excellency Minister Prof. Nalova Lyonga.

“Those who don’t like Ekema, that is actually your business. He was extremely controversial and corrosive. His words were corrosive!”- Her Excellency Minister Prof. Nalova Lyonga.

“The Head of State says Ekema’s shiny deeds could not escape anyone’s attention.”Paul Biya

“One good thing about dead is that it draws us closer to a God” Minister Paul Atanga Nji 

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US warplane in Cameroon raises concerns

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On Thursday December 12th 2019, a US military transport plane arrived Yaounde Nsimalen international airport, sparking huge debates and conspiracy theory about its mission to the turbulent central African nation

Many had taken to social media to articulate different reasons for the plane’s mission with many arguing it’s intended to force the government of Cameroon to halt military operations in the country’s restive Anglophone regions

According to national Telegraph the plane is there for troop rotations. The US troops are still on the ground in Cameroon and has nothing to do with diplomacy or related to the crisis in the North West and South West.

The 437th Airlift Wing is an active unit of the United States Air Force, assigned to 18th Air Force, Air Mobility Command. It is the mission wing at Charleston Air Force Base, Joint Base Charleston, in the City of North Charleston, South Carolina.

Cameroon has been engulfed in a three years armed conflict in its two English speaking regions with many calling for an independent state called Ambazonia. More than 3000 persons have died, millions displaced and hundreds of villages razed in the course of the crisis.

The government has recently introduced a law in parliament to grand special status to the two regions in an attempt to ease tensions and end the bloodshed.

The Special status law was as results of five days major national dialogue intended to find solution to the crisis

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