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Editorial: Celebrating the 46th National day in piece or pieces as history troubles the nation




Today Sunday 20th marks another special day in the history books of our great and rich nation. We as a people are celebrating the 46th national day of our fatherland.

From the deserts of the northern regions to the forest of the east, from the Plaines of of the Grand South to the West, the Triangular nation takes pride in its rich history and proud cultural diversity in a nation proudly called Africa miniature.

But amidst the celebrations, there lies a silent truth and an imposing threat to the very unity and oneness the over 20 million people celebrates today across the nation today.

The country is in trouble and even the very day is being disputed in some quarters. Many question why the country is celebrating the day the country moved to a united one through a referendum they consider illegal rather than the day former West Cameroon voted to join then independent Cameroon in February 1961 and says it constitutes one of the many attempts by the government to wipe away the history of the English speaking minority.

As the head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces stepped out of his presidential limousine to officially kick start the celebration across the country, the country’s army which before now has long been the source of great pride and honor of the “peaceful nation” take turns to display the latest military hardware of the central African nation

Troop after troops, the army will display what the country has in terms of armory and military technology to assure and reassure all Cameroonians of their ability to defend fatherland at all times and perhaps sends a strong message to neighboring countries too.

This ritual will take place in all administrative headquarters in the country albeit in a smaller scale as the whole nation pays homage to our armed forces and bask in the glory of our unity at a time the unity faces existential threats from secessionists who say the Anglophone minority have been marginalized for so long and needs their independence

After succeeding to silence the dreaded Boko haram in the North who were threatening to destabilize the country, the military was heavily praised and cherished at home, envied abroad for keeping the country whole.

Truth is told, before the coming of the terrorist group, our army has largely been combat free as their only splash point was the Bakasi border dispute with giant neighbor Nigeria which was historically settled in Haque based international court in the early 2000s to the favor of Cameroon. With sporadic peace mission abroad to their credit, they were reduced to guard the country’s banks and plantations as main duties.

But how quick has time passed. The country’s army is in a position it has never been before and so too its people, the Anglophone crisis has brought in a new dynamics, government officials seem confused while military generals do acknowledge the morale of the persons task with protecting and defending fatherland is weaken in the restive Anglophone regions as casualties continue to rise on both sides

Even the country’s Israelite trained elite forces, BIR has not been able to have final solution to this new form of insurgency which has received large support from the inhabitants.

The under fire army of the country has been battling insurgency in the Anglophone  regions  for months now after dialogue with teachers and lawyers failed and some of their leaders jailed while others fled the country in January 2017

Secessionist seize the opportunity given to them by hijacking the much heralded and supported teachers and lawyers strike actions  in November 2016 and the country is gradually dragging into full blown out war as calls of sincere and honest dialogue pours in from concerned quarters.

Conflict resolution analyst/experts have talked and given their verdict if things don’t change and their predictions are not worth wishing for, churches have been praying and continue to do so but the government and leaders of the secessionists have been defiant with each side accusing each other with defiant rhetoric as the crisis worsens.

Many have died, from soldiers to rebels to civilians. The government calls them terrorists and insists it will not dialogue with those who want to divide the country while the head of state repeated his calls for unity in recent tweets and adding that national untiy remains supreme law of the land

The US ambassador has weighed in, asking the commander in chief to think of his “legacy” while blaming the military or killings and burning of villages as well as accusing “tiny minority” of diasporas for preaching hate speech and violence back home.

But as diplomacy continues to fail, many are becoming displaced with UN estimating about 16 000 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria and many more internally displaced at home because of violence caused by the war, the stakes could not be higher

The secessionist are bent on reaching Buea which they say is their historic capital and repeated threats of attack has forced many major towns  in Anglophone regions like Buea to empty to Douala as denizens fear for the worst.

The government is battling to remain in control in increasingly hostile regions as the influence of the armed men grows steadily amidst daily clashes with security forces in different parts of the regions

The Unity of the country has never before been threatened in our history like today. Whether we like it or not the country is in dire need of urgent and immediate solution before the situation goes out of hand

The economies of the regions which were already struggling has plummeted as businesses closes every day and potential investors fear to put their money in a place experts have warned  could be a war zone in no time.

The people are suffering and any sense of national unity is lost as people continue to die and suffer with many who still believe the government is not doing enough and blames the country’s army of extra judicial killings especially innocent civilians who are the biggest victims’ of the war

But as many continue to pay the ultimate price in a senseless war propelled by pride and bad fate from both sides, the leaders of the country are determine that the day seen as the symbol of our unity is celebrated everywhere even if thousands continue to sleep in forest where the government says it’s infected and many more continue to die kilometers away from celebration grounds

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Editorial: Anglophone crisis is in purgatory



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



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… last.



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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