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Fire and fury from Yaoundé: US Ambassador summoned over “unfounded allegations” and Biya legacy comments

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Cameroon government has summoned the US ambassador to the country over statements made concerning the nation which has angered Yaoundé.

After the meeting with the President of the Republic on May 17th 2018, Ambassador Peter Barlerin amongst other things decries the fact that the country’s military which has always been praised by the government for exceptional professionalism and love for country has been “burning villages and killing the innocent civilians”

The retribution from the US diplomat came as a shock to authorities but much needed boost to secessionists and activists who have been crying all along that the country’s army uses excessive force in its fight against separatists, committing massive human rights violations along the way, a charge the state has always denied.

In a release made available to the public, the US diplomat praised the President of the republic for his efforts to diversify and stabilize the country’s economy, his fight against Boko Haram terrorist sect in the north amongst others while expressing his country’s willingness to continue to help Cameroon develop in health and other sectors.

“In the area of security cooperation, I congratulated the President on our joint efforts to fight Boko Haram and the Islamic State in the Far North” the statement reads in part.

He also repeated his government’s call for both side to dialogue saying “We continue to call on both sides to stop the violence immediately.  I asked the President to use his leadership to encourage both sides to listen to each other.  One cannot have a dialogue until both sides are willing to listen to the other’s point of view.”

But it is his legacy remarks which seem to have angered authorities in Yaoundé with many believing the representative of Trump in Cameroon did cross the red line.

In his statement, the US ambassador said he told the head of state to think about his legacy and how he would want to be remembered, an apparent message which political experts believe signal plans of regime change

“I suggested to the President that he should be thinking about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered in the history books to be read by generations to come, and proposed that George Washington and Nelson Mandela‎ were excellent models.  “

The ambassador’s remarks were met with fire and fury from authorities in Yaounde as government officials scramble to water down the statement  and criticize the diplomat for revealing confidential discussion with the country’s commander in chief to the public which they say bridges diplomatic protocol

In a press release issued by the minister of external relations today May 23 2018 after the ambassador’s message went viral on social media, The country’s foreign affair chief reprimands the US diplomat for what he terms his “baseless and unfounded allegations against the country’s military” saying that the president of the republic will be remembered or bringing “democracy and development to the country”

Minister Lejeune Mbella Mbella decries the ambassador’s comments as undiplomatic and reminds him that president Biya was duly voted by the people in a free and transparent elections with credible and well known opposition and was not imposed on them

The US ambassador however on his part, insists that his government has no plans of regime change and remains committed to help the country grow. He distances himself from secessionists and says he will never support any secessionist movement in Cameroon.

 

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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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