By:Mbah Lucas Tebo
Still thinking who is the man in-charge of grand Fako, look no further than it’s firebrand mayor, Ekema Patrick Esunge.
The landlord of the chief town of South West region, Buea has been rising steadily and sailing through the turbulent and uncertain waters of the division which is a politically red hot potato in the Anglophone regions of the country.
Former premier, Peter Mafanyi Mussonge might still be the old fox in the house and still holds and pulls quite important strings in Yaoundé but his influence is fading and really fast and it’s a matter of time for the Mayor to take his rightful place among the table of the Mfoundi base elites
He does not certainly see himself as the leader of the all important division in a country where politics of regional balance is very much practiced and what you give to the country’s coffers supreme.
In his own words, mayor Ekema did not position himself as the front runner of the division, but he did not also think influential Musonge is either.
He had kind words for the former University of Buea Vice Chancellor now secondary education minister professor Nalova Lyonga and he thinks she is the new Fako leader.
But such public display of political humility from a man who has been accustomed with pride and self confidence and bask in his own arrogance with relish in the face of aggressive elites who wants to maintain the established political dynamics where he is not among the decision makers might throw the spotlight to the soft spoken by defiant academic don who was credited for putting UB to order even though how she did that still remains a matter of debate.
The political romance between the two is not yet known to the public and many still wonder why mayor Ekama picked her as the leader in a division where most of the elites by the mayors’s own words are now “political refugees in Yaoundé”.
But one thing is certain, the two have never known to clash at least in public
Ekema might not enjoy enviable popularity from the locals of his division of origin but he enjoys a rock star status among the elites in Yaoundé and in Cameroonian politics that is all that matters.
Despite haven’t been rocked by multiple and life threatening scandals from within and without, the man fondly called the political Maradona has been undeterred, dribbling his opponents at ease and always finding a way to score an important goal when it matters most to save and turn around his crumbling political fortunes.
He has been tagged by secessionist as “number one enemy of the land” and by fellow elites as arrogant and ungrateful son of the land, but Yaoundé authorities and those out of the region have welcome him with open arms, praise him in public and call him “exemplary and patriotic Cameroonian”
The scandal-plaque mayor has survived multiple attempts to assassinate his political career even from those many would have thought will quickly joint forces with the chief Ambazonia critic and fight the common enemy.
His resolve has been mind-blowing and his defiant exemplary. He still remains the most vocal voice against what he calls “enemies of the state” and insists political dialogue is the way out and must take place within the established structures of the state, in what sounds like a refrain from government barons
He has snubbed smear campaigns against his person and continues to march on with his self-declared manifesto even when most at times he looks isolated and abandoned by his associates but Yaoundé has been noting the impact and his hard work has started paying off.
His foresight has been tremendous as he had abandon what many now call a sinking ship with Anglophone elites to create his own world based on his own playbook and evidently its working for him-at least for now
He is highly credited for among other things the release of the seven kidnapped Fako chiefs by the Ambazonia armed separatists after he brace the storm and organized a rare protest march pass in Buea on August 31st calling for their immediate release after one died in captivity.
He prides himself as the only Fako elites who still lives in “ground zero” as all the others have become political refugees in Yaoundé in his own words and he has vowed and fought to end punitive ghost town albeit little success.
He has enjoyed visits from some top government officials in the past, the inner cycle of the President of the republic and he is unarguably the most famous Mayor in the country and one of the most famous names in Cameroon’s political chessboard even thou he is just about to begin
As Fako elites continue to fight and hide far away from home as the Anglophone crisis which most of them have chosen to be lips tide worsen, Mayor Ekema is seriously gaining political grounds back home and even though he might not currently enjoys wide spread support in his base, he might as well be the only elite the people know and the last man standing for Yaoundé to rely on for any kind of political favor.
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.
Editorial: Biya flashes Amba light…..at 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.
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
The nation holds its breath as Biya announces an unusual address.
Monday, September 9th, 2019. More than 20 million Cameroonians are on the edge as the minister, Director of civil cabinet of the Presidency announced in a press release an unusual address to the nation by the president of the republic.
Very few saw this coming and for a leader who has characteristically confined himself to his traditional addresses of the nation for the past 36 years, the nation cannot wait for the next 24 hours.
“Info Martin” and other French papers had carried botched plans to address the nation on Saturday 7th September 2019 and even though no reason was given for the 11th-hour cancelation, the reverberations for a planned unusual address were felt across the national triangle for those who believed
Many were those who saw the news as fake news, believing that the commander in chief cannot and will never go out of his usual routine to address the nation even as the state of our nation looks very in tatters
For any other country facing a major crisis in 7 out of its ten regions punctuated with the fact that its main opposition leader and more than 200 of his supporters have been arrested and incarcerated for refusing to accept Presidential elections addressing the nation could have been no news.
But the news here is that Cameroon is no another nation, and things happening in Yaoundé remains and happens only in Yaoundé
As news spread on social media about the planned addressed to an expectant nation yearning for a message of any kind from an increasingly distant government, the main question which comes to mind is the content of his address.
We look at five possible declarations in the historic address on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
Amnesty for all political prisoners
The national triangle is practically in flames with Boko Haram in the Far North and Anglophone crisis in the South West and North West being the most preoccupying. There has been pressure at home and abroad for the government to find long-lasting solution to the multiple crises in the country for the past three years now
But the incarceration of Maurice kamto and his supporters have caused the government more pain than the losses on the battlefield, unleashing a usual army of the disgruntled diaspora who have vowed to make life uncomfortable for the aging leader each time he comes to Europe
The life sentencing of Sissikou Ayuk Tabe and Co. have worsened the situation in the restive Anglophone regions, sparking two weeks of lockdown and plunging the regions into anarchy in the wake of back to school as local authorities scramble to contain the situation with disgraceful measures.
There have been widespread call for the Ambazonian leaders, political leaders and all those arrested to be granted an Amnesty from the President of the republic as a sign of goodwill.
Planed inclusive dialogue
It has been the cry of the people and the hope of the compromised International community as Biya and his government has rubbished calls for meaningful dialogue to resolve the Anglophone crisis and insist on military strategy
The military solution they opted has failed and brought more chaos and disfranchisement amongst the Anglophones and friends of Yaoundé are fast running out of patience with the regime as many continue to die.
It is highly believed that there might be plans for immediate and urgent inclusive dialogue as called for by US, France, UN and other members of the International community to solve the crisis
10 state federation
Many are predicting the imminent announcement of a 10 state federation by the president of the republic, but coming at a time when a ministry of decentralization was recently created and plans to announce regional elections this 2019, many believe this would be one of the least tools in his hugely revered political toolbox meant to be used for tomorrow’s political offensive
Can the president retire from office? There have been reports of some health issues with the country’s commander in chief in the past even though TeboPost cannot independently confirm.
But at 86, he is frail and weak and naturally must have some health complications. Images of the head of state shaking and seemingly confused during the post-national day celebrations party at the Unity Palace on May 20thhad led to speculations that the President was in dire need of rest. But his recent outings have shown a man strong and fit to lead, making this option quite confusing to guess.
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