In what observers say it is an unprecedented embarrassment to the course, the social media warlords of the Ambazonian movement have been caught in a web of corruption scandals propagated by one of theirs.
Ambazonia kingpins, Belgian-based Mark Bareta, US based Eric Tataw and Tapang Ivo Tanku are the latest names to surfaced in a series of audios making online waves across the country today September 21st 2018.
The trio who commands a massive and an unrivaled social media following at home from their bases abroad with the ability to literally crumble any sector of Anglophone Cameroon with the punch of their keyboards has shocked their followers and probably puts smile in the face of the government as they throw punches at each other in the open.
They are highly rated back home and many of their followers see them as the messiah of the movement which is sweeping the Anglophone part of Cameroon since 2016 and has largely enjoyed massive support from the suffering people on the ground.
In parts of the audios, US based Eric Tataw who was grilled recently by FBI, accused Mark Bareta, CEO of Bareta news of among other things embezzlement of funds collected from the people in a shocking revelation.
Without any proof, Eric Tataw decried the lack of accountability in Mark’s led “Sunday offering” (a fund raising campaign aimed at raising money to help fund the struggle) before adding that Mark and others cannot continue take advantage of the struggle to enrich themselves.
He accused the firebrand leader and CEO of Bareta news of misappropriation and vow that he will fight to ensure they don’t continue eating fat from the people in the name of the struggle.
He went further to berate Bareta for supporting Tapang Ivo, whom he says its because both of them stole money when they were interim leaders of the Ambazonian movement in a startling revelations which has rattled ground zero.
In a quick, fierce and overwhelming response to Tataw’s accusations, Mark Bareta denied all the allegations of any wrong doing, rained down insults on Tataw before referring him to different Ambazonian leaders for verification and probably accountability.
He also accused Eric Tataw of lying about donations aimed at helping the struggle, saying verification shows he had never contributed for the struggle.
Washing their dirty linen in public?
It is not yet clear if the latest corruption scandal plaguing some members of the exiled Ambazonian leadership who prides themselves as saints to Biya-led government will affect their popularity back home or abroad as many follow the developments closely.
But critics say they are washing their dirty linen in public at a time they need to be united and fight a common enemy
The government has always accused the group which they describe as terrorists of working for selfish interest in a bit to divide the country and in total disregards of the peoples well being and the series of latest developments might prove that assertion right.
The latest corruption scandal is not an isolated one within the Ambazonian leadership as many of its members have been accused before of wrongdoing.
In a related development, the head of the so called Amazonian government council Dr. Cho Ayaba was accused by protesters in London for attempting to sell part of the country for personal gains
Dr. Ayaba Cho was accused of flying to London to sign a supposed secret oil deal which never was on behalf of the Ambazonian leadership in another shocking revelation.
Powerless Batibo council responds to Ambazonian savagery
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.
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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