The news had been circulating on social media and some online news portal for days now. Ambazonian activists have talked about it and government maintains suspicious silence as the news circulates concerning a supposed dialogue between Yaoundé and separatist’s leaders in the Swiss capital of Geneva
News of the back door discussion to find long-lasting solutions to the Anglophone crisis had sparked debate among Cameroonians and fierce fighting between different factions of the separatist’s movement as is always the case, leaving many to wonder the end game of the crisis amidst the turmoil
Renowned former chief justice Ayah Paul Abine had describe the rumored talk on his official Facebook page as a “second Fool”, cautioning those heading the secret negotiations to be careful not to engage them in the Northwest and southwest regions of another Foumban conference 2 (an apparent reference to the historic conference which gave birth to the unity of the two Cameroons and many believe the West Cameroonian leaders were deceived)
But news by the Swiss government about its readiness to mediate talks between the warring parties has confirmed such online rumors even as the government remained seal lips, refusing to deny or accept the idea that it’s participating in such talks abroad.
“Switzerland was tasked by a majority of the parties with facilitating an inclusive negotiation process,” the Swiss foreign affairs department (FDFA) said in a statement following two days of talks with a number of opposition groups.
“The aim of the meeting was to prepare future peace negotiations.” According to Reuters
But the confirmation from the world peace capital might present a massive win for the separatists who had insisted that any such talks to end the crisis must take place in a neutral territory
Switzerland is highly considered as the resting place of the President of the Republic as his frequent visits to the European nation has left many to believe it’s his third home, sparking debates back home over his involvement in the state of affairs of the country
The President and family regularly shuttle between Yaoundé and Geneva for brief and private stays, with his critics saying the President is governing the country from Switzerland.
Ivo Tapang, spokesman for 13 armed groups called the Contender Forces of Ambazonia, told Reuters they would not speak to the government unless cessation of hostilities was observed. “When the time is ripe for talks, we will invite Cameroon and not the other way round,” he said.
Breaking: The D.O of Mbengwi has been kidnapped
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.
National Dialogue: South West elites hold “regional dialogue” of their own.
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.
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.
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