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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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Biya sets tone of national dialogue in one tweet

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Ever since the president of the republic announced the much welcomed national dialogue in his September 10th speech, different stakeholders in the country have been given their opinion about the nature of the tone of the dialogue

Welcomed by the international community and crisis-wary Anglophones who have seen many killed and hundreds of thousands displaced, the question many have been asking is the extent the government is willing to go in terms of political compromise.

Activist and hardliners in the Anglophone regions have dismissed the dialogue as another political stunt meant for the international audience, insisting the government cannot referee a match it’s playing. They have called for any dialogue to be chaired by the United Nations and hosted in a third country.

Their call has received little support at home as many say they are tired of the three years crisis and wants a speedy return to normalcy.

Moderates, however, believe its time to give peace a chance, betting on massive international pressure weighing down Yaoundé and the economic impact the conflict is causing the country’s economy as many companies continue to shut down.

But in one single afternoon tweet today September 16th, 2019, President Biya seemed to have set the ball rolling, given a badly needed insight into the agenda of the planned dialogue

In a series of reminder encompassing the excerpts of the September 10 speech, the President amongst other things says the dialogue will focus on the return of refugees, the education system of the country, decentralization and local development.

But the Agenda, many says should not be the sole decision of the government, insisting any dialogue which does not lead to constitutional reforms and system of governance will do little to appease the demands of the disgruntled Anglophone population

In a two pages press release after their meeting with Prime Minister Dion Ngute, the country’s chief opposition party, SDF said any such dialogue should be chaired by a neutral person, adding that it must take place in the presence of third parties like US, Germany, and Britain and must be ready to discuss the form of state

Opposition leader and activist Edith Kah Walla had earlier reechoed similar sentiments, as well as other activists in the country as the country, struggle to come to terms with its history and plan a way forward for its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population

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