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No-show Bareta makes headline during opening ceremony of major national dialogue

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Ex-armed fighter Yannick says most of them were radicalized on social media by Mark Bareta, Franklin Njume and others.

The government should spend more in communication because most of us were radicalized he said in a series of broken and incoherent grammar.

His remark comes during a speech today September 30th 2019 at the Yaounde conference center during the opening ceremony of the major national dialogue

He also decries the discrimination and colonization of Anglophones by francophone majority enumerating some examples.

He metion decriminalizing during competitive entrance  examinations into ENAM, ARMY and PUBLIC WORKS  to illuminate his point.

“Limbe has a natural deep seaport and yet I hear something which is created was developed in Kribi” he said to the applause of the hall

Most of the companies in our region are owned by francophones and workers in our regions are francophones, is that correct? He ask to the applause of the hall.

The fighter who is the representative of ex fighters mentioned the Belgian based Anglophone activist despite his denial to honor governments invitation for the dialogue, calling it a farce and theater meant for international audience.

Bareta has been one of the most potent forces on social media drumming secession. The one time federalist turn secessionist is a kingpin in the Ambazonian war of independence and many have said any dialogue  on the Anglophone crisis must involved them considering the sizable flowing and influence they wield on ground zero.

In a speech of his own which many have describe as weak and evasive, the prime minister and chair of the dialogue called on all delegates to be true and constructive in finding lasting solutions t the problem

He poured encomiums in the head of state for initiating the dialogue  and reiterated that all professional demands by teachers and lawyers were resolved.

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Senior French official visits Cameroon

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French minister for Europe and Foreign affairs Jean Yves Ledrian visits Cameroon. He was received upon arrival by minister of communications Emmanuel Rene Sadi today October 23rd 2019. He is scheduled to meet President Biya and some opposition leaders.

France is the main backer of the Yaounde regime and some back home believe the European nation is largely responsible for the worsening  economic and political situation in the country.

As former colonial master of East Cameroon, France still plays a very heavy role in the affairs of the country like all its former colonies in Africa.

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Editorial: Anglophone crisis is in purgatory

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Ndumu Vincent-Government delegate of Bamenda City council begs population to end war

When the government delegate of the crisis-hit Bamenda City Council took the unusual step to beg his population on bended knees to end the crisis yesterday October 22nd, 2019, many saw it as another comic action from a senior government official who knows what to do to end the crisis but chooses a political theater

For keen observers of the now infamous Anglophone crisis, Vincent Ndumu’s action might reflect the reality on the ground-a government basically on its knees but adamant to continue a senseless war for interests far bigger than Yaoundé.

The three year’s war has ravaged the economy of the country not least the two English speaking regions of North West and South West.

More than 3000 billion francs CFA has been lost, hundreds of businesses closed and CDC-Cameroon’s second-largest employer after the state is a mockery of its former self as repeated attacks on its workers by armed groups has forced the corporation to shut down close to 90% of production capacity, sending tens of thousands to the employment world

Cameroon’s economy is on its knees and Bamenda City is the hardest hit. For a city which was already suffering from punitive neglect from the Yaoundé controlled government before the crisis, it was no surprise therefore that one of the immediate courses of the crisis was the protest by Mancho Bibixy over the state of roads in the city back in 2016.

His coffin revolution at the Bamenda City Chemist roundabout sparked a region wide protest which quickly spread across the two regions.

Many have died and many continue to die, in fact we have lost counts of the death but estimates put it at more than three thousands most of whom are civilians.

Hundreds of thousands have been displaced internally and in neighboring Nigeria and more than 200 villages burnt to ashes according the CHRDA.

Cameroon, once an island of peace in a turbulent central African region suddenly looks in tatters as its political leaders snail-walk their way to finding lasting solutions to a historic problem threatening the unity of the nation they swore to uphold.

After resisting calls at home and abroad to end the war which is driving thousands to die in high seas along US Mexico border, radicalizing more youths at home and displacing millions, President Biy finally called for major national dialogue during a rare address to the nation on September 1th 2019

After the 5 days major national dialogue organized by government and boycotted by separatists concluded in Yaoundé on October 4th, 2019, many are even more confused as to the fate of impoverished Anglophones as it is fast becoming clear that even the half-baked solutions and efforts were intended to shrug off international pressure rather than end the conflict,

President Biya quickly jetted out of the country immediately after the summit to brief France-te country’s colonial master about its outcome, brushing calls by US, EU and separatist leaders for yet another more inclusive dialogue out of the country’s borders to find lasting solutions to the crisis.

But as politics play out in Yaoundé and other western capitals, many continue to die and local administrators in the regions are increasingly under attack.

Governor Lele of North West, the New SDO of Bui all came under attack by separatists fighters this week in the North West regions even as government struggles brandish serene Anglophone regions

The Dismissal of about 16 ENAM grads last week by MINAT boss Paul Atanga Nji for refusing to report to work after their appointments in the restive northwest region further reveals the growing discontent even with the ruling class about the security situation in a region government says it’s under control

There have been multiple reports of fighting between government forces and armed Ambazonian fighters across the regions, leaving many dead as the population continues to pray and hope for an end to a crisis they suddenly  they have no say about its directions.

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Biya finally orders Inoni’s evacuation

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Biya finally orders Inoni’s evacuation abaroad for treatment

Information reaching us says President Biya has finally ordered the evacuation of former premier Chief Ephraim Inoni Abroad for treatment

Chief Inoni who is incarcerated at Kondengui maximum security prison for embezzlement has been seriously sick for a long time and many fear he could die in prison if not given urgent medical attention.

Appointed prime minister in 2004, the chief of Bakingiki held the position till 2008 before he was fired. In 2016, Inoni was sentenced to 20 years in prison for embezzlement of funds meant to buy a Presidential jet.

His supporters insist he is not guilty, arguing that there were no evidence showing him directly involved with the infamous purchase of a jet which has since sent many senior government officials to prison.

There have been calls especially from his native South West region for the President to order for his evacuation so that he can be treated.

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