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Agbor Balla reaafirms his position at Major National Dialogue

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“We cannot leave here, without looking at the form of the state,” Barrister Agbor tells members of the Decentralization Committee

“We believe in a one and indivisible Cameroon, but decentralization, will not solve the problem, we have to get to a federation,” Agbor Balla said.

“Some of us have put our reputation on the line to be here, I am not imposing, but we have to ensure that this problem is solved,” he continued.

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MND not enough? US government calls for open ended dialogue without pre- conditions

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In a statement released on its website on October 11th 2019, the US embassy in Yaounde has called for an open ended dialogue without pre conditions  to help resolve the Anglophone crisis

The statement which was issued to condemned the killing of a prison official in North West region last month urged authorities to undertake “balanced investigation” of this and other atrocities to punish those responsible.

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The U.S. Embassy condemns the horrific late September aggravated assault, murder, and beheading of a female prison official and mother of three in the Northwest Region of Cameroon.  We extend our deepest condolences to her surviving family.

We urge the authorities to undertake a thorough and balanced investigation of this and other atrocities and bring the perpetrators to a fair and transparent trial.

More violence is not the answer.  We call on both sides to the conflict in the Northwest and Southwest to abjure further violence and to enter into an open-ended dialogue without pre-conditions.

Many have interpreted the release as US disapproval of the recently held major national Dialogue in Yaounde which was boycotted by separatists.

The US embassy had earlier said they were playing the role of “neutral” observers during the dialogue.

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[watch Video] Freed Maurice Kamto welcomed by Chanting supporters

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The President of MRC today October 5th 2019 was one of the more than 100 militants who benefited from Presidential pardon today October 5th 2019.

professor Maurice Kamto was received today in Yaounde court by chanting sympathizers  and huge crowed of party militants  who had gathered to welcome their leader

”presisent president ” they were chanting, as he waved the exited crowd.

Famed lawyer Michele Ndoki, Kamto’s political protege who was also arrested as part of the MRC crackdown was also released alongside many others.

Right groups and foreign governments had called for the release of Maurice Kamto and his supporters, labeling them political prisoners.

Yaounde had charged them for insurrection against the state amongst other things for rebelling against the results of 2018 Presidential results which Kamto claimed he won and called for nationwide protest

It remains to be seen if he will continue his call for protest and denial  of the results

President  Biya was declared winner in that of that election by the constitutional council with more than 76 %of the votes

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Opinion: This week Yaoundé gave up everything…or almost

The five days national dialogue which sought to reconcile the country’s elites with its history and craft a pleasant and acceptable future with a segment of its disgruntled population has finally come to an end.

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President Biya after the Major National Diaolgue

As you are reading this, delegates of the major national dialogue are home or on their way home.

The five days national dialogue which sought to reconcile the country’s elites with its history and craft a pleasant and acceptable future with a segment of its disgruntled population has finally come to an end.

More than 1500 delegates had converged in one of the country’s most famous building-Yaoundé conference center to rewrite their own history and have the rare opportunity to correct the past.

They were responding to a call from the country’s commander in chief President Biya who had announced a Grand National dialogue to resolve a crisis many say was born out of his government’s own making.

As delegates (most of them Anglophones) discussed the fate of the country especially the English speaking regions of North West and South West in raucous at times near punching debates, the expectant populace watches in wait and make meaning out of every debate as the dialogue spilled over on social media

After five days of hard and honest talk, the government finally makes some concessions, granting special status to the disgruntled Anglophone regions where power will be concentrated to local authorities even as critics say they aren’t enough.

But as delegates left the dialogue visibly divided as before, the country’s president was not done just yet.

In two separate decrees, pressure-insulated Biya ordered first; the discontinuance of proceedings against 333 persons connected with the Anglophone crisis for acts of misdemeanors and secondly, the release of political prisoners ( MRC supporters) who were arrested for staging a nationwide protest denouncing the results of the 2018 Presidential election.

While the first Presidential pardon will not see the Ambazonian leaders out of jail, it remains to be seen if the President of MRC (the party at the heart of the political protest east of the Mungo) professor Maurice kamto will be released along with his supporters.

The one-time regime loyalist turn critic had claimed he won the 2018 presidential elections, calling for multiple protests at home and abroad to change the ruling of the constitutional council which declared Biya winner with more than 70% of the total vote counts.

As the debate over who is who in the soon to be released list makes waves, many have welcomed the moves, praising the head of state for the taking important steps for the nation’s political healing and finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

The first week of October has seen the government made more concessions than the past three years of bloody conflict which has changed the face of the nation and put its political leaders on international scrutiny

The Biya regime is famously known for its ability to survive the pressure, hardly gives concessions and historically finds its way past local problems for the past 36 years, but the latest events of the week have changed everything….just anything.

Many now hope the barrage of concessions made will silent the guns in the two English speaking regions of the country at least for now as the country searches its political soul.

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